Situated in the South-West Region of Ireland, County Kerry is the 5th largest of the 32 Irish counties and has a population of around 145,502. A place filled with natural beauty, visitors have access to its magical lakes, mountains and a variety of world class golf courses. It’s the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries and is a popular destination for anglers and hill walkers. Kerry is a county where
We highly recommend a hatchback, especially for tackling those winding country roads.
Driving in Kerry
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Important things to note
Roads in Kerry are rural and typically quiet, despite it being a popular tourist destination.
A relaxed attitude to drink driving laws for locals living in particularly rural areas means that those with a permit can drive after two or three drinks. This has not so far caused any problems, but is important to note should you be driving, especially later in the evening.
Tralee is sometimes slow for drivers during rush hours. The same can occasionally be said for Killarney, which is the most popular town with tourists.
Highlights & Hotspots
Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Kerry, with some championship standard courses on offer. You can play all year round at Castle Island, with 200 acres of modern sand based greens, tees and fairways. You will also enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the McGillicuddy Reeks.
Kenmare course offers challenging courses for experienced players and is suited to more novice players too. Kilarney Golf and Fishing Club is also worth a visit, and features three championship courses.
Nature lovers, and especially hikers, will love the variety of scenic walks on offer. The Kerry Way is a 133 mile trail (Irelands longest) that would take nine days to complete in its entirety. As few have that much spare time (or energy!), there are much shorter trails that can be taken. Other popular walking routes nearby are Dingle Way and Beara Way.
If you’re into fine dining, then you must pay a visit to Rozzers, who serve up a tantalising mixture of contemporary Irish and European cuisine in a homely, family friendly environment. The menu changes on a regular basis, but current favourites include monkfish with sun dried tomatoes and black olives, and roast Barbary duck breast with honey glazed plums.
Kerry has a small, international airport, situated at Farranfore, between Tralee and Kilarney. It is only a short drive into town making it very convenient. Kerry is also easily reached from Cork Airport, which serves a larger number of destinations.