Set against a backdrop of emerald mountains and the sparkling waters of Kenmare Bay, the 300-acre Sheen Falls Estate is perfectly placed for exploring southwest Ireland, the Ring of Beara, Ring of Kerry and the beautiful Killarney Lakes. Located just outside the town of Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way, the estate boasts sublime views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Kenmare Bay and the cascading Sheen waterfalls. The spacious guest rooms at the lodge - many with open fireplaces - offer views over Kenmare Bay or the waterfalls. A selection of two-bedroomed thatched cottages are also on offer for those seeking the utmost privacy.
The list of activities on offer is endless from whisky and gin tasting to kayaking, paddle boarding and riding through magnificent landscapes. Embark on clay shooting, falconry and gourmet picnics, or fish on the private stretch of the River Sheen. Stroll through the grounds spotting a wealth of birdlife, from oystercatchers and kingfishers to the rare white-tailed sea eagles, and perhaps catch glimpses of seals and otters along the rugged coastline. Learn the skill of artisan chocolate making, take to the skies by helicopter or immerse yourself in the rich scenery on the lodge's complimentary bicycles. A dip in the Easanna Spa after any outdoor adventure is always a welcome retreat.
Dining is an important part of a stay at Sheen Falls Lodge. Top-tier cuisine generally comes as standard in the Relais & Chateaux group, but The Falls fine-dining restaurant also boasts two AA rosettes and serves exquisite regional specialities such as fresh oysters from Cromane, and salmon prepared in the on-site smokery. More relaxed dining and sumptuous afternoon teas are on offer in the Sheen Lounge, while the Sheen Bar offers 20 different varieties of gin, and a selection of some 90 whiskeys.
Couples or groups of friends
Families with older children
Lovers of wildlife and nature
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Find complete relaxation against the ever-present backdrop of the tumbling Sheen Falls
Set out on a guided hike through the surrounding nature trails
Feast on freshly baked scones as part of afternoon tea in the Sheen Lounge
Venture down to the stables and set out on a gentle ride along peaceful country lanes and riverside trails
Sooth tired limbs in the Easanna Spa with a nature inspired treatment, and some time enjoying the swimming pool and sauna
Experience falconry with the estate’s own birds of prey, or try your hand at clay pigeon shooting
Embark upon world class fishing in the Sheen River; the executive chef will even prepare your catch – or smoke it for you in the lodge’s own smokehouse
Enjoy world-class dining with idyllic views at The Falls restaurant
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Take out a kayak out to explore Kenmare Bay from the water
Head out to explore the glorious scenery of the Ring of Kerry, where you’ll find shimmering lakes, charming villages and craggy mountains
Meander through the heritage town of Kenmare, with its buzzy market and charming independent boutiques, cafes and traditional pubs.
Take a boat trip out to the Skellig Islands, renowned for their extraordinary birdlife and UNESCO-protected early Christian monastery
Explore Killarney National Park and the Victorian stately home, Muckross House.
Journey to the sand dunes of Derrynane Beach and - if you’re feeling brave - take a dip in the crystalline blue waters
Take a foraging walk along the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way, discovering Irish seaweed and other edible delicacies
Explore Killarney National Park in a ‘jaunting car’, a traditional horse drawn carriage
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