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    Tucked on to the south western corner of Ireland, and with a coastline so crinkly that even fjord designers would be jealous, County Kerry is perhaps one of the most popular and picturesque of any of the Irish counties. Kerry has every reason to be a well-loved destination for visitors, with interesting features and stunning scenery, much of it to be found off the main tourist routes, where travellers can experience some of the finest views, foods and fun that Ireland has to offer.

    Bordered only by County Limerick in the east and County Cork to the south east, with a long North Atlantic coastline, Kerry's proximity to the Gulf Stream ensures that the county enjoys an unusually mild climate.

    Things to do in County Kerry
    The northern extremities of Kerry include the small ferry port at Tarbert, where travellers can take a shortcut across the estuary of the River Shannon over into County Clare.

    The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula, to give it its correct name) is perhaps the most famous tourist trail anywhere in the country, stretching over a 110 mile circuitous route, with some of the finest beaches, Iron Age forts and ancient monasteries to be found anywhere in Ireland. To the east, on the inland aspect of the Peninsular, lie the splendidly-named mountain range of MacGillycuddy's Reeks, and the beautiful Lakes of Killarney.

    On a slightly smaller scale, to the north of Iveragh, the magical Dingle Peninsula is a more discrete gem for visitors who want to explore beyond the attractions of the Ring of Kerry route. Windsurf at the appropriately windswept Bantry Bay, visit the amazing and ancient Gallarus Oratory, or swim with Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle Harbour.

    In the far south of Kerry, the Beara Peninsula is half shared with the neighbouring county of Cork, giving way to a more genteel and tamed natural environment, and countryside aspect.

    Top Destinations

    DingleThe pretty town of Dingle is reached by crossing the Conor Pass, the highest mountain pass in Ireland, and the narrow and weaving road really gives you the feeling that you are squeezing through the slender gap to reach the bustling but homely port nestling beyond.

    Gallarus Oratory – One of the most famous landmarks on the Dingle Peninsula, and situated close to four storey tower of Gallarus Castle, the Oratory is an astonishing, exquisite little building, constructed out of carefully-laid stone to resemble an upturned boat. Although there is some confusion as to the age of the structure, ranging from the 6th to the 12th century, there is no doubting the beauty of this well preserved chapel. The Oratory is also architecturally significant, as it represents a transition in design, between the beehive huts of the earlier period and the later rectangular churches with which we are now more familiar.

    The Skellig Islands – Halfway round the Ring of Kerry, from Valentia, the most westerly harbour in Europe, the triangular peaks of the two Skellig Islands are a tantalising sight, with steep, jagged rocks surrounded by the crashing waves. Little Skellig is a bird sanctuary, particularly noted for its population of Northern Gannets, and human landing is not permitted. However, visitors are allowed on the neighbouring island of Great Skellig (also known as Skellig Michael); boat trips take travellers over to explore the rock and to climb up to the ancient monastic site at the summit. From the tiny landing stage a road leads to Christ's Saddle, the only patch of green on this otherwise inhospitable rocky island. From here, walkers can make their way along the path which leads to the arched stone remains of St Finian's Abbey, where, amongst the ruins lie six complete drystone beehive huts, which have miraculously managed to survive for centuries despite the often harsh conditions and frequently foul coastal weather.

    MacGillycuddy's Reeks – Fabulously named after a local clan chief who once owned the land, and stretching imposingly over twelve miles of County Kerry, inland from the Iveragh Peninsula, and close to the lakes of Killarney, this noted mountain range includes the highest peak in Ireland, Corrán Tuathail. The area offers a varied selection of walks and climbing options to visitors throughout the year.

    The Kerry Way – One of the best ways of exploring the finest that Kerry has to offer is by taking the popular 200km signposted walking trail, which runs from the busy town of Killarney, through to the wilderness of the Black Valley, and crosses a wide variety of terrain, over and around much of the Ring of Kerry. 


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    photo of 5a Kenmare River Cottage , Ardea West, Tuosist, Kenmare, Kerry
    Cottage 5A is situated in its own grounds and is well separated from others by substantial areas of lawn and a variety of sub-tropical trees and shrubs. There is a separate driveway twith ample car parking space, each ...
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    photo of Woodlands Cottage , Kenmare, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    Overlooking beautiful Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way, this detached holiday property (similar property shown in photograph) is set in 3 acres of pretty woodland in a small holiday home ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Riverside Holiday Homes , Killorglin, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    This semi-detached house (similar property shown in photograph) is located on the banks of the beautiful River Laune in a small holiday home development, along with three similar properties. The pretty town of Killorglin, ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Gort Na Tornoige , Castlemaine, Co. Kerry, Killorglin, County Kerry
    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this holiday home makes an ideal base for touring the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, within an hour's drive from the region's main towns of Tralee, Killarney, Killorglin and ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Scenic Views , Waterville, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    True to its name, Scenic Views offers lovely sea and hill views from its large garden and conservatory. Located on the outskirts of the pretty little village of Waterville, on the Wild Atlantic Way, this detached holiday ...
    Bedrooms: 4
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    photo of Barr An Bhaile , Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    Offering stunning panoramic views of Kenmare Bay, the Beara Peninsula and rocky coves, this traditional detached cottage is the perfect getaway retreat for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Accessed via a ...
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    photo of Dingle Courtyard (2 Beds) - Four , Dingle, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    In a delightful, quiet courtyard setting with distant views over Dingle Bay, these 5 holiday properties (references W32188, W32189, W32190, W32191 and W32192) lie just a short walk from the heart of the town. Perfect for ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Patty's Cottage , Portmagee, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    This holiday cottage, adjoining the owner's home, is 1.3 miles from the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee, which was awarded Tourist Village of the Year 2012. It is located on the Wild Atlantic Way, with free access ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 7
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    photo of Knightshaven Holiday Homes , Knightstown, Valentia, Co. Kerry, Valentia Island, County Kerry
    This three-bedroom holiday home offers a wonderful location on beautiful Valentia Island, part of The Wild Atlantic Way, which can be reached via ferry or land bridge. Part of a small holiday village, this semi-detached, ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of Sheen View , Kenmare, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    This holiday home enjoys a great location in a small and private development of 16 holiday homes beside the Kenmare Bay Estuary on the beautiful Ring of Kerry. It is located on The Wild Atlantic Way, just a short stroll ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Cedar Lodge , Kenmare, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    Located less than 2 miles from the colourful and vibrant town of Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way, Cedar Lodge offers a perfect base for discovering this magical part of Kerry. This detached holiday property is set in ...
    Bedrooms: 4
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    photo of Cottage B , Milltown, Co. Kerry, County Kerry
    Part of a small holiday home complex comprised of cottages with thatched, slate and corrugated roofs, these two similar terraced properties are situated in the heart of the pretty little village of Milltown. Both ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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