Located in South-West Ireland, County Kerry features an excellent range of diverse landscapes. From the beautiful beaches, unspoiled grassland and rolling hills in North Kerry, to the rugged coastline and mountainous desert high in South Kerry. County Kerry is part of Munster province, with Tralee as its county town. It is not only the residents of County Kerry that enjoy the value of the landscape. Kerry is famous around the world for its magnificent views, which are one of its major features that attract tourists every year.
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With over two million visitors per year, some of the more popular attractions are Killarney National Park, Muckross historic house, and the beach in Castlegregory, where surfing is possible all year round. As one of Ireland’s most mountainous regions, Kerry is home to two of the highest mountains, Carrauntoohil, which forms part of the Macgillycuddy Reeks range, and Mount Brandon, of the Slieve Mish range. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery, the coast, the countryside, the international food and a lively social life. For those who enjoy plays and concerts there are a plethora of options in Kerry. Tire, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, offers plays, musicals and concerts held in state of the art facilities at the Centre for National Events.
County Kerry’s breathtakingly wondrous Dingle Peninsula has been noted by National Geographic as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’. Trip Advisor voted the Peninsula one of the world’s top 100 destinations, and it was recommended as a winter holiday destination by CNN. and coastal scenic views, the Peninsula is a magnet for trekkers, walkers and the Dingle Peninsula has also been cited as one the ten best places to be on New Year’s Eve. Boasting some of Ireland’s most panoramic mountain climbers, not only from Ireland, but overseas visitors as well. The Peninsula still maintains an atmosphere of peace and unspoiled beauty. There are various walks on offer to suit all abilities, from marked routes, beach walks, more energetic ridge walks, and gentler beach walks.
The Rose of Tralee International is one of Ireland’s grandest and most enduring festivals. Young ladies of Irish ethnicity descend on County Kerry from around the world, to celebrate Irish culture. The highlight of the festival is the selection of ‘The Rose of Tralee’. The festivities also include a funfair, circus, theater, live music, street entertainment, carnival, markets, fireworks and the famous Rose Parade.