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The Cork/Kerry Region is a land of extremes, from rich rolling fields, brooding, isolated mountains, wild seascapes and craggy shorelines to some of the most beautiful gardens of sub tropical shrubs and blooms you can find anywhere.  It is a subtle mix of many ingredients, of influences of other countries, of landscape and weather, of history and optimism.   You can find a flavour of these influences in the festivals, activities and businesses throughout the region. 

 

Whether it’s the old traditions handed down through the unique language, the music, song and dance or the local artists. Or taste the modern flavours and the influences of the outside world in our vibrant cities and towns.  Meet the people of Cork & Kerry and attend the music or storytelling festivals, or enjoy a day at the races. Join in and create some great memories.  

 

Let the road guide you from the modern City of Cork or towns such as Killarney or Tralee to the quieter towns of West Cork or the Dingle Peninsula.  Wherever you go you will find welcoming places to stay where the food is delicious and made from the best of local produce. There is a multitude of things to do in Cork & Kerry from well marked looped walking trails, around heritage towns or glorious gardens. Take to a boat and visit spectacular islands and watch whales, sharks or dolphins frolic in the warm waters. 

 

Try your hand at catching some of the best salmon and trout on the Loughs and lakes inland. Take a moment out and savour the variety and subtlety of Cork & Kerry. It’s so good even the locals keep coming back! Things to do: Visit Cork City – Experience The English Market and relive the visit of Queen Elizabeth & Ring the Bells of Shandon. Enjoy a boat trip to Fungie – Ireland friendliest Dolphin who resides in Dingle Bay. Kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the Gift of the Gab! Visit Muckross House and Muckross Traditional Farms and Explore Killarney National Park and The Lakes of Killarney, enclosed water buses depart from Ross Castle. Visit Cobh and follow the Titanic Trail and pop in and see the Cheetahs & Giraffes at Fota Wildlife Park.

 

Take a step back in time and follow the Blackwater Valley Heritage Trail – 22 heritage sites dotted throughout the valley including Labbacallee a 3500 year old megalithic tomb. Sign up for a cookery course or visit the Skellig Chocolate Factory and see  more than 60 different varieties of truffles they rotate flavours with the seasons! Take a ferry and visit Sherkin Island and Cape Clear Island off the West Cork Coast. Visit the Charming town of Kinsale, the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Visit the newly opening (end of March) Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre - it provides a window on the diverse and spectacular Tralee Bay Nature Reserve from Tralee to the Maharee Islands.   

Where to Stay » Hotels

Fota Island Resort5 Star

Fota Island Cork , T45 HX62   21 2373302

Fota Island Resort provides the perfect place to staycation in the beautiful East Cork Countryside. Enjoy a luxury break away where you will receive the warmest of welcomes in...

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The Montenotte Hotel4 Star

Middle Glanmire Road Cork City , T23E9DX   021 4530050

  Built within the former 18th Century residence of a Merchant Prince, The Montenotte is now a modern 4-star boutique hotel with an eclectic vibe and strong sense of...

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Castlerosse Park Resort4 Star

Lakes of Killarney Killarney , Co Kerry   064 6631144

The Castlerosse Park Resort is the perfect place to relax and chill out. This Killarney hotel is beautifully situated on the shores of the Lakes of Killarney, just 2km from...

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Scotts Hotel Killarney4 Star

Town Centre Scotts Street , Killarney, Co Kerry   064 6631060

If you are looking for a break away, look no further than Scotts Hotel in Killarney, which has everything you need to make your break special, no matter what kind of experience...

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Derrynane House & National Historic Park

Caherdaniel Co Kerry ,    66 9475113

Immerse yourself in Derrynane; breath–taking coastal retreat of Daniel O’Connell ‘The Liberator’ Derrynane House, the family home of Daniel...

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Great Southern Killarney4 Star

Town Centre Killarney , Co Kerry   064 6638000

From our distinctive Victorian architecture, to our effortless service and genuine hospitality, Great Southern Killarney has been a favourite retreat in Killarney since...

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What to Do » Visitor Attractions

Doneraile House and Estate

Doneraile Co Cork ,    22 24771

A cultural landmark in the heart of North Cork. Located in County Cork, Doneraile Court was the home of the St Leger family from 1645 until 1969 when it came into State...

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Crawford Art Gallery

Emmet Place Cork , T12 TNE6   021 4805042

Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The collection comprises almost 4,000 works, ranging from...

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Where to Stay » Self Catering

Sheen Falls Country Club

Kenmare Co Kerry ,    

Sheen Falls Country Club offer two different styles of self-catering: The Courtyard Houses and Mountain View Houses. The Courtyard Houses The...

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The Ashe Hotel Tralee4 Star

Maine Street , Tralee   066 7106300

Ideally located, tucked away in the heart of the vibrant and historic town of Tralee, the award winning Ashe Hotel is perfectly positioned for a Kerry break. Located on the...

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