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Frits Potgieter's Killarney:'From mountains and lakes to the exuberant town centre, Killarney is the heart of the Kingdom'

 

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Frits Potgieter is general manager of Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney

Frits Potgieter is general manager of Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney

Frits Potgieter is general manager of Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney

Since moving to Killarney last year, I've fallen in love with it.

Killarney National Park boasts the most spectacular scenery. If I'm off on a Saturday, I try to set aside a few hours of my weekend and take in the sights of the famous Cardiac Hill and Torc Mountain. Cardiac Hill is an uphill battle, as the name suggests! It should be a 30-minute trek uphill, but it takes me a good hour-and-a-half to climb. I am built for comfort not speed! Each time I reach the top, I am in awe. The views are incredible.

After an hour of heavenly views, I recommend seeking a fruity refreshment. As a proud South African, wine is the only contender. A firm favourite of the Potgieter household is a Champagne flight - three examples of Champagnes from the eclectic Cliquot family - in Monk's Bar in the Muckross Park Hotel. The perfect remedy after a Saturday night out on the town is to head to Murphy's ice-cream parlour in Killarney town; they are famous for their experimental ice-cream flavours. The gin flavour is a favourite of mine. 

Sometimes, on Sundays, my wife and I love to climb aboard a jaunting car and venture into the depths of the Gap of Dunloe. Sundays in Killarney are relaxed. Shops open at noon. We flow through the streets with no real concern for the time.

From mountains and lakes to the exuberant town centre, Killarney is the heart of the Kingdom.

Frits Potgieter is general manager of Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry, see muckrosspark.com

Sunday Independent