The historic, four-star Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry (Ireland) is delighted to once again host a spring flower inspired botanical watercolour painting workshop from the 5th to the 8th of March 2023.  The three-night ‘Watercolour Painting Package’ costs from €549 per person sharing.  Renowned watercolour artist, Mary Dillon, heads up this residential course which includes three nights bed and breakfast with a full Irish Breakfast each morning and one evening meal. Guests will check in on Sunday, 5th of March and will enjoy welcome drinks and an introduction to the course by Mary Dillon. This wonderful residential painting workshop also includes a farewell table d’hôte dinner in the stunning 2 AA Herbert’s Restaurant on Tuesday evening. Over the course of the workshop the participants will be tutored in the art of watercolour and will learn how to bring the majesty and colour of spring flowers to life on paper. All materials will be provided including colours, brushes, palettes, watercolour paper and drawing boards and there is no experience necessary. This fabulous course will include two and half days of painting in the elegant Drawing Room in Cahernane House Hotel which overlooks the hotel’s mature gardens and Killarney National Park.

Mary Dillon is a world class botanical artist and an outstanding, engaging, and inspiring teacher who is passionate about painting and plants. She is a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland and was the founding Chairperson of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.


Mary will guide you through simple drawing and painting techniques to help you capture the essence of a plant with its sensuality and frailty. If you already have some experience, she will work with you to enhance your skills and increase your competence. Each day you will learn, practice, and apply the skills required to create your own botanical watercolour painting.


Speaking in advance of the Spring Flower Painting Workshop at Cahernane, Mary said, “During our workshop we will slow down, taking time to really look at the bright, fresh and vibrant colours of the changing seasons. We will learn simple techniques to accurately draw plants by observing their structures and shapes and using light and shade to bring life to your drawing and painting. Having learned how to find just the right colour mix for your painting we will use first wet and then dry watercolour painting techniques, painting fine detail, and layering colours. This will also be a wonderful opportunity to experience painting and nature in a mindful and relaxed atmosphere.”


Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry is the perfect place to get away from it all this spring. Removed from the main throughfare of Killarney and set on its own private grounds on the edge of Killarney National Park, the house presents plenty of opportunities for guests to enjoy a relaxing and creative getaway. The Muckross Road, where Cahernane House is located is often referred to as ‘The gateway to the Ring of Kerry’, renowned for its spectacular scenery and ancient history.


Built in 1877, Cahernane House Hotel has been extensively renovated by the owners, PREM Group who have spent over €7.8 million on an ambitious renewal programme. There are 12 grand bedrooms in the original Manor House, 28 in the Garden Wing and the Coach House, once home to the horses and carriages of the Herbert family who built the house is now the setting for 8 new luxurious bedrooms. The Coach House Bedrooms have all been decorated in vibrant colours and the soft furnishings and wallpapers have been inspired by the flora of Kerry and its famous wildflowers.

Cahernane House Hotel is well known for its fantastic food which is created by the Executive Chef Cormac Vesey and his team. The Cellar Bar serves casual food daily while fine dining is offered in Herbert’s.

For more information on Cahernane House Hotel or to book the Watercolour Painting with Mary Dillon see or call   +353 (0) 64 663 1895.