holidaying in Kerry

County Kerry has an abundance of rich culture, heritage, spectacular scenery and amenities. The county plays host to natural and man made attractions, Kerry entertains both residents and millions of tourists , offering them a quality of lifestyle unrivalled anywhere in the world.

Kerry is internationally renowned as Ireland's premier tourist County, mainly because of its spectacular physical features. Killarney and its hinterland is probably one of the best known tourist destinations in Europe. The Dingle Peninsula  has been described by National Geographic as "the most beautiful place on Earth".  

The term ‘Gaeltacht’ is used to denote those areas in Ireland where the Irish language is spoken as a community language. The Kerry Gaeltacht is located in the west and south of the county.  Its culture and traditions are very much alive and thriving. The Ring of Kerry  (Irish  An Mhór Chuaird) is a tourist trail covering 179 kms of breathtaking scenery starting from Killarney.

The Golf Courses of Kerry are some of the finest with Ballybunion Old Course recognised as the number one course in the world outside America. In close competition with this are Killarney, Waterville, Barrow, as well as ten other courses scattered all over the County.

There are a number of excellent walking routes over the most scenic areas are available in the Kerry Way, Dingle Way and North Kerry Way along with Slí Chorcha Duibne and many other equally interesting trips

Many new visitor attractions have been developed in recent years, particularly in the Tralee area, such as The Geraldine Centre, Kerry County Museum, Blennerville Windmill and Tralee Aqua Dome.  Other visitor attractions are being developed in various locations to add to the already well-known places of interest, such as Muckross House, and Muckross Interpretative Centre, Ardfert Cathedral, Gallarus Oratory, Siamsa Tíre (National Folk Theatre), the Skellig Experience and the Great Blasket Island Interpretative Centre, and Dingle Marina and Aquarium.

This is just a taste of what Kerry has to offer and further information is available on;
http://www.discoverireland.com/int/Ireland.places-to-go/countries/kerry/

All Kerry Tourism Limited (www.gokerry.ie) is a grassroots community tourism company set up solely to promote the county of Kerry as the number one tourism destination in Ireland.

Kerry library has branches in most major towns offering free internet access and other services.

Travel

Access by air
Kerry’s Regional Airport is located at Farranfore in a central location (15 minutes drive) to Tralee and 10 minutes to Killarney, allowing travel to Dublin, Uk and Europe and return on the same day.  Kerry has  easy access to 2 International Airports: Cork  (65 miles) Shannon (85 miles) www.kerryairport.ie

Access by Rail
Tralee is serviced by Irish Rail from stations in Dublin and Cork. It also connects with many other centres including Limerick and Killarney. www.irishrail.ie 



 

Tourist Developments

A number of Tourism initiatives and developments are underway in Kerry including the Wetlands Centre which includes a water activity area with artificial lake, walks, cycle way and childrens' play area. Adjoining it to the west of the steam railway is the nature zone with wildlife habitats, bird hides and viewing tower. An eco-friendly visitor services centre overlooks the park. (traleebaywetlands.org)

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