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Best of County Kerry

For a taste of iconic Ireland, County Kerry has surf-pounded sea cliffs, emerald-green farmland and wild countryside. Also try out our day-trip guide to the Gap of Dunloe, travelling by bike, boat or horse-drawn cart.
Killarney National Park
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW AND RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CATHERINE LE NEVEZ. PHOTOGRAPHS: NICHOLAS KIPOURAX PAQUET/GETTY IMAGES, JOE DUNCKLEY/SHUTTERSTOCK

SIGHTS

Dunbeg Fort

(dunbegfort.com; Kilvickadownig)

The Iron Age promontory fortification is perched atop a sheer sea cliff about 4 miles southwest of Ventry. The fort has four outer walls; inside are the remains of a house and a clochan (beehive hut), as well as an underground passage.

Killarney National Park

(killarneynationalpark.ie; Killarney)

IInside Killarney's 25,280-acre national park are beautiful Lough Leane (the Lower Lake or 'Lake of Learning'), Muckross Lake and the Upper Lake, as well as the Mangerton, Torc, Shehy and Purple Mountains. Areas of oak and yew woodland stretch for miles. This is wonderful walking and biking country.

Ring Forts

(Ballycarbery)

One mile northwest of Cahersiveen, two extraordinary stone ring forts situated 600m apart are reached from a shared parking area. Cahergal, the larger and more impressive, dates from the 10th century and has stairways on t he inside walls, a clochan, and the remains of a roundhouse. The smaller, 9th century Leacanabuile contains the outlines of four houses.

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