Spotlight - The Kingdom of Kerry
Known for its Spectacular Scenery, Welcoming Locals and Wild Atlantic Coastline
Find the proverbial ‘pot of gold’ in County Kerry, a land filled with hidden treasures. From the foamy seas and staggering cliffs of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Southern Peninsulas to Killarney National Park’s 26,000 acres of woodlands, mountains, and lakes, its glorious scenery stirs the soul. Meander through magical Muckross House and Gardens. Take a traditional and enchanting jaunting car ride to Ross Castle. Delve into the Ring of Beara for quintessentially local experiences.
As you circle the Ring of Kerry, stop to pay homage to King Puck (a wild mountain goat statue) in Killorglin. Behold the Skellig Islands from afar, or ferry to Skellig Michael—a must for Star Wars fans. Savor seafood chowder in Kenmare and soak up Sneem’s colorful charms. Discover what makes welcoming Dingle a favorite for so many people. Without question, you’ll feel richer for visiting this storied part of Ireland.
Not sure where to begin? Start with one of our featured County Kerry itineraries, filled with hand-picked accommodations and experiences.
Experience County Kerry
County Kerry & the Wild Atlantic Way
Immerse yourself in the culture and most spectacular scenery by choosing to visit the Wild Atlantic Way destination of County Kerry. Explore the rugged coastline spanning almost 300 miles from the gourmet traditional town of Kenmare in the South to the local commuter Tarbert Ferry in the North connecting Co. Kerry to County Clare.
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Ring of Beara & Kenmare Town - A Local’s Favourite
Explore one of our quintessential local favourites; the Ring of Beara. Hear it from the locals themselves while you are there, the Ring of Beara is equally as spectacular as its famous neighbor the Ring of Kerry. Even more so as you will not find the crowds and tour buses here, just true Irish countryside and magnificent Irish coastline. Stay in the starting point of the Ring of Beara; Kenmare, Kerry’s first heritage town. Known for it gourmet restaurants, friendly locals and colourful streets, this is an ideal spot to spend a few days. Let our agents guide you to the more hidden secret spots in Kerry
Ring of Kerry - Ireland’s most Famous Peninsula
Take a road trip around the Ring of Kerry, one of Ireland’s most famous peninsulas but let us show you how to explore differently, how to avoid the vast crowds and experience the hidden gems of this area.
Let us organize an authentic seaweed foraging walk along the diverse shoreline with a local expert or take to the water and enjoy an eco-nature boat trip along Kenmare Bay viewing eagles, seals in their natural habitat as you enjoy stories from your native host.
Killarney National Park - Ireland’s Oldest and Most Breathtaking National Park
Amongst the Kerry Regional you will find Ireland’s oldest National Park, spanning over 25,000 acres, home to Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil, diverse ecology and three majestic lakes. It’s hard to find a more breathtaking location. It has something to offer everyone, let us organize a cruise through the lakes in a traditional open top boat with a local guide, a jaunting horse and trap ride through the Gap of Dunloe where you can gain insight into the history and culture of this popular form of transportation which was in use during the 19th century.
Dingle Peninsula & Town - A Step Back in Time
No trip to Kerry is complete without a visit to Dingle and its rugged peninsula of steep cliffs broken up by sandy beaches. The locals have been voted Ireland’s happiest people and here lies one of Ireland remaining Gaeltacht regions where the Irish language is still spoken and heavily promoted, a true experience of Irish culture but don’t worry all the locals speak English too!
Here let us arrange a unique Irish cookery experience for your group, a visit to a local gin distillery or perhaps get out on Dingle bay and join a kayaking adventure or boat cruise.
Golf in Kerry - Courses Ranked Amongst the World’s Best
Kerry is considered by many to be Ireland’s best golfing destination and is home to many courses ranked amongst the World’s Best. From its challenging links courses at Ballybunion, Waterville, Dooks and Tralee to it’s championship courses in Killarney and lesser known but truly authentic local courses it has something to suit every player.
Kerry has played host to the Irish Open, the European Tour and Curtis Cup on many occasions. Connect with one of our experts to plan your most memorable golfing experience to this region.
Spotlight - Sheen Falls Lodge
Nestled along the Wild Atlantic Way, discover five-star splendor at Sheen Falls Lodge, a tranquil oasis on Kenmare Bay in County Kerry. Most of the spacious, well-appointed rooms offer stunning bay, river, or waterfall views. A plethora of exciting outdoor activities await at the adjacent and gorgeous 300-acre Sheen Falls Estate.
Explore a hidden plantation, try salmon fishing or falconry, take a spin on the complimentary bikes, or simply stroll through the peaceful woodlands. Ease deeper into relaxation with a holistic treatment or therapy at the Easanna Spa.
Delight in the renowned three-tier afternoon tea where lingering in the exquisite surroundings is encouraged. Indulge in estate-smoked salmon or seafood fresh from the bay at The Falls, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant. Whatever your pleasure, you’re certain to find it at this luxury lodge.
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