Inhabited by a unique community of hardy, Irish-speaking storytellers until 1953, the beautiful Blasket Islands on the edge of the Dingle Peninsula are a compelling snapshot of times past. Discover more about island life at Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir (The Blasket Centre) in Dún Chaoin, before taking the boat to the largest of the islands, Great Blasket.
Just some of the many Kerry beaches to while away the days on surround the popular seaside town of Ballybunion. With exceptional cliff walks and dizzying views over Loop Head, a cliff also separates two of the most popular sandy stretches here – Men’s Beach and Ladies’ Beach. With their names a callback to the bygone days of separate bathing, today both beaches are bona fide beauty spots for everyone to enjoy.
KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK
Covering 10,236ha of idyllic wilderness and one of five national parks along the Wild Atlantic Way, this natural wonderland offers lakes, islands, a 15th-century castle, a 19th-century mansion, incredible wildlife and the highest mountain and mountain range in the land.
One of the many spectacular viewing points dotted around Valentia Island, Bray Head beckons with a sturdy uphill stroll towards a signal tower’s ruins sitting atop beautiful windswept cliffs. From this mesmerising height you can embrace panoramas of the Skellig and Blasket Islands and the Dingle Peninsula. Refreshing and utterly enveloping, this one’s worth the climb
Perched on the edge of Tralee Bay, quaint Blennerville Windmill marks the main port of emigration for Kerry locals fleeing the Great Famine, 1845-1848. At the visitor centre, discover more about the hardship of emigration and take a peek through the on-site telescope which overlooks Slí na nÉan or The Way of the Birds.