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  • 1. Blasket Centre

    Visitor Center

    The Blasket Islands (An Bhlascaoid Mhóir) are among Ireland's most extraordinary islands. The largest visible from Ceann Sléibhe is the Great...Read More

  • 2. Derrynane House

    Historic Home

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

  • 3. Gap of Dunloe

    Nature Sight

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

  • 4. Killarney House

    Garden

    Hidden away behind tall walls in the center of town for many years, Killarney House is the official visitor center to Killarney National Park...Read More

  • 5. Ladies' View

    Viewpoint

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

  • 6. Louis Mulcahy Pottery

    Store/Mall

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

  • 7. Muckross House

    Historic Home

    Hero of 1,001 travel posters, the ivy-covered, 19th-century, Victorian manor known as Muckross House sits 6½ km (4 miles) south of Killarney...Read More

  • 8. Skellig Michael

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 9. Adare Heritage Centre

    Visitor Center

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

  • 10. Aghadoe

    Ruins

    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...Read More

  • 11. Caherciveen Parish Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 12. Caragh Lake

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

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

  • 13. Cill Rialaig

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 14. Clogher Strand

    Beach

    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 swim, but it...Read More

  • 15. Cruises Street

    Neighborhood/Street

    An inviting pedestrian thoroughfare, this street has chic shops and occasional street entertainers. ...Read More

  • 16. Derrynane National Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The 300-acre estate of Derrynane House is freely accessible and has trails (including a woodland fairy trail) running through mature woodland...Read More

  • 17. Dún Chaoin Pier

    Marina/Pier

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

  • 18. Dunbeg Fort

    Ruins

    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 of Ventry), this...Read More

  • 19. Fungie

    Marina/Pier

    Since 1983, Dingle's central attraction, apart from its "trad" music scene, has been a winsome wild bottlenose dolphin who has taken up residence...Read More

  • 20. Gallarus Oratory

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Ireland's most interesting sights is also one of the country's best-preserved early Christian churches. Gallarus Oratory dates from the...Read More

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