County Kerry, in Irish Contae Chiarrai, is located in the South West Region and is part of the province of Munster. A unique fact about Kerry, is that it is bordered only by two other counties - Limerick to the East and Cork to the South-East. It faces the Atlantic Ocean and also boasts a beautiful coastline. It is the land of deep lakes and mountainous landscapes and will delight visitors with it’s wealth of natural attractions and historical sites.
Some areas of interest include:
Kerry County Museum
Kerry County Museum, in Tralee retraces the archaeology and history of the county of Kerry.
Crag Cave is formed of limestone. The array of stalagmites and stalactites is a colourful wonderland
This is the ruin of the once magnificent 15th century Castle of MacCarty Mor. It was then held by the O'Connells, who were ascendants of the Liberator, until in 1652, it was then taken by the Cromwellians .
This castle was built in the 16th century. It has four storeys and has recently been "stabilised" by the OPW.
Minard Castle, said to have been built by the Knight of Kerry, is the largest fortress on the peninsula. It was one of the locations used in the film "Ryans Daughter", where Rosy met the English Captain.
In a remarkable state of preservation, is The Franciscan Friary. It was founded in the 15th century. The tower was then added after the church was built. It is the only Franciscan tower in Ireland which is as wide as the church.
The seaside town of Ballybunion; Baile an Bhuinneanigh has welcomed visitors worlwide for decades. It boasts two golden sandy beaches, allowing visitors a choice to swim, surf or indeed relax.The sea stacks and sea arches, which are natural formations, dot the coast. In the unpolluted waters of the Ballybunion coastline swim wild porpus and dolphin.
Areas of interest include: Fitzmaurice Castle, Ballybunion North and South Blue Flag Beaches.
Dingle - An Daingean/Daingean Ui Chuis - meaning “O Cuis Fort” is situated in a Gaeltacht region and is the only town on the Dingle Peninsula. Sitting on the Atlantic Coast, Dingle is approximately 49 km southwest of Tralee and 71km northwest of Killarney. Dingle is the home to many craftsmen and musicians. Many of it’s craft shops are to be found, that include pottery, weaving, crystal and jewellery. There are also many galleries with traditional and contemporary paintings. Also to be enjoyed are traditional music and folk concerts.
Areas of interest: Eask Tower and Hill, Dingle Lighthouse and Gates of Glory, Crannog Gallery and
The Celtic and Prehistoric Museum.
The elegant riverside town of Kenmare was founded in 1670 by Sir William Petty and today is a designated heritage town. You can trace the history of the town at the Kenmare Heritage Centre and also learn about its tradition of lace making at the Lace Museum.
Places to visit: Kenmare Art Gallery, Kenmare Stone Circle, Kenmare Heritage Centre and Kenmare Lace and Design.
Killarney is nestled in a mountain valley and on the edge of a glorious lake. Killarney is renowned for its natural beauty and is a favoured tourist destination since the 18th century. It was further developed as a tourist centre by Lord Kenmare. The town, with its stunning surroundings has attracted royalty and dignitaries with their legendary charm and air of romance.
Some places to visit: Muckross Friary, Dunloe Ogham Stones, Ross Castle and Killarney National Park.
Located in the northern half of Kerry, along the coastline of the N69 is Listowel, Lios Tuathail, meaning Tuathal’s ring fort. Listowel has a lively market town on the banks of the River Feale. Listowel is also known as the Literary capital of Ireland and both here and North Kerry have produced some world famous writers, including:
Areas of interest in Listowel: Listowel Castle, Garden of Europe and The Lartigue Monorailway.
Tralee is the capital town of County Kerry, it lies on the south west coast of Ireland, nestled in a valley, gently sloping westwards to the sea, between the Slieve Mish and Stacks Mountains. It takes its name from the River Lee, in Irish Tra Li (strand of the River Lee), which flows just south of the town into Tralee Bay. Located 18km from Kerry Airport on N22 and 121km from Shannon Airport on N21.