County Kerry is endowed with the most spectacular scenery in all of Ireland with Irelands two
highest mountains governing the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula, Irelands largest National
Park (25,000 acres) at Muckross Killarney, containing Irelands National Museum of traditional
crafts, Ross Castle - Killarney, one of Irelands finest restored 14th Century castles now open to the
public. Kerry is a golfers paradise with an abundance of both links and parkland courses, an oasis
for walkers with acres of unspoilt mountain and parkland to roam.
Killarney National Park & Muckross Estate
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Lose yourself in the 25 thousand acres of Killarney National
Park & Muckross Estate with its many walking trails.
Killarney National Park comprises the Lakes of Killarney as
well as the surrounding woodlands and mountains,
McGillycuddy Reeks being the highest mountain range in
Ireland. The most familiar part of the National Park is
Muckross House dating from 1843, a former private
residence where you can view the childrens toys, the famous
Killarney furniture of the library & drawing room & the
famous specially prepared bedroom where Queen Victoria
slept during her visit in 1861. The House and Gardens were
bequeathed by the Bourne Vincent family in 1932 to become
the first National Park in Ireland.
Jaunting Cars: A traditional feature of Killarney, jaunting
cars are available for hire in the town and at other locations
adjoining the National Park.
Visit Europes most westerly point, Slea Head on the Dingle
Peninsula and marvel at 8th Century Gallarus Oratory and
Beehive huts. There is no other landscape in western Europe
with the density and variety of archaeological artefacts of
the Dingle Peninsula. It is impossible to visit the Dingle
Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological
heritage as one combines each sites folklore & mythology.
Dingle boasts a wealth of remains from the Mesolithic
Periods, Stone, Bronze and Iron ages. This area also has the
largest collection of Ogham Stones (almost 70) which is the
earliest form of Irish writing and a wealth of Beehive Huts
on its southern facing slopes. The Dingle Peninsulas isolated
location on the edge of the known world was possibly the
reason a concentration of Early Christian monastic sites were
founded there. Indeed Irelands second highest mountain
Mt. Brandon is named after St. Brendan, a 6th century monk
who is said to have sailed to America before Columbus.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Dingle Peninsula Tourism, Comharchumann Turasoireachta
Chorca Dhuibhne, Dingle, Co. Kerry
The Gap of Dunloe & The Killarney Lakes
Explore the remoteness of the Gap of Dunloe and the
beauty of Killarney Lakes. The ideal and perfect way to
experience this is to avail of the Traditional Day trip. The
250 year old trip involves horse trap or walk (10kms)
through the Gap of Dunloe amidst rugged mountains
returning by boat through Killarneys three famous magical
mystical lakes. This trip only goes once a day. It is essential to
book either through your hotel, guesthouse or your local
If weather does not permit or you do not have the time to
avail of the Traditional Day trip you may drive to Kate
Kearney's Cottage at the Gap of Dunloe and take a short
stroll. Kate Kearney's cottage was a coaching inn where the
hostess, Kate, allegedly cast her spell on all who entered and
toasted them with her special brew. The cottage is now a
pub and restaurant and there is every chance that you will
also be enchanted, but in a much more benign way, by the
warm welcome and the fun at the regular music sessions.
Ross Castle - built by O'Donoghue Mr in the 14th Century.
Ross Castle is now one of the finest restored castles in
Ireland. Guided tours available. From Ross Castle you can
walk to the nearby Copper mines, the oldest copper mines in
Live it up in Tralee, the capital of the Kingdom!
Visit Kerry's capital and take a trip to the Aqua Dome, a fun-filled
time at Irelands largest indoor water world with
exciting features that capture the imagination of adults and
children alike. From here you either embark on a journey on
the old vintage steam train to Blennerville, which takes you
to the door of the only functional windmill in Ireland. On
returning to the town of Tralee take a journey of another
kind at the Geraldine Experience at Ashe Memorial Hall,
Denny Street where you will be transported back to the
Tralee of 200 years ago with a journey through the streets,
with their vivid sounds, smells and characters. To relax take a
stroll on one of the many golden sandy beaches within 3
miles of the town centre.
Explore the archaeological significance of Staigue Fort, Skellig
Michael & the Ogham Stones and marvel at the skill of Kerry
Gardens at Muckross, Derrynane and Glanleam.
Travel on the famous Ring of Kerry route on the Iveragh
Peninsula. This trip of 110 miles is world famous for its
diversity of landscape and beauty. It offers a wonderful
coastal drive (or cycle for the more energetic) stopping en
route in the charming villages of Killorglin, famous for
crowning a goat each year as the King of Puck Fair,
Glenbeigh where such legends as Tir na nOg (land of eternal
youth) were born, Cahirciveen (where the locals applied to
the Pope in Rome to have their church named in honour of
their hero), Waterville (where Charlie Chaplin holidayed),
Caherdaniel (one of the worlds most environmentally
friendly villages), Sneem (the colourful village that hosted
Charles de Gaulle amongst others) and Kenmare (known as
the little nest between the McGillycuddy Reeks & the Caha
Mountains) or the bustling town of Killarney which has
welcomed visitors for centuries. The Ogham stones at
Waterville or Parknasilla bring mystery and intrigue and for
an experience to remember, take a left before Caherdaniel
and visit Irelands largest stone fort, Staigue.
Hit a 9 iron 200 yards on one of Kerry's 20 parkland and links
Co. Kerry must be every golfers paradise. The ambitious
golfer is sure to find satisfaction as well as resistance on some
of Kerrys fine golf courses. Such celebrated courses as
Ballybunion (both old & new courses), the challenging and
magnificent Tralee course and the championship courses of
Killarney and Waterville are amongst Kerrys offerings.
18 Hole Courses: Ballybunion, Beaufort, Ceann tSibeal,
Dooks, Kenmare, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Skellig Bay, Tralee,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Courses should be contacted directly for tee times as well as
golf club & cart hire.
Note: Golf carts are not permitted on all Irish courses.
Shop till you drop in Killarney seven days a week, May to
September to 10pm nightly or tap your foot to a jig played
on a fiddle in one of the many traditional pubs in Killarney.
Killarney one of Irelands top tourist destinations is well
known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan
appeal. There are shops & stores to suit everybody's needs
and wishes. During summer months the lively on-street
musical entertainment complements the meandering of
tourists and locals alike. On bright evenings one can browse
in a bookstore, admire art, or savour the delights of homemade
ice cream or a finely prepared lobster. Killarney is alive
7 days a week for your enjoyment.
The Beaches of Kerry
Stroll the many clean sandy beaches of Kerry from
Ballybunion in the north to Derrynane in the south. With
hundreds of miles of coastline, Kerry has 75 miles of sandy
beaches and the cleanest waters in Europe. They vary from
quiet sandy beaches to exposed beaches which receive huge
The European Blue Flag has been awarded to a number of
Kerry's beaches representing a high level of environmental
Kerry's Blue Flag Beaches include: Ballinskelligs, Ballybunion
North, Ballybunion South, Ballyheighue, Banna, Derrynane,
Fenit, Inch, Kells, Maharbeg, Rossbeigh, Ventry, Whitestrand
Kenmare ('Neidín' meaning a 'little nest') is a town nestled
amongst the Caha Mountains and Kenmare Bay.
Its brightly coloured shop fronts, street cafs and floral
displays, lend an air of uniqueness and a relaxing yet vibrant
atmosphere for the visitor to enjoy. Kenmare also plays host
to excellent gourmet restaurants ranked as some of the
finest in Ireland.
Kenmare provides a good base for driving the scenic Beara
Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. Activities include the
Seafari on Kenmare Bay and other water sports including
fishing. Golfing is on offer at two of Irelands premier
courses overlooking Kenmare Bay. Walks in the nearby Glen
Inchaquin Park and Gardens are another alternative.
Fish the lakes and rivers of Kerry for Wild Salmon, Brown
Trout and Sea Trout in season.
Whether you are interested in sea, lake or river fishing Kerry
has it all. Deep sea fishing can be arranged from Dingle or
Fenit outside Tralee. Killarney's lakes and rivers have salmon
and brown trout & fishing is free on the Lakes of Killarney.
Lough Currane at Waterville is covered under the 21 day
A 21 day licence covers all of Ireland.
A daily licence is also available.