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  • 1. Blasket Centre

    Fully refurbished and extended with high-spec interactive gadgetry and new displays and a first-rate café, this museum is a worthy stop to discover life on...Read More

  • 2. Derrynane House

    The Ring of Kerry has very few historic country houses, so many visitors here enjoy making a special excursion to Derrynane House. Famed as the...Read More

  • 3. Dún Chaoin Pier

    Signposted from the main road, and accessed via a dramatic corkscrew walkway, Dún Chaoin pier is surrounded by cliffs of colored Silurian rock, more than...Read More

  • 4. Gap of Dunloe

    Massive, glacial rocks form the sides of this narrow mountain pass that stretches for 6½ km (4 miles) between MacGillicuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountains....Read More

  • 5. King John's Castle

    First built by the Normans in the early 1200s, King John's Castle still bears traces on its north side of a 1691 bombardment. If you...Read More

  • 6. Ladies' View

    This famed viewpoint, with a stunning panorama of the three lakes and the surrounding mountains, is especially glorious on a sunny day, but worth a...Read More

  • 7. Lough Gur

    The visitor center is a thatched replica of a Neolithic hut and it has excellent prehistoric exhibits and a small museum that displays Neolithic pieces...Read More

  • 8. Louis Mulcahy Pottery

    Overlooking the beach is the pottery studio of one of Ireland's leading ceramic artists. Louis Mulcahy produces large pots and urns that are both decorative...Read More

  • 9. Muckross House

    This ivy-clad Victorian manor is located next door to Killarney National Park Visitor Center. Upstairs, elegantly furnished rooms are stuffed with, in typical Victorian fashion,...Read More

  • 10. Skellig Michael

    The masterpiece of the Skellig Islands is the phenomenal UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael, with its amazing remains of a 7th- to 12th-century...Read More

  • 11. St. Mary's Cathedral

    St. Mary's Cathedral is the city's oldest building in daily use. It was founded in 1168 on the site of an elaborate palace, some of...Read More

  • 12. The Milk Market

    One of Ireland's oldest and biggest---and arguably best---markets, with a fine collection of artisanal food producers, many direct from the rich pastures in County Limerick's...Read More

  • 13. The Ring of Kerry

    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...Read More

  • 14. Adare Heritage Centre

    This center is home to an array of helpful facilities, including a restaurant and three retail outlets (one sells sweaters, another crafts, and the third...Read More

  • 15. Aghadoe

    This is an outstanding place to get a feel for what Killarney is all about: lake and mountain scenery. Stand beside Aghadoe's 12th-century ruined church...Read More

  • 16. Caherciveen Parish Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church

    This large, elaborate, neo-Gothic structure dominates the main street. It was built in 1888 of Newry granite and black limestone to honor local hero Daniel...Read More

  • 17. Caragh Lake

    A signpost to the right outside Glenbeigh points to Caragh Lake, a tempting excursion south to a beautiful expanse of water set among gorse- and...Read More

  • 18. Cill Rialaig

    West of Waterville and 1 km (½ mile) before the Irish-speaking village of Ballinskelligs is the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre. This is the best place...Read More

  • 19. Clogher Strand

    This dramatic, windswept stretch of rocks and sand visible below the coast road to the north of Slea Head is not a safe spot to...Read More

  • 20. Dunbeg Fort

    Perched on the very edge of a Dingle Bay cliff, and set in the small district of Fahan (which is part of the larger township...Read More

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