Ireland’s south-west is a green and wonderful place that everyone should visit at least once in their lives...
County Kerry is found in the south-west of the Republic of Ireland and is famed for its spectacular rugged scenery and multitude of things to do and see. The greatest attraction of this beautiful area is the long and majestic coastline, which is made up of a series of peninsulas stretching into large bays and gives a wild and untamed feel to the land.
Driving is the best way to get around in this region so car hire in Kerry will help you to see all that the county has to offer. Be sure to pack your walking boots as the terrain and scenery make for some fantastic hikes. Explore the area by taking a drive around the Ring of Kerry or the Ring of Beara and take in the stunning scenery. Then head over to Killarney, the main town in the area, where you can marvel at the beautiful lakes and perhaps take a tour of the historic Ross Castle.
If you are a little more active then take a drive across to Macgillycuddy's Reeks, the highest mountain in Ireland, and hire a horse and trap or a bike to explore the famed Gap of Dunloe. Another great road trip would be over to the Dingle Peninsula, which has an array of fantastic seafood restaurants as well as the majestic Mount Brandon and also offers you the chance to meet the local celebrity, Fundie the dolphin! Whatever you decide to do in Kerry, you're sure to enjoy driving through the glorious landscape dotted with lovely villages.
If you're flying into Kerry, you'll be using Kerry International Airport (KIR) at Farranfore, where there are plenty of Kerry car hire companies for you to choose from. You can pick up your pre-booked vehicle from the airport, or a convenient location elsewhere in the county.
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There’s plenty to see and do in Kerry. From the relative hustle and bustle of the county town of Tralee to the serenity of the surrounding countryside...
With Tralee at its centre, the untouched countryside of County Kerry sprawls in all directions and offers a vast selection of delights for any visitor. Car hire in Kerry is a must if you want to unveil the riches that await anyone prepared to hit the open road.
Skellig Michael is often high on the priority list for those who visit Kerry. After a drive to the coast, you can access this ancient and mysterious religious site by boat. It’s a bit of a trek around the ruins of Skelligs Rock, but the nearby island of Valentia has an easy-to-access visitor centre.
The beautiful Blue Flag sands of Derryanne Bay offer much gentler exercise for those who enjoy lounging on the sand or simply walking by the shore. This is considered to be one of the best beaches in south-west Ireland.
For a visual treat, head for the small but colourful town of Kenmare, which sits in an attractive bay between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and the Caha Mountains. Each house is brightly coloured and the views out over Kenmare Bay will warm the heart on even the coldest of days.
Take advantage of Kerry car rental by making the trip to Ross Castle – it’s only a 30-minute drive south of Tralee. This was once the fortified home of an Irish chieftain by the name of O’Donoghue Ross. From here, you can also visit Lough Leane and Innisfallen Island.