Ross Castle Lodge
Travel Blogs from Killarney
Last weekend we ventured to Killarney for a day trip. I can honestly say, when I envisioned Ireland, this was what I was picturing.
Killarney is a beautiful little town. The houses are all in a row and multicoloured. Little pubs were everywhere to be seen, and the weather acted very Irish (wet and cold, all day).
... so we stopped at another beach. It was a nice long stretch of sand. We found a seal that had been trying to get away from the tourists trying to take its picture. It had wedged itself in the rocks. All of the students wanted to know if it was going to live. I told them it would probably die in a few hours. There was a loud refain of "Ohhhhh Nooooooo!" until I told them it would swim away when the tide came in.
We stopped ...
... of a hippy van... Could have chatted with him forever. drove and stopped, drove and stopped... can't even put it all into words.. sorry! lol.. Just look at the pics and imagine in person its 100000 times better. Today was the MOST spectacular day yet.. but who can choose right? then had our traditional pint in Dingle and back to Killarney to our great place. Over and out and more tomorrow! totally tired! xox love ...
... live music of the trip. The first act was a trio of dudes in their 70s that played some traditional guitar and fiddle music, and were excellent. One of my favorite moments was when the venerable white-haired fiddle player said into the mike "I want to congratulate the gentlemen in front of me for finishing his half-pint. It must've been a valiant effort, so well done" to a round of sarcastic applause and laughter. I thought it was great that he got razzed by ...
... on the Dingle Bay side of the pass with great views as we sat in the car eating (too windy and cold to picnic outside!).
Back home early-ish for a change - about 5.30pm. Had a cuppa then looked around the shops in the busy town centre of Killarney. Got some time to get this blog up to date!
Hopefully an early night!
Back to Cork tomorrow for our last full day in Ireland.
How has this b&b rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Ross Castle Lodge Killarney
My husband, myself and my 80 year old Mum stayed for two nights at this wonderful B and B. The welcome and service are excellent, and we felt that no request was too much trouble for Rosaleen. We had a glass of wine in the room tumblers on the first night, and by the second, three wine glassas had magically appeared! That has never happened anywhere before! The rooms are spacious and immaculately clean, with lovely big bathrooms and plenty of big fluffy towels. Ross Castle Lodge is much more of a hotel than a Bed and Breakfast establishment, and represents excellent value for money. I wish I could say the same for Killarney's restaurants! We will definitely return when we next visit Kerry.
Best B&B in Ireland - Better than a hotel.
Huge rooms that were clean and updated with great shower. Best breakfast in Ireland especially the home made porridge. I cannot think of one thing that they missed. There are little chocolate bars in the rooms. There are luggage racks and hair dryers. Lots of local information in the room and the hosts are incredibly welcoming and warm. I would recommend this place to anyone. I have rated 3 B&B and 1 hotel for our Ireland trip and the others all got 3 versus this 5 plus!
Like a Thomas Kinkade painting
Last October myself, wife, mother and two kids (14 and 9) stayed at the Ross Castle Lodge in Killarney. It was great. It is really hard to select a hotel over the internet. One of my biggest concerns was getting a ground floor room for my 80 year old mother, who does not climb stairs well. We wanted non-smoking and TV in the room as well.
After flying in to Shannon airport after 24 hours of traveling from California, we got our rental car and drove to Killarney. The Ross Castle Lodge is just outside Killarney and about a mile from the famous and beautiful lakeside Ross Castle. Almost everything was great. Our hosts were very personable, and the two rooms we rented were very comfortable.
Eating the full breakfast in the morning, we could look out the picture window into the front garden and wishing well. It looked just like a Thomas Kinkade painting. Every so often a horse powered jaunting cart carrying tourists would trot by.
My only complaint is that the water tank for the building must be old because we got some moss or whatever in our shower water. Not a big thing. We had plenty of bottled water to drink. We were about the last guests of the season so we essentially had the place to ourselves and it was very quiet and cozy.
Killarney is a very nice tourist town. Shopping and scenic drives nearby. Muckross House and the Gap of Dunlow are both recommended. Killarney has several supermarkets that carry most things you find in the US. Go there to get sandwiches made. You can then do a picnic lunch with potato salad or potato chips and cans of soda. You can save your expensive Euros for a few glasses of Guiness at night.
Returned the next summer
My daughter and I enjoyed our stay at the Ross Castle Lodge in 2003 so much that we returned in 2004 for six more nights! In 2004, my husband and my daughter's fiance both were there with us. It was fabulous! I do not know how it could have been any better.
Fantastic B&B, Rosaleen is lovely and well travelled herself, very friendly and helpful. The B&B has clean, warm, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, big bathroom and outstanding breakfast. Good location and a wishing well in the front garden. Will most certainly be staying here on my next visit.
Beautiful Setting-Lovely Hosts
We had a delightful stay at Ross Castle Lodge. The rooms were large with a lovely view from the window. The breakfasts were perfect. If we go back to Killarney, we will definitely stay at Ross Castle Lodge.
The best breakfast in ireland, great dinner suggestons, room was bright and clean. Only Inn with a King size bed and big fluffy towels.
The Best B&B in Ireland!
We have been lucky to have stayed with Rosaleen three times. We go to Ireland every year and just have to include a stay there on every future trip. The rooms are luxurious and every amenity is provided. The bed so wonderful I would love to take it home. I envy those who have been able to stay longer! Ross Castle Lodge is definitely the lovliest place we have stayed in Ireland.
Ross Castle Lodge is a beautiful B&B
We stayed at Ross Castle Lodge for 15 days. Rosaleen and Denis O'Leary were wonderful hosts. We were treated like family. The accommodations were truly luxurious, the breakfasts were great. We have stayed in many B&B's in Ireland during the last 15 years, but none can compare to Ross Castle Lodge.
Great place to Stay
We stayed with Denis and Rosaleen for 4 days in May, 2003. I can't recommend Ross Castle Lodge enought. Our room was wonderful and Denis and Rosaleen were the perfect hosts. The Lodge is just off Ross Road, very quiet and peaceful, yet only 5 minutes from Killarney. Our stay with them was a highlight of our trip!