Welcome To Kerry!
The 'Kingdom' has a maze of blissfully quiet country lanes each of which has a story to tell - Around every corner, a piece of history unfolds amidst the most beautiful of scenery.
There are tiny fishing villages, early Christian ruins, and Irelands highest mountain. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of travelling through quiet country roads and unspoilt villages off the beaten track.
Located in the extreme southwest of Ireland, the County of Kerry boasts of its outstanding and magnificent sceneries such as the Ring of Kerry and a very well-preserved eighteenth-century century port in Tralee, its capital town.
The county of Kerry is traditionally known by both locals and tourists as “the kingdom.” Past visitors were charmed by its breathtaking plains, which really do look like those kingdoms you would often see in movies and read in books.
Kerry has two contrasting and distinguishing types of terrain. These are the smaller areas that look like plains and that stretch from north to Shannon Estuary and the mountainous and elevated lands in the south in Beara, Ivearagh, and Dingle peninsulas. Regions of scenic beauty are found along the coast where sandy beaches alternate with cliffs and rocky headlands.
Most tourists explore Kerry with a rail and coach tour, which makes the experience very medieval. You can look out of the windows during the coach tour and see for yourself the spectacular drive from Tralee to Brandon.
The Brandon Art Gallery houses a collection of stunning oil paintings depicting the beautiful Kerry sceneries. After visiting the gallery, you can just take a stroll from Connor Pass to Dingle. For those adventurous by heart, they can climb Mount Brandon to witness its raw beauty. Aside from the tour where you can experience Kerry’s sceneries, you can also try its coastal resorts, golf courses, and a number of ancient monuments.
Its capital town, Tralee, is not only known for its well-preserved port but also for its internationally renowned Rose of Tralee Festival that is held every August. People from all over the world come by to witness the said event. Killarney, the second capital town of Kerry, is home to excellent shops and restaurants. It can also bring you to the captivating countryside for just few minutes.
General information Kerry
County Kerry (Irish: Contae Chiarraí) is the jewel of South West Ireland.
Kerry is bordered by County Limerick to the east and County Cork to the south-east. The county town is Tralee, where the world famous Rose of Tralee festival is held annually. Killarney, one of Ireland's most famous towns, is also located in County Kerry. Killarney National Park is host to The Lakes of Killarney, an area of unrivalled natural beauty.
Dingle Peninsula is a popular location for visitors seeking seaside recreation in, with its tip being the most westerly point of Ireland.Accommodation in Kerry
Kerry provides you with an abundance of accommodation choices to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible alternatives for your stay in Kerry.Hotels in Kerry
There are plenty of hotels to make you feel welcome in Kerry, especially in Killarney and coastal towns. Many provide guests with beautiful vistas. Some of Kerry’s more popular hotel include the Europe Hotel & Resort, the Killarney Riverside Hotel and the Lansdowne Arms Hotel.Bed & Breakfast in Kerry
Kerry’s bed & breakfasts provide you with a comfortable and affordable night’s rest along with freshly cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Kerry includes names such as Cashen Course in Ballybunion, Castlewood House in Dingle and Countess House in Killarney,Kerry Restaurants
Kerry restaurants serve a range of national and international cuisine. Many of Kerry’s restaurants insist on using fresh, local sourced ingredients. Popular restaurants in Kerry include Fentons in Dingle, Bella Bia in Tralee and Gabys Seafood Restaurant in Killarney.Shopping in Kerry
Shopping in Kerry ranges from family-owned traders, selling knit wear and other Irish souveniers, to the killarney Outlet Centre where you can pick up some international brands.Kerry Car Rental
Car rentals in Kerry facilitate cars on rent for a pre-defined period and according to budget. Cars can be collected either in Kerry Airport of KillarneyKerry Golf
Kerry has many great championship golf courses including Killeen Course in Killarnay, home of the 2010 Irish Open. Others include Dooks, Waterville and Ballybunion, which are amongst the finest links courses in Ireland.
Attractions Kerry Ireland
Ardfert Cathedral - Ardfert
A monastery was founded here by St. Brendan 'The Navigator' in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, an ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today. The earliest building is the cathedral which dates from the 12th - 17th centuries. It has a fine Romanesque west doorway, a magnificent 13th century east window and a spectacular row of nine lancets in the south wall. Two effigies of ecclesiastical figures of late 13th - early 14th century date are mounted on either side of the east window.
Carrigafoyle Castle - Ballylongford
Located 2 miles North of Ballylongford in the channel between the mainland and Carrig Island. Carrigafoyle has had a stormy history and, although wrecked by a series of bloody sieges, remains a remarkable castle. Cleverly located between the high- and low-water marks on the shore of the Shannon Estuary, it comprises a large tower built towards the end of the fifteenth century by the O'Connors of Kerry. The tower has five storeys rising to a height of 86 feet and is beautifully constructed of specially selected small stones laid in neat courses.
Coolwood Wildlife Sanctuary and Zoo - Coolcaslagh
Located at Coolcaslagh, about two miles from Killarney town. Situated on 50 acres, it is an ideal family venue with scenic walks, coffee shop, children's playground and the 3 acre children's zoo with a variety of exotic species
Crag Cave - Castleisland
Located at Castleisland, Crag cave is a colourful wonderland of stalactites and stalactmites. Discovered in 1983 and thought to be over a million years old, it is a natural all weather attraction. Crag Cave is an ancient fossil cave system, older than mankind itself, within which can be seen the natural forces that created the complex and beautiful passages.
Derrynane House, National Historic Park - Caherdaniel
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, the House displays many relics of O'Connell's life and career. Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor