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Milena Jaksic's Kerry: 'Sundays involve heading to the little hidden islands and inlets by kayak'



Milena Jaksic

Milena Jaksic

Milena Jaksic

My mum is from just outside Dingle. It's where I spent my childhood holidays, with happy memories of Dingle, Kilmore and Cloghane.

It's where my love of hillwalking began, too.

I have recently fallen in love again with Killarney. I hadn't spent much time there since I was young, until I was asked to help the Europe Hotel to create a bespoke reformer-Pilates studio. Being in the hotel is like being wrapped up in a luxurious blanket: cosy, charming and inviting.

Saturday would be spent on my favourite mountain, the majestic Carrauntoohil. I've climbed it so many times, yet each climb is a unique experience. I love the challenge of Devil's Ladder; the views from the top are worth the climb.

We used to walk Mount Brandon growing up, and it's still one of my all-time favourite things to do. You can walk for hours and not meet a single soul; it's precious quiet time and headspace.

I'm drawn to the ocean, so Sunday would have to involve heading to the little hidden islands and inlets by kayak, to go seal watching or house watching - there are so many incredible homes built along the shoreline.

For a real treat, I'd take a Rib boat over to Kilmackillogue on the Beara Peninsula for a bowl of the most amazing mussels in Helen's Bar. After all that activity, there's only one place to go for a Sunday evening of great food and atmosphere - O'Shea's Bar in Sneem.

Milena Jaksic is co-founder of Platinum Pilates, with seven studios around Dublin. See platinumpilates.ie

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