No matter from which direction the county of Kerry is approached, the
great central spine of the mountains draws the eye of the traveller
like a great symphony draws an audience to a fitting climax. The relatively
high mountains and narrow peninsulas conjure weather patterns which
change the face of the mountains, the surface of the water and the texture
of the landscape by the minute. The fretted coastline and deep bays
created by the mighty Atlantic play tricks with the light and produce
a magical quality which intoxicates the senses.
Copper mines were worked here over 4,000 years ago, and an old butter
road runs from the village which is now part of the Kerry Way walking
trail. The area is rich in archaeological remains. Derrynane, the home
of Daniel O'Connell, is next to the village in Derrynane National Park.
The park contains a glorious beach and some lovely walks.
Dingle has been referred to as the prettiest town on the edge of the
world. Situated at the end of the Dingle Peninsula, it is part of the
Gaeltacht which means that the national tongue is still spoken here.
Once the location of the county's buoyant smuggling trade it served
as the base for trade with Spain and France.
Kenmare has been designated a heritage town and is beautifully situated
on the Kenmare River between the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula.
The town was planned and built in the 18th century by the 1st Marquis
of Lansdowne, Sir William Petty. An 18 hole golf course is one of the
most scenic in the country.
Developed by Lord Kenmare as a tourist town in the 18th century, Killarney
is now the major tourist centre and accommodation base in Kerry. It
is the centre for the Ring of Kerry tour, the focal point for the Killarney
National Park and the Kerry Way Walking Trail.
A market town and venue for the annual Puck Fair, which has its origins
in pre-Christian times. The town lies on the Ring Of Kerry and boasts
a fine 18-hole golf course.
Ventry village is situated about 4 miles west of Dingle town. It has
a beautiful cresent shaped beach, which has watersports in the summer.
The village has two pubs, post office, church, pottery shop and cafe.
Tralee is the true leading town of the county. Famous worldwide for
its Rose Festival in August. It is well served by transport, rail, road
and air and is the ideal base for touring the Dingle Peninsula and the
Ring of Kerry.
Sneem is situated on the Ring of Kerry which encircles some of the most
glorious scenery in Ireland. The village has two markets squares, each
shop front or house seems to be painted a different colour.
The town lies at the foot of the Beentee mountain, overlooking Valentia
Harbour. The Liberator, Daniel O Connell is the towns most famous son,
a successful lawyer and MP.
This is a small, compact village in a beautiful scenic area near the
foot of the Slieve Mish Mountains. The Camp area is central to the Dingle
Peninsula on either side, with close proximity to a number of good,
safe, sandy beaches.
This is an island of unique scenic beauty, tropical vegetation, breathtaking
cliffs and magnificent seascapes. The island is an excellent centre
for sea angling and diving in unpolluted waters. Access to mainland
A picturesque fishing village at the south west tip of Valentia harbour.
A small picturesque seaside area halfway between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen.
Travelling from mountain stage to Kells Post Office, one has a panoramic
view of Dingle Bay.
Glenbeigh is a popular holiday base nestled at the foot of a well wooded
mountain known as the Glenbeigh Horseshoe.
High above Caragh Lake, is the naturally beautiful district of Glencar.
The rugged beauty of the district is greatly enhanced by the delightful
forest at Lickeen. The upper Caragh River flowing through Glencar has
always attracted the keenest of anglers and is also a delight for the
hillwalker, mountain climber and nature lover.
This is one of the most beautiful spots of the Dingle Peninsula and
an area of uncommercialised local culture. Even throughout the busy
summer months, this area remains peaceful. There are outstanding walks
and wonderful evening views out over the last edge of land to the wide,
open Atlantic ocean.
Inch strand consists of three miles of sandy beach, for bathing, surfing
and sea angling. The film 'Playboy of the Western World' was shot entirely
at Inch as was scenes from the film 'Ryans Daughter'. Sea Otters and
seals bask in the sunshine rearing their young, Dolphins dive gracefully
in the bay and gannets fly like arrows into the crystal waters.
DINGLE OCEANWORLD AQUARIUM
Mara Beo - Dingle Ocean World is Ireland's new spectacular Aquarium,
overlooking the scenic Dingle Harbour, in County Kerry. OceanWorld reveals
the fascinating species that live in the waters around the magnificent
Dingle Peninsula, but this experience is also a journey through the
Peninsula's ancient sea culture and its people's interface with the
sea from the pre-christian era to the present time.
KENMARE HERITAGE CENTRE
The Kenmare Heritage Centre provides a intregal insight into the history
of the town. The centre's tours cover a wide range of historical themes
from generations gone by. A feature of the centre is the Sound Tours
which are available to every visitor. A heritage trail from the centre
follows for all visitors.
KERRY BOG VILLAGE MUSEUM
The Kerry Bog Village Museum and Village at Glenbeigh on the magnificent
Ring of Kerry is a unique rural attraction to delight young and old
who are interested in finding out more on the domestic lifestyles of
the Irish in the early 1800's. It aims to create a period setting where
you can visit and experience the past and understand the way of life
in Ireland during this era.
KERRY WOOLEN MILLS
The Mills date originally from the seventeenth century, when a wollen
manufacturing industry was established. Tours of the Mill give a delightful
insight into how wool has been manufactured in Kerry, up to the present
KILLARNEY MODEL RAILWAY
Killarney Model Railway will give enjoyment to all the family. Some
fascinating detail, scores of trains running on over a mile of track,
transport you throught the landmarks of Europe. There are thousands
of tiny people depicting all walks of life and a day and night scene
that will take your breath away.
MUCKROSS HOUSE, GARDENS AND TRADITIONAL FARMS
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms are a fantastic experience
for everyone. The House and its Gardens are kept magnificently, while
the Farms show how farming used to be managed in more traditional times.
Car and boat trips as well as a crart workshop make for an eventful
and enjoyable visit.
KILLARNEY MANOR BANQUETS
A celebration of Irish Music, Song and Dance, while enjoying the finest
of Irish fare in the company of The Lord and Lady of Killarney, their
household and guests. A corporate and incentive event venue with a difference.
A striking waterfall approached by a very pleasant walk up a steep hill.
Magnificent views from the summit.
COOLWOOD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND ZOO
This sancturary and childrens zoo is located about two miles from Killarney
town. Situated on 50 acres, it is an ideal family venue with scenic
walks, coffee shop, childrens playground and the 3 acre childrens zoo
has a rich variety of exotic species.
THE DINGLE DOLPHIN
Since 1983, a wild Bottlenose Dolphin chose to make Dinge Harbour its
home. Boat trips leave Dingle Pier all year round. Swimming trips with
the dolphin is a visitors delight.
BALLYFERRITER BUTTERFLY FARM
Butterfly World is set in the grounds of Ostan Granville. There are
over 330 species between the Native butterfly house and the Tropical
house. Other insects and reptiles on display also.
Located on the Dingle Peninsula, this is the most perfectly preserved
of the boat shaped oratories in Kerry, built between 9-12 Century.
THE SKELLIG ISLANDS
Boat trips out to the Skellig Island run throughout the year, depending
on the weather. The two Skellig islands, Skellig Michael and small Skellig
stand in the Atlantic Ocean 12 km south west of Valentia.They are renowned
for their scenery, seabird colonies and early Christian monastic architecture.
SKELLIG EXPERIENCE CENTRE
The centre has an audiovisual show, cafe, exhibits on all aspects of
the Skelligs. The themes are the Hisory & Archaelogy of Skellig
Michaels Early Christian Monastery, the seabirds, their habitat, the
lighthouse and the underwater world. Apr-Sept.
This monastery was founded by Saint Brendan The Navigator in the 6th
Century. There are three medieval churches, an ogham stone and many
early Christian grave slabs on the site. May-Nov
CAHIRCIVEEN HERITAGE CENTRE
A visit to this enchanting centre is a must if a visitor wishes to see
and do something really different. Wide variety of exhibitions on display.
Located in Killarney, the Castle is typical of the strongholds of Irish
Chieftains during the Middle Ages. Apr-Sept.
Situated in Castlecove, the Fort is probably the finest example of a
stone fort in Ireland, about 2,500 yrs old. Built of local stone.
This is the ancestral home of Daniel O Connell, lawyer, politican and
statesman. The exhibition incorporates an audio visual presentation
and a guided tour on request. Today, some 120 acres of the lands of
Derrynane, together with Derrynane House, make up Derrynane National
DUNLOE CASTLE GARDENS
The Gardens at Dunloe Castle combine the wild grandeur of loughs and
mountains, with rarities of the plant world seldom seen elsewhere in
THE BLASKET CENTRE
The Great Blasket Island off the Dingle Peninsula is known for its historic,
cultural and literary heritage.The island was abandoned in 1953 when
only 22 inhabitants remained and has now being designated a National
Historic Park. Apr-Oct.
This windmill is a fully restored, two hundred years old windmill housing
exhibits on the history of milling. Craft workshops, coffee shops and
a restaurant overlooking the mill. Mar-Oct.
This is a unique opportunity to observe hundreds of species of underwater
wildlife from Tralee Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Fenit Seaworld is entertainment
and education, science and mystery, beauty and savagery.
THE GERALDINE EXPERIENCE CENTRE
This is a unique visitor attraction located in the Kerry The Kingdom,
Tralee, which also houses the exhibition Kerry In Colour and the Kerry
County Museum. The visitor is transported back in time on a battery
operated Time Car. Mar-Dec
Located at Ventry, enter our fossil room, see our next of seventy million
year old Dinosaur eggs. From there you can pass through the major phases
of human life over the last five hundred thousand years. Apr-Sept
Situated on the Dingle Peninsula, this is a 160 acre hill farm. Mainly
drystock, featuring hill breeds of sheep and cattle. Indoor animal display.
Guided tours. Feb-Sept.
Home of the Leslie family since 1690, Tarbert House is a Queen Anne
Georgian building. A Heritage house, it is preserved in its original
form with furniture and pictures from the 17th Century.
Located at the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, this is probably the only
exhibition of its kind. The ancient Celtic holidays are recalled, over
one thousand items on display include antique dolls and collectable
bears, rabbits, dolls houses and minitatures. Cafe ajoining has home
made foods and based on the characters from the Enchanted Forest. Apr-Sept.
MUSEUM OF IRISH TRANSPORT
Situated in Killarney, this museum contains a spectacular display of
veteran, vintage and classic motor cars. Also a collection of bicycles
and motorcycles. All year.
Crag cave is a colourful wonderland of stalactites and stalactmites.
Only discovered in 1983 and thought to be over a million years old,
it is a natural all weather attraction. A craft shop, restaurant and
coffee shop are open to the public.
THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY
The three main lakes of Killarney occupy a broad valley stretching south
between the mountains, the Lower, Middle and Upper lakes, all lie within
the Killarney National Park. Spectacular scenery.
KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK
The National Park comprises over 10,000 hectares of beautiful lake and
mountain scenery.The Park is famous for its native natural habitats
and species including oakholly woods, yew woods and red deer.
Ladies View is a celebrated panorama of Killarneys lakes, situated 19
km south of Killarney on the N71. The hilltop commands the view much
admired by Queen Victorias ladies in waiting, when they visited there
in 1861, hence the name Ladies View.
KATE KEARNEYS COTTAGE
This cottage is picturesquely situated at the entrance to what must
be the most beautiful glaciated valley in Western Europe. It is a family
run business with dinner served daily, sing songs, Irish dancing, traditional
music and gift shops.
This is Irelands oldest synoptic weather station , located a few minutes
from Cahersiveen town on the Waterville road. Weather observations and
made each hour and transmitted by telex to Dublin. Many historic instruments
originally used, are on display at the Observatory.
Located in Cahersiveen, lies the shell of a workhouse. In 1846 it was
converted form a lodge to a santuary for the destitute, housing a school,
hospital, residential quaterss, soup kitchen and a Church. Its doors
were closed in 1923.
Situated near Killarney, the gardens give glimpses of the sea and the
surrounding wild and majestic country. Mossy paths, lichen encrusted
rocks, tunnels in deep shade through the rhododendrons, towering eucalyptus
and groves of bamboo all contribute to the making of this fine sub tropical
GLANEAM SUBTROPICAL GARDENS
Created over 150 yrs ago by the Knight of Kerry and long famous for
a unique collection of rare and tender Southern Hemisphere plants, these
gardens are a most for the garden enthusiast.
TRALEE AQUA DOME
One of Ireland's largest and exciting waterworld, the Dome features
sky high water slides, wave pool, lazy river, whirlpool, rapids and
many more. Restaurant and health suite. All year
You are never far from a golf course in the region with many eighteen
hole courses and nine hole courses to choose from including the beautiful
championship course at Waterville.
This area is perfect for those who love to fish. Game/Sea/Coarse fishing
are widely available for everyone to enjoy.
There are numerous mountains in this area whicha are suitable for climbing
and hillwalking. While, the Kerry Way, Beara Way and the Dingle Peninsula
are among the most scenic walking routes in the country.
With the roads relatively uncrowded, especially around the coastal regions,
cycling can be a relaxing activity with magnificent scenery.
The area has an exceptional coastline, which caters for those who enjoy
the challenge of sailing. There are many fine sailing clubs, especially
around the Dingle peninsula.
You are always near a river/lake or the sea in this area. Anyone interested
in Watersports will be well catered for with tuition available in some
The area has the largest mountain in the country, Carrauntuohill and
exciting orienteering possibilities exist. Hand-gliding is also possible
in some locations.
These cruises invite the visitor to explore the wonders of Kenmare Bay
on its comfortable passenger vessels
The Ring of Kerry
The Ring takes in part of South Kerry and it affords a panoramic journey
through some to the most outstanding scenery around the Iveragh Peninsula.
From Killarney to Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Dingle Bay, Cahersiveen, Waterville,
Sneem, Kenmare and back to Killarney.
Located in Castlegregory, this is Irelands only purpose built residential
This is an organisation formed by a group of full time professional
charter boat owners to guarantee that the visiting angler experiences
the very best of deep sea angling on Irelands South West Coast.
Horse Drawn Caravans
Take the reins and wander the rainbows of Kerry laden with nothing but
freedom. Choose from the Dingle Peninsula or Killarney. There are no
set routes or itineraries and every stop you make is your own.
There are numerous equestrian centres dotted all around Kerry country
to suit the needs of visitors who wish to ride through rugged mountains,
take a quiet pony trail or gallop on golden beaches along the breaking
Enjoy a day at the races at Listowel, Killarney or Tralee racecourses.
Visit the Internationally registered all weather shooting grounds at
Coach tours of the Kerry
Bus tours offer a wide range of destinations from the Ring of Kerry
to the Dingle Peninsula.
Visit the Superbowl in Tralee for a fun day out for all the family.
Kingdom Karting is based in Tralee and promises to be an entertaining
day out with a difference for young and old.
Kerry's landscape is dominated by Mountains, Lakes and the Sea and is
a paradise for the birdwatcher. Islands off the coast are nesting grounds
for tens of thousands of birds.
Cappanalea Centre in Caragh Lake and Celtic Adventures in Caherdaniel
offer a wide variety of activities from Mountaineering to Scuba Diving
to Survival training.
Self Drive Touring
Take your car at your own pace and witness the most spectacular scenery
on the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, Slea Head or the Lakes of
Traditional Music Pubs
You need not venture far to hear the sounds of tradtional Irish Music
wafting from pubs in every town in Kerry.
Visit the Siamsa Tire Theatre, entertainment based on a wealth of Irish
Music, folklore and danse or the St Johns Arts and Heritage Centre which
provides a year round programme of visual and performing arts.