Enjoy Kerry, probably Ireland’s most fascinating county. Kerry packs some of Ireland’s best scenery with mountains meeting sea and fabulous vistas from coastal and mountain roads. Have you ever circled the Ring of Kerry? If not, you’re missing a great experience, if you have, you are welcome back. In Kerry, you can enjoy city and town, forest and lake, sea and strand, hills and mountains, all in the warm welcome of the South West. Cill Airne or Killarney (the Church of the Sloes). was a church foundation from the 5th or 6th century and house settlement began here from around 1500. Explore colourful laneways, a fine cathedral...historic buildings...Experience the atmosphere of busy streets in the town centre.
Perhaps the busiest tourist hub in rural Ireland, Killarney's sidewalks are spacious enough in the winter, but in the summertime, they're absolutely packed, as the streets become one giant tour-bus traffic jam and horse-and-buggy drivers risk life and limb to push their way through. The locals are well practiced at dispensing a professional brand of Irish charm, even as they hike up the hotel and restaurant prices to capitalize on the hordes descending from the buses. It all feels a bit cynical, with a few too many cheesy leprechaun-heavy gift shops for its own good. It's a bit much for some people, and hardly the bucolic, gentle Ireland that many are looking for. Luckily, it's easy enough to resist Killarney's gravitational pull and spend your time exploring the quieter countryside around it. You can always sneak into town from time to time for dinner or a night out in the pub with lots of people from your home nation.