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Kerry Introduction

Southwestern Ireland's Kerry County is called a kingdom, and it's one that's rich beyond measure in terms of natural beauty, history and culture. Majestic mountains, picture-perfect lakes and lush greenlands dazzle the eye, and traditional Irish music, dance and song warm the heart and soul. Visitors from all over the world come to Kerry for its gorgeous landscapes and seascapes, its centuries-old castles, mansions and monasteries, and its wealth of indoor and outdoor adventures for grownups and children alike.

Hotels in Kerry

Kerry offers plenty in the way of accommodations to suit every taste and budget. You'll find a good number of resorts and luxury hotels in Kerry, offering spacious, well-appointed guestrooms and high-end amenities like swimming pools, refined on-site dining and sophisticated spas. Mid-range lodgings are also plentiful, featuring laid-back restaurants and bars, along with well-equipped business facilities. Some have rooftop terraces that are perfect for morning coffee or an al fresco snack in the afternoon. For the budget-conscious, cheap Kerry hotels in the form of charming guesthouses, hostels and B&Bs offering free Wi-Fi and breakfast, and often with lovely gardens, are the way to go.

Where to stay in Kerry

Killarney is a fairy-tale town that's one of Kerry's top tourist destinations, surrounded by majestic peaks formed after the Ice Age and a lake in the middle brimming with salmon and trout. A ban on plastic signage means charming shops and restaurants with old-school facades. In the county town of Tralee, you can marvel at elegant Georgian buildings dating to the 18th century or admire saltwater and freshwater habitats in the wetlands centre. There are also plenty of Kerry hotels in the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, where you'll find mountains and beaches, prehistoric forts, and towns and villages abuzz with art and music.

Things to see in Kerry

Kerry is home to a good number of castles, with Ross Castle on the outskirts of Killarney being a notable example. Constructed in the 15th century, it was the stronghold of the Irish chieftain O'Donoghue Ross and is believed to be one of the last major fortresses to be conquered in by the Roundheads in the Irish Confederate Wars. The castle's restored interiors are only open to guided tours from April to October, though the grounds are accessible throughout the year. Kerry is the perfect destination if you're thinking of a walking holiday. It's home to the The Kerry Way, a walking trail 215 kilometres long that begins and ends in Killarney and passes through lush forests and scenic farmlands. Kerry doesn't disappoint either if a beach holiday is what you're seeking. There's Inch Beach with its muted yellow sand in the Dingle Peninsula, the historic Banna Beach in Tralee Bay and the sand dunes of Rossbeigh Beach near Glenbeigh village.

How to get to Kerry

The regional Kerry Airport is a mere 20 minutes away from Killarney, though you'll need to hire a car or arrange other means of transport as there's no bus service from the airport and the train service is unreliable. Travellers can also fly in through Cork International Airport, which is situated about 95 kilometres from Killarney. A connecting bus from the airport will bring you to Cork's bus or train station, from where you can journey on to Kerry. Visitors travelling by land from elsewhere in Ireland can take Irish Rail trains and disembark at stations in Tralee, Farranfore and Killarney, or ride on buses operated by Bus Éireann.
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