County Kerry

Feb 3, 2019

First things first: I am a Kerry girl, Pres and Niki are Kerry girls, after your visit you will be too. There isn’t anywhere we could ever recommend more strongly to soothe your soul and make you feel all the feels. We love Ireland but if you want to really feel Ireland, settle on County Kerry. Here is a quick guide to give you inspiration for your trip!

Muckross House Killarney Ireland
Muckross House in Killarney, Ireland

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  • Best time to visit: April to September July and August are high peaks for tourists
  • Getting around: rental car or tour bus
  • Currency: euro 
  • Languages: English and Irish 
  • Weather: brisk, rain, wear layers 

Where to stay: Ireland is full of cozy bed and breakfasts with incredible hosts. There are also ton of cute homes, apartment and bnbs on Airbnb with options for any budget. If you’ve never used Airbnb read my post here on why we love it so much.  

Where to eat: Kerry is on the coast so be sure to eat alllll the seafood. Our very favorite dish is Irish lamb stew. Even if you think you don’t like lamb, try it. Murphy’s ice cream is the nation’s best but you can find the original shop in our Dingle town. 

What to wear: jeans, sweater, rain coat and waterproof boots. Be sure to checkout our Irish packing list post too!

Where to go: Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Portmagee, Kenmare

Slead Head Drive Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Peninsula

  • What to do:
    • Grab a coffee at Bean in Dingle after you eat lunch at the Fish Box 
    • Take a boat tour to meet Fungie the dolphin 
    • Drive along Slea Head, stop at Dunquin Pier, walk the cliffs at Coumeenoole 
    • Stop at tigh an t-saorsaigh for a pint and dinner, we recommend Dermot’s lamb stew or his seafood platter!
    • Head up Conor’s Pass to catch the sunset

Read our Dingle Peninsula Bucket List if you would like to spend more than a day trip. Which of course, we strongly recommend!

Killarney Lakes in County Kerry

Killarney + Killarney National Park – the gateway to the ring of Kerry 

  • What to do:
    • Visit Muckross House
    • Hike to Torc waterfall, hike is a relative term its an easy walk!
    • Kayak on Killarney’s Lakes
    • Wander around Muckross Abbey
    • Take a ride in Jaunting cars
    • Spend half your day, at least, exploring Gap of Dunloe.
    • Eat lunch at Kate Kearney’s Cottage
    • Follow the Ring of Kerry
Skellig Michael County Kerry Ireland

Portmagee

  • What to do:
    • Hop a ferry to Skellig Michael
    • Climb the Kerry cliffs
    • Stay at our first Irish Airbnb 🙂 Marie is the sweetest and she is a great host, she includes tickets to the Kerry cliffs with your stay! She even went down to the boats and got us a ride out to Skellig before we arrived because they were sold out online. Seriously if you stay with her you will not be disappointed! *Receive $40 off your first trip with Airbnb using this link!

Kenmare 

We haven’t visited Kenmare yet but here is our plan for when we do!

  • What to do:
    • Browse the shops on Henry Street in downtown Kenmare
    • Take a walk through Reenagross Park, it almost reminds me of a mini version of the Dark Hedges
    • Checkout Blackwater Bridge, the prettiest spot
    • Stay at Sheen Falls Lodge, it looks absolutely unreal.

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