County Kerry General Information

In my biased opinion, Kerry is the most beautiful part of Ireland although I’m sure you’ll agree with me when you see the place. Everything is here: 12 blue flag beaches, Killarney National Park and numerous rivers with a wealth of fishing opportunities. The 10 highest peaks in Ireland are located in Kerry making it a mountaineer’s paradise. 9 of those peaks are located on the McGillycuddy Reeks alone. The Hidden Valley of the Reeks  website lists service providers in the McGillycuddy Reeks area.

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. The scenery in Kerry is so beautiful that apparently it can distract car drivers and lead to  accidents as this newspaper article illustrates.

Along with the scenery, Kerry has a plentiful supply of cultural places of interest. Top of the list is UNESCO World Heritage site Skellig Michael. Other notable places include Staigue Fort, Gallarus Oratory, Ogham Stones of Dunloe (near Gap of Dunloe) and Valentia Slate Quarry. Indoors, entertainment can be had at the INEC in Killarney, Siamsa Tíre National Folk Theatre of Ireland and the Kerry County Museum, both located in Tralee. My lists are merely skimming the surface of what’s on offer.

We know how to throw a party and two of the most famous festivals in Ireland are Kerry-based: 400 year old Puck Fair in Killorglin and fortysomething Writers’ Week in Listowel.

Kerry was the birthplace of some notable movers and shakers on a national and international level. The Great Irish People website is worth checking out.

Oh yes, I almost forgot. We are are excellent at gaelic football having won the most All-Ireland Senior Football Championships (37 so far). Our Senior Ladies team of the eighties was probably the most successful in history having won 9 in a row. Further info can be found on the Kerry GAA website.

So how to get to this amazing place? Kerry Airport has direct flights to Dublin with Aer Lingus, and London Stansted, London Luton, Frankfurt Hahn, Berlin-Schönefeld, Alicante and Faro with Ryanair. The county has 3 railway stations: Tralee, Farranfore and Killarney (Irish Rail) By road, there are two routes from Cork to Killarney: the N22 from Cork city and the N72 from Mallow, Co. Cork. Two routes enter the county from Limerick: the N21 connects Castleisland with Limerick city whilst the N69 links Listowel with Limerick city.

See you soon.

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