Located in the south-west of Ireland, County Kerry is pretty much the most quintessentially Irish destination you can wish to visit.

With clusters of Irish-language speakers and jaw-dropping scenery which gives the Emerald Isle its name, holidays in County Kerry are nothing short of captivating. Plus, there’s no shortage of history and heritage to uncover too, including (allegedly) the world’s oldest footprints on Valentina Island.

Driving the Ring of Kerry is a great way to see as much of this beautiful county as possible. At 179-kilometres long around the Iveragh Peninsula – part of the iconic Wild Atlantic Way – it takes in many historic sights, as well as quaint towns and villages, perfect for a pit-stop. Along the way, you’ll pass Skellig Michael where some of the Star Wars films were shot, the Gap on Dunloe and the breath-taking Derrynane Beach.

Keen hikers will certainly want to tackle the trails on Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain standing at 3,407-feet.

Killarney National Park is another stunning area along the Ring of Kerry – spoiler, there are tonnes! Within the park, Ladies View is among the most photographed places in the whole country and it’s easy to see why. You’ll also want to stop by the 19th century Muckross House, Muckross Abbey which was built as a Franciscan Friary in 1448 and the idyllic Torc Waterfall.

Across Lough Leane, the impressive Ross Castle is worth a visit, while for beach holidays in County Kerry, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more dreamy spot than Banna Strand – although Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula runs it close.

While in Dingle, a picturesque town overlooking Dingle Harbour, be sure to stop by the Dingle Distillery and sample the local tipple, while Dingle Oceanworld is great for family holidays in County Kerry.

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