Wild Atlantic Way
Count Kerry And The Wild Atlantic Way
Majestic mountain ranges and rolling green fields, pristine beaches and rugged cliffs, ‘The Kingdom’ of Kerry has it all.
County Kerry is renowned for its spectacular and varied landscape. Situated in the South West of Ireland it benefits from a milder climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. You’ll find many species of sub-tropical plants growing here not found elsewhere in northern Europe. Kerry is also home to the only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere making it the perfect place for stargazers. Here are some of the highlights of this beautiful region.
Kerry’s dramatic coastline makes up approximately one-fifth of Ireland’s west coast, commonly known as ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’. Explore Kerry’s peninsulas with their imposing cliffs and sheltered sandy coves. Some of Kerry’s beaches are ideal for surfing and, in the calmer waters of the estuaries, you’ll find a booming Oyster trade. Three of Ireland’s ten best golf courses can be found along this coastline..
mountains and passes
Ireland’s three highest mountains are in Kerry. In fact, out of the top ten highest in Ireland, six are found in the Kingdom. Whether you want a scenic hill walk, a strenuous hike or a roped ascent, you have plenty of options in Kerry’s Reeks District. There are some fantastic cycling routes through mountain passes, including The Gap of Dunloe, Molls Gap, Conor Pass and Ballaghasheen Pass..
Killarney is Ireland’s oldest National Park. Rivers, lakes, mountains and woodlands form a diverse ecosystem and is home to the only Red Deer herd on the mainland of Ireland. Popular attractions include the Lakes of Killarney, Ladies View, Muckross House and Gardens, Torc Waterfall and Ross Castle. Much can be enjoyed on foot but boat trips across the lakes or pony and trap rides are also a popular way to travel.