The Best Spot on the Ring of Kerry
At the Aunt’s House this past April, we spent one of the most scenic weeks of our lives. While the weather certainly helped, the incredible location and good feeling of the house is really what made all our adventures so easy to pull off and what made the week so comfortable, convenient and enjoyable. This was our first trip to the Ring of Kerry, and we were thrilled we were able to stay at the Aunt’s House in Caherdaniel—it’s a world away from the lines of hotels, and a more dramatically beautiful location, and one closer to other major beauty spots. We also liked being part of a small community, from getting to know Margaret, the incredibly kind and helpful caretaker, to the characters at the local shop and pubs. There is a beautiful view from the Aunt’s House itself, and you can find more beauty on foot or by car. Just moments to the right outside the door, you can start walking the famous Kerry Way footpath. Within two minutes outside the door in the other direction, you arrive at Freddie’s store, one of those miracle stores that seems to be able to expand space and fit most things you need into its confines. Across the way, we ate well twice and enjoyed the atmosphere at the Blind Piper Pub, and appreciated the free WIFI. Just a short drive down the road (or a good exercise walk) from the house and these stores/pubs, you can visit the enlightening former home of Daniel O’Connell (with lovely gardens and beautiful beach), and a bit further on, the stunning Derrynane Beach and Abbey Island with its atmospheric ruins and cemetery. One of best experiences you can have from the Aunt’s House is climbing Skellig Michael. The Aunt’s House is ideally situated to take the short drive to visit Valentia Island (great views, great walks), and to take a boat to the Skelligs. Unparalleled. In the other direction, the Aunt’s House is perfectly situated for visiting ancient Staigue Fort, from which the views are breathtaking, and the delightful village of Sneem. On our last day, after enjoying the market and lunch in the town of Kenmare, we went to Gleninchaquin Park at the beginning of the Beara Peninsula. The extraordinary waterfall walk (be ready to climb!) allows you to experience a remarkable variety of landscapes and views in a two-hour circular walk. We still can’t quite believe that the Aunt’s House provides such a location, such rich opportunities, such homey comfort, such views, and such convenience.
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