In my biased opinion, Kerry is the most beautiful part of Ireland although I’m sure you’ll agree with me when you get here. Everything is on show: beaches, mountains, rivers, lakes, bogs, woods.
The Wild Atlantic Way, which snakes along the Irish Atlantic coast, is the longest coastal route in the world. Kerry is one of the counties that this magnificent trail travels through and I’ve written a number of posts showcasing Kerry’s contribution to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Along with scenery, Kerry has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions. Having such a high concentration of sights in a small area makes Kerry a microcosm of Ireland. But if your time is short this post will help you to decide what places to visit in Kerry.
And for my Kerry friends: If your parish isn’t featured here, don’t worry, I’m on my way soon!
COASTAL KERRY DESTINATIONS
Starting in the north of the county, Wild Atlantic Way: The Great Tour of North Kerry encompasses information on an old British courthouse and jail, a Franciscan Abbey, a 15th Century castle and the remarkable beaches of the north Kerry coast. The journey ends in Tralee, the administrative capital of Kerry.
Wild Atlantic Way: Dingle to Tralee continues the journey of the Atlantic coastal route, taking in the spectacularly scenic (and crazy) road through the Connor Pass, one of the highest asphalted mountain passes in Ireland. It also includes a trip to Brandon Point, a popular hiking spot, and Castlegregory, the surfing capital of Kerry. Before arriving in Tralee a quick jaunt into Glanteenassig Woods comes recommended.
One of Ireland’s most popular drives is the subject of Wild Atlantic Way: Slea Head Drive. The start and end point is Dingle town and the route includes the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Bring a picnic and wheels. And don’t forget your camera!
If you’ve ever wondered how Ireland’s main railway stations got their names then have a read of my Rebels and Railways post. It looks at the significant sites in Kerry of the 1916 rebellion plus elaborates on the unique way the State commemorated the 50th anniversary of the rebellion.
Kerry has a long history of welcoming international dignitaries so it was interesting to finally meet one, former US UN Ambassador Samantha Power. Irish-born Power gave a riveting public interview in the South Kerry village of Waterville during the local Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival. If you want to know about the current state of the world then this post is for you.
Wild Atlantic Way: Notable Kerry People is a list of Kerry people who achieved extraordinary feats and/or who’ve had an influence on my own life. Controversial choices? Have a read and let me know.
INLAND KERRY DESTINATIONS
Moving on to Killorglin in Mid-Kerry, Puck Fair: Ireland’s Madcap Festival really is what it says it is! Puck Fair is Killorglin’s centuries-old annual celebration whereby a male goat is crowned King of the Town. Taking place on 10th – 12th August, this is Ireland’s most traditional and revelrous festival, not to mention the country’s oldest festival. The post also includes a guide to the dynamic and cosmopolitan Killorglin area which is not only a contender for the best places to visit in Kerry but for the place to live in Ireland.
Winters in Ireland are unforgiving which is why we make a song and dance about the advent of Spring. Bye Bye Winter, Hello Biddy looks at the tradition of The Biddy, a custom of celebrating the 1st February through the mediums of music, singing and dancing. The post features the Kilgobnet National School Biddy, the group which has won worldwide praise for keeping this centuries-old tradition alive.
A long-held ambition to attend a major travel blogging conference was realised when TBEX held their 2017 European gathering in Killarney. In TBEX Europe 2017 Killarney: The world at my doorstep I review the conference structure, learn how to keep Google happy and get the opportunity to impress the attendees with my local knowledge.
For general travel information on Kerry check out my Kerry Travel Guide post.