Although each region of Ireland has something special to offer, Kerry County is really beautiful in the south-west. The County has been successfully located as one of the best places to visit on the Emerald Isle, ranging from the charm of classic towns like Killarney & Dingle to rolling countryside and amazing seascapes.
Kerry appeals to drivers, walkers and even visitors in small villages who simply look for cozy pubs. Here is a guide to seeing and doing the best things while exploring the popular Irish region.
Visit Ross Castle
Ross Castle is one of Ireland’s largest castles, majestically situated alongside the Lough Leane, within the Killarney National Park. Even if the nature parks that make up the bigger park are not enough, it is definitely worth visiting the castle directly. The O’Donoghue clan founded this fort in the Middle Ages. There is a steel towerhouse well maintained. Take a guided tour or just wander around the grounds to feel the former grandeur on your own.
Bike through Killarney National Park
On the outskirts of Killarney town in County Kerry you will consider one of the six national parks in Ireland. Rent one bike close to the entrance to visit Killarney National Park and appreciate the well-maintained routes. Lough Leane’s walking paths overlook the waters and are protected by oaklands. You can even see the only red deer sheep that reside on mainland Ireland if you are blessed. Two other sights in the park of great historical interest include the Muckross Abbey and the Ross Castle.
Plan a Road Trip Along the Ring of Kerry
The Kerry ring is for good reason one of Ireland’s most successful roads. From Torc Waterfall to the Gap of Dunloe, there are some incredible natural beauties and picturesque viewpoints on the circuits (usually from the village of Killarney). It takes more than three hours to drive straight across Iveragh Peninsula, so you probably want to prepare for breaks in a good deal of extra time.. Render one of them Ladies Tour, where the ladies of Queen Victoria paused to gaze at the tour over the landscape of Kerry. Then have lunch at Portmagee and you can even catch a ferry on the famed Skellig Islands to the lively pubs and homes that pass along the coastline.
Surf and Swim at Inch Beach
There are some beautiful beaches in Ireland and one in County Kerry is Inch Bay. The broad sand line is suitable for picnicking, but the waves are also perfect for easy surfing or wave capturing. Inch is one of the best surf spots in the area, and in the summer months there is also a life-guard.
Picnic at the Base of Gleninchaquin Falls
One of Ireland’s most stunning waterfalls is situated in a private park on the Beara Peninsula. The Gleninchaquin Falls waters cascade over a rocky mountain, while cattle graze in harmony in the area. The park has a route that leads you to the very top of the cascade, bows that you can touch, and a picnic table at the bottom of the drop. Kids will also be given the opportunity to schedule a farm tour to see all the lovely animals in the countryside.
Explore the Dingle Peninsula
While the Ring of Kerry is the most popular road trip in the country, Dingle Peninsula is also full of beautiful and less crowded landscapes. Cross the rolling green mountains packed with grazing sheep and travel along the bottom of the peninsula on the steep cliffside. Dingle city, with plenty of nice pubs and an Irish village charm, is a fabulous place to stay at night. Take a boat trip or at least watch the most famous location— a favorite dolphin called the Fungie who has been residing in the bay for decades.
Catch Amazing Views on the Slea Head Drive
From Dingle on the Slea Head drive to meet one of the most western points in Europe. This ring road skirts the tip of the peninsula and offers views of the Blasket Islands. The 30-mile path circles R559, a small stream that hugs cliffs and at certain points can barely feel wide enough for two vehicles. The slow speed at which you will have to travel is, however, even better if you take a closer look around every turn of the road.