Located down in the southwest of the Republic of Ireland you will find the stunning County Kerry. The majority of tourists come here to drive around and experience the Ring of Kerry. You can do this on a bus from Killarney on a day tour with a company, or you can hire a car and drive it yourself allowing you more time to see and experience the sights. The other peninsula in the area that is popular for driving is the Dingle Peninsula. Each of these will take at least a day to complete or more. Some have a preference towards the Dingle Peninsula over the Ring of Kerry saying the scenery is more stunning in the previous. But you can try both and make your own mind up!
Killarney is the major city here and you will find most of the hostels for the area here. Book in advance or you may find yourself without a hostel, especially in high season. Most of the hostels are very basic and some a little run down. However you will find some hostels around the Ring of Kerry in different towns along your way if you choose to stay on the ring overnight.
Right out of Killarney is the Killarney National Park, the best rated attraction to see in the area. From here you can start your drive down into the park and visit the Ross Castle, Muckross House, and Muckross Abbey. Or stop at the Torc Waterfall or take a hike up to the top of Torc Mountain. Continue on to Ladies View over the valley and stop off and take some photos here and of the Leprechaun's Crossing.
Make your way down through to Kenmare for lunch. The town has a cute main strip with some pubs along the way that serve great foods. Continue driving along the tiny, winding roads through to the south tip to see the Skelligs. In the summer seasons you can take a boat out to visit them. Valentia Island is also a nice stop along your way as you continue the ring. The north road has some really nice beaches to visit at Kells or Glenbeigh. And then it is back to Killarney.
If you have a full day to do so, one of the locals' favourite things to see and do in this area is to hike the Gap of Dunloe. It will take a while to drive here and the hike can take up to four or five hours. Make sure you are equipped with gear for all kinds of weather if you choose to hike this.
Along the Dingle Peninsula, most hostels are found in the quaint town of Dingle. When driving around the Wild Atlantic Way, check out the view points at Slea Head and take a ferry over to the Blasket Islands.
Whatever it is that you choose to see and do here, there is more than you will get through in a couple of days. You can take it as fast or slow as you choose, but the County Kerry is definitely worth a visit on your trip to Ireland. The scenery hands down amazing! Budget between fifteen to twenty euro a night for your hostel.
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I visited Black Valley on my honeymoon and it is a fantastic place - real magic!!
Killarney's a good base for the Ring of Kerry, however it is the hugest tourist trap I've ever seen. Worse then Disneyworld. I suggest you visit any small town within the country and rub elbows with the farmers to experience the "real" Ireland.
I think that Ballinskelligs is the most beautiful place that I have seen and the people are so nice and friendly lovely place to have a holiday when you get the weather!
I love Tralee. It is very cute. A lovely, calm, and quiet town.