Killarney Caravan Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Donoghues White Villa Farm Caravan & Camping Park - Places to visit

 

 

1. Killarney National Park:
Consists of over 8022 hectares (19,555 acres) of woodlands and mountains  around the lakes of Killarney. This area is internationally renowned for it's scenic beauty. The heart of the National Park is Muckross House and Gardens. Many exotic trees and shrubs flourish in the mild and sheltered location of this area. Motor Cars may enter the park only by the main gate on the N71 (4km / 2 miles from the town) as far as Muckross House.

2. Muckross House:
6km (3.5 miles) from Killarney, off the Killarney to Kenmare road. This dignified nineteenth-century manor, surrounded by beautiful gardens, is now a museum of Kerry folklife and has an excellent craft centre and restaurant. It was the mansion house of this once privately owned estate. Open daily.

3. Muckross Abbey.

4. National Farm Museum at White Villa Farm:
An indoor exhibition of the finest collection of vintage farm machinery in Ireland; 300 year old traditional Irish cottage; 1946 Fordson Tractor with iron wheels; Garvie threshing machine; Huge collection of bellows; 1929 International Cub Tractor; The 'gentleman farmer' admits visitors @ 10am (mornings only).

5. Meeting of the Waters, Old Weir Bridge & Dinis Cottage:
9km (5.5 miles) from Killarney, on the Killarney to Kenmare Road. This is the point where the waters from the Upper Lake reach the other two lakes of Killarney, the Middle or Muckross Lake & Lough Leane. It is best to park at the 'rear entrance' to the National Park and walk 1 mile to Dinis Cottage.

6. Torc Waterfall:
7km (4 miles) from Killarney on N71 road to Kenmare.

7. Ladies View:
15km (9 miles) from Killarney on N71 road.

8. Ross Castle:
2.5km (1.5 miles) from the town centre, off the main Killarney to Kenmare road. The Castle dates from the fourteenth century, and standing on a peninsula which extends into Lough Leane (the Lower Lake), is one of the finest examples of castle building in County Kerry. The castle was built by The O'Donoghue.

9. Knockreer Estate:
This estate entrance is opposite the Pugin designed Cathedral. It has pleasant walks with some fine views of Lough Leane. There are bridle paths and cycling paths in the park.

10. Kate Kearney's Cottage & The Gap of Dunloe:
11km (7 miles) from Killarney, off the Killorglin Road. The cottage, which was originally a coaching inn, is now the starting point for the breathtaking Gap of Dunloe. The trip (11km/ 7 miles) is traversed on pony and trap, or bicycle or walking.

Muckross House, the National Park and the Killarney Lakes are very accessible from White Villa Farm Camping and Caravan Park. Take the short-cut i.e travelling towards Killarney town from our caravan park, take the first surfaced road on the left after about a mile (2 km) - Ballycasheen and Mill road.

 

Day Trips From Killarney

 

Ring of Kerry:
To obtain a really panoramic view of Kerry's most outstanding scenery, this tour is a must! Extending for 179.20km (112 miles) and usually done in an anti-clockwise direction, it follows the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula, along the banks of the River Laune to Killorglin, via Glenbeigh beach along the southern shores of Dingle Bay to Kells and Caherciveen where Valentia Island comes into view. The tour continues to Waterville along the coast via Coomakista Pass and Derrynane Abbey and on to Sneem. From Sneem to Moll's Gap, then via Ladie's View and back to Killarney.

Dingle Peninsula:
From Killarney take the main Killorglin road. After 5km (3 miles) turn right for Dingle via Miltown, Castlemaine, Inch, Annascaul and into Dingle. Next, explore the Gaeltacht area (where Irish is still spoken), via Slea Head, Dunquin, Ballyferriter and back into Dingle. Now take the northern route 'home' via the beautiful Conor Pass, Stradbally, Camp, Tralee and back to Killarney. This is 212km (132 miles) in length.

Loo Valley & Glengarrif
Leaving White Villa Farm Caravan Park, take the Cork Road (N22) along the banks of the River Flesk, passing on the way Kilaha Castle, stronghold of the Irish Chieftain 'The O'Donoghue' of the Glenflesk. Pass beneath the rugged cliffs the Robber's Glen, through Loo Valley and on to Kilgarven (R569) and then through Borlin Valley to Glengarriff. Boats operate from Glengarriff, from March to October, to Garnish Island 14.5 hectares (36 acres) laid out in Italian Gardens with rare and beautiful subtropical plants.

Beara Peninsula
The Beara Peninsula is shared by Cork and Kerry and this fine coastline has some of the most outstanding beauty spots of the South West. From White Villa Farm Caravan Park, take the Kenamre road (N71) via Moll's Gap to Kenamre, continue on to Tousist, Lauragh, Ardgroom, Dursey, Adrigole, Healy Pass and back to Killarney via Kilgarven (R569) and Cork Road (N22).

 

Coach Tours

Arranged from Caravan Park, guests may book for the following day tours before 7pm the previous evening
• Gap of Dunloe • Ring of Kerry • Dingle & Slea Head • Killarney Local Highlights
Coach calls to Caravan Park in the morning and returns in the evening for bookers.

 

Leisure Entertainment & Shopping

Shopping Village: At Park Road Roundabout. Open at 7am - 11pm every day. Most shops open every day in Killarney town until 10pm.

Nearest Pub: 1km from Park, turn right at N22/N72 roundabout.

5 Golf Courses: Around Killarney (Nearest 3 mls).

Pony Trekking: 3 Miles

Restaurants: To suit every pocket in Killarney town.

Cabaret: 3 Miles

Numerous Singing Pubs: In Killarney

Pitch & Putt: 2 Miles

Tennis: 3 Miles

Fishing: Is free on our farm (River Flesk)

Public Leisure Centre & Swimming Pool: 3 kms

 

Ferryports

Donoghues White Villa farm Camping and Caravan Park is well sign posted and easy to find.

1.5 hours from Cork-Swansea Ferryport
4-5 Hours from Rosslare Ferryport
5 - 6 Hours from Dublin Airport / Ferry
2 Hours from Shannon Airport
25 Minutes from Kerry Airport