Travel Guide to County Kerry

County Kerry is located in the most south-western part of the Irish province of Munster. Like all the west of Ireland, it features a tormented coastline which is divided into three main peninsulas, those of Dingle, Iveragh and Beara. A few islands sit right off the coast, the main ones being the famous Skelligs. Skellig Michael in particular is a World Heritage Site, famous for the medieval monastery clinging to the island's cliffs.

Kerry is also a mountainous county, featuring the highest peak of Ireland, Carrauntoohil, which forms part of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range. Because of these mountains and of the prevailing ocean winds, Kerry has particularly high rainfalls, even by Irish standards. But this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the place. The crowds that come to visit the county every year are a living proof that Kerry is the top Irish destination.

While Kerry is praised for its stunning landscapes, it also boasts a few lively towns. Tralee is the capital town and administrative centre of the county. Both the Dingle Way and the North Kerry Way start here. But the tourism capital of Kerry is Killarney, because of its historical heritage and its proximity to the Lakes of Killarney, an area of outstanding natural beauty, located in Killarney National Park. Much smaller – but even more famous - is Dingle. The little town is home to over 50 pubs. It says it all!

Like most western parts of Ireland, County Kerry was less influenced by British colonisation. This is why you will still find Gaeltacht areas here – these are areas where Irish is still considered to be the dominant language. Kerry is also famous for traditional Irish music, including songs and dances, and traditional Gaelic football. The kingdom – for such is Kerry’s nickname – is the leading county of the All-Ireland Championship, having won it 36 times between 1887 and 2010, including 5 times over the last decade.

Kerry, with its mountains, lakes and Atlantic coastline, is probably the most significant Irish destination in terms of tourism, so your trip to Ireland would be incomplete without a visit to Kerry!

There is a small airport in Kerry and there is also the possibility of hiring a car in Kerry airport to travel across the country