Fodor's Expert Review The Mills Inn

N22, Baile Bhuirne, Co. Kerry, Ireland Fodor's Choice

If you wince at tour-bus crowds, consider heading to the Irish-speaking village of Ballyvourney, where this historic coaching inn beside the rapid-flowing River Sullane has old castle ruins, a stable yard, and gardens on its grounds. The bar, established in 1755, is popular with Irish-speaking locals and has top-class traditional Irish music from Thursday to Sunday night. Rooms are well insulated from bar and traffic noise, and come in various sizes with four-poster mahogany beds. The restaurant and bar serve generous portions of local meat and seafood—it's quieter in the restaurant, with a fancier menu, but you may need to reserve. Typical daily specials include Dingle Bay scampi or twice-cooked pork belly on braised red cabbage.

PROS

  • lively local trade in bar
  • village location with peaceful country walks
  • live Irish music on Friday evening

CONS

  • 15-minute drive to Killarney
  • on busy main road (but quiet at night)
  • not much else happening in village

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Casual
Countryside
Local Flavor
$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 026-45237

HOTEL DETAILS

20 rooms

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