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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

Clonakilty Park Hotel3 Star

Park Road Clonakilty , P85 RD23   023 8836400

Clonakilty Park Hotel is located in the heart of Clonakilty. It is an ideal base for touring the West Cork region which is blessed with some of Ireland’s most spectacular...

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The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments3 Star

Muckross Road Killarney , Co Kerry   064 6671550

Celebrate a Golden Years Break with us here in the Gleneagle Hotel. Enjoy a 2 Night Midweek Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in beautiful Killarney, an ideal location for...

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Parknasilla Resort & Spa4 Star

Sneem Co Kerry , V93 EK71   064 6675600

For years, ‘Parknasilla’ has been synonymous with four-star, luxury accommodation and first-class holiday experiences. Nestled in the breath-taking Kerry...

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Oriel House Hotel4 Star

Ballincollig Cork ,    021 4208400

At Oriel House Hotel Cork there are 99 luxury guestrooms, all with space, style & sophistication. All of our rooms are decorated to the highest standards and...

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Killarney Royal Hotel4 Star

College Street Killarney , Co Kerry   64 6631853

Killarney’s most central & charming boutique hotel.  Killarney Royal is a proudly independent, family run property located in the heart of Killarney Town. The...

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Castlemartyr Resort5 Star

Castlemartyr Co Cork , P25 X300   21 4219150

Nestled amid East Cork’s woodlands, the luxury 5-Star Castlemartyr Resort is a destination richly steeped in Irish history and tradition. Situated on 220 acres,...

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The Kingsley Hotel & Spa4 Star

Victoria Cross Cork , T12 P680   21 4800500

An oasis in the heart of Cork, The Kingsley Hotel & Spa has everything you will need for a relaxing escape. Set in a stylish and distinctive location on the banks of...

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Manor West Hotel & Leisure Centre4 Star

Tralee Co Kerry ,    066 7194500

Located within Kerry’s largest retail park just outside the town of Tralee and a 15 minute drive from Kerry Airport, the award winning Manor West Hotel and Leisure Centre...

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Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa Tralee4 Star

Leebrook Tralee , Co Kerry   066 7123322

Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa, run by the McGillicuddy family since 1958, has established itself as one of Irelands leading hotels. This charming four star property is located...

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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Co Cork ,    021 4385252

Situated 8 km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for it’s stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word...

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