Kerry County

At the heart of Kerry’s natural wonders is Killarney National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Here majestically, over the clean and serene Lakes of Killarney, tower the McGillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range of Ireland. Above all this vast area of ancient woodlands, with the waterfalls and historic estates, reigns Muckross House, which furnishes a ceaseless trail for walkers, bikers, and strollers. The Ring of Kerry is a scenic trip all along the Iveragh Peninsula, with panoramic mountain, lake, and Atlantic Ocean views, showing the twisty Old Roads and plenty of charming villages and archaeological sites on the way.

And, on the language and music front, the Dingle Peninsula actually gives a small glimpse into Gaelic Ireland’s yesteryears. The Skellig Islands—designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to ruins of an early Christian monastery set on a dramatically steep rock ledge directly over the Atlantic—take much further effort. In fact, from the ancient Ogham stones and Iron Age forts to the medieval castles and abbeys which scatter the countryside, through which Kerry’s history is woven in its landscape, while the towns and villages of the county itself are characterized by uniquely various features.

Highlights: The county town of Tralee hosts, among others, the Rose of Tralee International Festival for celebrating Irish culture and the Irish diaspora. The town is, as part of its population, a relatively small urban area with a sizeable base for exploring the countryside, including pub life and traditional music outlets.

Cultural festivals, music sessions, and storytelling easily display very profound tradition of the artistic talent of the county through well-embedded venues in the social fabric of Kerry. Gaeltacht areas serve to help keep intact and develop the Ireland linguistic heritage, offering all those interested in complete immersion into language and culture.

The food scene is very much reflective of its land and sea connection, with local chefs at the forefront of using the best of county produce: from fresh seafood, artisan cheeses, and craft beers. Dreamy landscapes, historical depth, and vibrant culture: these are what make County Kerry an epitome of Ireland calling out to its guests. It is a ready-to-adventure land at every twist, from where stories of the past are told and heard by the present; the natural wild beauty of Ireland is unrestrained.