“A Grand Day Out” – Weekend guide to Kerry

“A Grand Day Out” – Weekend guide to Kerry

Remember when Wallace & Gromit built that rocket in their basement to go to the moon? All they brought were some armchairs and cream crackers and they were happy out, and we can do the same! Ok, maybe not the moon part, or the rocket part but I mean a trip with only the bare essentials and still have a good run of it.

This is for all of us out there who wonder what to do with our lives every second weekend and scroll through Facebook for hours instead of getting out there. We’re students. We’re poor. But we can still make the most of what pocket change SUSI gives us.

For those of us in and around the Munster region I’d recommend a roadtrip to Killarney, via scenic West Cork of course, I did something similar over summer. In Killarney there is of course Killarney Park. It’s free in for cars and no entry fee either, perfect for cash strapped pockets. The landscapes and walks around the park can easily take up a day and all you need to bring with you is probably a lunch and not much else.

If you don’t have a car, Killarney is pretty well connected with public transport and wouldn’t cost a bomb. There’s also more hotels and hostels you could shake a stick at, and range from €10- €200+ so take your pick.

Cafes, chippers and restaurants galore in the town center so no excuses for going hungry! Killarney also has a lively nightlife with your usual pubs and clubs, being very tourist orientated you’ll find something to your liking.

Just a short run up the road is the seaside village of Dingle, or at least it used to be a village before a certain dolphin decided to move in. You could easily fill a day here wandering around the village between the knick-knack shops, restaurants, aquarium and waiting for Fungi boats to load up.

While in Dingle, be sure to try the craft ice creams in one of the many parlours around the place… and don’t be boring with your chocolate chip and vanilla scoops, try raspberry and brown bread flavors, trust me! Something else to try is the infamous deep-friend Mars bar with ice cream, just do it.

Visiting Dingle also constitutes a compulsory boat trip to see the man, ahem dolphin, himself. Student tickets are €15 and it’s a no-see-no-fee, i.e: If you don’t see Fungi, it’s free. A very worthwhile trip and a chance to see an amazing animal up close, just be aware the harbor entrance is very choppy 90% of the time and sea legs are an advantage.

So you’ve 2 days filled up, this is where you can call it a weekend and go home to the beige overlay of normality, or you could go adventuring. You’re in Kerry: mountains, beaches, forests, and castles? Climb a mountain, Go camping, try surfing (or go swimming in the lovely Kerry weather). Or re-enact the Shrek and Donkey scene with the dragon when you find that castle!

Use your imagination, what happens in the Kingdom, stays in the Kingdom. 

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