Kerry International Airport, with flights to Kerry from London and five other cities, lies at the heart of the county and sits equidistant between northern Tralee and southern Killarney. These quintessentially Irish towns, only 20 minutes by car from the airport, have some of the best hotels in Kerry and make ideal starting points for travellers. If you rent a car from Kerry airport, you will be able to go almost anywhere in this vast scenic paradise. Golfing enthusiasts will love Ballybunion Golf Club, one of the world’s finest, in the coastal resort to the far north. To the far south, Valentia Island is famous for its lighthouse atop the rugged rocks. Be it forests or mountains, cliffs or lakes, bustling towns or rural villages – all are present in Kerry. As the most scenic driving routes pass by them all, you can choose which order to see them in.
As one of the county’s main towns, there are lots of things to do in Killarney. The town is packed with bars, restaurants and venues offering traditional Irish music, good food and plentiful drink. It is brimming with Irish history and heritage. In Killarney National Park alone, guests can visit 19th-century Muckross House or 15th-century Ross Castle, only a 13-minute drive apart. Killarney is also a good starting and finishing point for a driving tour of the Ring of Kerry. This route passes through quaint ancient Irish villages like Cahersiveen, one of the most western in Europe, and along the rugged cliffs and sandy beaches of the Dingle Peninsula with its Atlantic panoramas. From here you can travel through the forests or venture up the meandering roads of Carrauntoohil and MacGillycuddy Reeks, two of Ireland’s highest mountains.
Kerry is arguably one of Ireland’s most beautiful holiday destinations. Whilst the air will often be damp, this makes for a rich green countryside of great natural beauty. Kerry contributes 450km of awe-inspiring ocean views to the Wild Atlantic Way, a driving route along the west coast of Ireland. A drive along Kerry’s coast takes about three days but in reality, it could take you up to two weeks with frequent stops to absorb the scenery. As you travel, keep your eyes open for the near-endless signposts denoting ancient castles, heritage sites and historic buildings. Should you wish to stop for a meal or an overnight stay, the region is packed with guest houses, bed and breakfasts, hotels and restaurants. From large gastropubs to rustic local taverns, travellers can expect a warm welcome and world-class cuisine in even the most remote parts of Kerry.
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Rain and wind are regular visitors to Kerry as well. Beacause Kerry lies on the Atlantic coast, certain excursions and tours, particularly Skellig Michael tours, can be cancelled due to bad weather. So, for holiday-makers that rent a car, Kerry still has plenty to discover. When it rains, a hike up the MacGillicuddy Reeks can be replaced by a drive through the mountainous region. Of course, caution should be taken on the roads in Ireland. With wild Atlantic weather conditions and narrow mountain and cliff-side roads, driving around County Kerry, especially a Ring of Kerry drive, can be tricky and demands the driver's full attention. Unlike the majority of Europe, Ireland drives on the left-hand side. With strict drink driving regulations, the designated driver should be at least 17 years old. However, it is worth noting that you must be 25 or older to rent a car in Ireland.