Irish Must-Sees in County Kerry

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When people imagine their dream trip to Ireland, it usually involves lush pastoral landscapes, ancient stone buildings, and a dramatic coastline. You’ll find all this, and more, in beautiful County Kerry. Here to tell you a bit about his homeland’s many charms is our local Killarney guide, Barry.

Have you heard of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way? Come to Kerry and experience the best of it… and a lot more besides!

Located in southwest Ireland, County Kerry has 450 kilometres of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way coastline within its boundaries. And on that coastline you will find a myriad of little coves, off shore islands, sleepy fishing villages, cliffs, mountains and scenery that will stun you. If you want dramatic coastal scenery, then Kerry has it in spades.

County Kerry is Ireland's fifth largest county. Its natural beauty has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Even Queen Victoria came to Kerry in 1861 to experience the landscape for herself. But it's not just the coastline that visitors find stunning. Come a little further inland to the Killarney area and witness the jaw-dropping vista of the mountains and lakes that make up the Killarney Valley.

Once you have taken in the scenery in County Kerry, why not then investigate the history? Ireland has a rich if at times somewhat troubled history. But its contribution to civilisation via its monasteries is undeniable. Irish monks contributed significantly to the spread of Christianity in Europe and indeed further afield. And in County Kerry you will see for yourself the remnants of those monasteries, which inducted and sent forth those very monks that spread civilisation throughout the world.

You can start your history tour by learning and seeing Skellig Michael, the remains of a 1500-year-old monastery located on a rock 11km off the Ring of Kerry - it is one of three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Ireland. You could also see the remains of 7th century monasteries on Innisfallen Island or at Aghadoe, both located in the Killarney Valley. Or you could see and examine Kilmalkedar Church, the remains of a 12th century Romanesque style church west of Dingle. There are many further intriguing sights awaiting you.

For the discerning traveller, Kerry has everything. Fantastic scenery, history and culture. It caters for all tastes, numerous five star hotels and quality accommodation at all levels. It has numerous fine restaurants and of course an abundance of authentic Irish pubs, where good conversation and a bit of music awaits you. Most of all, its people genuinely welcome all who come to visit the county they are very proud of.

If you want to experience the real Ireland, come to County Kerry. You will feel very welcome!

Coming to Ireland in 2017 or beyond? Make sure to visit County Kerry and spend a day or more with Barry as your guide. You can contact him through his guide profile page in order to arrange a private tour.
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