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Attractions in the wider Kingdom of Kerry

Attractions in the wider Kingdom of Kerry

Going further afield, here’s a brief guide to some major attractions in the Kingdom of Kerry:

The Ring of Kerry – Ireland’s most famous tour begins in Fossa and takes in spectacular scenery along the route. Places included in the tour are:

  • Killorglin – home of the Puck Fair
  • Glenbeigh – magnificent views of Rossbeigh beach and sandhills
  • Cahersiveen and Derrynane, home of ‘The Liberator’ Daniel O’Connell
  • Sneem – an attractive village
  • Moll’s Gap, with breathtaking views of the south Kerry mountains and Killarney lakes

The route features spectacular sea views at Dingle Bay, Kells Bay, Valentia Island, Ballinskelligs Bay, Kenmare Bay and Derrynane, and the craggy Skellig rocks can be seen out to sea

Approx. 177km. Organised coach tours available.

The Dingle Peninsula

Renowned for its rugged beauty, the Dingle Peninsula juts out into the sea and commands spectacular views.

  • Once described as “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic
  • Voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor

There’s lots to do, including:

  • Explore the town of Dingle which, while progressive, retains much of its old-world atmosphere
  • Go swimming with Fungie, the friendly dolphin
  • Visit the Blasket Islands – whose islanders wrote a remarkable number of books, some of which are considered to be world classics
  • Enjoy a game of golf at Ceann Sibéal
  • Explore some of the beautiful beaches on the peninsula
  • Go pony trekking in the hills
  • Explore the many archaeological remains, including the ancient Beehive Huts and Gallarus Oratory, a small, stone-built chapel in the shape of an upturned boat

North Kerry

North Kerry, containing the busy towns of Tralee (the capital of Kerry), Listowel and Castleisland, has a lot to offer, including:

  • The sandy beaches of Ballybunion, Banna and Ballyheigue
  • The glorious Ballybunion Golf Club, where Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton have played
  • The mediaeval Ratoo Round Tower in Ballyduff, Ballylongford’s Carrigfoyle Castle and the monastic remains at Ardfert and Abbeydorney

Useful links

Irish Caravan Council – www.camping-ireland.ie
Irish Tourist Board – www.ireland.travel.ie
Killarney Online – www.killarneyonline.ie
Kerry Gems Visitor Guide – www.kerrygems.com
A4 Map of Kerry (printable) –