The Town of Killarney is just over an hour from Cork airport and an ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry and some of the finest links courses in the world. If you prefer a golf resort, then North of Killarney and close to Shannon airport you will find Adare Manor and Trump International Doonbeg. To the South, Fota Island is a top golf resort with 3 courses onsite or the world-famous Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale can be ticked off that bucket list.
The South West of Ireland has not had as much press as it’s neighbours to its North and to the East but we think it is about to take off in a big way, wouldn’t it be nice to say to people we have stayed there and played there. The 2027 Ryder Cup is returning to Ireland at the fabulous Adare Manor Resort and we can arrange your golf here as well as courses like Lahinch, Ballybunion and Waterville making it a world-class experience.
If you like the idea of walking to the first tee after a full Irish breakfast then there are plenty of golf resorts to choose from, Fota Island, Adare Manor, Old Head of Kinsale, Castlemartyr and Trump International at Doonbeg. If however, you prefer to have more options at night time to embrace the local hospitality then towns like Killarney, Tralee and Cork are ideal for couples and groups alike.
Best Hotels in South West Ireland
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Cork or Shannon
Cork to Killarney 1 hour 20 minutes
Cork to Old Head of Kinsale 40 minutes
Cork to Tralee 1 hour 45 minutes
Shannon to Adare Manor 30 minutes
Shannon to Trump International Doonbeg 55 minutes
BEST VALUE MONTHS:
April and October
BEST GOLF WEATHER:
April to October
Why choose South West Ireland for a golf holiday?
South West Ireland is worth a visit for anyone who is looking for world-class links golf and traditional Irish hospitality. The area has an abundance of golf courses that are easy on the eye and should be on many people's bucket lists. Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion, Old Head of Kinsale and Adare Manor to name a few and our team can direct you to some cracking hidden gem courses. Towns like Killarney, Tralee and Cork know how to look after tourists from the comfort of your hotel to the abundance of pubs and restaurants to choose from.
How long are flights from UK?
Ryanair and Aer Lingus into Cork and Shannon from a number of Airports is the easiest way to get to the area. Flight times on average are an hour and usually very reasonably priced.
Top Tips for a golf holiday in South West Ireland
The Ring of Kerry is Ireland's longest circular route and covers some staggeringly beautiful scenery, including lakes, beaches, glens, castle ruins, off-shore islands, mountains and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean to the west. A journey around the Ring of Kerry is a must for any first-time visitor to Ireland.
Cork City is the second-largest city in the Republic but the locals call Cork "the real capital of Ireland". They might not be the most impartial judges, but many visitors are inclined to agree, leaving the city with an enduring fondness and a full stomach: Cork is known throughout Ireland for its exceptional food.
Dingle is a quaint fishing port full of charm and allure. Expect its narrow streets to be bustling with visitors during high season. When you're ready to take time out, stop off at one of the many small Irish pubs and enjoy a pint of Guinness with the locals.
Killarney is the definitive Irish tourist town, it has something for everyone and, after Dublin, is generally the first place to be added to the itinerary of any Ireland tour. Though perhaps offering fewer historical and cultural attractions than its east-coast counterparts, Killarney more than makes up for this with the bustle of the town itself and the natural beauty of the Killarney national park just five minutes drive away.
Blarney Castle is situated five miles north-west of Cork city, it’s a fixture on most tour itineraries. Best known for the famous "Blarney Stone" which visitors are encouraged to kiss, in the hope they will be gifted with the power of persuasive and elegant speech, or as it’s called in Ireland Blarney.
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