With rural cottages and country lanes, the village of Beaufort is an idyllic place to stay. Located in the south of Kerry in the Republic of Ireland, its name is ‘Lios an Phuca’ in Irish which translates to the pretty ‘place of the Fairy’ when translated into English. As this village is set in a gorgeous valley with the trickling River Laune from Lough Leane passing through the settlement, it’s easy to see why this place deserves this beautiful name. Another reason to visit Beaufort is for its scenic location right by the Ring of Kerry which is a popular tourist trail passing through stunning places of interest such as the Iveragh Peninsula and the Torc Waterfall.
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Beaufort is just a twenty minute drive to Lough Leane, the largest of the Lakes of Killarney. The name in Irish means ‘lake of learning’ and if you didn’t value natural beauty and splendour before, you will definitely learn to after one look at this sprawling and twinkling lake. Whether you choose to take a slow, relaxing walk by Lough Leane, fish by the banks or just plan on sitting by the banks on a romantic picnic for two, it is one place that should be seen whilst on a cottage holiday in Beaufort.
Also close to Beaufort is the historic tower house of Ross Castle which was constructed in the late 15th century and can be found on Ross Island in the middle of Lough Leane. Visitors can hop aboard a lake cruise which really is the best way to see the lough from all angles, and a trip to Ross Castle can be combined in this way, which makes a wonderful afternoon trip under the sun if you are interested in old architecture.
There are also a couple of cultural things to do in Beaufort as the village itself is home to some festivals which take place each year and you may be lucky enough to catch one of these whilst on your self-catering break. One of these is the Beaufort Film Festival which celebrates and follows 20 years of the art of film making in the area. Another is the Beaufort Irish and Music Festival which the whole community anticipates each year. Locals and tourists alike gather to celebrate Irish music, food and history with events such as the Gala Party and Irish performers showcasing their incredible talent. This event is usually held in March.
Beaufort is simply a haven for nature lovers, with the Tomies Wood being close by with its ancient oak trees and red deer, falcon and owls burrowed inside. As the village is located at the foot of the tallest mountain in Ireland, Carrantuohill, there are plenty of opportunities for trekking, and you will not be short of things to do in Beaufort. To find a good quality cottage for your Irish holiday, feel free to browse through our selection of rural country cottages, log cabins and holiday chalets.
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