You may have heard of Kerry. Since Queen Victoria visited Killarney over 150 years ago, its mountains, lakes and coasts have been the picture-postcard image of Ireland overseas. And while visitors may argue about their favourite towns, everyone genuflects to the perfection that is the Kerry landscape. It’s just drop-dead gorgeous.
Where to begin? Killarney National Park, that’s where! Nestling between Killarney and Kenmare, these 26,000 acres of woodland, mountains and lakes are a favourite with tourists and locals alike. The area was a particularly popular spot with Queen Victoria in the 19th century and her lodging, Muckross House, still stands with all its furnishings intact. Overlooking Lough Leane, Ladies View provides one of the most spectacular displays of Kerry’s landscape. The natural beauty of Torc Waterfall, Innisfallen Island and the dramatic MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range are a breath of fresh air for the soul. And then there’s the famous Ring of Kerry touring route, that showcases some of the most spectacular sights and quirkiest towns and villages that Kerry has to offer.
Dingle PeninsulaNational Geographic once called it “the most beautiful place on earth”. It’s suffered the Vikings, welcomed Hollywood stars from a Galaxy far, far away, and its most famous resident is a dolphin. This is the Dingle Peninsula on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. With every turn leading down meandering country lanes to wild hedgerows, endless skies and cosy thatched pubs, you’ll soon understand why National Geographic approved so much.
KillarneyKillarney has been entertaining visitors and tourists for over two hundred and fifty years. Its beautiful peaks such as Crohane, Tomies, Torc, and Mangerton date way back to prehistoric times when the ice melted after the ice age. There are many tales and legends concerning the town which draw in tourists.
It has charming architecture and style reminisent of the late ninteenth century. Since the council banned gaudy plastic shop signs in the 1980s, there has been a strong competitive streak among shop keepers to put on an attractive face, with old style signs, window boxes, and stained-glass doors.
The town has many narrow lanes which are sometimes hard to navigate but bring about opportunities to stumble upon new adventures. Many restaurants and craft shops are hidden down these lanes and it is well worth the effort to explore.