Cork, Kerry and Southwest Ireland

Killarney - Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Gap of Dunloe © Tourism Ireland
Killarney – Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Gap of Dunloe © Tourism Ireland

Cork & Southwest - Kerry and Limerick

County Cork, located in the Southwest, is the southernmost and largest county in Ireland. Its spectacular coastline, ancient castles, historic sites, fabulous food, and fun outdoor activities make it one of Ireland’s top destinations. 


Fun Cork attractions include: historic Blarney Castle (be sure to kiss its famous “Blarney Stone”), old churches, fun wildlife parks and a must-see indoor-covered English Market (fun for foodies). West Cork is reputed to be one of Ireland’s top gourmet spots. Visit the quaint fishing villages of Schull and Skibbereen. Tour Dun na Sead Castle, Mizen Head and West Cork Model Railway Village. Fun summer events include “A Taste of West Cork” Food Festival and the Ballydehob Jazz Festival. Famous for its natural beauty, ancient castles and historic sites, the South of Ireland encompasses the picturesque counties of Cork, Kerry, and Limerick. County Kerry is home to several of Ireland’s most popular destinations, including Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Gap of Donloe, Ross Castle, and the Ring of Kerry. It’s also home to some of Ireland’s best spas, so be sure to pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment.

Dingle Bay & Dingle Peninsula

The beautiful Dingle Peninsula is located on the southwest coast of County Kerry. One of the most picturesque destinations in Ireland. Dingle Bay makes a great day trip from Cork or Killarney.

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. Its circular tour route offers visitors some of the most spectacular landscapes and stunning coastline along Ireland’s southwest coast.

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The Best Time To Visit Cork, Kerry and Southwest Ireland

Cork, Kerry and Southwest Ireland has a moderate year-round climate. May-August are the most popular times to visit. Peak tourist season is June-August, so expect crowds. September-October are good times for avoiding the crowds. November-February can be rainy and cold. You may want to pack an umbrella and a light windbreaker jacket, whenever you’re planning to visit. 

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