Welcome to North Kerry

Banna near Ardfert. ©Holiday Tralee @ Copyright Ardfert Cathedral Blennerville Windmill

North Kerry – rural bliss, stunning beaches, famous links, historical icons,  family fun & the literary giants!

It is only when visitors to North Kerry wonder at our countryside and lifestyle, stop to reflect  on what we have. Idyllic country lanes, vibrant communities, fascinating heritage towns, golden beaches,  famous links courses, literary feats and storytelling of North Kerry locals. For planning your route just follow the link to AA Roadwatch.

Arriving to Kerry through Tarbert sets the scene! The Killimer ferry offers you the opportunity to dolphin watch en-route s to Dingle to see their greatest resident Fungi the dolphin. Heading towards Listowel, see Moyvane’s Nature Trail and Village Walk. Listowel is the “Literary Capital of Ireland”. Famous writers  John B. Keane, Bryan McMahon and George Fitzmaurice are the foundation stones for Listowel Writer’s Week. A designated Heritage Town, Listowel displays wonderful architecture on the Heritage Trail. Take in the “Big Bridge” and the “Garden of Europe” that contains more than 2,500 trees and shrubs.

Heading towards Ballybunion, enjoy the rural countryside of North Kerry passing through Lisselton. Stop at the Thatch Bar and fill up on ancient  knowledge from people who have been there all their lives. Enjoy great food  while you travel. Or you can take the coast road from Tarbert, and you can visit Ballylongford, birthplace of one of Ireland’s finest poets, Brendan Kennelly. 

Carrigafoyle Castle, a listed National Monument is on Carrigafoyle Island. Built between 1490 and 1500, has a 104 step spiral staircase that visitors can climb. Standing 30 meters high, it has stunning views from its battlements.

Ballybunion is a great seaside town. Blue Flag beaches, seaweed baths, buckets and spades, sandcastles, picnics, periwinkles, cotton candy and blue Atlantic waves with sea breezes full of salty air. Not forgetting the Bromore Cliffs, their beauty is a great sight.  Along with the magnificant beaches and cliff's Ballybunion has one of the most popular golf course's ranking in the top 10 most visited every year. If you're looking for a guided walking tour or a cycle around the town and surrounding area then see the EcoTrek  people. The man behind it Danny Houlihan is a man with knowledge and history of Ballybunion and North Kerry. 

Enjoy Ballyduff, a village successful in both Gaelic football and hurling. Near Rattoo, is a 28 meter high round tower. It's the only complete round tower in Kerry and it dates from the late 10th century.

"An Tóchar", Causeway, is Irish for “the road”. The village was founded by a group of settled travellers on an ancient Celtic road. The road originated in Ballyheigue and ended in Tara, seat of the High-Kings of Ireland. Take time for the gorgeous circular drive around the Kerry Head Peninsula with panoramas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Dingle Peninsula and Clare coast.

Ballyheigue village has miles of beach and is overlooked by the ruins of a castle built in 1812. It is the site of Ballyheigue’s scenic 9 hole Golf Club. With stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Ballyheigue is popular with swimmers and walkers.

Banna Strand extends from Ballyheigue Beach at the Black Rock to Barrow Beach. Its sand dune rise up to 40 feet.

Ardfert parish includes Ardfert and Kilmoyley. Ardfert grew up around the ancient church of St. Brendan, Ardfert Cathedral. Founded in the 6th Century, it is now a National Monument and hosts an Interpretive Center. The Ardfert Friary is a National Monument founded in 1253. This little village was once the capital of the county. On the northern shores of Tralee Bay, lies Fenit,  Europe’s most westerly commercial port. The harbor is important for fishing and its 136-berth marina adds a leisurely atmosphere to the village with its  view of Tralee Bay. and Fenit Castle. Fenit Castle is a tower house  built in the 16th century to protect the entrance to Barrow Harbour. Tralee Golf Club, the famous Arnold Palmer designed course is across the straits of Barrow Harbour.

North of Tralee and on the north side of the Shannow river, Kilflynn is part of the parish of Abbeydorney. Places to visit are St Columba’s Heritage Centre, Kilflynn; St. Bernard’s Church, Abbeydorney; St Mary’s Church, Kilflynn; and the old railway station in Abbeydorney.

Lixnaw was once the seat of the Earls of Kerry and one of its descendants, Lord Lansdowne became British Prime Minister in 1782. Visit the Korean War Memorial, St. Michael’s Church and the Holy Wells of St Michael and St Senan.

Halfway between Listowel and Castleisland, the heather clad hills of Lyreacrompane lie in the Stacks Mountains. Explore its country roads and for hikers, the new Loop Walk is magical and full of character. Tralee offers indoor and outdoor attractions and activities and there is something for all the family making it a real family friendly place to be.  For a rural market town Tralee offers amazing shopping with boutiques, bookshops, antiques and craft shops tucked away in old lanes and new arcades. From the Christmas lights to the Rose of Tralee Festival, there is a buzz all year round.The North Kerry Way stretches from Tralee to Tarbert taking in the coastline of North Kerry.

Blennerville has been an important lynchpin connecting east and west by the Tralee and Dingle Light Railway (1891 – 1953) and the Jeanie Johnston emigrant ship. The Tralee & Dingle Light Railway was one of the world’s most famous narrow gauge railways and the Jeannie Johnston emigrant ship was built here carrying over 2,500 emigrants to a new life in the USA with no crew or passengers lost. Visit its famous windmill. This unique 201-year-old restored windmill has an  exhibition of Irish milling history and working millstones. A selection of exhibitions on the region is also shown here.




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