The Southwest Travel Guide


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Plan Your The Southwest Vacation

Ever since Killarney was first "discovered" by William Thackeray and Sir Walter Scott, visitors have been searching for superlatives to describe the deep blue lakes, dark green forests, and purple mountainsides of this romantic region. While modern-day tour bus traffic and increased visitor numbers have slightly diminished the experience, the appeal of small-scale lake and mountain scenery, the ever-changing light, and the unusual flora and fauna persist—along with the lingering aroma of turf smoke—and the old tales resurrected by the tour guides continue to cast a unique spell.


The Southwest Hotels

For accommodations, the Southwest has some of the great country houses, including Adare Manor in County Limerick; Kenmare's... read more


The Southwest Restaurants

The Southwest can almost be described as one big culinary hot spot. Kenmare, Dingle, and Killarney all have a high... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in The Southwest

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


The Southwest Experiences

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    The Ring of Kerry: The most brazenly scenic coastal drive in Ireland might have been designed with the visitor in mind—cameras... Read more

  • Dingle by Any Other Name

    Residents of Dingle, especially those involved in the tourist business, fought a battle with the government for the right to continue to... Read more


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