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Captivating County Kerry

An August 2005 trip to County Kerry by Funky Monkey

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Quote: Captivating yet calming, scenic and serene, County Kerry has some of Ireland's most breathtaking scenery. Here's a quick guide to my short stay there.

Captivating County Kerry

Overview

Dingle Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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By far the best part of my break in County Kerry was the Ring of Kerry, a ring road running around the edge of the county. The views are fabulous, and providing you pick the right time to go, it can be a truly wonderful day out. Also in Kerry, arguably in a sub-county of its own, is the Dingle Peninsula - all of the stunning views on a stretch of land half the size. The town of Killarney, situated on the Ring of Kerry not far from where I was staying, is a vibrant town which, despite being quite commercialised with hotels, B+Bs, and shops, remains quite "untouristy". It is nestled in the heart of the Killarny National Park, a lovely area of Kerry with lakes, river...Read More

Laune Lodge

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Hotel

Laune Lodge Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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The Laune Lodge is one of the many new B&Bs popping up all over Ireland, catering for the ever increasing number of holiday-makers who choose to visit every year. The Lodge feels almost brand-new, and its perfect cleanliness makes it hard to believe that it was actually established in 1997. It is run by Eileen and Pat O'Sullivan, a lovely couple who are really proud of the lodge—and with good reason. The views out of the back rooms are beautiful, and on a clear day you can get a good view of some of the highest mountains in Ireland. The rooms themselves are very nice, each decorated to a high standard. Every room has a TV, and there is also one in the main lounge area of the building. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2005

Laune Lodge
Ring of Kerry road (N72)
Killarney, Kerry
+353 64 44238

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Kate Kearney's Cottage is a lovely little bar and restaurant situated right next to the Gap of Dunloe, a pass between two mountains. Both of the times I went there, there was live Irish music, which definitely added to the authenticity of this traditional Irish restaurant. Legend has it that the cottage was the home of Kate Kearney, a local beauty who took in weary travellers and gave them a taste of her very own illicit drink, Mountain Dew.

There is a great atmosphere at Kate Kearney's Cottage, and although her Mountain Dew may not be served, you'll still be given the warm hospitality that she gave travellers to the area nearly two centuries ago.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

Kate Kearney's Cottage
Gap of Dunloe
Killarney, Kerry
+353 64 44146

Ring of Kerry

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Attraction | "The Ring of Kerry"

Ring of Kerry Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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The Ring of Kerry is a huge ring road circling most of Kerry, passing hills, mountains, rivers, lakes, and the Atlantic Ocean. Oh, and lots of sheep. The road itself is quite a narrow one (there are only a few motorways in Ireland, mainly around Dublin), but you shouldn't get into any major traffic jams, and the ones you do are mostly just behind one of the coach tours that do the ring. That's another thing: the coaches and buses go anti-clockwise around the ring, so if you want to avoid meeting them on the corners, it's suggested that you go with them. The views from the road are truly spectacular views, and there are many photo points along the way where you can park your car at...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 8, 2005

Ring of Kerry
179 Km Circular Road
Kerry, Ireland

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

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Attraction

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The Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium is situated on the harbour front at Dingle and is home to many different species of underwater life. The aquarium is set out conveniently so that you see everything, and all of the tanks seem to flow from one aspect of the sea to another. You start off with the cylindrical tank and the Surge Tank, a clever setup that simulates a waterfall and the rise and fall of the tides. Next is an Amazonian Display, where they have surprisingly large catfish, tiny mut, deadly poison frogs, and, of course, piranhas. After that is the Tropical Marine Tank, where they have all of the characters from "Finding Nemo,"...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2005

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium
The Wood, (An Choill)
Dingle
+353 66 91 52 111