The Innisfallen Hotel experience, Killarney

Just outside Killarney town, on the road to the Gap of Dunloe and Carrauntoohil, you will find the parish of Fossa. Its from here that you have glorious views of the McGillicuddy reeks, beautiful walks and fabulous accommodation- The Innisfallen Hotel. Situated just 4km outside Killarney the hotel is ideally located for those who want to explore all the nearby destinations without the sometimes craziness of town. Myself and Ali arrived at the Hotel on a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon. The entrance of the Hotel is well signposted coming from Killarney. We pulled in to the spacious car park and took in our surroundings.

The first thing we noticed was the lovely benches in the outside garden where a few people were having a
drink in the sun. We made our way into the lovely spacious lobby and we were greeted by Agata and George at the desk. They made us feel very welcome and told us where everything was. The Valley Bar was just to the right of reception and seemed to be a hive of activity. There is also a lovely lounge room to the left of the lobby.

We took the lift to our room on the 1st floor and we entered a beautiful one bedroom suite with amazing views over the mountains. We had a huge 6ft bed, a seating area with two couches, a plasma screen tv and a lovely dining table and chairs with our tea and coffee making facilities. I have to mention at this stage that there were proper mugs! I love this in a hotel so you can have a proper mug of tea! Even our bathroom was huge with an amazing power shower! We could have easily camped ourselves inside the room for the evening because we really had everything we needed. After heading down to a very busy bar to grab a bottle of wine we relaxed in our beautiful surroundings for a while before getting ready for dinner.

The lovely George had reserved a table for us in the very busy bar (thank god!) and we were starving! The a la carte menu in the bar has a huge selection and there was something for everyone on it. We ordered the chowder and the nacho’s to start and they came to the table promtly. The chowder was creamy and full of fish. It was served with two slices of crusty bread on top and also a side of homemade brown bread. Nacho’s are not something you would see on a menu often but they were a nice light starter. Ali ordered the fish and chips and got a huge piece of battered cod on a mountain of chunky chips and a seperate side of mushy peas. I admit I had serious food envy. I ordered the Inisfallen Burger and my food envy soon dissipated.

My burger was piled with bacon, cheese and onion rings. All in a lovely seeded bun. I’m actually salvating here remembering it. I got a pale of chunky chips along with it also. The atmosphere in the bar was really buzzing with all the tables full with residents and a group of animated tourists at the bar. There was a list of specials on that night and there was also specials on selected wines and beers. The bar offers a selection of craft beers in bottle and draft and all the usual suspects too. We were far too full for dessert but there was a lovely selection on offer. We ordered another drink and relaxed for the rest of the night in the Bar. Killarney town is only a short taxi ride away but we were so relaxed here that we didn’t even think of heading in. An absolutely perfect ending to our day and a great way to spend a Sunday night.

We were up early the following morning with the sun streaming in our window. The early morning view from the hotel is picture postcard perfect! The valley restaurant was just at the end of our corridor and in fairness we should have still been full from our meal the night before. The smell of breakfast though was amazing. We were greeted for breakfast and seated at a lovely window table. Our tea and toast arrived to the table and we made our way up to see what the buffet had on offer. There were plenty of cereals, yogurts, pastries, fruits and cheeses, as well as a great selection of breads. The hot breakfast had absolutely everything on offer and all piping hot! We took our time in the restaurant for breakfast, relishing all the lovely food. We headed back up to our room and got on our runners to explore the Fossa way.

George has recommended this walk to us the day before and I am so glad he did. The Fossa way is a walk that takes in Killarney Golf Club, the national park and all the way into Killarney. You can take a loop that brings you past Ross Castle also. The entrance for the walk is just opposite the hotel so all we had to do was cross the road! The minute we started the walk we spotted a deer in the woods to the right. He wasn’t bothered with us at all and even posed for a few pictures! The floor of the woodland around us was covered in bluebells and when the walk opened up from the woods the views out over Lough Léin and the mountains was stunning. We decided to walk down to the lake shore at Killarney Golf Club. The scenery down here is second to none and one of the best view points in Killarney. We decided to head back up to the hotel at this stage as I was, embarrassingly enough, getting sun burnt! There are so many other activities that you can do from the Hotel. As well as the amazing walks on offer close to the hotel you also have the Gap of Dunloe just a few kilometres away.  Carrauntoohil (the highest mountain in Ireland) is also near here for any of you serious climbers out there. Killarney itself offers an array of tourism destinations such as Muckross house, Torc waterfall, Ross Castle and of course the jaunting car drives through the national park. You definitely won’t be stuck for something to do.

We were guests of the Innisfallen Hotel on this occasion so a big thank you to all the staff for looking after us and answering all of our questions. We will definitely be back. So if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Killarney folks, for a relaxing break away, then look no further. I have attached the hotel website below to help with your planning. As always- Happy Galavanting! xx

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