By Megan Millisky
Killarney, Ireland is brimming with history. From St. Mary's Cathedral to Blarney Castle, there are many stunning old buildings to visit. One of the best ways to see Killarney is by car - and January is a good time to drive the Ring of Killarney to see these buildings and more! Below are eight ways to make your Killarney trip your best vacation yet.
1. Irish Whiskey and Artisan Chocolate
January 2, enjoy an hour of chocolate and Irish whiskey at this popular event. You’ll learn about pairings, and sample four whiskeys and four chocolates. At the end of the night, visitors get to take home a crystal tasting glass!
2. Kiss the Blarney Stone
Head to Blarney Castle for an enlightening tour of one of Ireland’s best landmarks. Visitors who are brave enough to lean over a ledge can kiss the Blarney Stone! Legend says that people who kiss the stone are given the gift of eloquence. The Castle remains open through January.
3. Visit Ross Castle
Ross Castle is a beautiful 15th-century castle that offers inexpensive tours. You can learn all about the castle's history on a 45-minute tour. You'll find yourself steeped in Irish lore at this lovely building on the water.
Learn how to use photography to bring more mindfulness into your life. January 18, stop into The Killarney Park Hotel for this unconventional photography course. The class begins at 9:30 AM.
5. St. Mary's Cathedral
Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral, located near The Demesne National Park. This historic Roman Catholic church is open for tours year-round. The Killarney community also gathers here for daily masses.
6. Drive the Ring of Kerry
One of the best ways to explore Killarney when it’s cold is to take a drive through the Ring of Kerry. This drive is known for its stunning beaches and panoramic views of the Irish mountains. It’s an easy and authentic way to explore Ireland through January.
7. Women’s Little Christmas
Women’s Little Christmas is a tradition in Killarney. Women gather at Agadhoe Heights to dine on a delicious three-course meal and a glass of champagne. The restaurant overlooks the gorgeous Killarney Lakes. Don’t miss out on this experience on January 6.
8. Muckross House
Muckross House is a must-see when in Killarney. The 19th-century Victorian house and gardens are open year-round for tourists to wander the grounds. Through January, discover the beauty of Killarney’s most popular historic house.