Kerry Insight a guide to Kerry, the lakelands and highlands of Ireland.
Kerry, without doubt, is Ireland's most beautiful region. The stunning landscape was formed during the ice age some 10,000 years ago. The people that inhabited the region thereafter, added a historical, cultural, musical and religious legacy that still retains a wonderful air of intrigue and mystic in todays modern Ireland.
Kerry is often called "The Kingdom" or "The Jewel in the Crown" and this is apt for such a special place. North Kerry is perhaps most famous for the world class links courses at Ballybunion Golf Club but also has some of Ireland's finest beaches at Banner and Ballyheigue. Tralee is the capital of Kerry and hosts the world renowned "Rose of Tralee" festival. To the west is the Dingle Peninsula - this is mainly a Gaelic speaking area and if you stay with a family B&B you may hear this ancient language spoken. The Dingle Peninsula has some truly beautiful coastline and is Ireland's most westerly point - this can be seen by coach, car or by walking the Dingle Way - for the more venturesome run the annual half or full Dingle Marathon in September.
Killarney is generally the start and finish point for those visiting the Ring of Kerry. Killarney town is alive most of the year as it is also a major conference centre. The streets are abuzz with different languages and the strains of Irish music as visitors seek out the best traditional pub or restaurant. There is a daily coach tour from Killarney around the Ring of Kerry but many take their car, cycle, walk, a helicopter or even run the 179km (111 miles) route. About halfway round is the Ballinskelligs region - stay overnight and your host will arrange the boat trip to:- the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Skellig Michael" - one of Ireland's oldest and most well preserved, christian spiritual centres- be sure to pack a camera for shots of a lifetime. Next stop around the "Ring" is the traditional seaside town of Waterville - once the favourite destination of Charlie Chaplin (a statue proudly stands in the town in memory of the great comedian).