County Kerry is
renowned for its beauty yet few can know how infinite and varied
that beauty is; Thackeray wrote: "Blue sky, roaring water,
here black and yonder foaming of dazzling white' Mount Carantouhil,
the lake district, the craggy islands, arguably the most beautiful
beaches, sub-tropical gardens and breathtaking sunsets compete
for your attention. "Puck Fair", three days of singing
and dancing, is held annually at killorglin and said to have
pre-Christian origins. The area around Tralee, the county capital,
has many amazing medieval churches and prehistoric monuments.
Tralee: Little remains of this ancient capital beyond
the 19th century, although there is a reconstruction of the medieval
city which can be seen aboard a 'Time-car'. Be sure to visit
the County Museum which traces the history of Kerry back 5000
years and the Pugin designed Church of the Holy Cross.
Built in 1780 and recently restored, this working windmill stands
just south of Tralee and is part of Blennerville craft workshops.
Look out for the chunky lavender blue crockery.
In Castle Island is an astonishing cave that meanders about 3
The Dingle Peninsula:
Fuchia-fringed country lanes twist between ancient pagan and
Christain remains many of whose origins are still unknown. The
Ogham Stones are remarkable for the primitive form of a twenty-letter
alphabet inscribed on them. Nine of them stand at Ballintaggart
south east of Dingle.
The Beehive huts of Reask:
Near Ballferriter and the Reask Pillar Stone are extraordinary
relics of Ireland's pre-history. And do not miss spiritual calm
of the 9th century Oratory of Gallarus, an amazing drystone
structure that has stood the test of time and weather.
Inch Beach is part of a sandy bar that almost reaches across
to Glenbeigh on the Iveragh Peninsula to form Castlemain's
superb natural harbour.
The Ring of Kerry:
This is possibly one of Europe's most spectacular scenic drives
featuring stunning vistas of idyllic beaches and rocky cliffs,
forests, mountains, lakes and dramatic waterfalls and, in its
centre, the 3000 year-old Staigue Fort.
Ardfert has a majestic 13th century cathedral, St Brendan's,
now a romantic ruin and two medieval temples.
Fishing, diving, riding, walking, cycling, sightseeing
Tralee: Links course, 18 holes, 6519 yards, Par 71.
Founded 1896. Designer Arnold Palmer.
Ballybunion: Links course, 18 holes, 6477 yards, Par 71.
Founded 1896. Designer R.Trent Jones Snr..
Waterville: Seaside links course, 18 holes, 7184 yards,
Founded 1889 Designer E. Hackett.
Killorglin: Parkland course, 18 holes, Par 72.
Founded 1992. Designer Eddie Hackett.
Killarney: Lakeland course, 18 holes, 6734 yards, Par
Founded 1893. Designer Sir Guy Campbell.
Hotel, Tralee, Kerry
Kilkee, Clare - 43 miles
Mallow, Cork - 67 miles