What to do in Kerry
Kerry has to be one of the best places to visit in all of Ireland. It’s easy to reach, has a whole host of accommodation options and a combination of mountains, lakes and coast that are hard to beat. Once you’ve checked out my guide to getting there, you’re ready to plan what to do in Kerry.
From National Park to peninsula, and even the location for a Star Wars scene, you’ll find it all in my round-up of what to do in Kerry. Use this guide to plan a holiday you won’t forget.
Killarney is a picturesque town with many colorful houses, shops and pubs, which make it one of the most popular cities in Ireland. It’s here that most of people start their journey around the ‘Ring of Kerry’.
Killarney National Park
This National Park is one of the prettiest parks I’ve ever seen. It’s an area defined by beautiful mountains, picturesque lakes and rivers. You can start your adventure by visiting Ross Castle and the wonderful Torc Waterfall, where some of the trees are covered in moss, creating a magical atmosphere.
Muckross House is also well worth a visit. This Victorian mansion boasts fabulous gardens and a greenhouse full of plants – perfect for keen gardeners.
Continuing your journey through Killarney National Park, don’t miss the Gap of Dunloe, a mountain pass, and the famous Ladies View. It’s a viewpoint framed by hills, valleys and lakes that are so incredibly beautiful!
The park is also a home to three wonderful lakes, known as the Lakes of Killarney. These three water reservoirs in the park are one of the most popular attractions in the entire region, and the richness of wildlife and scenery is just unbelievable.
Killarney National Park is only accessible by foot (hiking or trekking), by bike or on horseback in the main season. We were able to drive there by car because we visited in winter, so the roads were not blocked by horses. The fantastic tour guide Kevin from O’Callaghan Coach Holidays ensured we didn’t miss a thing.
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Ring of Kerry
The most popular tourist trail in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry must be seen by car because it stretches to 180km long, starting and ending in Killarney. It’s a scenic road around the county full of mountains, cliffs, plains, rivers, lakes and beaches.
There are also many stunning monuments, from romantic castles to colourful towns, to look out for on the way. Make a list to tick off places as you spot them, like Daniel O’Connell’s home, Ballycarbery Castle, Old Kenmare Cemetery, Moll Pass, St Finians Bay and Portmagee Village, which are just a few of the many great attractions. For more information check out the official website for the route.
Peninsula of Dingle
The end of the Dingle Peninsula is the westernmost place in Ireland. Steep rocky coasts, defensive forts and vast empty beaches are part of the wonderful landscape here, together with the Slieve Mish mountains. You’ll see some of the prettiest Irish sunsets from the coast here, so plan your visit for dusk and keep a camera ready.
The biggest town, Dingle, is a typical Irish fishing village. Besides being a beautiful and charming place, Dingle’s biggest attraction is Fungie – the most famous dolphin in all of Ireland, which for many years has regularly come to the same place and entertained tourists with his displays.
Skellig Island (Great Skellig)
Access to this island is expensive and very difficult. Skellig Michael is a place of world cultural heritage and the annual number of people who visit the island cannot exceed 15,000 in order to protect the valuable monuments and habitats of birds nesting in rockeries. This wonderful place gained popularity because the last shot in Star Wars was filmed here.
Kerry has so much to offer when it comes to what to see, whether you’re looking for calm, luxury or outdoor adventure. With magnificent mountains, glassy lakes and a lush landscape, everyone will find something to admire.
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