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Gleann Fia Country House

"A warm welcome from your hosts, Bridget and Conor O’Connell, to our home, "Gleann Fia Country House" located in Killarney at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way in the ancient kingdom of Kerry."
  • Grand Victorian-Style Country House

    Grand Victorian-Style Country House

  • Our expansive garden is our pride and joy

    Our expansive garden is our pride and joy

  • The Macgillycuddy Reeks in all its glory

    The Macgillycuddy Reeks in all its glory

  • Idyllically situated at the edge of a Wooded River Valley

    Idyllically situated at the edge of a Wooded River Valley

  • Kerry is the Outdoor Adventure Capital of Ireland

    Kerry is the Outdoor Adventure Capital of Ireland

Activities

Kerry is the Outdoor Adventure Capital of Ireland, from Hill Walking, Horse Riding, Fishing, Cycling not to mention World renowned Golf Championship Courses.

Attractions

Kerry is one of the few places in the world to offer such an abundance of beautiful places to see and things to do, with so many on your doorstep.

Trips

Ireland’s South-West coast represents some of the most spectacular seascapes you will encounter anywhere on the Wild Atlantic Way.

A warm welcome from your hosts, Conor and Bridget O’Connell, to the website of our home, "Gleann Fia Country House" located in Killarney at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way in the ancient kingdom of Kerry.

The time-honoured Irish tradition of hospitality has been our life for over 35 years here in Kerry and overseas. Before we purchased “Gleann Fia Country House” in 2001, Conor was General Manager and Director (1984 - 2000) of the four-star Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney.

Countless charms made us fall in love with this house and its gardens covering a four-acre site. The music of the River Deenagh floats through the open windows of “Gleann Fia” (Gaelic for Glen of the Deer), a purpose-built, Victorian style country house. History rustles in the leaves of its mature trees first planted in what was then the demesne of a Kerry family of aristocrats, the Earls of Kenmare.

“Gleann Fia” is a boutique property open year-round as a home-from-home for guests travelling from all corners of the world to set out on the Wild Atlantic Way and to view the famed landscape of County Kerry, proudly known to us locals as "The Kingdom". We are located one mile from the busy town of Killarney and yet idyllically situated at the edge of a wooded river valley known as "The Fairy Glen".

We have dedicated the hillside section of our grounds behind “Gleann Fia’ as a wild garden and nature reserve teeming with wildlife such as Sika Deer, rabbits and badgers. It shelters an apiary where Conor tends his beehives to harvest honey for the dining-room table.

As enthusiastic hill walkers and cyclists, we have a genuine passion to share our personal knowledge and experience of all that our wonderful County of Kerry has to offer as an outdoor paradise.

Our location is ideal as a holiday base to play golf on world-renowned championship golf courses and links, take in the thrills and spills of horse racing, mingle with the locals at vibrant festivals, and escape the madding crowd to fish, hill walk, cycle, boat and or simply chill out in this most unspoiled part of Ireland.

Our expansive garden is our pride and joy. Majestic oak and beech trees line our avenue. Flowers, both wild and cultivated, bloom throughout the year. Autumn has its own beauty when ruby berries light up the hawthorn trees. The garden is bordered by the River Deenagh, murmuring on its journey from here to Lough Leane in Killarney National Park. Every window in our home frames a view of the garden. Many of the bedroom windows look out on vistas of the treetops.

When you arrive at our front door, you will be warmly welcomed. In Gaelic, we call this “Céad mile fáilte” (Gaelic for a hundred thousand welcomes). For now, browse our site for information on the best that Kerry has to offer through the four seasons. Of course, we would love to hear from you if you want more detailed information or advice on bookings for trips or guided tours in advance of your arrival.

Slán go fóill (Gaelic for Bye for a while)

Sincerely,

Your hosts,
Conor and Bridget

Top Tips for Killarney

It will be the greatest playground in the world, for there is not another like it and I know them all.

(Senator Arthur Vincent on presenting the Muckross Estate to the Irish people in 1932 to become the nucleus of Killarney National Park)

Before you dip into this treasure trove of over 30 tips, we have to tell you that the 25,000-acre Killarney National Park is entirely free to visit with the exception of four major visitor attractions.

An admission charge applies to Muckross House and Muckross Traditional Farms (Muckross Gardens are free), Ross Castle and Killarney House (gardens are free here also). Apart from these charges, you are free to roam the vast outdoor playground where other free highlights include Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall and the public playground.

Remember too that cars are banned from the National Park, apart from the main motor entrance to Muckross House and Gardens where the vast car park is again free to the public. People explore the Park by foot, horse and bicycle only.

Also, it cannot be over-emphasised that a one-way system operates through the Muckross/Dinis section of the Park for bikes and horses. Inform yourself about this one-way section of the route if you intend to cycle because the signage leaves a lot to be desired. We’ll set you right!

  • The Ring of Kerry

    The 170km Ring of Kerry hugging Ireland’s South-West coast represents some of the most spectacular seascapes you will encounter anywhere on the Wild Atlantic Way. DON’T leave Ireland with doing “The Ring”.

  • Gap of Dunloe

    Drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage and walk or take a pony and trap up into the Gap of Dunloe. Reward yourself with an Irish Coffee in Kate’s afterwards. (It is possible to drive through the Gap of Dunloe but, unless you go very early in the morning or late in the evening, it’s a nightmare to negotiate because of the narrow and winding road that borders steep drops in places).

  • Dingle

    The Dingle Peninsula is one of Ireland's most famous scenic day trips. It has some of the best natural scenery seen anywhere in Europe. This is rugged, desolate country. The breathtaking panoramas of the coastline with steep cliffs falling into the sea, isolated beaches, and the Blasket Islands.

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Ideal Location

Located on the River Deenagh in acres of beautiful gardens, yet only 1 mile from Killarney Town centre.

Accommodation

Our Single, Double and Twin rooms are individually decorated and some with Antique pieces.

Breakfast

Our delicious breakfast buffet is served each morning in the bright and airy dining room.

Killarney Lakes and Mountains