Killorglin is arguably the best located base for the Ring of Kerry, within 15 miles of Killarney and very near the rugged coast of the Iveragh peninsular which makes up much of the Ring. Killorglin is physically located on the route, and is home to the famous Puck Fair, one of Ireland’s oldest traditional fairs, dating back to the late 1500’s.
Killorglin is host to the annual Puck Fair on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August each year. During the festival, probably the oldest town festival in Ireland, a goat is raised on a platform, a young local girl is crowned Queen Puck, and the town maintains a festival atmosphere for three days.
The town maintains a vibrant atmosphere all year with plenty of local restaurants, pubs and late pubs / clubs. There are also nearby golf clubs (see below) and the River Laune located opposite the Bianconi is famous for it’s freshwater fishing.
Killorglin is centrally located for the golf clubs of Killorglin, Dooks Links and various courses in Killarney (Killeen, Lackabane, Mahonys Point). closer to home is Beaufort and Gap of Dunloe Golf & Driving Range. A visit to Ballybunion, Tralee or Waterville (Ring of Kerry, Waterville Links) for golf is also possible within a 45 minute drive.
The Bianconi is ideally located next to the River Laune, famed for it’s salmon and trout fishing (permits available here). There are also other fishing locations nearby, such as the River Caragh. In Glenbeigh, Caragh Lake, Glencar and Cromane (salt water fishing). The Killarney lakes are within a 25 minute drive from Killorglin. With suitable prior notice, we can arrange tours of the Lakes of Killarney.
Within easy reach of Killorglin is the picturesque village of Glenbeigh, and nearby Rossbeigh Strand, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. Dooks and Cromane also offer excellent beach walks. Glencar , mountains rivers and lakes are only a 10 minutes drive.
Within 30 minutes drive you can reach Killarney and avail of Jaunt (horse and carriage) rides around Killarney national park, visit a modern cinema and view the world famous scenery at Killarney National Park which Queen Victoria once visited. The Aqualla Club at Gleneagles, Killarney is a popular family attraction.
Within 40 minutes drive, you can visit Waterville (a historic seaside town), Ballybunion, arguably the home of links golf in the west of Ireland, or Tralee, where the Aquadome is located, as well as the Kerry County Museum. There is also Dingle's Waterworld and Seal Sanctuary.
A renowned local garden, Dhu Varren Garden is also located nearby in Miltown.
For visitors flying in by private aircraft, you may use Kerry Airport (EIKY), our staff can arrange car rental for your arrival at time of booking. Visitors with special needs and requirements are strongly advised to contact The Bianconi to ensure we, or your chosen local activities can accommodate your needs in advance.