VIsit Black Valley if you get a chance.
It's a very pretty little village in the hills with little more than a B&B, a hostel, small church, school, and a few houses. The village is near the Gap of Dunloe, so you can use it as a staging point for hikes into the surrounding mountains. There are no buses or any other public transportation that goes to Black Valley, but you can get there by car, or hike it from Killarney. If hiking, follow the Kerry Way trail from Killarney, and count on about an 8hr hike. The village get its name from the brooding way the valley in which it lies looks on a dark and rainy evening. However, the morning after I got there, Black Valley looked anything but black. Bright green grass, rocky outcroppings, and, of course, many sheep.
It is a series of hairpin bends in the Caha mountains in the Beara peninsula. Very scenic view, but man, is it scary to drive at night, as there are sheep wandering around the roads, no road lights or illumination of any kind. The Beara peninsula forms the border between the counties of Cork and Kerry.
Gap of Dunloe
Gap of Dunloe is one of the most popular tourist-attractions in the area of Killarney and it is part of the program of almost each and every organized bus-tour through Ireland .
Millions of years ago the small valley of the Gap of Dunloe was formed by mighty glaciers and nowadays you see just a small river and a few small lakes in a breathtaking mountain-scenery there.
Tourists will mostly enter the Gap of Dunloe at Kate Kearney's Cottage,where they may park their cars and go on walking or rather horseback-riding or in a horse-carriage. In fact it is not easy at all to tell the local people, that you do not want to go by carriage, but prefer to walk...
The first 10 minutes of walking will be quite boring, but the rest of that hike is really worth it !!
The road through the valley is closed during the day for private cars, but in the evening you may drive through there, when all the carriages and tourists are gone.
I entered the valley from the upper side and left it again at Kate Kearney's Cottage , the road was quite bumpy, but not really dangerous.
Ring of Kerry
Travel the Ring of Kerry. Go by bus, bike, walk, or donkey but go! Beautiful scenery. This photo was taken of Upper Lake near Killarney. For a very touristy area, it is surprisingly empty. Don't miss the Dingle Peninsula for amazing ocean views.
"A quick summary"
A great town in south-west Ireland. Main attraction is a national park cpmplete with lakes, gardens and plenty of hiking walking if your into that. The town centre is cpmplete with lots of pubs, some night clubs and lots of shops to buy mini leprechauns and shamrocks (I beg you, resist the urge!). Very friendly people and a good place to start your trip around the ring of Kerry.