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A picnic for Caragh Lake

Caragh Lake, close to Killorgin, is one of the most beautiful spots in Kerry. Fishermen love it and the Caragh River is an important wildlife habitat because it is so free of pollution. The banks of the lake offer some of the finest views of Carrantuohill, Ireland’s highest mountain in the McGillicuddy Reeks range.One of the landmarks of the lake shores is Ard na Sidhe. It’s now a fine luxury hotel and ideal for romantic breaks, but was built for Lady Gordon, a noted traveller and writer who spared no expense in building ‘the house of my dreams’ in this magical spot, the name means Hill of the Fairies. She employed English architect Morley Horden and the building is now recognised as one of the country’s finest Arts and Crafts Movement houses.Ard na ... more
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History of Caragh Lake

History of Caragh Lake  Caragh Lake is in the protected environment of Killarney National Park, considered so important that it was the first land in the Republic to be granted such status in 1932.Set between the bustle of Killorglin and the small village of Glenbeigh, the lowering McGillicuddy Reeks – Ireland’s highest range, with Carrantuohill best seen from the lake’s western banks - form a tremendous backdrop.Kerry is defined by its mountains and its many beautiful lakes, which make it the most, visited part of Ireland apart from Dublin.The wonderful surroundings attracted beautiful people. Perhaps chief among them was Lady Edith Gordon, a Kerry native who determined to build her dream home on the shores of the lake. Ard na Sidhe is now a country house hotel, which has been r ... more
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