In the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry, by the Caragh River, lies the Glencar Resort Hotel. Unspoiled by the passage of time, this 350 year old establishment is as old as the trees surrounding it. The Hotel boasts panoramic views of valleys and woods; including the MacGillicuddy Reeks, home to Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Today these mountains are considered a National Heritage Area and are climbed by hundreds of people every year, from every corner of the world.
The Kerry Way, Ireland’s premier long distance walking route, winds past the Hotel grounds. This offers easy access to many more small walks with which to explore the wild Kerry countryside. The resort is perfectly seated within walking distance of Blackstones River, giving anyone who visits an opportunity to fish for wild Irish salmon or trout. The Hotel enjoys the distinction of being the oldest and one of the greatest fishing houses of Ireland.
With all this, the Hotel itself is surrounded by stunning garden grounds; a quaint picnic area and beautiful horses grazing right outside our doors. Inside sit two warm and hospitable pubs, a championship size snooker table and a restaurant on-looking the imposing Reeks and the breathtaking landscape of lower Glencar. The Glencar Resort Hotel presents the optimal location for exploring all that the Kingdom of Kerry and Glencar has to offer, creating a relaxing retreat or an adventurous outing. We ensure a pleasant and memorable stay.
Happy Spring Everbody!
The evenings are already getting longer and we are all getting very excited about the upcoming season.
Our Bar and Restaurant will be open 7 days a week from the 20th March, Come and dine in our beautiful restaurant and enjoy fabulous cusine and amazing views in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
St Patricks Day is nearly upon us and we have a fantastic line up here at the hotel.
Music begins at 5.00pm with "The Singing Jarvey" followed by "Finbarr Coffey" at 7.30pm
Weather permitting we will host a BBQ- hopefully the first of many for the spring/summer season.
A great family day out with lots of fun gauranteed- we look forward to seeing you all there.
For ultimate relaxation stay over and savour the beauty and silence Glencar has to offer.
Call us for all occasions- to book a relaxing getaway and escape into the outdoors, that special event or to dine in our exquisite restaurant.
Our Hotel’s restaurant offers magnificent three course lunches and dinners of the finest cusine every day of the week. A set menu is available for both lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served daily featuring a continental and Irish breakfast. Our ingredients are supplied locally; including fish from the Caragh River. Every dish is specially prepared by our talented chef; he will also prepare any dish for anyone with dietry requirements, or simple dishes for children.
If you’re looking for a lighter snack, there is bar food available along with a comprehensive sandwich menu. During the summer months, on select weekends, we often hold a barbeque and/or live music to accompany. The musicians come from a wide variety of towns around the county of Kerry. There are two bars, the main bar and Christian's bar, both serving hot and cold drinks throughout the day. We cater for any occasion, be it weddings, christenings, birthday parties and much much more.
Our Hotel has en-suite rooms that include complimentary Wi-Fi and TV. These consist of Double, Twin and Suites. We also have a specially-adapted room that allows easier access for customers with disabilities. This includes a fully adapted bathroom, living room and if required, an adjoining bedroom.
Suite, Family and Disability Room also available on request.
We have multi night offers available and 10% discount on group bookings of 10 people or more.
Please use contact form or call for more information on special offers.
While the Hotel is off the beaten path, our secluded location is only 15 minutes from the Ring of Kerry, Ireland's most famous scenic coastal drive. We are also 30 minutes from Killorglin, home to the world famous Puck Fair, and only 35 minutes from Killarney, one of Ireland's most visitied tourist towns. Glencar Resort Hotel makes the ideal base for discovering all that Kerry has to offer and creating a memorable holiday.
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There are many different activities to participate in here at the Glencar Resort Hotel, including countless walks, bike rides, fishing and more.
For over 100 years, the Hotel has been renowned for its fishing reputation. Every year, fishermen from around the world have been visiting Glencar for the wild Irish salmon and trout in our rivers. The main fishing locations include Caragh Lake, the Caragh River and Lough Acoose. Licenses can be obtained through the Hotel.
The Resort attracts numerous individuals/groups eager to climb the MacGillicuddy Reeks and Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. In addition to this, The Kerry Way (215km) passes right by the Hotel, coming from the Black Valley into Glencar and out into Glenbeigh. The Hidden Ireland Tours with Con Moriarty are also available. These entail walking wild coastlines and mountain ridges, biking lanes, golfing in the Atlantic dunes, and fly fishing lakes.
The Resort provides a number of bikes for rent and use for the day. Kerry is the ideal place for a beautiful scenic cycle. It provides a mix of countryside back roads, mountainous tracks, coastal tours, and villages to create a cyclist’s dream.
Not far from us is the Cappanlea Outdoor Education Centre, the perfect place for a family day out together. There are various activities to take part it; kayaking, canoeing, hill walking, rock climbing, orienteering, etc.
We are driving distance from a number of well known golf courses, including the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club which held the Irish Open in 1991 and 1992, and again in 2010 and 2011. The Ryder Cup Challenge was also held here in 2005 and 2006. Dooks Golf Links, Killorglin Golf Club, Waterville Golf Links (the number 1 Golf Links in Ireland), Tralee Golf Club and many more are close by making this spot the ideal base for a golfing holiday.
On a hot summer’s day, why not visit Rossbeigh beach. It’s only a 20 minute drive from us, past Glenbeigh village. Take a walk along the shore and see the 113 year old shipwreck, the ‘Sunbeam’ that ran aground in 1903 on it’s voyage from Kinvara to Cork. Accompanying this is a playground at the beach which can provide hours of fun for the children. Additionally, just on the road to Rossbeigh beach, there is a horse trekking centre, Burke’s Beach Riding. They provide horse treks through the beautiful countryside or along the sandy shore.
We are merely a 15 minute drive from the famous Ring of Kerry, a stunning coastal and countryside drive that forms one of the most scenic sections of the Wild Atlantic Way. It holds an ample amount of activities for everyone. The Red Fox Inn & Kerry Bog Village are a must see for anyone interested in viewing 18th and 19th century Ireland, winner of a Heritage Award, a one of a kind in Europe. It comprises of Kerry bog ponies, Irish Wolfhounds and Mountain goats, making it an exciting tourist attraction.
Further along the Ring of Kerry is Valentia Island, a Perfect spot for cyclists, walkers and also drivers who can travel up Geokaun Mountain for spectacular views of the ocean below and adjacent mainland.
Another few kilometres along the ring are the Skellig Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site for the early Christian monastery located on Skellig Michael. We can provide you with information on boat tours that will carry you/groups out to explore the two islands. The islands house 27,000 pairs of gannets (seabirds), an ideal place for bird watchers. There were also two scenes from Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ shot on the Skelligs. Remains of the monastery can be seen in the film.
Killarney town is full of heritage and activities suited for everyone. Its National Park holds beautiful scenic walks and cycles, and the perfect place for a picnic. Ross Castle includes tours of the 15th century castle tower and garden grounds. In addition to this, Muckross House and Farm also possess guided tours of the magnificent gardens, the old farm houses and the 19th century lakeside mansion. Independent walks are allowed on the garden grounds of Muckross House, Killarney National Park and around the town of Killarney should you prefer.
Please contact us for information and/or help with booking all of the above activities.
Glencar House was built in the 1670 as a hunting lodge by the Earl of Landsdowne, William Petty. Originally Petty was a shrewd army surgeon with Cromwell's army. He amassed vast landholdings in Kerry through marriage and through purchasing property from soldiers reluctant to stay and work the land with which they were paid by Cromwell. He soon discovered iron ore in the valley at Blackstones and employed Welsh workers to mine, forge, and smelt. This established a village in Glencar complete with shops and churches. The remains of the old furnace are still standing close by to Blackstones Bridge.
In the 1780's, the Hotel was sold on to a rich Irish landowner, Maurice Breen. He is responsible for the conversion of the lodge into an inn. The inn housed weary travellers passing by and poor families needing help. His wife, Johannah continued running the hotel after Maurice's death. The Hotel remained within the family until the 1980's, being passed on to John Breen, Johannah's son, and his children after him.
Father O'Sullivan A candidate for canonisation, Father John O’Sullivan often visited the Glencar Hotel. This is where he began his transition into Catholicism from Protestantism. Overhearing a catechism lesson from the Hotel nursery room that was being taught to Mary Charlotte, John Breen’s granddaughter, he became interested in Catholic mass and faith. Wanting to learn more he asked to borrow a book ‘Butler’s Catechism’ by William Butler. He started to attend these lessons and began growing an interest in the Catholic religion. A number of years later there was news that John O’Sullivan had joined the Jesuits and in 1907 he was ordained a priest. He went on to perform miracles through the country, including the healing of Michael Collins' 3 year old nephew. This caught the attention of higher clergy and is, in part, reason for his canonisation. The nursery in the Hotel in which he received his first lessons is now known as ‘Fr. John’s Room’.
The Hotel was then purchased by the Daly's who resided in Lickeen House at Blackstones Bridge. From then on the Hotel has been bought and sold again numerous times down through the years, but still holds its reputation as one of the finest fishing lodges in Kerry.
Traditions are strong in Glencar, as they are in most rural communities and time moves slowly. But as Kerry and Glencar changed so did the Hotel. Although used as a fishing and hunting lodge since its inception, the Hotel has, over the years, been home to both Post Office and Public Bar. The Post Office is long gone but the Pub remains fully operational. This valley rich in fish, game and wild life has been inhabited for millennia. An ancestor of the farmer who is hurrying his herd of sheep from the road in front of you may have carved the Ogham script on the Neolithic standing stones by Cloon Lough. Today Macgillicuddy Reeks and Glencar are now considered a National Heritage Area. With Killarney National Park, home of the native Irish Red deer, only 15 miles away, the region preserves the tranquil beauty of a bygone era.