Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Ring of Kerry

A world of discovery.

With windswept cliffs, breathtaking scenery and spectacular lakes, rich flora and fauna. The area is also full of culinary delights, from the superb cheeses, superb seafood and shellfish, to the succulent lamb and hearty homemade breads. As you travel the Ring of Kerry the diversity and quality of the restaurants in the various towns will delight you. The Ring of Kerry offers a variety of activities, from walking and cycling routes and adventures sports, to its array of championship golf courses. The region is world famous for its superb diving and angling, with Lough Currane in Waterville being famous for its sea trout with 90% of specimen sea trout caught here! Sneem is a beautiful scenic village where you can take interesting and delightful walks.The coastal roads provide an ever-changing landscape around the Iveragh Peninsula a place full of discovery.

The famous offshore islands is a must for all visitors to Ireland. North Kerry boasts some of the most engaging, entertaining events and attractions in Ireland - from annual events such as street carnivals like the Tír na nÓg Festival and the Rose of Tralee to the beach for festivals filled with fun and games at the Ballyheigue Beach Races, fun for the whole family. You can explore the underground in Crag Cave, riding in the indoor rapids at the Aqua Dome, experiencing times past at the Kerry County Museum and discovering a unique form of travel aboard the Lartigue Monorail. Music and theatre lovers are also spoiled for choice. Siamsa Tíre in Tralee, is the proud base of Ireland’s National Folk Theatre There are varied musical and theatrical performances, staged at smaller venues like the Abbeydorney Drama Society theatre and St. John’s Theatre in Listowel, to the new, world-class Tinteán Theatre in Dingle, a beautiful fishing port. Dingle is famous for its food. There is a huge selection of restaurants serving fresh food to cater for all tastes and budgets.

What to see and do.

There are boat trips to meet Fungi – Ireland’s friendliest Dolphin who resides in Dingle Bay. Dingle Peninsula can be explored, one of the richest areas in archaeological remains on the west coast of Europe.The Dingle Peninsula has the largest collections in the world of beehive huts, stones with the unique ogham writing and ring forts. The remains include the Oratory at Gallarus and the cross stone of Riasc. Back pakkers will enjoy climbing Mount Brandon, or if it’s raining outside, Ireland’s highest indoor climbing wall can be climbed at Play at Height. The Blasket Islands are a great place to visit where you can learn about the unique community that lived on the great Blasket Island at the Blasket Centre. You will have a great day out when you visit the Oceanworld Aquarium good fun for all the family. For the out door person there are eco boat trips or angling tours off the Dingle coast, or you can enjoy a kayak trip around Dingle Harbour. You can explore the Conor Pass, the highest pass in Ireland which one can drive through. It has spectacular views of Dingle Harbour to the south and Mount Brandon to the north. The Slea Head Drive twists and turns through some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscape in Ireland, with fantastic views of the Three Sisters and the Blasket Islands. There is plenty of shopping for exquisite Celti jewellery and unique crafts as well as listening to a traditional music.

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