What to do in Kerry?

Tralee

Tralee is the capital town of County Kerry. It stands on the south-west coast of Ireland on the doorstep of the Dingle Peninsula and is famous for the Rose of Tralee International Festival, the Irish traditional version of beauty contests. But Tralee is also home to the National Folk Theatre, which provides high quality performances, as well as an arts festival that includes theatre, music and street entertainment.

In the town, you’ll find the Kerry County Museum that holds an attraction called ‘Kerry the Kingdom’, covering the history of Ireland since the Stone Age. There is also a marina, just 8 miles from the town, home to a Sailing Club and a Sea Angling Club, both including extensive clubhouse facilities. The ship canal provides opportunities for water based leisure activities. The blue flag beaches of Fenit, Banna and Ballyheigue are also within close range.

If you want to relax, the town has an 80 acres green park with a beautiful Rose Garden - its many varieties receive widespread acclaim. The Park also contains a playground which comes in handy if you’re visiting with young children.

Other attractions include the Tralee Golf course, the Tralee to Blennerville Steam Railway, and the Aquadome, an indoor leisure pool complete with waves, rapids, water slide and sauna. An outdoor adventure play area with crazy golf and model boats is just along side.
Both the Dingle Way and the North Kerry Way start in Tralee, so the town is an ideal base camp for hill-walkers.

Killarney

The biggest town in Kerry is Killarney – which reads Cill Airne in Irish and means "church of sloes". It is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the north-eastern shores of Lough Leane which is part of Killarney National Park. It is not a historical town, but it is built around one colourful street, full of pubs, cafés, shops and restaurants. The two main attractions of the town are the Victorian Gothic cathedral and the Museum of Irish Transports. Another touristic attraction –sometimes expensive - is to get a tour in a jaunting car, a type of horse drawn cart operated by a local, who’s usually referred to as the ‘jarvy’.

Killarney Summer Fest is quite popular and is the highlight of the year for the town. It features both outdoor and indoor concerts, from major Irish and international acts. Some sporting events are also held during the festival period, but if you really want to see Gaelic football, for which the county is famous, the tourist office will give you all the details. On the first weekend of May, the town holds another event, the International Rally of the Lakes. The rally brings thousands of fanatics and the roads are closed, so you’ve been warned!

The town and its surrounding region are home to St. Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross Friary, the Lakes of Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe and the Black Valley.