February 16, 2010

Beautiful County Kerry

County Kerry is Ireland's most popular tourist destination. With the main tourist attractions of the Lakes of Killarney, Dingle peninsula and the Ring of Kerry all within an hour drive.  Renting a car is the best way to discover. We have seen before the system of car hire Ireland.

1. Killarney
A small town, Killarney is a good starting point and base to discover the region. Don’t forget to visit the Killarney National Park with the Muckross House, a 17 century mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens, and the Ross Castle built during the 14th century. If you have time, there are some nice hikes to do.

2. Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a mystical Celtic tourist trail through some of the best scenery in Ireland. It starts and ends in Killarney, and covers over 170km of stunning scenery around the Iveragh Peninsula. It is possible to complete this trail in one day. Some places not to miss are Staigue Fort, north of the Sneem-Parknasilla road, one of the largest and finest ring forts you are likely to see in Ireland.  The Skelligs with Valencia Island, joined by the mainland by a bridge, which is an interesting island, displaying many moods and outstanding natural beauty. Stop at Knightstown which is the main centre of population on the island, named after the Knights of Kerry, an hereditary Anglo-Irish knighthood.  Just before arriving at Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe is  a breathtaking gap between the Purple Mountains and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. A river runs through the gap, with grassy banks for sitting, and picturesque bridges to cross. The road passes near five small lakes.


3. Dingle Peninsula
North of Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula has a lot of beautiful beaches. You should pass through the Connor Pass which is linking Dingle Town on the south to Kilcummin on the north coast at Brandon Bay and is considered a "must-do" experience. Leaving town from Spa Road , the paved way becomes increasingly narrow an thrilling until it crests at 400 meters above sea level. If you like fort, stop at the Dunbeg Fort in the village of Fahan.


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