Home to a strong contender for the title of Ireland’s top road-trip route (it’s a battle between it and the Causeway Costal Route), a shed-load of outstanding natural beauty and, of course, the Rose of Tralee, there’s little wonder why County Kerry fuels wanderlust the world over.

Arguably one of the most picturesque corners on earth, a trip to Kerry provides the perfect combination of iconic scenery along with a seemingly endless supply of charming little towns and villages, waiting to be explored.

You can conquer a mountain on a Monday and kick back with a coffee and recuperate in Dingle on a Tuesday!

If you’re planning a visit, or need some inspiration to get you over the line – here’s a glimpse of some of what you can expect to encounter while exploring County Kerry!

1 – The beautifully calm lakes of Killarney

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The Lakes of Killarney: By Chris Hill

2 – Ring of Kerry Scenes – It really doesn’t get more Irish than this

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The Lads: Photo via Tourism Ireland

3 – The cliffs affectionately known as the Three Sisters

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Photo via Tourism Ireland

4 – The winding road along Molls Gap on the Ring of Kerry

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5 – Ship ahoy! Valentia Lighthouse off the south west coast of Kerry

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Valentia Lighthouse: By Chris Hill

6 – An endless supply of rocky shorelines and crashing waves

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Scenes along the Ring of Kerry: Photo by @storytravelers

7 – The gorgeous little town of Dingle – all that’s missing is you!

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Dingle Town: Via Failte Ireland

8 – Quiet rural roads… until you meet a tractor

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You can nearly hear the quietness: Source

9 – Hand-built stone walls and friendly locals around every corner

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Horses and stone walls: Via Tourism Ireland

10 – Dunquin Pier – the departure point for the Blasket Island Ferry

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Dunquin Pier: By Brian Hanna

11 – Who needs Ibiza?! Now, if only the water wasn’t sub zero…

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Waiting to be swam in: Via Tourism Ireland

12 – What better way to experience the winding roads than by horse and cart?!

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Horse and cart in Kerry: By Arthur Ward

13 – The sheltered sandy beach of Derrynane

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Derrynane Beach: Via Tourism Ireland

14 – Imagine taking the load of your feet here for a couple of hours?!

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Skellig Islands from afar: Photo by Arthur Ward

15 – Gleninchaquin Park – home to a bounty of waterfalls, streams, woodlands and lakes

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Gleninchaquin Park, Beara Peninsula: By Valerie O’Sullivan

16 – The stunning weather beaten cliffs at Bray Head

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Bray Head, Co. Kerry: By Fearghus Foyle

17 – The Gap of Duloe – the narrow pass between the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain

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The Gap of Dunlop: Photo by John Hession

18 – The beautifully unique Coumeenoole beach between Slea Head and Dunmore Head

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Coumeenoole beach & Bay: By Chris Hill

19 – A tangy sunset hanging over the Skellig Islands

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The Skellig Islands at sunset: Via Tourism Ireland

20 – The real star of the latest Star Wars movie – the Skelligs

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View of the Skellig Islands from the Atlantic: Via Tourism Ireland

21 – A chunk of the scenery you’ll encounter on the Slea Head Drive

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Slea Head: Via Tourism Ireland

Have you been to County Kerry or are you planning a trip? If you’ve never been you’re in for an absolute treat! Join in the conversation and let me know below!

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