County Kerry Favorites

  • Sheep grazing near Doonbeg Fort.
    Sheep grazing near Doonbeg Fort.
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  • An Early Christian Beehive Hut
    An Early Christian Beehive Hut
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  • First view ofthe Blasket Islands from Slea Head
    First view ofthe Blasket Islands from...
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County Kerry Favorites

  • Breath taking scenery!

    Killarney Favorites

    I have lived in Killarney all my life. I used to go back there practially every weekend when in college. The best thing about Killarney is the scenery, even if it is probably the most popular tourist destination in Ireland. However, there are many places throughout the national park to find peace and tranquility. When I am in Killarney I really...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Favorites

    Michael Coilean, Sciuird Archaeological Tours We had an awesome tour of the Dingle Penninsula through a company called the Scuid Aracheology Tours. Our guide was wonderful and very friendly. We were a rowdy bunch and he nicely gave in to our picture taking and cake stopping whims. We saw all of the wonderul panorama views, but also some of the...

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  • Skellig Michael

    Great Skelligs Favorites

    The information centre is ok, but it's nothing like the real thing. And the boat from the centre only takes you around (at best!), without landing... You can find boats that take you to the island in several nearby towns - Portmagee, Ballinskelligs, and Caherdaniel. See the transportation tip for some more details. The Ballinskelligs one also...

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  • Black Valley

    Killarney Favorites

    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...

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  • Fungie

    Dingle Favorites

    So when my friend saw all of these people taking pictures of the Fungi statue she was really confused. "Out of all the pretty things here, why is everyone wanting a picture of the damn dolphin?" were her exact words. Well, Fungi is kind of like the mascot of Dingle. He is a bottlenosed dolphin and has lived in the Dingle Harbor for fifteen years....

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Killarney Favorites

    visit the peninsulas of Iveragh and Dingle. Both are equally beautiful, although Iveragh tends to get overcrowded in summer, when all tourists insist on driving along the Ring of Kerry together in a single file! Dingle doesn't have this (yet, but I fear it will soon). One of the many fine moments was the tour we made along Slea Head, Dingle's (and...

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  • Inch Strand

    Dingle Favorites

    Unless you're there in the July/August "heat wave", I wouldn't swim here without a wetsuit - this water is COLD! But a more picturesque beach you will never find! This is a lovely spot to stretch your legs. Strolling and breathing the clean fresh air is great!

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  • Just talk to the people!

    Rossbeigh Beach, Glenbeigh. Three and a half mile (appx.) of uninterrupted sandy beach and dunes, as beautiful in Winter as it is on a Summer's day. There is a riding stable nearby, where you can ride on the beach. The people.Talk to the people. They love to engage in conversation with you, and will want to know everything about you too!

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  • Approaching Ballyferriter

    If I had to choose one place to spend time in out of all the gorgeous places here, it would be Ballyferriter. The countryside is a little less rugged, with loads of green boggy fields, speckled with wild flowers, wending their way down to the sea. There are no great big expanses of beach , just a series of secluded coves one more delightful than...

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  • The Blasket Islands

    The Blasket Islands are the farthest point west in Europe. After this the next stop is America. There are seven islands in the group as well as a few isolated outcrops of rock.The islands are now uninhabited, one of them being owned as a holiday retreat by former Taoiseach, the now deceased, Charles J. Haughey. It's possible to visit the islands by...

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  • Early Christian Clochans

    When you stop to admire the view or vist the Fort at Dunbeg you will immediately notice the little stone structures in the fields on the other side of the road. These are Clochans or Beehive Huts and date from the Early Christian period. They really look remarkably like beehives and when you consider that they were built, like the dry-stone walls,...

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  • Dunmore Head and Coumeenole Strand

    Dumore head ( Photo 2) juts out to sea a few miles beyond Slea Head, a green and rocky headland, strewn with farmhouses and small holdings seperated by the traditional dry stone walls. Underneath the headland ( photo 3 ) is Coumeenole Strand, an idyllic little beach featured in the movie, Ryan's Daughter. If you do decide to get off the beaten path...

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  • The Views from Slea Head

    Slea Head, underneath the slopes of Mount Eagle, is at the westernmost tip of the Dingle Peninsula. Once you pass the large Sculpted Calvary,the views are totally breathtaking. Breathtaking in the literal sense also because when you get out of the car, there is a brusque Atlantic breeze to cope with. But all this fresh air is intoxicating and this...

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  • Near Slea head

    The Coastal Drive from Dingle to Smerwick Harbour is, in my opinion, the most spectacular coastal drive in Ireland. I'm describing this under General Tips because these tips are not very detailed . This is somewhere I visit at least once a year, but we just do the drive, stopping at various points along the way to enjoy the scenery. For more...

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  • The flowers of Kerry

    One of the things that I admired throughout our trip in County Kerry was the abundance of flowers, not only in private gardens, but also on country roundabouts or city lawns.There were masses of flowers in the wild too and many flowering shrubs, creating a real faerie of colours! They looked so picturesque against the background of the lush green...

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  • A leprechaun or...?

    When I browsed through my pictures taken during the trip to Kerry, I found a strange thing.If you look at this picture, what do you see? A road with a car and a man standing there admiring the view? Yes, but what else? My husband was like me and saw a face of an old man looking out of the coach window. The problem is that that man would have had to...

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  • Ogham Stones

    Ogham (pronounced 'oh-am') is a primitive alphabet, sometimes called the Celtic Tree Alphabet, which takes the form of linear strokes cut into stone or etched onto wood. We saw a group of Ogham stones at Dunloe, 8kms west of Killarney on the R562 near Beaufort village. The guide told us that they were important, but I didn't really catch what the...

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  • Blennerville Windmill in Trallee

    The Blennerville windmill in Tralee is the best-preserved windmill in Ireland and it is a well-known landmark at the "gate to Dingle-island". There is also a museum-steamtrain going between the windmill and Blennerville.The train runs daily between may and octoberTelephone : 066 28888 This windmill is just a museum today, and it is located right...

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  • Kerry Bog Village

    Ok - well I was going to put this in the 'Things To Do' category - but honestly I think you should only visit it if you're out this way as it only takes about 20 mins to look through the whole place (and that's if you take your time).That aside, it is 'the only one of it's kind' and contins 6 different aspects of village life in the village. There...

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  • Friendly locals

    We found that everyone we had contact with in County Kerry was very friendly and helpful.The locals were a colourful lot - though judging from this photo, a little x-rated at times!! Friendly locals

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  • How do I do this?

    It's a bit difficult for me to present a county with all it's sights in this VT layout - even though I have to commend VT for a brilliant system.The Ring of Kerry for instance is a big area with sights that doesn't necessarily apply to a specific town or city. The Ring of Kerry being the biggest attraction to county Kerry in my view, I will add all...

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  • Funghi the Dolphin

    Meeting Dingle's most famous inhabitant: Funghi the Dolphin. He has been living in Dingle Bay for many years, and accompanies every boat in and out of the bay. He turns up with such certainty that tour operators will even give you your money back if he doesn't. You can also go out to swim with him, if you like.

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  • My fondest memory

    Having a picnic with a lovely little puffin on Skellig Michael! We shared a biscuit...until a seagull came to disturb us...Read more about this lovely day in my Skelligs Travelogue

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  • Skellig Michael (Sceilg Mhicíl)

    It's like entering a different world! And it's a funny adventure trip as well! I will never forget the day we went there....Read more about this amazing experience in my Skelligs Travelogue

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  • Gap of Dunloe

    The Gap of Dunloe is a small valley not far from Killarney - a small road goes through it, and you may ride through the valley in one of these carriages or even on horseback.......it is a great adventure, but also rather touristy, too many carriages waiting for passengers and it is almost not possible NOT to take a carriage but take a walk....At...

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  • A good place to start is the...

    A good place to start is the Oyster Tavern just outside town - just follow the signs to the Tralee golf club. Now I will admit it has been a few years since I have eaten here - I have been living in Australia the past 5 years. However, unless it has gone to rack and ruin it's still a safe bet.Check out their website for menu, directions etc...

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