To Do & See in Kerry

Kerry is by far the most beautiful and scenic of the counties of Ireland. Here are some ideas for things to do and see along the magnificent Ring of Kerry:

View of Derrynane Beach from The Kerry Way

Walking and Hiking

County Kerry offers great walking trails for anyone who loves walking and hiking, including the famous Kerry Way. If you wish to hire a walking guide please contact Fergal for a unique walking experience.

Storytelling Festival

The annual Sneem Storytelling & Folklore Festival takes place every November. Join in with workshops, a pub trail, storytelling walk, concerts and much more. Find out more here

Eclipse Activity Centre

Eclipse Ireland is an Outdoor & Activity Centre on the Ring of Kerry. Amongst the fab activities are mud-surfing, horseriding, kayaking, mountainbiking, archery and coasteering.
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Sneem on the Ring of Kerry is well-known for the good fishing areas, both sea fishing and freshwater fishing. Among the species awaiting the angler are wrasse, Pollack, conger, shark, mackerel and ling. Contact Kerry Experience Tours for a tailor-made fishing holiday that includes deep-sea fishing trips, accommodation, and airport transfers.

Sneem Family Festival

The 5 day fun filled Sneem Family Festival takes places every July. Join in with or just watch….. Obstacle Run, Pig Racing, Weight Throwing, Fancy Dress, Fishing, Busking, Treasure Hunt, Tennis Ball Race, Pet Shows, Live Music, Craft Market, Farm Skills, Football blitz, Pig Racing, Laughter Yoga, Barbecue, and much more.Visit Family Festival website

St Patricks Day

Celebrate St Patricks Day, 17th of March, in Sneem and enjoy all the festivities. The Sneem St. Patrick’s Day Parade is well known in a wide area, as well as the Street Market with both local products and stands from all over Ireland. Join in on the celebrations at the Sneem St. Patrick’s Day Festival such as guided walks and Live Music at night!

Horse riding

Ride out in one of the most beautiful and scenic areas, through woodlands and along sandy beaches. There are plenty of approved trekking and riding centres offering everything from novice riding on quiet beaches to cross country expeditions. The Ring of Kerry is a haven for the horse riding enthusiast.

Seafari Kenmare

Seafari Kenmare is a 2-3 hour fun, eco-nature, seal & eagle watching cruise on the Kenmare Bay. You will see birds from the open sea, forest birds, and fresh water birds. You might also spot shore-side wildlife such as otters and foxes and maybe even a deer. This educational cruise is suitable for all ages.
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Kissane Sheep Farm

Kissane Sheep Farm is a traditional working sheep farm with approx. 1,000 sheep and lambs living on 3,000 acres of mountainous land. Family activities at the farm: Sheepdog & sheep shearing demonstrations, cuddle & bottle feed the pet lambs, enjoy a marked mountain walk, puzzle walk and treasure trail. Visit Kissane Sheepfarm website

Kells Bay Gardens

These Gardens are known locally as the ‘Jewel on the Ring’. Kells Bay Gardens overlook the dramatic views of Dingle Bay and contain a large collection of sub-tropical plants. Visit the Palm and Succulent Garden and the Bamboo Glade, and walk the River Walk, the Cliff walk and the Bog walk. Visit Kells Gardens website

Outdoor Activities

The Ring of Kerry offers outdoor activities and adventure for all, including, walking, cycling, mountaineering, bird watching, horse riding, fishing, golf, diving, kayaking, sailing.


This seaside village is steeped in history and offers great attractions including a magnificent golf links, sea-trout fishing in nearby Lough Currane and great local walks including the Kerry Way. Charlie Chapling, famous for his work in the silent movie era, was a regular visitor in Waterville. Each August the town hosts the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival.


Kenmare is an elegant 17th century market town. This welcoming, lively place buzzes with 5 star hotels and chic spas, B&Bs, smart restaurants, arty shops, cosy cafes and dozens of friendly pubs with live traditional music sessions. Great walks including the Kerry Way.


The village of Sneem offers a wonderful selection of cosy pubs, restaurants and gift shops. It is the perfect place to relax and wind down after a busy day! The famous Kerry Way, a paradise for walkers, runs through the village. Other activities include  fishing, cycling and horse riding. The village of Sneem is a treasure trove of international sculpture.

Beaches in Kerry

Beaches in Kerry are some of the finest and unspoiled beaches in the world. Derrynane Beach is an extensive sandy beach in proximity to a National Heritage area.The beach at Carroll’s Cove has Ireland’s only Beach Bar! Rossbeigh Beach is a designated national heritage area with important habitat and flora and fauna.

Forts and Castles in Kerry

Along the Ring of Kerry you’ll find many forts and castles and other remains of ancient times. The imposing Staigue fort near Castlecove is about 2,500 years old and is one of the finest examples of a Stone fort in Ireland.

Valentia Island

Valentia Island has a real “old world charm” and spectacular scenery. The Knights of Kerry, who once lived here, left a rich legacy of unique architecture. Geokaun Mountain on the Island, is one of the “Discovery Points” on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Derrynane National Park

Derrynane National Park near Caherdaniel is one of the most alluring locations in Ireland. The area offers glorious beaches, subtropical gardens, rugged shore lines and mountains. A visit to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O Connell, one of Ireland’s leading historical figures and known by the nation as the Great Liberator, is not to be missed. More info

Skellig Islands

From Derrynane & Portmagee you can join a boattrip to the beautiful Skellig Islands, a World Heritage Site. The early monastery on Skellig Michael consists of 6 beehive huts, 2 oratories and a church. En route to the islands you will meet the seabirds of Skellig such as gannets & puffins. Phone 00353 87 6898431 email:

Killarney National Park

The Killarney National Park is an area of outstanding beauty with the lakes surrounded by mountains and woodlands. The National Park is the perfect base for walking, cycling, a boattrip on the lakes, or a trip with one of the Jaunting Cars. Worth visiting are Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, Dinis Cottage and Muckross House & Gardens.