Ok, so if you know anything about hiking or cycling in Ireland you’ve heard of The Kerry Way. This majestic region is the perfect blend of remote nature and bustling towns. If you’ve not visited Kerry you’re missing out on some incredible ‘craic’, delicious pints and friendly locals.
This year the ‘Reeks District’ in Kerry was named as one of the top 6 places on Earth to visit in 2019 by Rough Guides. To celebrate this we’re going to leave the food, drink and nightlife behind for this blog. Let’s focus on the natural beauty of The Kerry Way.
5 reasons why we love the Kerry Way
We have to start with Macgillycuddys Reeks. This has been a famous tourist destination for generations due to its natural beauty. This mountain range stretches 190 kilometres from the wonderful gap of Dungloe. Enjoy wonderful views and unrivalled beauty.
Killarney National Park
Muckross House, a spellbinding 19th-century mansion, is the focal point of Killarney National Park. The Park itself is absolutely massive. It spans 26, 000 acres and the landscape here is diverse. There is open green land, wooded areas, lakes and waterfalls to explore. Immerse yourself in flora and fauna galore. The red deer here are majestic.
This may be cheating a bit as we have already mentioned Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, but Carrauntoohil deserves a section of its own. This mountain in the Reeks is the tallest in Ireland. A wooden cross of some sort has stood at the peak since the 1950s. If you manage to make it to the summit don’t forget your camera!
Are you a Star Wars fan? Part of Star Wars film Episode VII “The Force Awakens” was shot on Skellig Michael a tiny Island off the coast of Kerry. Take a day trip out to The island as part of The Kerry Way. We promise you’ve never seen a rock structure quite like this one. Don’t forget to say hello to the native puffins as they bound in and out of mini caves off the shore.
There’s little more satisfying on a long hike than coming across a blue flag beach. It’s a chance to relax and gather your thoughts, rest your limbs and maybe even go for a dip! Just outside Glenbeigh, you will find the stunning Rossbeigh Beach. You’ll see all sorts of activities here from horse riding to water sports.
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