Kerry Road Trip

I live in Kerry, and if I were to visit for the first time, I would recommend exploring specific towns, attractions, and scenic drives. This is my Kerry Road Trip.

While the original itinerary may span 10 days, and it is for adult, feel free to adjust it based on the duration of your stay in this beautiful county.

I presume that you are traveling by car or bike because public transport is not very reliable. If you are using public transport, I recommend visiting Killarney, Tralee, and Dingle.

Drone of Cahersiveen Barracks with old railway bridge beside it
Cahersiveen

Introduction

County Kerry, known as “The Kingdom,” is a land of stunning beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture in southwest Ireland.

Join me on an unforgettable journey through four of Kerry’s most scenic drives along the Wild Atlantic Way.

2 Small boats moored at Ross Castle
Small boats moored at Ross Castle

Start in Killarney, exploring its national park, Muckross House, and Torc Waterfall. Drive along the lesser-known Ring of Beara, the well-known Ring of Kerry, and the Skellig Ring, which I believe should be part of the Ring of Kerry.

Slea Head Drive
Slea Head Drive

Discover Tralee’s attractions, such as the Kerry County Museum. Then, experience the Dingle Peninsula with its Slea Head Drive.

Conclude with a scenic journey through Conor Pass to Listowel, capturing the essence of Kerry’s charm and beauty.

Killarney

Day 1: Arrival in Killarney (Arrive late)

Your adventure begins in the vibrant town of Killarney, nestled at the heart of County Kerry. Known for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Killarney is the perfect starting point for your journey.

A statue of 2 Red deers locking horns in Killarney
Killarney

Stroll through its charming streets, filled with shops, cafés, and traditional Irish pubs. In the evening, enjoy a meal at one of the many excellent restaurants, perhaps sampling some local specialties like Irish stew or fresh seafood.

Day 2: Exploring Killarney National Park

Spend your second day exploring Killarney National Park, one of Ireland’s most beautiful and diverse natural landscapes. Start your day at Muckross House, a magnificent 19th-century mansion set against the backdrop of Muckross Lake.

Muckross House
Muckross House

Take a guided tour of the house to learn about its history and enjoy the beautifully manicured gardens.

Next, visit the nearby Muckross Traditional Farms, where you can experience rural Irish life as it was in the 1930s and 1940s. Observe traditional farming techniques, meet the animals, and even try your hand at some old-fashioned crafts.

Torc Waterfall in the summertime
Torc Waterfall

After exploring Muckross, head to Torc Waterfall, a short drive away. A brief hike through lush woodland brings you to this stunning 20-meter-high waterfall.

For those who enjoy hiking, the Torc Mountain trail offers a more challenging trek with rewarding views over the lakes and mountains.

Visit the Killarney Brewing Company in Fossa or stop by the Killarney Escape Rooms. Check out my webpage on things to do in Killarney here.

Day 3: Boat Trip and Gap of Dunloe

On your third day in Killarney, embark on an unforgettable adventure that showcases some of the park’s most stunning landscapes.

The day begins in Killarney, where a local company will take you to Ross Castle. Upon arrival, board a small boat for a scenic journey through the three Lakes of Killarney: Lough Leane, Muckross Lake, and Upper Lake.

2 Small boats moored at Ross Castle

The boat ride offers ample opportunities for photography and wildlife spotting, with the chance to see deer, eagles, and other native species.

Your boat journey will bring you to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, a secluded spot nestled in the heart of the national park. Here, you can refuel with some refreshments at the cottage’s tearooms, enjoying the tranquil surroundings.

From Lord Brandon’s Cottage, you have the option to hike or take a pony and trap ride through the famous Gap of Dunloe.

This narrow mountain pass, carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age, offers some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery in Ireland.

The hike through the Gap of Dunloe is approximately 11 kilometres and provides stunning views of the majestic mountains, glistening lakes, and picturesque valleys.

If you prefer a more relaxed experience, a pony and trap ride offers a traditional and comfortable way to take in the sights.

Kate Kearney's Cottage
Kate Kearney’s Cottage

The journey through the Gap of Dunloe concludes at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a charming historic inn at the northern end of the pass. Here, you can relax and enjoy a well-deserved meal or a pint in the cozy atmosphere.

At the end of your adventure, the same company will transport you back to Killarney town, allowing you to rest and reflect on the day’s incredible experiences.

Spend your final evening in Killarney enjoying the town’s vibrant nightlife, with live and traditional music in the pubs and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Ruin of Innisfallen Abbey
Ruin of Innisfallen Abbey

In Killarney, there are also Innisfallen Island, Muckross Abbey, Dinis Cottage, and more. You could stay for more than three days here to visit all the sites.

Ring of Beara (First leg of my Kerry Road Trip)

Day 4: Ring of Beara and Ring of Kerry to Sneem:

On Day 4, you’ll set out from Killarney to explore the captivating Ring of Beara, one of Ireland’s hidden gems. This scenic drive, often overshadowed by the more famous Ring of Kerry, offers an equally, if not more, spectacular journey through rugged landscapes and charming coastal villages.

Ladies View on the Ring of Kerry
Ladies View

Start your day early to make the most of the drive. As you leave Killarney, you’ll head southwest on the Ring of Kerry. Along the way, you will see Ladies View and Moll’s Gap.

One of the first major stops along the Ring of Beara is the village of Kenmare, known for its vibrant arts scene and delightful array of shops, galleries, and cafés.

Kenmare Stone Circle
Kenmare Stone Circle

Visit the Kenmare Stone Circle at the bottom of the town. Take some time to explore Kenmare’s quaint streets, perhaps enjoying a coffee or a bite to eat before continuing your journey.

As you drive further into the Beara Peninsula, you’ll encounter dramatic coastal scenery with cliffs plunging into the Atlantic Ocean.

The views here are breathtaking, offering numerous opportunities for photography. One of the highlights of this drive is the Healy Pass, a mountain pass that provides panoramic views of the rugged terrain and distant ocean. 

Scenic Drives in Kerry

You’ll pass through small, picturesque villages such as Eyeries and Allihies, known for their brightly colored houses and welcoming communities.

These villages are perfect for a brief stop to soak in the local atmosphere and perhaps enjoy some fresh seafood at a local restaurant. Don’t forget to visit the copper mines museum in Allihies.

Halfway around the Ring, you will come across Castletownbere. Historical sites like Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion add a touch of intrigue to your visit.

An ancient chieftain in the parklot of Molly Gallivans Cottage & Traditional Farm
Molly Gallivans Cottage

On the way back to Kenmare, you should stop at Molly Gallivan’s Cottage for some homemade ice cream.

After completing the Ring of Beara, you’ll merge onto the Ring of Kerry again, heading towards the charming village of Sneem. The Ring of Kerry is renowned for its scenic beauty, and the drive to Sneem showcases some of the best parts of this famous route.

Arriving in Sneem, you’ll find a peaceful village that offers a perfect respite after a day of driving. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Sneem is known for its picturesque setting and friendly locals.

2 Pyramids one with a door at The Way The Fairies Went in Sneen
Sneem Pyramids

Take a leisurely stroll around the village, enjoying the tranquil atmosphere. You might want to visit the small Sneem Pyramids (for kids), stop at the Sneem Seaweed Baths, or simply relax by the Sneem River.

In the evening, unwind in one of Sneem’s cozy pubs or restaurants, where you can enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and perhaps some live music. Spending the night in Sneem allows you to rest and recharge, ready for the next leg of your Kerry adventure.

Skellig Ring

Day 5: Skellig Ring and Valentia Island

After a restful night in Sneem, your adventure continues as you head towards the Skellig Ring. As I mentioned earlier, I believe the Skellig Ring should be part of the Ring of Kerry.

I think the main reason it is not included in the Ring of Kerry is that large buses are unable to navigate the narrow roads. In my view, it is the most scenic of the four drives I am introducing to you. 

Staigue Stone Fort
Staigue Stone Fort

Start your journey from Sneem and head towards Castlecove. Make sure to visit Staigue Fort, located just off the Ring of Kerry. You can find detailed directions on my webpage here.

Derrynane Beach in Kerry
Derrynane Beach

A short distance further on you will come across Derrynane House which was the home of Daniel O’Connell. The Gardens are beautiful and they will lead you down to Derrynane Beach.

Continue on Kerry road trip until you reach Waterville. This seaside town, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Lough Currane, is famous for its stunning views and historical connections to Charlie Chaplin.

Statue of Charlie Chapin in Waterville
Charlie Chapin in Waterville

Stop for a moment to enjoy a stroll along the scenic promenade and visit the Charlie Chaplin statue, a tribute to the actor who frequently vacationed here with his family.

Continue your drive to Ballinskelligs, a village known for its beautiful beach and historical sites. Here, you can visit the ruins of Ballinskelligs Abbey, a 12th-century Augustinian priory located right by the sea. The abbey provides a glimpse into Ireland’s monastic past and offers a serene spot for reflection.

From Ballinskelligs, proceed to the Skellig Ring, an extension of the Ring of Kerry that takes you off the beaten path. The Skellig Ring is renowned for its dramatic coastal scenery, with the steep cliffs and crashing waves creating a dramatic backdrop.

Skellig Michael
Skellig Michael

As you drive, make sure to stop at the Kerry Cliffs where you can see Skellig Michael. From here, you can see the Skellig Islands rising sharply from the Atlantic Ocean. Skellig Michael, the larger of the two, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was famously featured in the Star Wars films.

If you’re feeling adventurous and the weather permits, consider taking a boat trip to Skellig Michael. The island is home to a well-preserved early Christian monastery perched high on the cliffs, accessible by a steep climb.

Steps with no handrail looking into the sea on Skellig Michael
Skellig Michael

The journey to the island and the climb itself are challenging but incredibly rewarding, offering epic views and a unique sense of history. However, if you are afraid of heights, I would recommend giving this a miss.

Valentia Lighthouse during rough seas
Valentia Lighthouse during rough seas

Next, cross the bridge to Valentia Island, one of Ireland’s most westerly points and a place rich in natural beauty and history. Begin your exploration of the island at the Valentia Island Lighthouse at Cromwell Point.

This lighthouse, dating back to 1841, offers panoramic views of the surrounding coastline and sea. It’s a great spot for photography and for appreciating the rugged beauty of the island.

Afterward, visit the Valentia Island Tetrapod Trackway, where you can see fossilized footprints dating back over 350 million years, marking one of the earliest records of vertebrate life moving from water to land. This site provides a fascinating glimpse into our planet’s distant past.

Skellig Experience Museum
Skellig Experience Museum

Head to the Skellig Experience Centre, located near the Valentia Island Bridge. Here, you can learn about the Skellig Islands’ history, wildlife, and monastic settlements through engaging exhibits and informative displays.

The centre provides a deeper understanding of the islands’ significance and the lives of the monks who once inhabited them.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Valentia Island offers several excellent walking trails. One popular route is the Bray Head Loop, a moderate hike that provides dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Skellig Islands, and the surrounding countryside.

The hike culminates at the Bray Head Tower, a signal tower built during the Napoleonic Wars, offering panoramic views that are well worth the effort.

Tralee

Day 6: Exploring Tralee

Leacanabuaile Ring Fort
Leacanabuaile Ring Fort

After leaving Valentia Island, head towards Tralee, the capital town of County Kerry. Your first stop is the ancient ruins Cahergall and Leacanabuaile ring forts near Cahersiveen. These ancient stone forts, with their thick walls, offer a glimpse into Ireland’s past and are ideal for a short visit.

The Sky Walk Rope Bridge at Kells Bay Gardens
The Sky Walk Rope Bridge at Kells Bay Gardens

Next, visit Kells Bay Gardens. This hidden gem is a lush paradise of exotic plants and stunning sculptures, perfect for a leisurely stroll.

There is a rope bridge, and if you are not afraid of heights, I would recommend you cross it. The stunning gardens’ setting by the bay provides many photo opportunities amidst the greenery and coastal backdrop.

Kerry Bog Village Museum
Kerry Bog Village Museum

Further along the Kerry road trip, passed mountain stage with its unforgettable views the Kerry Bog Village offers a step back in time.

This recreated 19th-century village showcases traditional thatched cottages, a working blacksmith exhibit, and Kerry bog ponies. It’s a great spot to learn about the rural lifestyle of old Ireland.

Copper the Miner at the Kerry County Museum
Kerry County Museum

Upon arrival in Tralee, start your exploration with a visit to the Kerry County Museum. The museum offers a fascinating journey through the history of County Kerry, with exhibits ranging from archaeological finds to interactive displays about medieval Tralee.

What people lived like in Tralee in 1400 AD at Kerry Museum
Medieval Experience

Don’t miss the Medieval Experience, where you can walk through a reconstructed medieval town and see what life was like in the 1450s.

Rose plants in Tralee Town Park
Tralee Town Park

Next, take a leisurely stroll through Tralee Town Park. This beautiful park is home to the famous Rose Garden, which features hundreds of rose bushes and is a key attraction during the annual Rose of Tralee Festival.

Bookshelf breakfast in Tralee
Bookshelf in Tralee

For lunch, head to one of Tralee’s many cafés or restaurants. The town offers a wide range of dining options, from traditional Irish pubs serving hearty meals to modern restaurants offering fresh, local cuisine.

Climbing Tower at Tralee Wetlands in Kerry
Climbing Tower at Tralee Wetlands

In the afternoon, visit the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, a unique nature reserve that offers a mix of wildlife habitats, including a lake, marshes, and woodlands. Take a guided nature tour, enjoy bird watching, or even rent a pedal boat for a relaxing ride on the water.

Pedal boat at the Tralee Bay Wetlands
Pedal boat at the Tralee Bay Wetlands

The Wetlands Centre is a great place to learn about the local flora and fauna and enjoy some outdoor activities.

In the evening, experience a unique aspect of local culture by attending the greyhound races at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium. The greyhound races offer an exciting and lively atmosphere, providing a fun way to spend an inexpensive evening.

Building of Tralee Greyhound Track
Tralee Greyhound Track

Enjoy the thrill of watching the dogs race, place a bet if you’re feeling lucky, and soak in the energetic ambiance of the stadium.

You can also enjoy a meal at the stadium, with various dining options available that let you watch the races while you eat. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with locals and experience a beloved Irish pastime.

Greyhounds finishing a race at Tralee Greyhound Stadium in Kerry
Tralee Greyhound Stadium

After the races, unwind with a pint in a traditional Irish pub. Tralee’s pubs often feature live music, offering a perfect end to your day.

Day 7: Further Exploration and Relaxation in Tralee

Blennerville Windmill with the Slieve Mish mountains in the background
Blennerville Windmill with the Slieve Mish mountains in the background

On your second day in Tralee, start with a visit to the Blennerville Windmill, the tallest fully operational windmill in Ireland. The windmill is fully restored and operational, offering guided tours that explain the milling process and the history of the area. The Blennerville Visitor Centre also features an exhibition gallery, a craft shop, and a café.

After visiting the windmill, take a short drive to Fenit, a small coastal village just outside Tralee. Fenit is known for its scenic harbour and a lovely beach.

Fenit Lighthouse
Fenit Lighthouse

If the weather is good, you can enjoy a walk along the beach, or even take a dip in the sea. Fenit is also the starting point for various water sports and boat tours, including trips to the nearby Fenit Lighthouse.

Return to Tralee for lunch, perhaps trying another one of the town’s excellent dining establishments. After lunch, consider exploring more of Tralee’s local attractions or doing some shopping at Manor West Shopping Centre.

Building of Siamsa Tire in Tralee
Siamsa Tire

In the evening, immerse yourself in Irish culture at Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Although performances are typically in the evening, they offer a wonderful blend of traditional Irish music, dance, and storytelling.

Attending a show at Siamsa Tíre is a great way to experience the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Day 8: Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Drive

After an enriching stay in Tralee, your journey continues with a drive to the Dingle Peninsula, renowned for its stunning landscapes, charming villages, and rich cultural heritage.

Shopping in Dingle
Shopping in Dingle

Start your day by driving to the vibrant town of Dingle. This picturesque harbor town is known for its colorful buildings, lively arts scene, and welcoming atmosphere.

The Butterfly Room at Dingle Aquarium
The Butterfly Room at Dingle Aquarium

Begin your exploration with a visit to the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, where you can see a wide variety of marine life, including sharks, penguins, and tropical fish. The aquarium also features informative exhibits about the marine environment and conservation efforts.

Ogham writing on slate in Piarse Park Tralee
Ogham writing

After visiting the aquarium, take a stroll around Dingle’s charming streets. Visit local shops, galleries, and cafes, and perhaps pick up some unique souvenirs (E.g. an ogham necklace).

Dingle is also famous for its food scene, so make sure to enjoy lunch at one of the town’s excellent restaurants or seafood bars, where you can sample fresh local catches.

Visit the Dingle Distillery, where you can take a tour and learn about the whiskey, gin, and vodka production processes. Sample some of their award-winning spirits and perhaps pick up a bottle to take home.

Cashel Murphy on Slea Head Drive
Cashel Murphy on Slea Head Drive

In the afternoon, embark on the Slea Head Drive, one of Ireland’s most scenic routes. This circular drive, best traveled clockwise, takes you around the westernmost point of the Dingle Peninsula, offering scenic views of rugged coastline, sandy beaches, and dramatic cliffs.

  1. The Famine Cottages: Your first stop is the Famine Cottages, which provide a poignant glimpse into the hardships faced by Irish families during the Great Famine of the 1840s. The cottages are preserved to reflect their original condition, offering a sobering reminder of this tragic period in Irish history.
  2. Fahan Beehive Huts: Next, visit the Fahan Beehive Huts, ancient stone structures that date back to the early medieval period. These huts, or clocháns, are a fascinating glimpse into Ireland’s early Christian history.
  3. Coumeenoole Beach: Continue to Coumeenoole Beach, a stunning beach with dramatic cliffs and crashing waves. It’s a perfect spot for a walk or a moment of reflection. (Don’t swim here because there are very dangerous cross currents.) The beach was also a filming location for the movie “Ryan’s Daughter.”
  4. Dunquin Pier: Visit Dunquin Pier, renowned for its steep, winding path leading down to the water. Avoid attempting to drive down to the pier, as it often results in getting stuck and scratching the car. Many visitors have damaged their vehicles in this way. The pier provides breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Blasket Islands.
  5. Blasket Islands Visitor Centre: Stop at the Blasket Islands Visitor Centre, which offers exhibits about the history and culture of the Blasket Islands. The islands were inhabited until 1953 and are known for their rugged beauty and the literary works produced by their residents.
  6. Riasc Monastic Settlement: Head to the Riasc Monastic Settlement, an early Christian site with ruins of beautifully carved crosses and remnants of stone walls. This site provides insight into the monastic life in early medieval Ireland.
  7. Gallarus Oratory: Conclude your Slea Head Drive with a visit to the Gallarus Oratory, an incredibly well-preserved early Christian church dating back over 800 years. The oratory is built entirely of stone without mortar, showcasing impressive dry-stone construction techniques.
Drone footage of Gallarus Oratory
Gallarus Oratory

Day 9: Blasket Islands and Sea Safari

Start your day with a boat trip to the Blasket Islands, a group of islands off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula. The Blasket Islands are known for their rugged beauty, rich history, and diverse wildlife.

Boats to the islands typically depart from Dingle Harbour, Ventry, or Dunquin Pier. The journey to the islands offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding coastline.

The Sleeping Giant (The Great Blasket Island)
The Sleeping Giant (The Great Blasket Island)

Upon arrival, explore Great Blasket Island, the largest of the group. Walk along the island’s trails, visit the deserted village, and learn about the lives of the island’s former inhabitants from the Office of Public Works (OPW) guides.

The island is also a haven for wildlife, so keep an eye out for seals, seabirds, and possibly even dolphins.

Seal lions on the Blasket Islands
Seal lions on the Blasket Islands

After exploring the Blasket Islands, return to Dingle town for lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a Sea Safari, a guided boat tour that takes you around the Dingle Peninsula’s coastline.

These tours offer the chance to see a variety of marine life, including dolphins, whales, and seabirds. Your guide will also share interesting information about the local geology and history, making it an educational and exciting experience.

Listowel

Day 10: Dingle to Listowel

After exploring the Dingle Peninsula, your journey continues with a drive to the charming town of Listowel. As you depart Dingle, take the scenic route via the Conor Pass.

The Conor Pass
The Conor Pass

This is the second-highest road in Ireland, offering breathtaking vistas of glacial lakes, verdant valleys, and rugged mountains.

At the summit, enjoy panoramic views of the Blasket Islands behind you.

The narrow, winding road is only wide enough to accommodate one car at the top, making this drive an unforgettable experience.

The Corrie Lakes
The Corrie Lakes

Incorporating this famous mountain pass into your journey from Dingle to Listowel not only adds a thrilling driving experience but also showcases some of the most beautiful landscapes County Kerry has to offer.

Upon arrival in Listowel, check into your accommodation and take some time to get acquainted with the town. Listowel is known for its literary heritage and vibrant cultural scene, often referred to as the “Literary Capital of Ireland.”

Entrance to Listowel Castle
Listowel Castle

Begin your exploration with a visit to Listowel Castle, a well-preserved Norman castle overlooking the River Feale. Take a guided tour to learn about the castle’s history and its role in the town’s development.

Entance to Kerry Writters' Museum in Listowel
Kerry Writers Museum

Next, visit the Kerry Writers’ Museum, located in a beautifully restored Georgian house. The museum celebrates the literary tradition of County Kerry, showcasing the works of famous local writers such as John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon. Interactive exhibits and multimedia displays provide an engaging experience for visitors.

For lunch, head to one of Listowel’s delightful cafés or restaurants. The town offers a variety of dining options, from traditional Irish fare to contemporary cuisine.

Listowel River Feale
Listowel River Feale

In the afternoon, enjoy some outdoor activities in Listowel. Take a stroll along the River Feale, where you can enjoy the peaceful scenery and perhaps try your hand at fishing. The river is known for its salmon and trout, making it a popular spot for anglers.

Drone picture of the Garden of Europe in Listowel
Garden of Europe in Listowel

Alternatively, visit the Listowel Garden of Europe, a beautiful park featuring themed gardens representing each European country. The park also includes a Holocaust memorial, providing a space for reflection and remembrance.

Junction box of Lartigue Monorail track
Junction box of Lartigue Monorail track

Drop into the Lartigue Railway Museum. It is a monorail, and only two were built. This is the only one that is operational now.

St Johns Theatre and Arts Centre
St Johns Theatre and Arts Centre

In the evening, head to St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre, located in a beautifully restored 19th-century church. This vibrant cultural venue hosts a variety of performances, including theatre, music, dance, and film.

Check its schedule for events happening during your visit, and enjoy an evening of entertainment in this atmospheric setting.

After the show, you might want to unwind with a drink at one of Listowel’s traditional pubs. Enjoy the warm hospitality and perhaps listen to some live music, reflecting on your adventures in County Kerry.

Conclusion

Kerry is a beautiful place. That’s why, when I came down for six months back in 1994, I loved it so much that I stayed.

If you begin in the vibrant town of Killarney, where the beauty of Killarney National Park sets the stage, your adventure will weave through the dramatic landscapes of the Ring of Beara and the iconic Ring of Kerry.

Reflection of mountain in a lake in Glenteenassig Woods
Glenteenassig Woods

The Ring of Kerry offers a spectacular blend of rugged coastline, charming villages, and historical sites, making it a must-see for any traveler. Continuing on, the hidden gems of the Skellig Ring and Valentia Island provide unique and breathtaking views.

In Tralee, the blend of historical intrigue and lively local culture invites you to explore and savour every moment.

Beehive huts on Skellig Michael
Beehive huts on Skellig Michael

The stunning vistas of the Dingle Peninsula and the serene journey along the Conor Pass offer a perfect blend of awe and tranquility. Finally, Listowel’s literary charm and peaceful scenery provide a delightful end to your journey.

Embark on this journey with me and discover why Kerry is truly the Kingdom of breathtaking beauty. Enjoy.

FAQ’s

1. What are the must-visit towns in County Kerry?

The must-visit towns in County Kerry include Killarney, Tralee, Dingle, and Listowel. Each town offers unique attractions, scenic beauty, and cultural experiences.

2. How long should one plan to stay in County Kerry?

The suggested itinerary spans 10 days, but the duration can be adjusted based on one’s schedule. A stay of at least 6-9 days is recommended to fully experience the highlights of County Kerry.

3. What is the best way to travel around Kerry?

Traveling by car or bike is the best way to explore Kerry due to the unreliable public transport. Renting a car offers the flexibility to visit various attractions and scenic routes.

4. What are the top attractions in Killarney?

Top attractions in Killarney include Killarney National Park, Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle, and the Gap of Dunloe. Additionally, consider a visit to the Killarney Brewing Company or the Killarney Escape Rooms.

5. What is special about the Ring of Beara?

The Ring of Beara is a less-traveled scenic drive offering dramatic coastal views, charming villages like Kenmare and Allihies, and historic sites such as Dunboy Castle and the copper mines museum in Allihies.

6. What can I expect from the Skellig Ring?

The Skellig Ring offers stunning coastal scenery, the chance to see the Skellig Islands, and visits to historical sites like Valentia Island Tetrapod Trackway. It also includes a possible boat trip to Skellig Michael, weather permitting.

7. What are the highlights of Tralee?

In Tralee, visit the Kerry County Museum, Tralee Town Park, and the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre. Consider attending the greyhound races at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium and a show at Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

8. What should I see on the Dingle Peninsula?

The Dingle Peninsula features the Slea Head Drive, Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, Dingle Distillery, the Famine Cottages, Fahan Beehive Huts, and Gallarus Oratory. Don’t miss a visit to Coumeenoole Beach and Dunquin Pier.

9. Can I visit the Blasket Islands?

Yes, you can take a boat trip to the Blasket Islands from Dingle Harbour, Ventry, or Dunquin Pier. Explore Great Blasket Island, with its trails, deserted village, and wildlife.

10. What is special about the Conor Pass?

The Conor Pass is the second-highest road in Ireland, offering breathtaking views of glacial lakes, valleys, and mountains. 

11. What are the main attractions in Listowel?

Listowel’s main attractions include Listowel Castle, the Kerry Writers’ Museum, the River Feale, Listowel Garden of Europe, and the Lartigue Railway Museum. Enjoy performances at St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre.

12. What is the best time to visit County Kerry?

The best time to visit County Kerry is from late spring to early autumn (May to September) when the weather is mild and conducive to outdoor activities.

13. Are there any special events or festivals in County Kerry?

Yes, notable events include the Rose of Tralee Festival and Puck Fair in August, which feature a variety of cultural activities, as well as various local fairs and music festivals throughout the year.

14. What is the longest day traveling?

Day 4 the Ring of Beara.

15. If you have only a limited number of days to visit Kerry, what should you leave out?

I would definitely go and see Killarney and Dingle. I would skip the Ring of Beara and instead opt for a day trip of the Ring of Kerry, including the Skellig Ring

Check out my web pages on the Ring of Kerry Drive, The Skellig Ring and Slea Head Drive.