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County Kerry Holiday Guide

One of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations, County Kerry is brimming with scenery that will live long in the memory; an unforgettable mixture of rugged coastline, rolling countryside, bogs and mysterious looking mountains. Visitors looking toexperience the romance of Ireland won’t be disappointed in Kerry. As well as the magnificent landscape, there are many fine attractions to explore in one of Ireland’s least urbanised and independent counties, one where a warm welcome awaits around every corner.

The Hub of Kerry

Set in the heart of one of Ireland’s finest national parks, Killarney has been plying its tourist trade for more than 250 years. It’s full of quality restaurants, pubs and accommodation, all on the doorstep of beautiful lakes, woodland, waterfalls and moors lying in the shadow of the country’s highest mountains, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks.

The town’s history dates back to the Neolithic period and, based on the copper ore mined on Ross Island, was home to some important Bronze Age settlements. Over the centuries, expert stonemasons crafted forts and devised Ogham script before, eventually, Viscount Kenmare developed the town as the Irish answer to England’s Lake District.

Exploring Kerry

The majority of the one million visitors who descend on the county every year tend to stick to Killarney and its attractions and the famous Ring of Kerry, a scenic drive around the neighbouring Iveragh Peninsula.

Stretching for more than 110 miles, the longest of Ireland’s renowned circular routes combines incredible coastal scenery with picturesque countryside and fascinating villages providing perfect stop-off points for refreshments. Although the ring can be completed in a day, you could take your time and stay overnight in somewhere like Killorglin or Kenmare.

The coastal scenery is at its best between Waterville and Caherdaniel, with the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael, a jagged 217m high chunk of rock, providing a fascinating diversion. Despite its appearance and isolation, from the 6th to the 13th centuries it was home to Christian monks looking for ultimate solitude.

The more compact Dingle Peninsula, the most western point in Europe at its tip, can also be explored using another circular drive. Its breathtaking natural beauty, mixed with rings forts, ancient ruins and charming towns like Dingle, make it an experience to remember.

See and Do

Some of County Kerry’s most popular attractions are based around Killarney. As well as the natural wonders of its national park, there is 15th century Ross Castle, Knockreer House and Gardens, the Muckross Estate, with a wonderfully restored 19th century mansion at its heart, and Inisfallen Island, home to a monastery believed to have been founded by St Finian the Leper in the 7th century.

Kerry County Museum, in Tralee, has some excellent interpretive displays, including a Medieval Experience that recreates life in the town, smells and all, in 1450.

The Skellig Experience on Valentia Island chronicles the history of the Skellig Michael monks as well as the island’s lighthouses and wildlife, while the atmospheric ruins of Ballycarbery Castle, and two ring forts nearby, can be found in Caherciveen.


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Hotel Killarney £63
Reviewed on 19 Sep 2019
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Hotel Killarney

Hotel Killarney

Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great facilities for families and lots of activities to keep the kid busy

    The Heights Hotel Killarney £55
    Reviewed on 13 Sep 2019
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    The Heights Hotel Killarney

    The Heights Hotel Killarney

    Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Classic looking hotel with large halls and a great breakfast. Staff was extremely helpfull Unfortunately not all rooms are modernized

      The Lake Hotel Killarney £105
      Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019
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      The Lake Hotel Killarney

      The Lake Hotel Killarney

      On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
         
        4.7 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Absolutely amazing! The staff is very kind and friendly. The room was lovely. The restaurants/bar were good. But the view is what can not be found anywhere else!! I loved everything about my stay and can not wait to come back.

        The Europe Hotel & Resort £247
        Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019
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        The Europe Hotel & Resort

        The Europe Hotel & Resort

        Fossa, Killarney, Kerry
           
          4.8 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The staff smile, friendless and service was top drawer. Very difficulty to say anything I didn’t like , fresh fruit choice at breakfast maybe a little wider

          Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa £97
          Reviewed on 9 Sep 2019
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          Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

          Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

          Kenmare Square, Killarney, Kerry
             
            4.5 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Ideal location in the centre of town, excellent hotel overall.

            Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa £120
            Reviewed on 11 Sep 2019
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            Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa

            Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa

            Dingle, Dingle, Kerry
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Property has stunning views. Staff were helpful and responsive. Only minor issue is location, as it is about a 10-12 min walk from town center.

              Barr na Sraide Inn £95
              Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019
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              Barr na Sraide Inn

              Barr na Sraide Inn

              Upper Main Street, Dingle, County Kerry
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Good location right on Main Street. The bed was very comfortable. The room was very small, but it was clean.

                The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments £87
                Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019
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                The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments

                The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments

                Muckross Road, Killarney, County Kerry
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The facilities were excellent the food the entertainment golf tennis squash courts, pool the national Park the Gleneagle has everything a family holiday would want from a holiday we really enjoyed our time there.

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