Co. Kerry - "The Kingdom County"
The Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a 179-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry, South Western Ireland. On this tour there are views of the Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star Wars 'The Force Awakens' was recently filmed.
The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula) is the Kerry tourist trail that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. A paradise for photographers, the Ring of Kerry boasts some of the most beautiful wildlife, seascapes, mountains and villages on the island of Ireland. Its breath-takingly spectacular beauty is unquestionable and it is a natural attraction for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits that include golf, water-sports, cycling, walking, hiking, running, riding and fishing.
The Ring of Kerry is a road that allows you to explore 10,000 years of dramatic history. It’s a long, windy road that takes you from the deep forest to the crashing waters of the wild Atlantic Ocean. It's a road that allows you to fully appreciate the beauty of nature. It's a road to travel with friends and family for once in a lifetime views, experiences and memories.
Killarney has a long-standing tradition of entertaining visitors and the mixture of our famed Irish hospitality alongside the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, lakes, woodlands and national parks make Killarney the perfect destination for holidaymakers from all over the world.
Killarney rests at the junction of New Street, High Street and Main Street and is a lovely spot to go for a wander, listen to the music of the buskers and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the town. Directly behind the junction lies the remains of the old town hall, which now houses a number of small businesses, and some old lanes and buildings. If you fancy a stroll, head down this way to get a feel for the old town and its history.
Main Street Killarney is full of clothing stores, antique shops, tourist goods and book shops. This is the heart of the shopping district in the town and offers tourists the opportunity to soak in the lively atmosphere. At the end of High Street stands St. Mary's Church, a gothic style church built in the nineteenth century and still in use today. Killarney is home to some fantastic restaurants and there are food options to suit all tastes and dietary needs. Find yourself a good meal, a good pub and some great traditional Irish music and you're good to go!
Kerry Bog Village Museum
Surrounded by the extensive Bog lands of Ballintleave, the Kerry Bog Village is set at the foot of the Mcgillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. The village demonstrates how workers cultivated the peat for fuel in the days gone by, and how the turf was a primary source for heating the home and cooking.
The Kerry Bog Village looks at Ireland's rural history, heritage and lifestyle. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the culture, customs and living conditions of our ancestors through the famine years in the late nineteenth century. With thatched cottages, fully furnished with authentic antiques and figurines, the village offers an authentic insight into what life was like for those who came before us.
The village is also home to the once almost extinct ‘Kerry Bog Pony’ and the world’s tallest dogs the ‘Irish Wolfhound’. Explore the village and have a quick Irish coffee as you explore this heritage site located on the spectacular Ring of Kerry.
See our tours that take in the Ring of Kerry, Killarney and the Kerry Bog Village Museum.