Experience the Castles of Ireland Southwest

You may want to start your visit of the castles of Ireland in the Southwest region. The beautiful southwest includes the counties of Cork and Kerry. It is one of my favorite areas to visit. I love to go to the Dingle Peninsula and hike Mt. Brandon, walk for miles at Inch Beach and drive to Slea Head for a scone and jam.

Dingle-Inch-Beach© Patricia McKinney-Lins

Ross Castle near Killarney is a majestic castle in a gorgeous setting on the lake.

Ross-Castle-2© Patricia McKinney-Lins

Blarney Castle is, of course, one of the most visited sites in all of Ireland. You climb the stairs to the top of the castle tower and lean over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone in hopes of acquiring the gift of eloquence. It's worth a try.

You may fly in to the Shannon airport near Limerick and rent a car to begin your tour of this beautiful region.

The castles of Ireland in the Southwest region include:

Ballyseede Castle Hotel,
Barryscourt Castle,
Desmond Castle,
Ross Castle Ireland,
Blarney Castle in Ireland,
Hotel Dunloe Castle and
Mallow Castle.

When you are visiting the Southwest Region, you may want to:

Take an Ireland bike tour starting in Dingle Town,

Dingle-bicycle-for-hire© Patricia McKinney-Lins

 Play golf in Ireland at Dingle Golf Links,

Dingle-Golf-bridge© Patricia McKinney-Lins

 Enjoy the view from the Slea Head Gift Shop on the Dingle Peninsula,

Dingle-Slea-Head© Patricia McKinney-Lins

Drive around the Ring of Kerry,

Hire a horse and buggy ride at Killarney National Park,

Killarney-Lake-buggy© Patricia McKinney-Lins

 Have a cone with a chocolate "flake" at the Super Value, and

Dingle-ice-cream© Patricia McKinney-Lins

Kiss the Blarney Stone, of course.

There are a variety of lodging options in the Southwest Region. Your choices include:

Greenmount House in Dingle,

Blindgate House in Kinsale,

Aghadoe Heights
luxury hotel and spa near Killarney,

Kingsley luxury Hotel in Cork City,

Meadowlands Hotel
in Tralee, and

Hotel Isaacs Cork

Ireland's Southwest Region is one of my favorite destinations. I try to return as often as I can. I hope you will enjoy the region and find your own favorite getaway spot!

In the meantime, you may want to have a taste of Ireland by reading one of my favorite authors, Maeve Binchy. You can order her books through this link to amazon.com. You won't be disappointed!

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