Just over 300 kilometers from Dublin, Killarney is a small town full of a wide variety of art, nature, and history. Located in County Kerry in the West of Ireland, Killarney and its surrounding area is truly a sight to see. From the Ring of Kerry to the Dingle Peninsula, the county is full of breath-taking views, along with quaint villages and towns dispersed among the county.
A common place to visit within this county is Killarney National Park, which is located at the foot of Ireland’s highest mountain range, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The park spans across over 26,000 acres, and is easily accessible for everyone to enjoy. A common tourist attraction that yields many people each year, including myself, is Ross Castle. This well-preserved stronghold is located on the edge of Lough Leane, the lake just southwest of Killarney. Built in the 15th Century, Ross Castle provided a brief look into the past of Renaissance Ireland, as well as breathtaking views onto the Lake and around the castle.
Another popular location in County Kerry is the Dingle Peninsula. Regarded by some as one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, Dingle and the surrounding area provides awe-inspiring views of what many people, who are not from Ireland, believe Ireland to be. Rolling greens, staggering cliffs, and copious amount of sheep are just a few examples of what immediately catches the eye in the far reaches of the country. One of the most significant things, I found, is that when travelling through the small villages that line the Dingle peninsula, the road signs and advertisements all change to accommodate native Irish speakers. Being engulfed by the Irish language made me feel both foreign and intrigued at the same time. This being the last experience for me before returning home, it is safe to say that travelling to and around County Kerry is recommended for any mind-wandering traveller.
– David Byron