County Kerry Things to Do

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County Kerry Things to Do

  • Ring of Kerry

    Killarney Things to Do

    The ring of kerry is a wonderful scenic route thew takes in the Kerry peninsular. There are 2 main ways of doing it, by bus or by car. If you do it by car, make sure you drive in the same direction as the buses, and not in the opposite direction as the roads can get very narrow, and trying to get past a bus on parts of it would be a trial...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Things to Do

    While I do not think it is as dangerous as some of the other reviews, you DO have to watch out for sheep in the road (right around that next corner!) so drive slowly and you should be fine. Got a pic of the map before starting out----also had a very nice lunch in Dingle proper at a local pub.

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  • The Aquadome

    Tralee Things to Do

    The aquadrome is heavily promoted as a 'must see' tourist destination. In truth the giant wigwam is no more than a fairly pleasant swimming pool with a couple of slides attached. We visting in March, and I can't even claim that it was warm inside. The water temperature is fine, but you can start to shiver out of the water for a while. The two...

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  • Skellig Island

    Great Skelligs Things to Do

    On the way back, we had a last look at Small Skellig with its birds (first photo) The second photo was taken when we passed the end of Small Skellig with Great Skellig in the background. The third photo was taken just before entering the harbor of Portmaggee. The Skelligs are now far away! Goodby Skelligs!

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  • Ring of Kerry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    County Kerry Things to Do

    We really enjoyed our drive around the Ring, although I can't imagine doing it during a busy tourist season. We were able to stop and see most things, without having to fight through big crowds. We probably enjoyed the swing through Killarney Park the best, although that was probably the heaviest rains. Don't try and pack too much into the day you...

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  • Killarney National Park

    5 out of 5 stars

    Killarney Things to Do

    Killarney National Park covers over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens, providing a living space for the wild life and vegetations like Ireland's only remaining wild herd of native Red Deer and the largest area of old-growth Oak woods left in the country. You see lakes, streams, birds, etc.,...

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  • The Dolphin Fungi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dingle Things to Do

    Sure it's touristy -- but then, you ARE a tourist, aren't you? Come on, you know you want to. Climb aboard a EUR 12 boat tour, enjoy the harbor views and wait for Fungi. Don't worry, he's almost certain to be along... in fact, most tours give you your money back if you don't see him.

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  • Siamsa Tíre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tralee Things to Do

    We bought tickets to the performance at the Siamsa T?re, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, so we managed to see traditional dances after all. Before it started we had dinner and some rest. My friend took a nap and I wrote my diary until it was time to leave. We truly enjoyed the performance, which by the way was in Irish. We wouldn't have...

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  • Beehive

    Great Skelligs Things to Do

    The crosses have obviously been processed by hammering slabs of rock to remove the parts that had to be removed. This was not really “carving” but something very rough, certainly with poor tools, may be only another stone. However, some of the crosses are more elaborate than other. The tall one on the first photo has even an engraving with...

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  • Killarney National Park – Torc Waterfall

    County Kerry Things to Do

    One of the main attractions at Killarney National Park is the Torc water fall. We were there in the midst of torrential downpours and the falls were in full fury. I'm sure the falls are impressive even in fine weather. The flora is thick and lush and the area has that mystical feel to it that so many places in Ireland emanate. The short hike to the...

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  • Ross Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Killarney Things to Do

    On a suberb site overlooking the Lough Leane stands Ross Castle. Built in the 15th c by O'Donoghue Mor, it came into the hands of the Earls of Kenmare, the Browne family. Defended by high thick walls and 4 turrets the castle was the one of the last to fall to Cromwells roundheads in 1652. Once again legend has it that O'Donoghue fell out of his...

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  • Gallarus Oratory

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dingle Things to Do

    Pretty cool church considering it's age and the precision with which it was built. No mortar, cement, etc- just stones stacked so precisely and perfectly that it is completely bone dry inside. However, that is not surprising as all over Ireland you will see stone stacked in every which way but always with precision. I read somewhere that in order...

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  • General Information

    Tralee Things to Do

    I absolutely loved going to see the dolphin...it was such an amazing experience for me. To see Fungi in his natural habitat was something that I would love to experience again and again and i would strongly reccommend any people travelling to ireland to visit dingle and fungi.

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  • Puffins

    Great Skelligs Things to Do

    I tried a few times to take a picture of a landing puffin. They are definitely more talented in diving than in walking and almost certain in flying. When they fly they look like one of those old silent movies which are shown in a too high speed, when they land they look even more clumsy... I loved to watch them!! And I guess I was really lucky to...

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  • Beara Peninsula & Healy Pass

    County Kerry Things to Do

    The Ring of Beara is not as busy as the Ring of Kerry, but just as stunning, and I highly recommend to spend at least a day there. The roads are much more narrow and windy than on the Ring of Kerry, which is the reason that no tour buses are allowed here. Some of the highlights of this tour are - the Healy Pass over the Caha Mountains - the...

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  • Torc Waterfall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Killarney Things to Do

    Well worth the short walk from the carpark through the woods to view the waterfall. Plunging down from Torc mountain for over 18 metres the polished rocks are testament to the force of the water. Although I didn't go up, there is a trail that will take you up to the very top and a viewpoint over the fall. There is a legend that says that a young...

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  • Connor pass

    Dingle Things to Do

    Connor Pass is a steep pass-road through the mountains north of Dingle town. This road is restricted to vehicles with less than 2,8 tons, but local people and some tourists go there anyway with cars being much more heavy . The road over Connor-pass is really very narrow at many places, it has only a few small passing-places and some overhanging...

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  • Birds

    Great Skelligs Things to Do

    Morus bassanus or Sula bassana is named in English “Northern Gannet”, in French “Fou de Bassan”, in Spanish “Alcatraz”, in German “Basstölpel”, in Dutch “Jan van Gent”’, in swedish “Havssula” and in Italian “Sula”. It the largest seabird in the Northern hemisphere as it can be 1 meter high and have a wing span of 182 cm. It is twice larger than...

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  • Beehive huts

    County Kerry Things to Do

    The Beehive Huts on the Ring of Dingle is a must see. They are on a farmer's land, and they will charge you a small fee, but they are fascinating to see. A must see. Dry laid stone huts that have survived the test of time... to imagine life in those huts and total commitment to God living in pure humilty is hard to comprehend.

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  • Muckross Abbey

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Killarney Things to Do

    The friary is based around a lovely cloister that is still standing, although in need of renovation. In its centre is a twisted yew tree, said to be as old as the abbey itself, taken as a sapling from the abbey on Inishfallan island.

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  • Beehive Huts

    Dingle Things to Do

    We were in search for the famous Beehive huts and came across this one. It is a short walk UPHILL to one single hut. It was kinda neat because you can learn all about how they were made and why but I was a little disappointed because I was in search of the famous huts that we see in all the pictures. The beehive huts, or Clocháns were pretty...

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  • Skellig Rocks

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Skelling Islands are 2 rocks in Atlantic ocean, close to the Iveragh peninsula. Both of them are just stunning even though I saw them while raining. Skellig Michael is a monastic site and Small Skellig is a home to a huge colony of birds. There is also the 3rd island, but tours don't go there. You can land on Skellig Michael and it is worth to...

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  • St. Mary's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Killarney Things to Do

    St Mary's Catholic cathedral is a wonderful stone building. The windows are also a feature and are lovely. Spectacular use of lighting inside adds to the effect. The building itself is airy, light, and quite spectacular inside, I have not seen one like it before. Well worth a visit.

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  • Slea Head

    Dingle Things to Do

    The Slea Head Drive on Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry is one of the best road trips you will take and never forget. It is just the right length and the diversity keeps you looking around each new corner. I recommend Slea Head Beach for stopping and taking a moment to breath in the sea, watch the waves, and enjoy the sand. The formations of rocks...

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  • Slea Head

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Mt. Brandon is at the far north part of the Dingle Peninsula on the Slea Head Route near Ballydavid Head and Ballyroe. A lovely secondary road with great scenery between Bally David and Mount Brandon. Close by is the monument to St. Brendon, the first monk to discover America some say before Columbus.

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  • Dingle

    5 out of 5 stars

    Killarney Things to Do

    Visit Dingle and all its splendours. It's less crowded than Iveragh (although busy enough) and just as nice. You can swim with a dolphin, hike a trail and sunbathe (providing the weather is good enough), all in one day!

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  • Dunquin

    Dingle Things to Do

    If you follow the Slea Head leisure drive (R559) from Dingle you will come across Dunquin en route. Coumineole beach was used as the scene for the landing of the guns in Ryans Daughter. At the top of the hill there is a stone monument commemorating the fiming there (picture in my travelogue). It is breathtaking. There's a car park at the top of...

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  • Muckross Park

    County Kerry Things to Do

    There are a number of opportunities for sightseeing, history or just having fun at Muckross. First there is the Victorian era house and gardens which can be seen by guided tour. Be warned - although the tour is excellent it took us more than an hour to complete; a bit long for young kids. Nearby is a farm park which children can visit and pet...

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  • Meeting of the Waters

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Killarney Things to Do

    Now this is getting a bit far to really qualify under Killarney. Even so, it's quite possible to make a quick drive over from Killarnaye and see Ladies View where you have a splendid view over the lakes of Killarney and the meeting of the waters. If you'll be driving around the Ring of Kerry you will be driving past this spot anyway.

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  • City

    Dingle Things to Do

    Dingle Town itself is a wonderful thing to do. Endless discoveries of shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, waterfront, back streets, book stores, and record shops of endless Irish traditional music. And of course a couple of nights spent in Dingle Town, pub hopping is a #1 must on anybody's list. No matter what your age. I recommend at least a two...

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  • Carrigafoyle Castle

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Carrigafoyle Castle is an open/free site near the mouth of the Shannon River. The Castle was once a significant stronghold of O'Connor Kerry and stood five stories high. The castle was heavily damaged during action in 1580 and later in 1600. Much of the castle lies open to the elements although a stairway to the top of the keep it still available....

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  • Connor Pass

    Killarney Things to Do

    Something you have to do is hiking or driving up the Connor Pass. The views to the north and south side of Dingle peninsula are stunning, and the whole drive up there is a true adventure, as the ascent is pretty steep and the road is narrow (to put it gently)...

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  • Blasket Islands

    5 out of 5 stars

    Dingle Things to Do

    The Blasket Islands are a series of 7 rocky islands just offshore. The largest is shaped like a dead man laying in the water. During the summer, you can take a 2-3 hour boat trip around the islands to veiw the wildlife on land and in the sea, as long as the sea is not too rough. The largest was inhabited until the 1950's.

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  • Ballaghbeama Pass

    County Kerry Things to Do

    If you are touring around the Iveragh peninsula on Ring of Kerry, you should think about an excursion through the Ballaghbeama Gap. It’s a small street through the mountains and we were happy that there wasn’t much traffic. Only at the top it was really narrow and more busy, the parking there is so little!

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  • Travel

    Killarney Things to Do

    Please look under transportation to find out about our fabulous jaunting car rides in Killarney. You will find them on the edge of Killarney town just waiting for you sometimes even in the wind and the rain.

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  • Crag Cave

    Dingle Things to Do

    SUBTERRANEAN MAGIC FOR YOU......and you ....and me..... THIS CAVE is an all weather visitor attraction (which can come in handy....) located at the gateway to KERRY. Formed of limestone it is a colourful wonderland of stalagmites and stalagtites. This cave was discovered in 1983 and thought to be over 1 millions years old ..... the cave system...

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  • Ballycarberry Castle

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Ballycarbery Castle is a 15h century ruin that is now beautifully covered in ivy, and in a gorgeous lowland setting with little development around. When I was there, we were able to go right up to the castle and even climb inside a bit where we had a picnic. Apparently this was once a magnificent castle, and its proximity to Caher Gael stone fort...

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  • Cahergall Stonefort

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Caher Gael is a large neolithic ring fort in a gorgeous setting. The fort has been extensively restored, which may offend the purists, but it is still very impressive. The upside of the restoration is being able to see what the fort looked liked in all it's glory. At the time of writing this, there is no fee for entry.

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  • Derrynane House

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Derrynane House is an interesting place to visit. Derrynane House was the home of Daniel O'Connell who was a lawyer and politician (born August 6th 1775). O'Connell was instrumental in the movement to win political rights for Irish Roman Catholics (forming the Catholic Association in 1823). For his acts that helped Catholics around Ireland he is...

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  • Sneem

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Sneem is a small village in the Ring of Kerry and the view that you may see on my picture is from the bridge in the centre of the village towards the nearby sea. I still remember the times, when Sneem was just a sleepy village, but recently they got a small museum, lots of souvenir-shops, hostels & a campingsite... ...and also the average prices...

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  • Ballybunion – Beach and Ruins

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Ballybunion is situated at the Mouth of the Shannon in North-Kerry. There’s a beautiful long sandy beach with some cliffs north of it and Ballybunion Castle. The castle is on a cliff and was built in the 14th century. Unfortunately only a wall is left, so there’s not much to see, but depending from where you watch it, this single wall looks...

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  • Ballyheige

    County Kerry Things to Do

    Ballyheige is a little seaside village situated in North-Kerry. It’s sandy beach is part of the very long Banna Strand. Ballyheige is the start of the Kerry Head Drive, with small streets and nice views on the coast and the sea. In Ballyheige, there’s also a castle from the 18th century, but on its ground is a golf course. Golf courses are...

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  • Killarney Cathedral

    County Kerry Things to Do

    The Cathedral in Killarney is huge and very beautiful, its not in the most scenic of settings but inside it is wonderful. When we were here it was Easter Sunday and we attended the long mass that they held here that day.

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  • Ballinskelligs Bay

    County Kerry Things to Do

    At the very western tip of the Ring of Kerry lies Ballinskelligs bay. You might want to stop here and stroll along the beach. There's a McCarthy stronhold that you can reach if you're prepared to wade through some water - depending on the tide.

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  • Dunloe Ogham stones

    These megalithic stones have ancient alphabet where the type and side of the carved strokes marks letters.

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