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The 2020 Staycation- Top ideas for trips in Ireland

With the Covid-19 pandemic prompting cancellations of many a summer holiday abroad, and a re-think on our potential future ventures across the water, here we take a look at how to make the most of the facilities on this beautiful island. From golf trips, to visiting famous landmarks all around the country, a trip to another corner of Ireland is something you may never have considered. But what better time to tick something different off your bucket list.

Golf Trips in Kerry-  There are multiple golf courses worth visiting in Kerry, no more so in Killarney.

Golf Resorts-

First off, we look at some of the finest Golf Courses around Ireland, ideal for planning a group trip.

Ring of Kerry Golf Club- Situated in Killarney, which is widely regarded as Ireland’s most beautiful town. The Ring of Kerry Golf Club. The course overlooks Kenmare Bay, The Caha and the Beara Mountains, and boasts a stunning view of the Wild Atlantic Way from every green. A World Class course located in one of the most scenic places in Ireland, you are sure to be delighted with your trip.

Beaufort Golf Club- Another terrific course located in Killarney, Beaufort Golf Club is one of the best park land golf courses in Ireland. Along with great golf, you are guaranteed some phenomenal scenery too.

Castlerosse- Golf Club-  This stunning resort is located within the walls of Killarney National Park. It is an award winning golf course, which has a hotel and golf lodges on site to accommodate guests and groups of all sizes. As well as getting your golf in, you have the freedom to explore the scenic views of the national park, including the McGillicuddy Reeks. There is a top rated restaurant and bar on site, so everything you may need on your trip is at arms-length.

Where to stay-

 If you are booking your trip through the golf club itself, they have a close working relationship with all of the local hotels and stay houses in the area. If you are organising the trip yourself, here are some of the various local accommodations.

Golden’s Cove Apartments @ Sneem Hotel- These beautiful, self-catering apartments overlooking Kenmare Bay are perfect for group or couple bookings. They have free WI-FI and have a balcony or terrace overlooking the bay.

Arbutus Hotel-  Run by the same family for 86 years, this gorgeous hotel is located right in the heart of Killarney town. It offers free WI-FI in public areas, with different sized rooms available to accommodate various group sizes.

The Butler Arms Hotel- Directly across from Ballinskelligs Beach, this hotel offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, a seafood restaurant, spacious rooms and free parking.

Where to eat/drink in Killarney-

Kitty O Se’s Seafood and Grill- This quaint seafood restaurant in the centre of Killarney serves up the freshest catches from the Irish Sea. They have an extensive menu, which offers vegetarian and vegan options, along with a bar, Kitty’s is an ideal spot for a group reservation, or indeed a quiet meal for two.

Treyvauds- This smart, family run restaurant has a modern Irish and International menu. While specialising in international cuisine, they serve some beautiful Irish based dishes including Kenmare Bay Scallops, Organic Kerry beef and tasty medallions of Venison.

Rozzer’s Killarney- A multi-awarding winning family run Restaurant, with a special emphasis on locally sourced quality food. Rozzers is open each evening from early April to late October, between the hours of 6.30pm and 9.30pm. A golf-loving restaurant which is decorated wall to wall with golf balls, it caters for big golf groups while also accommodating small groups and couples. 

Rent a car for your trip to Killarney-

If you need to rent a car for your trip to Killarney, we here at Dooley car rental have depots all over Dublin (including Dublin Airport), along with many across Ireland. Whether your need is for a small 4 door to fit two people and your clubs, or if you are planning a trip with a large group that will require a mini-van or bus, visit us online at for our latest rates and availability.