It is located in South West Ireland and is the 'jewel' of the tourism sector in the country, considered the tourist capital of the country. Killarney is renowned for it's natural beauty and has been a favourite tourist destination since the 17th century.
I am a Fáilte Ireland (Irish State Tourism Board) qualified Tour Guide and work extensively with local tourism organisations in County Kerry. My husband Ray is also a Tour Guide with ToursByLocals in the Kerry area. My former career was in Banking and I have lived in Killarney since 1983. I have developed a close bond and love of the County of Kerry, its fabulous scenery and people. I have come to realise over the years that there is so much of Killarney and the wider area of County Kerry that is never shown off to the people who visit Kerry.
As a Tour Guide I want visitors who come to Killarney to leave after their vacation with an appreciation of the true essence of County Kerry. There are hidden attractions in this county that people never get to see that are of extraordinary splendour and interest, ranging from the 'Tetrapod' Trackway Fossil Footprints on Valentia Island which date back 385 million years to the the unique Bronze & Iron Age Ring Forts, to name just a few.
Kerry is famous for it's traditional way of life, music, and customs. It is world famous for its excellent restaurants and bars offering traditional food and beverages. My personal interests and pastimes include walking, cycling, reading, travel, music, exercise and general outdoor activities.
A Recent Review of this guide
Mary and our tour were both wonderful. Mary went above and beyond, making sure we were able to get a landing on Skellig Michael- a difficult feat so close to the date. The entire day she coordinated was peppered with informative and interesting details about the areas we drove through, and on more than one occasion she easily navigated new requests. The details of our tour were executed flawlessly. We highly recommend this tour and Mary who was outstanding in every way.
Fáilte Ireland (State Tourism Board) Approved Tour Guide
FETAC Level 6 Marine & Country Guiding - Regional & Local Guiding
FETAC Level 5 Diploma Occupational First Aid
Full Driving Licence & Public Liability Insurance
Driver's Licence - Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV) and SPSV Vehicle Licence
25 years Banking experience with completed Banking exams and Customer Service proficiency
Cast Member and Alumni Up With People (UWP)
First Dan Shotokan Karate & member Fitness Clubs
I am not restricted access to any Historical or Heritage sites in Kerry. However, State owned properties such as Muckross House and Ross Castle provide their own guides of the interior of the buildings and you must honour and respect these regulations.