There are so many things to do when in kerry, it can be difficult to know where to begin! we have done some of the work for you and narrowed down our top 10 things to do in the kingdom. Let us know if you try any of these on your next trip to kerry!






Moll's Gap Killarney

1. Moll's Gap

The bendy roads of Moll’s Gap are not for the faint hearted! Moll’s Gap’s boasts some of the most dramatic views on the Ring of Kerry route. On the road between Killarney and Kenmare, Moll’s Gap boasts the ultimate view of the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. It derives its name from Moll Kissane who set up an illicit bar here during the 19th century. Moll’s Gap is the highest point on the Ring of Kerry with a 235 metre climb. Narrow and winding roads give way to stunning scenery, that is simply unforgettable. If you get peckish on the drive, stop off at The Strawberry Field Pancake Cottage Cafe to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ladies View

2. Ladies View

If you haven’t seen it yet, put Ladies view on your list the next time you are in Kerry! Named after Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting who very much admired it, Ladies View is a viewing spot hosting panoramic views of the Gap of Dunloe, the Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy Reeks and stunning scenery. Situated only 19km from Killarney, it is the perfect stop for a photo, with breathtaking views on the winding roads leading you there.

 

Gap of Dunloe Killarney

3. The Gap of Dunloe

You may have to go ever so slightly out of your way to reach the Gap of Dunloe, but it is most certainly worth it! The Gap of Dunloe was formed around two million years ago when Killarney’s ice age took hold, this gave the mountains there their distinct jagged appearance. There is the option to drive the Gap of Dunloe, however, we would recommend a walk or jaunting car to make the most of this experience. It is a one of a kind experience and worth checking out.

Torc Waterfall Killarney

4. Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is situated on the outskirts of Killarney, it is a cascading waterfall at 20 metres high and 110 metres long.  A short walk of just 200 metres brings you to the waterfall. From that point steps lead to another viewing point at a higher altitude that provides a beautiful lake view. Perfect for couples, families and friends, pay a visit to this breathtaking stop on your next trip to The Kingdom. 

Killarney National Park

5. Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park boasts over 26,000 acres of unspoilt nature. It is home to Ross Castle, The Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House and Gardens, Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall to name just a few spots. The park is filled with local wildlife, including the famous Red Deer of Killarney which can be spotted throughout the park. Walk, run or cycle, Killarney National Park is a must to explore on your visit to Killarney. Enjoy a romantic stroll around Ross Castle with your other half, have some fun spotting red deer with the kids or grab your friends for a cycle around The Killarney Lakes. With so much ground to explore, there is no shortage of stunning scenery in Killarney National Park.

Sunset Kayaking Killarney

6. Kayak on The Lakes of Killarney

Book a kayaking tour on the Lakes of Killarney for a totally new experience. Let experienced kayakers guide you through the Lakes, past islands, wildlife and the stunning Ross Castle. You can even explore the beauty of the Lakes of Killarney in a different way by booking a sunset kayaking tour and experience the Lakes of Killarney and Ross Castle from an alternative viewpoint. Totally unwind and relax as you kayak silently past islands and sleepy swans. Experience complete tranquility on this relaxing and peaceful glide through the lakes. From your kayak, see the enchanting Innisfallen Island and hopefully glimpse some of Killarney’s red deer. 

7. The Skellig Islands

The popularity of The Skellig Islands has sky rocketed in recent years following Skellig Michael’s appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi . Visiting the islands offers a once in a lifetime experience. Explore the Skellig Islands and the stunning Skellig Coast by boat with Skellig Coast Adventures here. Skellig Michael is steeped in history, with the island declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and the stone monastery on the island dating back 6th century. The amazing oratories and beehive huts seen on Skellig Michael were built by early Christian monks in the 6th century and are still standing to this day. If you are lucky enough to visit in the Summer months, you will be welcomed by thousands of stunning Puffin Birds perched on the islands. This is definitely an experience not to be missed if you are visiting Kerry!

Coumeenole Beach Slea Head

8. Slea Head Drive & Dunquin Pier

Slea Head Drive boasts beautiful scenery and stunning views, including views from the Instagram famous Dunquin Pier! The drive is 47km and takes approximately 3 hours depending on how many stops you make. Narrow and winding roads give way to magnificent sights along the coastline. There are so many stops you could make on the drive, it hosts forts, beaches, Star Wars filming sights, and historic churches. We would recommend pulling in to take in the fresh sea air at Coumeenole Beach, as well as getting that picture perfect shot at Dunquin Pier to name just two of our favourites!

The Kerry Cliffs

9. The Kerry Cliffs

If you’re in the market for a nice walk, Bray Head on Valentia Island in South Kerry is the perfect antidote. The leisurable but slightly steep walk hosts panoramic views of the Skellig Islands, the Kerry Coast and the Wild Atlantic Way, at the top you will find a tower sitting on the exposed cliffs which are not for the faint of heart! A short drive from here over the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge to Portmagee will bring you to the Kerry Cliffs,  the Cliffs were formed over 400 million years ago and are home to breathtaking views of the Skellig Islands and the Puffin Islands, over 1,000 feet above the ocean, they are said to be higher than the infamous Cliffs of Moher.

 

Skellig Chocolate Factory

10. Skellig Chocolate Factory

A hidden gem in South Kerry is the Skellig Chocolate Factory, the only open plan chocolate factory in the country.  It is nestled right beside St. Finian’s Bay and overlooks the famous Skellig Rocks. The factory was first opened in 1996, in 2011 it suffered from a devastating fire burning the factory to the ground. The Chocolate Factory reopened in 2012 as the impressive site it is today. Be warned, their chocolate is delicious and a complimentary tour around the factory offers plenty of taste tests! Following the tour, The Puffin Cafe in the factory offers sweet treats and coffee, there is also plenty opportunity to purchase chocolate sampled during the tour! A rare gem in one of the most unusual and beautiful locations for a chocolate factory.