Exploring Killarney, Ireland

Explore Killarney, Ireland

Experience Exquisite Elegance in the Emerald Isle

Irish movie star Colin Farrell has often spoken about bursting into tears when flying into his native country — and there’s a good reason why. With its lush, rolling hills of green, this comely country might make you feel as if you’ve stumbled into a fantastical fairytale. And there are few places in Ireland that wield as much splendor as Killarney. Pack your “trainers” — as they say in Ireland — and get set for the adventure of a lifetime. Since Killarney is almost always described as a walking city, you’ll want to bring your best backpack. The Swissgear 5888 ScanSmart Laptop Backpack fits the bill quite nicely.

Protecting your valuables from Mother Nature, as well as any errant leprechauns, this beautiful bag is ideal for day trips. With a special compartment for your laptop, this laptop backpack allows your most treasured device to lay flat as the TSA scans it. The mesh water bottle pockets keep you hydrated on long hikes and the bag’s roomy middle section allows you to store your pot of gold with ease. The front pocket permits easy access, even featuring a key fob that adds to the bag’s chic allure. Multiple divider pockets allow you to keep credit cards and money in order; chances are that you may want to pick up a few souvenirs while you’re exploring this dazzling destination. This day pack happens to be the perfect accessory for a trip to Killarney National Park, which boasts the distinction of being Ireland’s oldest national park. The ergonomic suspension system and padded shoulder straps will keep you comfortable as you take in the sights. Delight in the comfort and convenience of a neoprene top handle and allow the magical Irish breeze to flow through the airflow back panel.

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It’s Time to Go Jaunting

Sometimes, to get the lay of the land, it’s important to chat up a local. A jaunting car tour — which is a fancy way to say “horse carriage ride” — to Ross Castle will provide you with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With the mist and the mountains as your backdrop, this is about as picturesque as it gets. Stay alert, as you never know when you might catch a glimpse of one of Killarney National Park’s most prized residents — its red deer. During the colder months, your carriage driver will make sure that you have access to a blanket as you feast your eyes upon gorgeous gardens, a thatched hut, and Ross Castle itself. This 15th-century delight will remind you of why you’re visiting Ireland in the first place.

Wonders of Killarney, Ireland

You’re Full of Blarney If You Don’t Visit Killarney

While you’re at Killarney National Park, visiting Torc Waterfall is an absolute necessity. Legend has it that the mythical warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill once slew an enchanted boar in this very spot — by using his magical golden spear. While you may not have access to your own magical spear, you will be able to reach into your travel friendly ScanSmart backpack — and unsheathe your tablet so you can take some pictures for all the green-eyed folks back home. Breathe in the fresh, invigorating Irish air while contemplating your next move and grabbing a snack from your travel backpack. After all, organization is key when you come to Killarney. There are so many breathtaking spots that you’ll want to visit them all. For travelers who are so inclined, Killarney National Park even offers treasure hunts! Bird fanatics won’t be able to get enough of the fascinating falconry experiences. Indeed, there is truly something for everyone in your traveling party when you make the grand voyage to Killarney. Those who are lucky enough to visit during the summertime will want to take a boat from Ross Castle to Innisfallen Island. You’ll see the rapturous ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, a magnificent monastery that existed over a millennium ago. Located on the lush Lough Leane, it boasts amazing archaeological artifacts that will dazzle even the most experienced travelers. Hearing the history of the monastery, including the details of founder St. Finian the Leper’s life, will fascinate everyone in your group. Because of its outdoorsy qualities, Killarney offers the advantage of stress free travel. Visiting Ireland has never been such an exquisite experience.

Tourism in Killarney, Ireland

A Taste of Wonderful Whiskey

After all the sightseeing and walking, chances are that you’re going to want to put your feet up and relax at some point. You may also want to partake of one of Ireland’s most excellent exports — its whiskey. The Swissgear 2610 Mono Sling Bag in Dark Gray can play the role of the perfect drinking buddy, hanging onto your water bottle as you navigate some of Killarney’s finest watering holes. Irish Whiskey Experience on New Street provides an excellent primer on your favorite spirit, so you’ll want to stow your notebook in this sensational backpack. The front pocket is the perfect place to store your pen and phone as you embrace the wonderful world of whiskey. If you’ve never enjoyed whiskey straight out of an oak cask, now is your moment. Those who are so inclined can even concoct their own blends, mixing a melange of their favorite flavors. Use the back slot to slip some mementos into your spectacular sack. The adjustable shoulder strap makes it a travel friendly, allowing you to kick up your heels while enjoying an education on pairing whiskey with your favorite foods. Whether you love chocolate or cheese, you’ll be able to figure out a complementary concoction that will suit your fancy — even when you get back to your home. If you prioritize organization, you’ll be thrilled with all of the compartments this Swissgear bag has to offer. After all, you’ll need your tablet to help you document all of the best blends. With a bottom locker handle, this bag is perfectly portable and aesthetically pleasing.

Carrauntoohil Mountain Ireland

Climb Every Mountain — or Just Carrauntoohil Mountain

For experienced climbers and beginners alike, Carrauntoohil Mountain offers an abundance of riveting routes. Those who are interested in hearing more about the history of the area may want to take advantage of a guide’s services. The Carrauntoohil guides are entertaining and generous with their local lore, allowing you to explore while also getting a great workout in. Once you get to the top, you’ll find some of the most selfie-friendly spots in the world. Grab your ScanSmart backpack and set forth on the open trails; you won’t regret it.

Golf It up on Gorgeous Greens

As you may already know, Killarney hosts some of the best golfing grounds on the entire planet. After all, the terrain is ideal. Whether you prefer woodland or lakeside, there will be something extraordinary for you. From courses with nine holes to 36, you’re bound to find your sweet spot. And once you golf your heart out, you’ll have a beautiful place to lay your head down at night. In Killarney, there are more beds than there are people! Travelers can choose from an astounding array of beautiful hotels, bed and breakfasts, and even short-term vacation rentals. Deluxe accommodations often provide breakfast to guests, and you may discover the brilliance of eating your oatmeal with a dash of whiskey. In Killarney, that’s called “Irish oatmeal”. Meanwhile, those who want to decompress after a day of activity will find comfort in the Orchid Day Spa, which offers a whole host of thrilling spa activities.

Seaside in Killarney, Ireland

Hardside Luggage Worthy of Killarney

As you’ve probably gleaned by now, the best trips to Killarney are the ones that are bursting with activity. But you’ll need the right luggage to bring all the ideal accessories and accouterments on your trip. And there’s nothing like the Swissgear 7366 Expandable 3-Piece Hardside Luggage Set in Lime to get you in the right mode. When you’re making your way around Killarney, you’ll appreciate the tough construction of these pieces. Like the residents of Killarney themselves, these bags are made of sturdy stuff. Then there are the magnificent metal zippers that help all your goodies to stay safe when you’re traveling to and fro. The 18-inch carry-on allows you to keep all of your necessities at the ready, while the 27-inch bag will do much of your heavy lifting. The 23-inch bag is perfect for storing all of your golfing and hiking clothes — and some souvenirs from that whiskey adventure. Some might be pleasantly surprised that it even boasts its own cupholder! Tie-down clothing straps and packing pockets make these heavenly pieces of hardside luggage a necessary part of your traveling strategy. You’ll be grateful for the expandable packing space when you decide to pick up a few new sweaters in Killarney, and the three-dial lock is even approved by the TSA. If you plan on getting lots of souvenirs, bring a 3 piece luggage set along for your trip.

Also, you won’t be the first — or the last — traveler to feel as if their time in Killarney flew by much too quickly. When you’re in a hurry to make it back to the airport on time, you’ll be thankful for 360-degree wheels that allow you to fly through security. The molded grab handle makes it easy to bring the bags on some day trips if you so desire. With many Killarney visitors opting to go on Ring of Kerry day trips, hard shell luggage makes even more sense. And wherever you go afterward, their lime green color is bound to remind you of the fact that they once accompanied you on a trip to one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Indeed, the magic that you’ll experience in Killarney is likely to stay with you for the rest of your life. As Ireland’s native son Oscar Wilde once said, “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” And Killarney, as you undoubtedly will discover, is the best.

Author: Joseph Daniels