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by , SmarterTravel Staff - March 17, 2010
Ireland - Killarney: Cottage with Horse

Killarney

Considered the starting point for the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, Killarney makes an excellent home base, yet is also an attraction all its own. Surrounded by natural beauty—including the Killarney National Park and the enchanted lakes—the town offers many different ways to explore the area, including by pony ride, boat tour, or a jaunting car (horse-drawn carriage) trip.

Reader allaboard loved Killarney's location, saying it's "very centralized in the southwest part of Ireland, and convenient to so many wonderful sites. We stayed at the Loch Lien Country House, which is like a little piece of heaven with its awesome tranquil views, and beautiful, clean, and friendly accommodations."

(Photo: iStockphoto/Joan Champ)

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