Destination County Kerry, Ireland

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County Kerry faces the Atlantic Ocean and, typically for an Atlantic coastal region, features many peninsulas and inlets: principally the Dingle Peninsula. The Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula is a popular route for tourists and cyclists. The pedestrian version is the scenic Kerry Way which follows ancient paths generally higher than that adopted by the Ring of Kerry..


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» Ardfert Cathedral

Ardfert Cathedral, County Kerry, Ireland

Ardfert Cathedral is built on the site of a monastery founded in the 6th century by St. Brendan the Navigator. The cathedral is located in the village of Ardfert, County Kerry, Ireland. The site is now managed by the Office of Public Works. Part of the transept has been restored, and houses the entrance and a gift shop. The cathedral has a Romanesque west doorway with outward pointing chevron decoration in the Anglo-Norman style …

» Beara Way

Beara Way, County Kerry, Ireland

The Beara Way is a long-distance trail in Ireland. It is a 206-kilometre (128-mile) long circular trail around the Beara Peninsula that begins and ends in Glengarriff, County Cork. It is typically completed in nine days. Starting at Glengarriff, the Beara Way enters the Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve and then climbs into the Caha Mountains to an altitude of 500 metres (1,600 feet) as it traverses the pass north of Sugarloaf mountain before descending to reach the village of Adrigole …

» Blasket Islands

Blasket Islands, County Kerry, Ireland

The Blasket Islands are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland, forming part of County Kerry. They were inhabited until 1953 by a completely Irish-speaking population, and today are part of the Gaeltacht. The inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland on 17 November 1953. Many of the descendants currently live in Springfield, Massachusetts, and some former residents still live on the Dingle Peninsula, within sight of their former home …

» Carrauntoohil

Carrauntoohil, County Kerry, Ireland

Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland. Located in County Kerry, it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range. There are two other peaks in this range higher than 1,000 m—Beenkeragh (1,010 m) and Caher (1,001 m). The peak of Carrauntoohil is topped by a large metal cross 5 metres (16 ft) tall …

» Derrynane House

Derrynane House, County Kerry, Ireland

Derrynane House was the home of Irish politician and statesman, Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. It is now an Irish National Monumement and part of a 320 acre (1.3 km²) National Park. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, the House displays many relics of O'Connell's life and career …

» Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland

The Dingle Peninsula is the location of numerous prehistoric and early medieval remains including Ferriter's Cove, at the western tip of the peninsula, and Gallarus Oratory in the very west of the peninsula near the village of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh in Ard na Caithne. Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, situated in the village of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh (Ballyferriter) has exhibitions detailing the archaeology and history of the peninsula …

» Dingle Way

Dingle Way, County Kerry, Ireland

The Dingle Way is a long-distance trail around the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. It is a 162-kilometre (101-mile) long circular route that begins and ends in Tralee and is typically completed in eight days. The trail begins in Tralee, following the towpath of an old ship canal to Blennerville, after which it follows the road for a while before climbing up to a mountain track along the northern flanks of the Slieve Mish Mountains …

» Gallarus Oratory

Gallarus Oratory, County Kerry, Ireland

The Gallarus Oratory (Irish: Séipéilín Ghallarais, literally "The Church of the Place of the Foreigners") is believed to be an early Christian church located on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. The oratory overlooks the harbour at Ard na Caithne (formerly also called Smerwick) on the Dingle Peninsula …

» Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, Ireland

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass between Macgillycuddy's Reeks (west) and Purple Mountain (east) in County Kerry, Ireland. It is about 11 km (6.8 mi) from north to south. Within it are five lakes: Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough (north to south). Between the first two lakes is an old arch bridge called the 'Wishing Bridge' so named because it is said that wishes made while upon it are destined to come true …

» Discover Kenmare

Discover Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland

Kenmare is located at the head of Kenmare Bay (where it reaches the farthest inland), sometimes called the Kenmare River, where the Roughty River (An Ruachtach) flows into the sea, and at the junction of the Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula. The entire area was granted to the English scientist, Sir William Petty by Oliver Cromwell as part payment for completing the mapping of Ireland, the Down Survey in 1656 …

» Kerry Way

Kerry Way, County Kerry, Ireland

Kerry Way is a long-distance trail in County Kerry, Ireland. It is a 214-kilometre (133-mile) long circular trail that begins and ends in Killarney. It is typically completed in nine days. The Way circles the Iveragh Peninsula and forms a walkers' version of the Ring of Kerry road tour. It is the longest of Ireland's National Waymarked Trails …

» Discover Killarney

Discover Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

Killarney is on the northeastern shore of Lough Leane, which is part of Killarney National Park. The town and its hinterland is home to St Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross House and Abbey, the Lakes of Killarney, MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Purple Mountain, Mangerton Mountain, the Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall. Owing to its natural heritage, history and its location on the Ring of Kerry, Killarney is a popular tourist destination …

» Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

Killarney National Park is located beside the town of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. It was the first national park established in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 (25,425 acres) of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarney, Oak and Yew woodlands of international importance, and mountain peaks …

» Ladie's View

Ladie's View, County Kerry, Ireland

Ladie's View is a scenic point along the N71 portion of the Ring of Kerry, in Killarney National Park, Ireland. The name apparently stems from the admiration of the view given by Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting during their 1861 visit. It has a small car park, and a cafe called Ladies View Industries …

» Lakes of Killarney

Lakes of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

The Lakes of Killarney are a renowned scenic attraction located near Killarney, County Kerry, in Ireland. They consist of three lakes - Lough Leane, Muckross Lake (also called Middle Lake) and Upper Lake. Lough Leane (from Irish: Loch Léin meaning "lake of learning") is the largest of the three lakes. The River Laune drains Lough Leane to the north towards Killorglin and into Dingle Bay …

» Mount Brandon

Mount Brandon, County Kerry, Ireland

Mount Brandon or Brandon Mountain (Irish: Cnoc Bréanainn, meaning "Brendan's hill") is a 952 m (3123 ft) mountain on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. It is the highest peak of the unnamed central mountain range of the Dingle Peninsula and the ninth highest peak on the island. It is also the highest Irish peak outside the Macgillycuddy's Reeks …

» Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey, County Kerry, Ireland

Muckross Abbey is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor. It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The friars were often subjected to raids by marauding groups and were persecuted by Cromwellian forces under Lord Ludlow …

» Muckross House

Muckross House, County Kerry, Ireland

Muckross House is located on the small Muckross Peninsula between Muckross Lake and Lough Leane, two of the lakes of Killarney, 6 kilometres from the town of Killarney in County Kerry. Muckross House is a mansion designed by the Scottish architect, William Burn, built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. With sixty-five rooms, it was built in the Tudor style …

» Reask

Reask, County Kerry, Ireland

Reask is a ruined early Monastic site located 1 km east of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, County Kerry. Although nothing remains of the buildings but low walls and a cross-slab standing stone which sits in the middle of the compound, this site gives a very good idea of the layout of a small monastery of the Early Medieval period. Excavations in the 1970s revealed the ruins of an oratory, several clocháns (stone huts), some conjoined, a graveyard and about ten decorated stone slabs …

» Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland

Attractions along the Ring of Kerry includes: Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen Heritage Centre, Derrynane House, Skellig Experience, Staigue Fort, Kenmare Lace, Moll's Gap, Ladies View, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, The Blue Pool, Ross Castle, Ogham Stones, St Mary's Cathedral, Muckross Abbey, Franciscan Friary, Kellegy Church, O'Connell Memorial Church, Sneem Church and Cemetery, Skellig Michael, Beehive Cells and the Stone Pillars marking an important grave …

» Ross Castle

Ross Castle, County Kerry, Ireland

Ross Castle is the ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan though it is better known for its association with the Brownes of Killarney who owned it until recently. It is located on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. Ross Castle was built in the late 15th century by local ruling clan the O'Donoghues Mor (Ross), though ownership changed hands during the Second Desmond Rebellion of the 1580s to the Mac Carty Mor …

» Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael, County Kerry, Ireland

Skellig Michael is an island (the larger of the two Skellig Islands) in the Atlantic Ocean, 11.6 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. A Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century, and was continuously occupied until its abandonment in the late 12th century. The remains of this monastery, along with most of the island itself, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996 …

» Staigue Stone Fort

Staigue Stone Fort, County Kerry, Ireland

Staigue or Staig (Irish: an Stéig or Caiseal Stéig) is a partly ruined stone ringfort three miles west of Sneem, on the Iveragh peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. The fort is thought to have been built during the late Iron Age, probably somewhere between 300 and 400 AD, as a defensive stronghold for a local lord or king. It is at the head of a valley opening south to the sea, surrounded by a ditch over 8m wide and at present 1.8m deep …

» Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall, County Kerry, Ireland

Torc Waterfall is a waterfall at the base of Torc Mountain, about 5 miles (8.0 km) from Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland. The falls are one of the landmarks on the 200 kilometre Kerry Way walking tour, and are encompassed in the Killarney National Park. Red deer are frequently seen and heard in the area. Easy access and parking make the site popular with walkers and tour bus groups …

» Uragh Stone Circle

Uragh Stone Circle, County Kerry, Ireland

The Uragh Stone Circle is a neolithic stone circle near Gleninchaquin Park, Tuosist, County Kerry, Ireland. Situated near Lake Inchiquin, it consists of five megaliths. The largest stone is ten feet (3 m) high and the circle is eight feet (2.4 m) in diameter …

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County Kerry is perhaps the most scenic county in the Republic of Ireland and certainly the most known for its scenery. It holds most of Ireland's highest mountains, including the highest, Carrauntouhill, its most westerly fringes and holds a special place in Irish culture. It became a popular tourist attraction in the 19th century and is still popular today, despite considerable rainfall …

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Killarney is one of Ireland's leading tourist destinations because of the abundant scenery nearby in Killarney National Park. It is also situated on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive. Killarney town itself is probaby the main tourist centre outside of Dublin. The scenery begins right on its doorstep …

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