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Situated in the South Western tip of Ireland's Atlantic Coast, County Kerry is inarguably the most visited region outside Dublin, home to some of Ireland's stunning beauty spots and vistas. From desolate mountain peaks to breathtaking peninsulas and coves hugging its rugged littoral, this magnificent county is a treasure trove of cultural gems and outdoor activities waiting to be explored.
Boasting more registered hotels and guesthouses than anywhere else outside the Irish capital, Killarney is Kerry's premiere tourist destination, receiving a large influx of foreign visitors and coach parties all year round. Along its bustling High Street is a varied selection of speciality boutiques selling a range of curiosities, crafts and gifts. Visitors can step back in time and discover Killarney in a horse-drawn jaunting car providing environmentally friendly transportation in the town for over a century.
To escape from the commercial excesses of Killarney, Killarney National Park offers walkers and cyclists a wealth of magnificent sites to explore from St Mary's Cathedral at the entrance to the park to the restored Ross Castle and monastic ruins in Inisfallen Island. Designated as UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1981, the national park is a refreshing and invigorating experience with its majestic peaks of Purple, Torc, Shehy and Mangerton Mountains to its pristine finger lakes. Rowing boats are available for day hire at Lough Learne - reffered to as the Lower Lake.
The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland's foremost attractions, encompassing the 179 km road circuit around the stunning Iveragh Peninsula. Travelling on an anti-clockwise direction from Killarney, the picturesque town of Killorglan is the first settlement, famed for its Puck Fair Festival, a rumbustious three day affair held every August involving serious imbibing and music. From Killorglan all the way round the Ring of Kerry to Kenmare, each and every town has its own distinctive charm and character offering traditional Irish music, complimented by superb local seafood that this region is acclaimed for. Caherdaniel and Valentia Island are popular spots for avid divers and home to professional diving schools that programme half-day discovery courses for novices. The more time you take to discover The Ring of Kerry, the more you will enjoy and get out from your vacation.
Less commercial and often regarded as more breathtaking than the Ring of Kerry, The Dingle Peninsula abounds in ancient monuments, high crosses and ringed forts. In the southern coast of the peninsula is the charming port of Dingle, renowned for its resident dolphin, fungie. Serving as a major centre for the Dingle Peninsula, the town has an excellent provision of first-class accommodation (often fully booked in summer season) and leisure pursuits ranging from snorkling and scuba diving around the Blasket Islands offshore to full-day treks up Mount Brandon, lying to the west.
The town of Tralee is County Kerry's second town, making an important stopover for visitors en route to The Dingle Peninsula to the west and The Ring of Kerry to the south. Having a turbulent history of rebellion during medieval times and throughout the cromwellian period, Tralee is today better known for the The Rose of Tralee Festival, a beauty contest of international renown staged in the last week of August. The town is brimming with live music and entertainment in its string of pubs centred around Castle Street where you will find a host of restaurants and cafés to whet your appetite.
From beautiful sandy coves to spectacular mountainous landscapes depicted in poems and novels of great Irish writers, County Kerry offers visitors the ultimate Irish holiday experience that will enchant you in every sense.
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