County Kerry, located in the South West Peninsular region of Ireland, is famous for it’s amazing natural beauty and iconic terrain. Throughout Kerry you will be met with emerald green farmland, separated by ancient stone walls. Look to the sky and you might catch a glimpse of Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland. The mountains in Kerry stretch almost the entire county. Take to Kerry’s sea cliffs to view the Skellig Islands or hop in a boat and go seal watching around the wild Atlantic Way. Kerry’s breath-taking beauty will leave you wanting more.
Visit Killarney, the tourism hub of Kerry, to sample the local food and drink, or take a trip through the Killarney national park, where you will spot local wildlife such as Red Deer and Otters! Killarney is also a stop on the Ring of Kerry, also known as The Iveragh Peninsula, a scenic drive that takes you through 10,000 years of dramatic history. If the 179km-long circular route is too far, there is also the smaller, less tourist heavy Dingle Peninsula loop drive. The Dingle Peninsula stretches just 48km into the Atlantic Ocean on the South West coast on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Along the Dingle Peninsula, you will see the Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Bay, Blasket Islands and Dingle Bay, to name but a few.
Although, Kerry is known for its exquisite beauty, you can’t forget the County’s culinary delights. Take a trip to Sheen Falls Lodge, overlooking the picturesque Sheen Falls teeming with wild salmon, and let the amazing chef’s take your taste buds on a tour of Ireland. Home-smoked salmon caught on the estate, seafood from Castletownbere and organic vegetable from down the road.
If the food isn’t enough to convince you to visit Kerry, then maybe the locally distilled gin might! The Dingle Distillery is an artisan distillery, dedicated to bringing back the tradition of independent distilling in Ireland. Sample all the flavours and scents, it’s a treat for all the senses.
In Kerry, everyone you encounter is warm and welcoming; perfectly in keeping with the overall culture in the County. You’ll soon be asking “What’s the craic?” and taking part in a good old-fashioned ‘knees up’ at the local pub.
- Best to visit in summer
- 1hr30 from London
In Kerry, you must:
- Visit the Killarney National Park for an idyllic park tour and delve into the history of the land with one of its enchanting storytellers. Finish up at Muckross Traditional farm for a lesson in cooking and dancing
- Enjoy a cocktail at the iconic J.M Reidy’s. It’s not uncommon for the musicians to coax the crowds into an impromptu singalong and brush dance. Learn the history of the sweet shop and you’ll be petitioning a return.
- Drive through the scenic landscape as part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Pit stop along the way and excite your guests with axe throwing, take in the views with a local hot toddy, or become a laser clay pigeon shooting champion at one of hundreds of local stops.
- Book out the penthouse of Aghadoe Heights Hotel and flex your creative skills with a water colour painting session of the breath-taking lake and mountain views. After you have created your masterpiece, head out on to the lake with paddle boards for the ultimate wellness experience.
By Chloe Heathcote
In 2013 Chloe gained a degree from UWL, in Event Management. Chloe then went on to work for staffing solution companies in London, providing on-site support for events across the biggest Stadiums in the country. In 2019 Chloe joined us at Penguins as a project executive. More articles by Chloe Heathcote