County Kerry is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Ireland and is home to what National Geographic once referred to as “one of the most beautiful places on the earth” – the Dingle Peninsula. Kerry is fondly known as The Kingdom of Kerry to the Irish and although it’s not entirely certain why, we can definitely say that the shoe fits in terms of grace, beauty and the magnificence that is often associated with royalty.
It’s fair to say that a lot of Kerry’s incredible amount of natural beauty is due to its geographical location. Kerry is surrounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the north by the River Shannon and is also one of the most mountainous regions of Ireland and contains two of the country's highest mountains.
In terms of things to do in Kerry – well, let's just say there'll be no shortage! Entertainment is vast and full of Irish tradition, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to traditional country pubs to both dine and drink in. Whatever town or village you visit in Kerry you’ll find traditional music pretty much everywhere. So if you really want to rub shoulders with the locals head out to the pub and enjoy the music and dance. Famous pubs include Dick Mack’s of Dingle, Harry Costella Bar and Restaurant in Ballybunion, Ó'Donnabháin's Bar in Kenmare.
Locals proclaim that no one can visit Kerry without seeing the renowned ‘Ring of Kerry’ which takes you on a tour with multiple scenery stops for striking views straight from a postcard. And of course Dingle Peninsula which allows you to see the entire coast and countryside of Dingle – an experience that is difficult to put into words. Dingle is also home to Fungi – the well known local dolphin who appeared in Dingle in 1984 and for unknown reasons (presumably he fell in love with Dingle too) he has stayed every since.
The Skellig Islands are another must see attraction. Cast your eyes over the unique 6th century monastic settlement and see onto the thrashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. If you find yourself in the magnificent town of Killarney you’ll need to experience Killarney National Park where you can catch a ‘Jaunting car ride’- a horse and carriage - as you get told the history and tales of Kerry whilst observing stunning scenery like Ross Castle and the Killarney Lakes.
If you’re fortunate to be heading to Kerry in the summer months be sure to head to Tralee in August for the famous Rose of Tralee Festival. The Rose of Tralee is celebrated all over the world and is a national treasure – celebrating over 50 years and serving as a great celebration of Irish culture and heritage both here in Ireland and throughout the world.