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The Knot in the Ring of Kerry

Kerry Geopark

The South Kerry region has been identified as one of the most significant geological regions in Europe. It represents the westernmost extension of the Amorican or Hercynian mountain building epoch where over 5 km thickness of sandstone were folded and contorted into a range of high mountains. These were weathered down over the ensuing hundreds of millions of years but sculpturing by the Pleistocene Ice Age has left us with a pristine glacial landscape.
As well as the manifestation of the glacial landscape, all of the human history and the culture we see today are a consequence of this unique landscape which has unique geological features, e.g. the Tetrapod trackway of Valentia.
The challenge is how to use such resources to effectively market the area in order to stimulate more sustainable tourism.