Been There: The Europe Hotel & Killarney to Dingle Drive
I’ve been living in Ireland for 8 years and why it’s taken me so long to visit this beautiful part of the country I don’t know. My boyfriend and I booked into The Europe Hotel (a hotel on my Irish bucket list) for a 2 night stay and a chance to explore Kerry.
The hotel itself is a beautiful haven set on the banks of the Lough Leane over looking Killarney National Park. The views are something to behold, and the hotel has does an amazing job at giving you every opportunity of witnessing it. From the floor to ceiling windows in the reception or large windows spanning the length of the Panorama Restaurant, you can just stare at a piece of beauty all day.
The view is also celebrated in the spa area of the hotel and has a beautiful transition between outdoors and in. The facilities here are definitely one of the best i’ve experience in Ireland; infinity pools, thermal suites, relaxation areas – all surrounded by luscious green.
There’s plenty of places in the hotel to eat, drink and relax. Definitely book into the Panorama Restaurant when you’re there, because as well as the delicious food, the atmosphere, and views of course, are quite wonderful. There are more casual dining options in the bar and brasserie, with the pub style lounge area providing trad music on Fridays and you can get some quiet time with a game of chess in the library too.
Whilst down there, we headed off on the Killarney to Dingle driving route and stopped at various beautiful places along the way. Inch Strand is definitely worth a stop at for a walk. Drive up to Connor Pass and take in the lavish green landscape and rolling hills down to the sea. Stop in Kerry for coffee at Bean in Dingle, grab a freshly baked cinnamon swirl from the artisan bakery or fish and chips from The Boatyard and watch the hustle and bustle pass.
Before you leave, pick up a salted caramel ice cream from the original Murphys and head on to the Slea Head drive and stop at the beach itself for some fresh sea air.
One this is for sure Kerry, i’ll be back.