Kerry – Top Attractions
Skellig Kerry boasts some of the most incredible scenery and landscapes of Ireland. While holidaying in Ireland, visiting Kerry is a must. The Kingdom is home to some of Irelands most breath-taking attractions and is also home to the famous Ring of Kerry route. Why not take a look at some of Kerry’s must see attractions;
The Skellig Islands are located 8 miles off the Irish Coast. Skellig Michael Cruises operate from April to October providing visitors the a chance to witness the sheer beauty of these islands up-close. Skellig Michael Landing Tours run from May to September allowing visitors the opportunity to climb the 618 steps of the monastic site founded in the 6th century by St. Fionan. monks left the island in the 13th century and it became a place of pilgrimage. The Skellig Islands are renowned for their incredible birdlife and for hosting the famous Puffin which arrives at Skellig Michael in late Spring. The smaller of the two islands, Sceilig Beag (Little Skellig) is home to over 23,000 pairs of gannets. Book your boat trip here.
Formed over 400 million years ago, standing over 100ft above the Wild Atlantic, the Kerry Cliffs as the most spectacular cliffs in Kerry. The Kerry Cliffs are the closest viewing point to the Skellig Islands the famous Puffin Island. Relax and unwind and observe the majestic views from here which reach out for 30 miles of the surrounding areas. Located just off the Skellig Ring in Portmagee, the cliffs are a short 10 minute walk from the entrance.
The Ring of Kerry
A 177km drive around the Ring of Kerry is sure to provide you with the most spectacular views capturing the coast of Kerrys largest peninsula, the Iveragh Peninsula. It is advised to drive anti-clockwise on this route. A few of the many highlights of this route include Molls Gap with views over Irelands highest mountain range, the McGillycuddy Reeks and the Black Valley. Ladies View capturing the beautiful lakes of Killarney. We also recommend taking a detour from Cahersiveen. The detour will bring you to the beautiful Valentia Island which has some incredible viewing points and attractions. These include The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre, Valentia Lighthouse, Geokaun Mountain and so much more. From here you can continue on the Skellig Ring offering more incredible views which will direct you back onto the Ring of Kerry.
Skellig Chocolate Factory
Located in Ballinskelligs along the Skellig Ring, The Skellig Chocolate Factory is another must do during your time in Kerry. This is an actual working factory with the only “open plan” chocolate production facility in Ireland. Visitors can observe the chocolate being made and sample delicious free tasters in the factory shop. Visitors will then have the opportunity to purchase some tasty treats with a wide variety of flavours to choose from. The factory opens from February to October.
Geokaun Mountain is the highest point on Valentia Island at 266 metres. At the top of the mountain you have a fantastic 360° panoramic view over the Skelligs, the Blasket Islands and Dingle Bay. Halfway to the summit, a trail branches off to Fogher Cliffs forming the edge between this mountain and the Atlantic. Visitors have the option of walking or driving to the peak. The pathway takes visitors to four incredible viewing areas; the Miner’s view, the Shepherd’s view and Carraig na Circe, as well as the peaks. Positioned along the cliffs are fifty large information plaques detailing a number of social and historical information about Valentia Island and its surroundings, as well as covering local mythology, fauna and geography of the area.