County Kerry Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
For lovers of the great outdoors, Kerry –– otherwise known as The Kingdom - is a truly charming destination, with truly sublime scenery, friendly locals, renowned spas, picturesque towns and villages such as Dingle, Listowel, Kenmare, Killarney and Sneem, and top class restaurants and pubs.
It has an exceptional coastline of peninsulas and large bays and it boasts Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntouhill, in the highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reeks. It offers the outstanding landscape around the Rings of Kerry and Beara routes and it has two national parks at Killarney and Dingle. Just off Kerry’s coast are a number of islands, including the Blaskets and the Skelligs, with Skellig Michael a world heritage site that’s known for the medieval monastery on its cliffs.
History and Heritage
Kerry has a strong archaeological and historical heritage and many of the surviving monuments can be visited. Check out North Kerry, home of the legendary John B. Keane and the undisputed cultural and literary capital of Kerry, with its strong literary genius and unique festivals and theatrical performances celebrating Ireland's rural past.
There are, for instance, over 80 stone circles to be found in the Kerry/Cork region while in the south-west there are numerous Ogham Stones, an ancient form of writing dating back to 300AD.
There are also many important Early Christian sites in the region and the Dingle Peninsula alone has over 1,000 archaeological sites, with guided tours available. There is also a large number of heritage and interpretive centres, museums, castles, houses and gardens open to the public.
Sites to see
Muckross House, Eighterua, Skellig Michael, Ecclesiastical sites at Ardfert, Gallarus Oratory in Dingle, Killarney National Park.
Sports and Leisure
There are many amenities, places of interest, sporting and leisure activities, festivals and other special events to experience in Kerry.
Sporting enthusiasts will find plenty to do: cycling on planned routes, equestrian and numerous watersports such as sailing, diving, windsurfing, surfing, canoeing, etc.
World class golf courses, including an extensive number of links courses, as well as scenic coastal and loop walks. Avail of great deals on Golf Passes by checking out www.corkkerry.ie
Kerry is also a walker’s and climber’s paradise with long distance walking routes, national parks and great mountain ranges.
Kerry is a magnet for anglers, whether their interest is deep-sea fishing, shore fishing, game fishing or coarse fishing.
Eat, Drink and Stay
When it comes to eating out in Kerry, the county is positively bursting at the seams with fine establishments, which fill the pages of the best food guides.
Restaurants such as The Quarry (Cahirciveen), Beginish, The Chart House, The Half Door and award-winning seafood restaurant Out of the Blue (Dingle), Lime Tree, Mulcahys and Packies (Kenmare), Bricin, The Cooperage and The Old Presbytery (Killarney) and the Oyster Tavern in Tralee are just a selection of exceptional eateries.
There is no shortage of fine pubs either. Just check out the likes of the South Pole Inn in Annascaul, James Ashe (Camp), O’Neill’s Point Bar (Cahirciveen), James Flahive (Dingle), The Tankard (Fenit), The Horseshoe (Kenmare), The Smuggler’s Inn (Waterville) and John B. Keanes (Listowel).
And as you might expect from one of Ireland’s tourism hot-spots, Kerry is well endowed with B&Bs of the highest calibre to meet the needs of discerning customers.
May: Listowel Writers’ Week Kingdom County Fair, Tralee
July: Feile Lughnasa, Cloghane
July: Killarney SummerFest
August: Puck Fair Rose of Tralee International Festival Traditional Irish Fair & Festival, Kenmare Brendan Kennelly Summer Festival
September: Harvest Fair and Wrenboys Festival, Listowel
October: Kerry Film Festival
November: Listowel Food Fair
Things you have to see or do
Muckross House and Gardens – within the Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park itself – including the Gap of Dunloe
Ring of Kerry – Derrynane House and Gardens – at Caherdaniel, ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell
Carrauntoohil – Ireland’s highest mountain with spectacular views
Siamsa Tire – the National Folk Theatre in Tralee
Dolphin Watch – in Dingle
Skellig Michael – world heritage site
Kerry Literary Centre – Listowel
Fáilte Ireland Southwest (Cork Kerry Tourism) www.corkkerry.ie
Killarney Town www.killarneytown.ie
Dingle Peninsula www.dingle-peninsula.ie
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