County Kerry is an area of stunning natural beauty that extends from Killarney all the way around to Kenmare. With dense woodlands, rugged rocky coasts, quaint villages and sweeping, deserted beaches; Kerry conjures the romance of an Ireland from long ago.
One way to get a feel for the area is to drive the stunning 112 mile Ring of Kerry taking in the magical scenery along the way. Make the national park of Killarney the first stop to see wild deer playing by its vast lakes and lush golf courses. Onward to Kenmare with its breathtaking expanse of countryside and a beautiful harbour - from here, a ‘seafari’ takes visitors through the narrow sea channels and past the charming little town that has restaurants and nightlife to enjoy on an impromptu stop-over.
A night can also be spent on the little islands of Valentia, or Skellig Michael off the Dingle Peninsula with its UNESCO protected ancient monastery, inhabited by monks in the 7th to the 12th century. Archaeological tours are available during the summer months. The Dingle Peninsula is not only home to historic treasures such as Gallarus Castle and Oratory and heritage trails a-plenty but local musicians and writers, fine dining restaurants and a wonderful market town called Listowel. Here retail therapy can be found, Irish-style.
For a slice of civilisation, head on round to Tralee which hosts the Rose of Tralee Festival, a celebration of local culture, and has parks, museums, cafes and bistros in which to while away a day or two.
Hikers can walk to their hearts content up Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak, on a guided trek to look out over Mount Cahir and Mc Gillycuddy Reeks. Any one of Kerry’s seemingly abandoned beaches are perfect for a spot of sea angling to catch your lunch. Alternatively grab it from Castleisland, Dingle or Milltown’s famous Farmers Markets or from a cute little Killarney cafe, a Caherdaniel cakery or a quaint Kenmare tea room.
Kids will love running riot in the Crazy Cave in Castleisland, petting the animals in Kennedy’s Pet Farm in Killarney or simply running amok on one of the many glorious white sandy beaches dotted all around the Kerry coast. The cosy local pubs of Dingle, Tralee and Killarney offer toe-tapping live music with no shortage of the black stuff, while Listowel Theatre puts on some great shows for an unforgettable night in the ‘real’ Ireland.
The following information is correct as of November 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Kerry Airport of Farranfore Airport as it is known locally is just under 3 miles from Kerry city centre and take approximately 10 minutes by car. Local buses offer services to nearby Cork, Limerick, Tralee and Killarney. There are also regular taxi services in operation outside the terminal building.
What you need to know
Currency: The Euro (€)
Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Ireland. A valid passport is required from the duration of stay. Nationals of other countries may require a visa. More information is available at a local embassy or on the Foreign Office website.
Laws: The legal drinking age across Ireland is 18 – this includes the purchase of alcohol. A smoking ban is in place across the country, prohibiting smoking in all indoor public places including restaurants, cafes, workplaces and public transport.
Best Time to Visit
Kerry can see rather a lot of annual rainfall but the driest months are usually in July and August. Winter months are the coldest with icy winds coming in from the Atlantic. However, with many annual festivals and events, Kerry makes an interesting year-round destination for all the family. The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of the area’s most famous festivals celebrating Irish culture with street entertainment, carnivals, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfairs and fireworks. St Patrick’s Day is always a lively time to visit anywhere in Ireland while nearby Killarney hosts an array of events from World Irish Country Dancing Championships, an arts festival, a summer festival and a heritage week. The annual Puck Fair in Kerry is one of the regions oldest festivals with traditional music, film, music and poetry. December sees the arrival of Christmas markets devoted to local food and crafts.
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