Kerry is certainly one of the most beautiful and scenic of the counties of Ireland. It is wholly immersed in the history of Ireland and holds many heritage sites. A number of its sites draw visitors from the four corners of the world who want to feel the romanticism of old Ireland. At present, Kerry airport accommodates over four hundred thousand plus passengers every year!
Ballybunion: Ballybunion or Ballybunnion is a coastal town and seaside resort in County Kerry, Ireland, 15 km (9.3 mi) from the town of Listowel. There are castle ruins near the town, although all that remains is a single wall and two golf courses in the area including the famous Ballybunion Golf Club, a top class Links course founded in 1893 and host course to the Murphys Irish Open in 2000 and Palmer Cup in 2004. According to the Central Statistics Office, Ballybunion had a population of 1329 in 2002.
Killarney Lakes and National Park: The lakes host numerous top class golf courses for the aspiring Padraig Harrington’s of this world. With no shortage of accommodation and fabulous infrastructure, in a day visitors can expect to be astounded with sights such as the Irish Red deer rutting around the countryside.
Torc Waterfall: One of the best waterfalls in Ireland is located on the Ring of Kerry. Torc Waterfall is well worth visiting and like all waterfalls, it is best seen after heavy rains (no problem in Kerry!). Torc waterfall is a 5-minute walk off the N71 Killarney Kenmare road through scenic woodland. The waterfall is some 70 to 80 feet high and the Owengarriff river which feeds it rises in “The Devil’s Punchbowl” on nearby Mangerton mountain. Seeing this magical waterfall is definitely one of the best things to do on the Ring of Kerry.
Carrauntoohil and the Mc Gillycuddy Reeks: Take a guided trek up Ireland’s highest mountain and get the blood flowing, once at the top of Carrauntoohil, overlook Mt. Cahir and the Mc Gillycuddy reeks and enjoys the fascinating glacial artistry in this raw taste of Ireland’s map.
Valentia Island: Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points lying off the Iveragh Peninsula in the south-west of County Kerry. It is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge at Portmagee. It is known as one of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Irish mainland.
Kenmare: Kenmare harbour is breathtakingly wide in parts. Many celebrities over the years have bought or rented properties on the shoreline. Regular ‘seafari’ trips will take the visitor through the harbour and around the beara channels and back to the enchanting Kenmare town.
The Ring of Kerry: Irelands rugged rock, sweeping woodlands, coastal magnificence both salt and fresh, castles, chapels, museums, villages, estates, parks and studs are all contained in the Ring of Kerry. A 180km circular drive will occupy and fill any weekend!
Skellig Michael: Skellig Michael or Great Skellig is an island (the larger of the two Skellig Islands) in the Atlantic Ocean, 11.6 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. A Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century and was continuously occupied until its abandonment in the late 12th century. The remains of this monastery, along with most of the island itself, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1996. This location is also highly rumoured to be used in the new Star Wars movie. It certainly is out of this world!
Ladies View: Ladies View is a scenic point along the N71 portion of the Ring of Kerry, in Killarney National Park, Ireland. The name apparently stems from the admiration of the view given by Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting during their 1861 visit. If you are driving around the whole ring of Kerry, you can’t miss it. What a view. Definitely one of the best things to see on the Ring of Kerry and well worthy of a visit.
The Dingle Peninsula: Stretches from Tralee to Slea head and looks west upon the famed Blasket Islands, home to a rugged island people until the 1950’s and inspiration for acclaimed writer Peig Sayers. Often referred to as the last parish until the New World, it is home to a number of rural Ireland’s most famous landmarks such as the Gallarus Castle and Oratory. The Dingle peninsula caters for everyone’s taste and imagination, from aquatic pursuits, heritage trails, religion, patriotism to fine dining and luxurious surrounds and all within a four-hour time frame by road. Slea Head drive is a popular route taken by tourists.