County Kerry is a land of scenic beauty located in the south west of Ireland. The luscious green landscape found here will match what most people have in their minds when thinking of Ireland, sprawling greenery overlooked by impressive mountains alongside beautiful coastal views. Kerry’s beauty is crowned by Killarney National Park where you’ll find beautiful waterways, deep woodlands, free roaming deer, and fascinating historical structures.
The towns of Killarney, Dingle and Kenmare are all popular tourist destinations which offer unique atmospheres and experiences. The social scene in the towns of Kerry revolves around the pub. Locals and tourists alike mix in what is an incredibly friendly atmosphere. Traditional Irish music is a mainstay in Kerry and you’ll soon hear the age old tunes coming from the pub as you approach. The famous Irish pub culture is well and truly alive in County Kerry.
The county’s coastline provides much of the activities in County Kerry. On golden beaches you’ll find surfing, windsurfing, diving, kayaking and much more. Off the coast there are plenty of islands, most notably the Blasket Islands and the Skellig Islands. The Skellig Islands are rocky masses jutting out from the Atlantic waves. Skellig Michael was once inhabited by a group of monks who eventually abandoned the island, impressive ruins remain and are well preserved.
Ring of Kerry:
Whether driving yourself, or taking one of the many coach tours, experiencing the unspoilt beauty of the Ring of Kerry is a must. Circling the majestic peaks of the MacGillycuddy Reeks, through valleys and along the shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bays, the looped route is an unforgettable tour that showcases Ireland’s fantastic landscape at its best. Don’t forget to stop on occasion to rest and look around, in the countryside or one of the idyllic villages, like Glenbeigh, Sneem or Waterville, that the Ring passes through. Other popular places of interest include Derrynanne House, Muckross House, and the stone fort at Staigue.
For the most rugged and stunning Atlantic coastline in Kerry, and perhaps Ireland, a tour of the Dingle Peninsula is ideal. Home to what many consider to be the most impressive scenery on the continent, a rare and unique range of plant and animal life, and the most westerly point of all Europe, Slea Head, the views as you look out over the Atlantic, taking in the scattered rocks and the Blasket Islands and the sunken, sixteenth century Spanish fleet can leave you breathless. The Peninsula is also home to delightful villages, and there are many ancient forts and prehistoric sites.
Killarney National Park:
Around eighteen miles south of Tralee is Killarney National Park, 25,425 acres of forest and lake lands that were established as Ireland’s first national park back in 1932. Encompassing the stunning Lakes of Killarney, Dinis Cottage, Inisfallen Island, Knockreer Demesne, a visitor centre at Muckross House, and many more places of outstanding natural beauty. Ross Castle and Ross Island sit by the Lakes, Ladies View and Torc Waterfall are famous points of interest while the extensive native forest contains Ireland’s only native herd of red deer.