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The Southwest Travel Guide

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Plan Your 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.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Ring of Kerry The most brazenly scenic coastal drive in Ireland might have been designed with the visitor in mind—cameras and videos at the ready!
  2. Skellig Michael Take a wet and wonderful ride out to Ireland's most spectacular island, whose twin peaks, crowned with a medieval monastery, beckon to you along the Ring of Kerry.
  3. The Gap of Dunloe A half-day tour lets you walk or ride horseback through the heart of Killarney's purple mountains and cross the glittering blue lake by rowboat.
  4. Adare Discover Ireland's prettiest village by taking a walk past its cute thatched cottages to the banks of the River Maigue, where the remains of priories established by medieval monks still stand.
  5. "Castle Country" Limerick is studded with top attractions like King John's Castle on the banks of the Shannon.

When To Go

When to Go

The best times to visit the Ring of Kerry, Killarney, and Dingle are mid-March to June, and September and October. In July and August it's the p...

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