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The Lake Hotel Killarney

Ireland, South West, Killarney, County Kerry


The Hotel

Nestling on the lake of Lough Lein, Killarney’s lower lake, The Lake Hotel enjoys the most magnificent setting with the truly unique backdrop of the mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarthy Mór castle ruins. The Lake Hotel is a four star property run by the Huggard Family & has been welcoming guests since 1820, so a long tradition of warm Irish hospitality awaits all visitors.


At The Lake Hotel, there is a variety of accommodation options from which to choose, many guests opt for the lake view rooms given the magnificence of the landscape which is laid out in front of them whilst others prefer the more low-key beauty of the woodland areas to the front of the hotel, where the deer roam freely. With either choice, the comfort of your surroundings combined with the majestic scenery ensures a relaxing break away from the routine of daily life.


The setting at The Lake Hotel is the perfect backdrop when enjoying good food, drink and company. Guests and non residents can enjoy classic afternoon tea in the Piano Lounge, a light or more substantial lunch in the Sun Lounge, a relaxing drink in the Devil’s Punch Bowl Bar and dinner in the grandeur of the original hotel dining room, the Castlelough Restaurant. These rooms have been hosting convivial gatherings of friends and families for hundreds of years and a sense of this history and the style of these events is still evident to our guests. Relaxing back in an armchair by the wood burning fire in the lounge, surrounded by original memorabilia, a cup of Earl Grey tea while the piano plays softly in the background, offers a real taste of times gone by. Friendly and attentive staff offering excellent, locally sourced produce prepared with care by our Chefs, ensures a most enjoyable dining experience.

  • Lake Views
  • Excellent location for playing South West Courses


Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience – the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.

Links golf combines sand dunes gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all intertwined by the ever changing weather.

Course Highlights

Rated top 5 in Ireland
Rated in top 20
Links course

Two 18 hole golf courses at Lahinch Golf Club – the McKenzie classic Old Course and the Castle Course. The latter was once fondly known as the ‘Ladies’ Course’.The South of Ireland Championship is held annually in Lahinch in late July. This important fixture on the Men’s amateur circuit boasts winners such as golfing greats Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.As a measure of its status as a top class links course, Lahinch is regularly visited by players prior to The Open Championship. Stewart Cink practiced at Lahinch prior to his win in 2009 and stated that his time at Lahinch formed the basis for his win.One of our most distinguished members was the late Dr. Patrick Hillery, President of Ireland 1976 – 1990. A native of nearby Spanish Point, he regularly enjoyed a friendly fourball at Lahinch.

Situated on the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland’s south west lies the sensational Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Course, a unique combination of traditional seaside golf links and world famous scenery. The links features towering dunes, undulating fairways, punishing rough and cliff top tees and greens. View the white sandy beaches and the ocean waves breaking across the rocks against a backdrop of the majestic Slieve Mish mountain range running along the Dingle peninsula to the West. After your round of golf, retire to the clubhouse and savour some fine Irish hospitality in our bar and restaurant while taking in the panoramic views.

The spectacular view of beach, which runs at the back of the 1st hole and to the right of 2nd hole was the location of the beach scenes of the 1970 epic movie Ryan’s Daughter, which won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

The tower at the back of the 3rd green dates back to the 1190s, while legend has it that the big sandstone rock at the end of the wall running diagonally between the fourth and fifth fairways was hurled by the mythical Cuchullain from the top of the Sliabh Mish, the mountain that can be seen to the south. If one looks closely, what were supposed to be the imprint of his giant fingers can be seen on the boulder? The back of the 7th tee box overlooks the Randy, a small harbour that was a haven for smugglers in earlier centuries.

The stretch of beach just north of the 15th tee box is the lonely part of Banna Strand on which Roger Casement was landed from a U-boat on Good Friday 1916. He was arrested a short distance away, tried for treason in London, and executed.

The beach behind the 16th green and off the right of the 17th hole was where many ships ran aground, including one vessel from the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Course Highlights

Stunning views
Links course
Perfect course on a South West Ireland Tour

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