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Kerry – One of the most scenic areas in Ireland

Although Kerry is considered one of the most scenic areas in Ireland, it has a somewhat troubled past. The late 16th century saw the Siege of Smerwick, in which a 600 Italian, Spanish and Irish Papal force were besieged by English forces and massacred. In 1602, during the Nine Years War, the O’Sullivan Beare clan castle at Dunboy was besieged and taken by English, forcing Donal O’Sullivan Beare to march the clan’s members and dependents to the north of Ireland. Due to poor weather conditions and hostile forces, only a few of the 1,000 O’Sullivans reached their destination.

Kerry was later affected by the Irish Rebellion of 1641. Donagh McCarthy, 1st Viscount Muskerry held the county during the Irish Confederate Wars and his forces were some of the last to surrender to the conquest of Ireland by Cromwell in 1652. Ross Castle near Killarney was the last stronghold to fall.

Kerry was also badly affected by the Great Irish Famine of 1845–49 and numerous conflicts in the 20th century.

Reasons to visit Kerry

Apart from the beautiful scenery (Kerry is one of the most mountainous regions of Ireland) there are many other attractions, such as: Carrauntoohil (the highest peak in Ireland), Eightercua (a Megalithic tomb), The Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House (built in 1843), The Ring of Kerry (a tourist trail), Ross Castle (built in the 15th century and the ancestral home of the O’Donoghue clan), The Uragh Stone Circle (a neolithic stone circle near Gleninchaquin Park, Tuosist) and the Dingle Peninsula, among others.

Entertainment and Dining in Kerry

You can find theatres, cinemas, festivals and night clubs in Kerry, and a good selection of pubs and restaurants like Treyvaud’s Restaurant in Killarney, or the Norris Restaurant inTralee.

Accommodation in Kerry

There are some nice holiday cottages to be found in Kerry, along with Guest Houses, B&Bs and camping sites. There are more than 100 hotels to choose from, including the Killarney Riverside Hotel (5 minutes walk from Killarney centre), or theKillarneyRandlesCourtHotel(with panoramic views of the mountains).