The Southwest: Places to Explore


  • Adare

    On the banks of the River Maigue, this once-upon-a-timefied village dotted with thatch cottages is famed as one of Ireland's prettiest spots. Perhaps it's more correct to say it's actually one of England's:... Read more

  • Annascaul

    An important livestock center until the 1930s, this village near the junction of the Castlemaine and Tralee roads has a wide road, as cattle trading was once carried out in the streets. The town also has... Read more

  • Baile an Fheirtéaigh (Ballyferriter)

    Like the other towns at this end of the Dingle Peninsula, Baile an Fheirtéaigh is a Gaeltacht village and mainly a spot for vacationers with RVs, many of them German or Dutch. The area around here is great... Read more

  • Ceann Sleibne (Slea Head)

    From the top of the towering cliffs of Ceann Sleibne at the southwest extremity of the Dingle Peninsula, the view of the Blasket Islands and the Atlantic Ocean is guaranteed to stop you in your tracks... Read more

  • Ceann Trá (Ventry)

    The next town after An Daingean along the coast, Ceann Trá has a small outcrop of pubs and small grocery stores (useful, since west of Dingle Town you'll find few shops of any kind), and a long sandy beach... Read more

  • An Daingean (Dingle Town)

    Backed by mountains and facing a sheltered harbor, An Daingean, the chief town of its eponymous peninsula, has a year-round population of 1,400 that more than doubles in summer. Although many expect Dingle... Read more

  • Dún Chaoin (Dunquin)

    Once the mainland harbor for the Blasket islanders (when there were islanders, as the Blaskets are deserted now), Dún Chaoin is at the center of the Gaeltacht, and attracts many students of Irish language... Read more

  • Great Blasket Island

    The Great Blasket, which measures roughly 3 km by 1 km (2 miles by ½ mile), has no traffic, no pub, no hotel, and no electricity. Yet this island—centerpiece of the An Bhlaskaoid Mhóir (Blasket Islands)—is... Read more

  • Killarney

    One of Southwest Ireland's most attractive locales, Killarney is also the most heavily visited town in the region (its proximity to the Ring of Kerry and to Shannon Airport helps to ensure this).... Killarney... Read more

  • Limerick City

    Before you ask, there's no direct connection between Limerick City and the facetious five-line verse form known as a limerick, which was first popularized by the English writer Edward Lear in his 1846... Read more

  • Listowel

    The small, sleepy market town of Listowel comes alive for its annual horse-racing festival during the third week of September. Writers' Week in June attracts international names for a more restrained but... Read more

  • The Ring of Kerry

    Running along the perimeter of the Iveragh Peninsula, the dramatic coastal road from Kenmare to Killorglin known as the Ring of Kerry is probably Ireland's single most popular tourist route. Stunning mountain... Read more

  • Tralee

    County Kerry's capital and its largest town, Tralee (population 22,700), is a superb springboard to explore the adjoining Dingle Peninsula. It is also the transportation hub of the region. As such, people... Read more