Are you someone who, after watching a romantic comedy based in Ireland, couldn’t stop dreaming about going there? I was, and I’m sure I’m not alone! The film that caught my eye was Leap Year, in which a girl travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend.
She starts her journey in county Kerry in a town called Dingle, and even though the film was made in other parts of Ireland, I was very excited when I got my invitation for a birthday party in Tralee – the largest town in County Kerry.
Kerry is one of 26 counties in Ireland. Located in the southwest, it’s the most mountainous region of Ireland, home to two of the three tallest peaks in the country: Carrauntoohil and Mount Brandon. You’ll also find the dramatic Atlantic coastline, National Parks and stunning lakes here, so visiting Kerry offers a whole world of adventure. Here, I explore how to get there and where to stay in Kerry in Ireland.
How to get to Kerry in Ireland
This is the closest airport but also the smallest one. You can get there from London or Dublin on a quick and easy one-hour flight. Once you arrive, you can hail a taxi, but it is better to book one ahead before arriving, just to make sure there’s one available.
There is no public transport available, so your other option (and my preferred one) is to hire a car. Find out why I think Ireland makes the perfect place for a road trip here.
Flights to Kerry are very affordable – great if you’re visiting Kerry in Ireland on a budget.
Located two hours away from Kerry, this international airport is reachable from further afield, including USA cities like New York and Atlanta. In addition to renting a car, you can also take a bus or train for your onward journey to Kerry.
Cork international airport
Located 90 minutes away from Kerry in Ireland, this airport is well-connected with European cities. It also has good bus and train options, as well as rental car companies, making your journey easy.
Train or bus to Tralee, Farranfore and Killarney
If you’re travelling to Dublin or are already in Ireland, then the train or bus could be the best option for you to reach Kerry. You can book your train ticket at www.irishrail.ie
Where to stay in Kerry
Kerry in Ireland is home to a whole host of places to stay, from top of the range to budget friendly. You can choose from everything from massive Airbnb properties and five-star hotels to charming B&Bs and guest houses.
Some of the most beautiful towns in Kerry are Waterville, Killarney, Dingle and Caherdaniel. Kerry is also full of stunning little villages where you can find a perfect place to stay if you’d like to venture off the beaten track a little. Here are five of my favourite places to stay in Kerry to help you choose.
These holiday homes are private houses, perfect for families. Stay here and you’ll feel at one with nature, soaking up the tranquil environment and relaxing atmosphere, all with a beautiful backdrop of mountains.
This hidden-away guest house is close to Dingle, giving you the perfect chance to enjoy the Irish countryside away from most other tourists. This place also has a proper local pub and restaurant – great for living like the locals!
This one is perfect for a luxury getaway. The top-class resort has a fabulous spa and is located near the mountains and the the lake, showcasing spectacular views.
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