Co. Kerry, traditionally known as the 'Kingdom' is situated in the far south-west of Ireland. The county has a beautiful coast with sandy beaches in contrast to cliffs and rocky headlands. Kerry is home to Ireland's highest mountain - Carrauntoohill 1,039m and also has numerous Blue Flag beaches. Two of the main towns in Co. Kerry are Tralee and Killarney. Tralee is famous for hosting the Internationally renowned 'Rose of Tralee' festival each August, which is followed by six-day race meeting at the Ballybeggan course. Blennerville Windmill is also located in Tralee and is credited as the largest working windmill in Ireland. The Windmill dates back to approximately 1780 and guided tours are available. If you wish to explore the archaeology and history of the area further then a visit to the Kerry County Museum is ideal. The museum chronicles the history of the area from the earliest time right through to the present day.
In Killarney you will find The Killarney National Park, renowned for its natural beauty and scientific interest. The Park is home to several lakes, waterfalls and hiking trails. The town of Killarney is also a great base for sporting enthusiasts with opportunities for angling, golf, orienteering and various water sports.
For more information on Kerry County Museum, including opening hours, visit www.kerrymuseum.ie.
Hiring a car in Killarney provides you with the opportunity to explore the surrounding area at your own pace. It is a great way to explore the beautiful countryside, including the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Dingle has plenty to offer, including Dingle Oceanworld, a state-of-the-art aquarium located near Dingle harbour. For more information on Dingle Oceanworld, including entrance fees and opening hours, visit www.dingle-oceanworld.ie.
Also to be found in Dingle is Fungi the Dolphin. Fungi first appeared to guide fishermen back into Dingle harbour in 1984. He has become extremely friendly and can often be seen around the harbour. Boat trips to the dolphin are available, as is the hire of wet suits for swimming with him!
For more information on tourism, entertainment, history, culture and much more in the Dingle Peninsula visit www.dodingle.com.
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