Rustic, wild and breathtaking-- the South West is the gateway to the island’s most scenic areas.
For most visitors, counties Cork and Kerry are the essence of Ireland and renowned for their outstanding beauty. Winding country roads, craggy coastlines & meandering inlets make this area postcard perfect!
Affectionately known as 'The Kingdom', County Kerry not only has some of the most iconic scenery in Ireland--rich farmlands in the north and astonishingly beautiful mountains and peninsulas in the south, but also an enormous number of ancient Celtic sites.
County Kerry’s Dingle is the peninsula’s biggest town—a cosmopolitan and festive-rich hotspot with acclaimed seafood restaurants (like Doyle’s Seafood or The Global Village) and traditional “grocery pub” (like Foxy John’s) —where you can buy everything from a pair of Wellies or a bucket to a pint (which is always Guinness in Ireland!). The charming town is a gateway to the historic Slea Head Drive to Coumeenole, a fantastic sweep of beach bounded by craggy rocks overlooking the uninhabited Blasket Islands.
Ireland’s largest county, County Cork, has an extraordinary variety of landscapes—rich farmlands in the east to the beautiful coastline in the west. Towns and villages in this large county each have their own unique characteristics.
Steeped in history and the self proclaimed “Food Capital of Ireland”, Cork city is the second largest city in Ireland. Like Venice, this walkable city is built upon water with the city center on an island in the River Lee.
A few region highlights:
Ring of Kerry
Titanic Museum (Cobh)