Attractions and Places to Visit in Kerry
County Kerry is one of Ireland’s richest counties in terms of the quality and quantity of places to visit. Most people come to Kerry to see its striking scenery and rich historical and cultural sites. Those looking for evidence of Ireland’s long and eventful history are spoilt for choice in County Kerry. Almost everywhere you look there are fine examples of historic buildings.
Kerry can be divided broadly into four main areas: The Iveragh Peninsula and Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula, and Northern County Kerry.
The Iveragh Peninsula and Killarney is perhaps the richest of these areas in terms of scenery and places to visit. The 180 Kilometre long road which encloses the Iveragh Peninsula is known as the Ring of Kerry. This route takes at least a day to drive and longer if you intend to spend time visiting some of the sites along its route.
The Dingle Peninsula, though smaller than the Iveragh Peninsula, hold much for the visitor to see. Here you will find the port of Dingle / An Daingean with its narrow streets and lanes bustling with activity. Ireland’s most westerly point, Garraun Point, is located on the peninsula with nothing between it and North America for over 3000 Kilometres. The Beara Peninsula is shared between County Kerry and County Cork, and this is the southernmost tip of Kerry. Less visited than the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula offers the visitor a quiter alternative to its northern neighbouring peninsulas. Northern Kerry borders the estuary of the River Shannon and gives the visitor a different experience to the rest of the county.
The main town, Tralee, houses the Kerry County Museum, a narrow gauge steam railway, and Blennerville Windmill. Other highlights of Northern Kerry include Listowel, the Medieval Ardfert Cathedral and the Tarbert Bridewell Jail & Courthouse.