Things to do in Co. Kerry

County Kerry, located in the southwest of Ireland, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. This picturesque county boasts some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery, including the famous Ring of Kerry, which offers panoramic views of mountains, lakes, and the Atlantic Ocean. Kerry’s unique blend of natural beauty and historical sites makes it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking to explore the essence of Irish heritage.

From the ancient stone forts of Cahergal and Leacanabuaile to the serene beauty of Killarney National Park with its lush woodlands, waterfalls, and lakes, Kerry encapsulates the heart of Ireland’s scenic splendor. The county is also home to the Dingle Peninsula, where visitors can experience a thriving Gaelic-speaking community and enjoy traditional Irish music and dance. Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventures or exploring ancient ruins, County Kerry offers an unforgettable journey through some of Ireland’s most cherished landscapes and cultural experiences.

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  • Killarney National Park: Explore over 26,000 acres of diverse ecosystems including lakes, mountains, and woodlands in Ireland’s first national park.
  • Gap of Dunloe: Traverse this narrow mountain pass by foot or jaunting car for spectacular views.
  • Skellig Michael: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site known for its early Christian monastery and striking sea crags.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Experience breathtaking landscapes and vibrant Irish culture on this beautiful peninsula.
  • Muckross House & Gardens: Tour this 19th-century mansion set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park.
  • Ring of Kerry: Drive or cycle around this scenic route that showcases some of Kerry’s finest landscapes.
  • Torc Waterfall: Hike to this majestic waterfall located within Killarney National Park for a refreshing experience.
  • Valentia Island: Discover one of Ireland’s most westerly points with its unique geological features and historical sites.
  • The Blasket Islands: Learn about the life on these remote islands at The Blasket Centre before taking a boat trip to explore them.
  • Ross Castle: Delve into history at this well-preserved medieval castle located on the edge of Lough Leane in Killarney National Park.
  • Kerry Dark Sky Reserve: Experience one of only three Gold Tier Reserves worldwide where you can observe astonishing night skies free from light pollution.