Jean and I headed over the county bounds, last Wednesday, to join Mairéad, Rowan and Brendon along with Rupert & Blossom in Killarney (Click Here); we all stayed in Hotel Killarney. (Click Here) Mairéad and the gang stayed for three nights whilst we only managed one. While there we visited the Killarney National Park and Muckross House on Wednesday and onto Dingle on Thursday. The hotel is family friendly and Mairéad spoke very highly of it.
The reception area is tiled and easily navigable and Sheila, the receptionist on duty on Wednesday, greeted us with a warm friendly smile and was very helpful.
The dining room and a public bar are located on the same level. There is a further bar located on a slightly lower level (four steps) along with toilet facilities which include a spacious, clean and well equipped wheelchair accessible toilet. This lower level is accessed by a small platform lift which is operated by hotel staff on request.
Platform elevator between levels
Our bedroom, while being fabulous, was a good distance from reception and anybody with a manual wheelchair will appreciate that good upper body strength is required when wheeling on carpet. The room, which was more like a suite, was adjacent to a fire escape which is very important in the event of an emergency.
Our second bedroom
It consisted of a large double room, a large bedroom/sitting room/kitchenette and a spacious accessible bathroom with all the requisite rails and shower enclosure plus sink and mirror at the correct height. While on our way to breakfast on Thursday morning a lady, Christine, exited another bedroom on a mobility scooter. She told me that the entrance to her bedroom was a bit narrow for the scooter but it was doable. A few small issues with our bathroom would cause me to deduct a single star.
There are a limited number of parking spaces to the front of the hotel and many more, including designated disabled spaces, to the rear. The hotel is very accessible and disability friendly and deserves to be supported. 4 Stars
Killarney National Park and Muckross House (Click Here For Details)
Shortly after arriving and booking in we headed off towards Muckross. The National Park extends to c. 26,000 acres.
Killarney National Park
We opted for a Jaunting Car tour which took about 1 hour and no we didn’t see the entire National Park. Our tour guide Patrick made the trip very enjoyable and Tom the horse seemed to know his own way around leaving Patrick to concentrate on his description.
Boarding the Jaunting Car
On Board with Máiread
We stopped at Muckross House for a look around the outside and the gardens
and then on to Torc Waterfall, which is not wheelchair accessible.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We then headed into Killarney for refreshments. We found a number of designated parking spots adjacent to Scotts and headed in for our much needed refreshments before heading back to the hotel for a change of clothes and dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast on Thursday morning we headed off to Dingle (Click Here) by way of Inch Strand and the coast road about 90 minutes drive. The weather was quite wet and windy and when we reached Dingle we headed straight for the Aquarium. (Click Here)
Looking for Nemo
The access was perfectly ramped and before we commenced our tour we enjoyed a cuppa and a scone. The aquarium is totally accessible and was a very enjoyable experience. The wheelchair accessible toilet is exactly that accessible with ample room.
We then travelled down the town and stopped off for ice cream in Murphy’s (Click Here) and a bit of shopping before heading for home.
Jean & Blossom enjoying Murphy’s Ice cream
Máiread in Murphy’s
The Beharie Clan stopped for a bit of hurling on Inch Strand but the weather deteriorated further and the game was cancelled
All-in-all a perfect few days.