County Kerry is a holiday-maker’s paradise. With so many things to do in Kerry, taking in Rugged coastlines, towering mountain ranges, colourful villages and scenery, it will leave you reaching for your camera at every turn!
Tour the Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way and take in the endless sandy beaches and craggy cliffs. Inland you will find Mount Brandon, keeping a watchful eye on the peninsula which is over 900 metres high and is popular among climbers. Dingle town is one of the most vibrant in Ireland and attracts craftspeople, musicians, food producers, designers and tourists all year round. Dingle has some of the finest restaurants and seafood in the country, as well as traditional pubs where you are guaranteed to find a live music session and a great pint of Guinness.
Explore the Skelligs off the south coast of Kerry
The Skelligs are a spectacular sight and are worth adding to your itinerary while on a short break in Kerry.
Skellig Michael, also known as Great Skellig, is the larger of the two islands, with two peaks rising to over 230 m above sea level and is home to a sixth-century Christian monastery perched at 160 m above sea level. Both of the Skellig Islands are known for their seabird colonies and are home to several diverse species. Scenes from Star Wars, The Force Awakens were shot on Skellig Michael at various points in 2015.
Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park (26,000 acres) contains a combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. Keep an eye out for the native red deer which are unique in Ireland and can be spotted in the National Park.The focal point of the National Park for visitors is Muckross House and Gardens.
For the active, walking and cycling are the best ways to see the National Park. Boats can be hired for a trip on the Killarney lakes and there is always the option of a jaunting car around the park to investigate the spectacular.
Siamsa Tíre, home to Ireland’s National Folk Theatre is located in Tralee Town and its aim is to “protect, explore and develop traditional art forms in music, song and dance.” The origins of Siamsa Tíre and the National Folk Theatre of Ireland go back to performances in 1968 and the group have been delighting crowds since then.
Listowel Writers Week is an international literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique events in the historic surroundings of Listowel County Kerry. With over 30 events planned for this year’s festival (from 1st to 5th of June 2016), and something for all ages and literary interests, it promises to be one of the festivals of the year.