County Kerry

County Kerry is in the southern province of Munster.

Bordered by Limerick to the east and  Cork to the south-east.

The county seat Tralee and Killarney are the major towns.

Kerry is a tourists delight, the natural beauty of the area draws people from all over the world.

The Lakes of Killarney are located in Killarney National Park.

Dingle Peninsula has the most westerly point of Ireland.

Kerry faces the Atlantic Ocean and features many peninsulas and inlets such as  the Dingle Peninsula, the Iveragh Peninsula, and the Beara Peninsula, shared with neighboring Cork.

The county is bounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the north by the River Shannon.

Killarney is the center of the tourism industry, which plays a significant role in the economy in Kerry.
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Killarney is the center of the tourism industry, which plays a significant role in the economy in Kerry.

The Kerry Way, Dingle Way and Beara Way are walking routes in the county.

Other places of interest include:

Blasket Islands .
Carrauntoohil, Ireland/s highest mountain.
Lakes of Killarney
Muckross House
Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula is a popular route for tourists and cyclists.
The pedestrian route is the scenic Kerry Way which follows old paths  higher t the Ring of Kerry.

Just off Kerry’s coast are a number of islands, including the Blasket Islands, Valentia Island and the Skelligs.

Skellig Michael is a World Heritage Site, famous for the medieval monastery clinging to the island’s cliffs.

Rivers Feale, Laune and  Roughty flow through Kerry to the Atlantic.

Part of the Gulf Stream flows north by Kerry and the west coast of Ireland, resulting in milder temperatures .

This means that subtropical plants such as the strawberry tree and tree ferns, not normally found in Northern Europe, thrive in the area. There are a number of gardens open to visitors.

Kerry is among the regions with the highest rainfall in Ireland.
The main roads into Kerry are the N21 and  N69 road from Limerick and the N22 road from Cork to Tralee

Bus Eireann operates an extensive bus service routes throughout the county with connections in Killarney and Tralee.

Kerry airport is situated on the N22 just south of Tralee and north of Killarney.

Kerry is served by railway at Tralee, Farranfore, Killarney and Rathmore which connect to Cork and Dublin by way of  Mallow.
Kerry Airport is located at Farranfore in the center of the county and has operated since 1989.

Destinations served as of 2009 are Dublin, London (Stansted & Luton airports) and Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, all  by Ryanair.

Fenit harbor near Tralee is capable of handling ships of up to 17,000 tons.

The harbor at Dingle is one of Ireland’s secondary fishing ports.

In north Kerry a ferry service operates from Tarbert to Killimer in County Clare.
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