Facing the Atlantic Ocean and holding some of the most mountainous terrain in Ireland, sightseeing nature in itself is worth the trip to this beautiful county. Various peninsulas and islands line this seaside destination.
The top-rated attraction in County Kerry is the Killarney National Park where you can enjoy the scenery via a guided walking, bus, or kayak tour. Another unique manner of exploring is by boat on the lakes of the park with a knowledgeable captain to provide an informative and memorable experience. Be sure to seek out the Muckross House and Ross Castle while in Killarney as they have been popular points of interest for years.
Also, County Kerry is fantastic for avid golfers with the rolling hills and numerous courses. In fact, former US President Bill Clinton regularly holidays for the sport, beaches, and natural landscape.
The Gap of Dunloe is a sight to be seen as a narrow mountain pass that some tour in a horse drawn carriages or individual ponies for a nostalgic ride. For those extreme sportsmen, look into rock climbing the steeping slopes of the terrain as many come to take this on.
On a clear day, you must visit the beaches in Kerry as they are known as one of the most scenic locations in Ireland. Worthy beach destinations include Derrynane, Ballinskelligs, and Ballybunion, a beach which attracts surfers and castle enthusiasts alike. Animal and sea lovers will want to visit the beaches on Dingle Peninsula, where Fungi the famous dolphin resides and has interacted with humans since 1984. With golden sand and clear waters, any of these locations will more than suffice a beachgoer looking to truly relax and embrace the surrounding oceanic nature of Ireland.
If you follow the Ring of Kerry, you can visit in one sweep Killarney, Killorglin, Cahersiveen, and Waterville, where the world-known Charlie Chaplin used to holiday. Foodies can enjoy an abundance of restaurants in the town of Kenmare, another must visit location.
As the literary capital of the country, Listowel poses a large role in literature as famous playwright, novelist, and essayist John B. Keane calls it his birthplace and has his own statue. Not only can one embrace the culture of Listowel while visiting, but the lush countryside and trickling rivers surround the town for an overall serene stay.
Tralee, located on the northern neck of Dingle Peninsula, attracts festival attendees for the Rose of Tralee International Festival, one of Ireland's biggest and oldest festivals, marking 58 years in 2017. Irish women are honored with street shows, carnival and circus attractions, live concerts, stage theatre, market vendors, boasting fireworks and Rose Parades.
Many islands are in close proximity to County Kerry and are notable destinations. One in particular is quite popular: Great Blasket Island, where you can take a cruise or ferry to from Slea Head (another great site), then take a breathtaking hike along the seaside cliffs of the island.
Whether you seek nature, sport, culture, or all of the above, County Kerry remains a steadfast Irish haven for travelers near and far.
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