County Kerry Journals

The Tourist Capital Of Ireland's Wild West

A June 2004 trip to County Kerry by thebigfella

A Jaunty Car Photo, County Kerry, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Lakes, mountains, palatial mansions, picturesque views…Killarney, and the rest of Kerry have it all.

The Tourist Capital Of Ireland's Wild West

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Overview

A Jaunty Car Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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The surrounding countryside is absolutely idyllic and you can easily see why Queen Victoria was so keen on the place and it is for this reason that Killarney's town centre is unbearable. If the views were just "OK" and the lakes were "not bad" and the surrounding Mountains were "alright" then Killarney would probably be less populated with tourists and the trappings they attract, thus making it the perfect place to stay. Unfortunately though, as Killarney is so full of tourists this bustling Irish City puts all her energy into providing tourists with an abundance of ways to part with their hard earned Euros. There are quaint little pubs playing "Traditional" music every 10 metres or so...Read More

Flesk Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Named for the River Flesk that flows past Killarney, the Flesk specialises in serving fresh Dingle Bay Lobster direct from the tank. In fact, seafood features quite heavily in this eclectic mix of traditional Irish and Irish-American meals. Chowder, Mussels and Soda Bread served in a homely atmosphere makes for an enjoyable night out. As you would expect, visitors from the US of A are regular diners here, but this is more to do with the reputation of serving hearty meals at reasonable prices than the obvious links this place has with the Firefighters of America. Considering the number of people who were seated on the night we went, we were surprised at the efficiency of the waitering ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2004

Flesk Restaurant
Killarney Town Centre
Kerry, Ireland

Dingle & The Beehive Houses

Attraction | "Dingle & The Beehive Houses"

Beehive House Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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From Castlemaine (of Wild Colonial Boy fame) head west and onto the Dingle peninsula. The N86 is a circular road called the Ring of Dingle, but if you take a detour at Dingle and join the R559 you will take a step back in time. This road is littered with fragments of history covering thousands of years. And the history is restricted to the mainland, as just off the end of the peninsula lie two islands, the Blaskets, which have their own tale to tell. One of the things to see are the Beehive Houses, which are to be found in a few locations dotted around the peninsula. These houses are made totally of stones piled on top of one another without any mortar or binding substance. Semi-s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2004

Ring of Kerry

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Attraction | "The Ring of Kerry"

Ring of Kerry Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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Using Killarney or possibly, more desirous Kenmare as your base, the Ring of Kerry is actually the N70 travelling along and around the Iveragh Peninsula. The road hugs the foothills and bases of some of Ireland's highest peaks providing unbeatable views out to sea and back into the valleys. There are a number of minor roads available that make use of various Gaps through this range but unfortunately as most visitors to the Ring are on coaches it would not be fair to speak of these routes. As there are so many coaches using this route, particularly from first thing in the morning, the drivers and bus companies have decided to tackle the road in a anti-clockwise direction. This means there are n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2004

Ring of Kerry
179 Km Circular Road
Kerry, Ireland