Blennerville Windmill (c.1800) is the largest working windmill in Ireland and Great Britain and is the focal point of a major visitor and craft complex. The visitor centre comprises of the working windmill, audio-visual theatre, exhibition centre, craft workshop and workshop overlooking the windmill. Open from April to October 10am to 6pm. Tel. (066) 21064.
The Kerry County Museum is housed in one of Tralee's finest buildings, the Ash Memorial Hall. It presents the history and archaeology of Kerry in a very exciting way. It shows artefacts in their real context with the aid of audio-visual media. The most exciting part is the Time Car that takes you back several centuries through the streets of mediaeval Tralee. Open mid March to December from 10 am to 6 p.m. Tel. (066) 27777.
The Jeanie Johnson visitor Shipyard will introduce visitors to traditional shipbuilding with lots of displays on the development of timber ships and the historical background to Irish emigration.
Tel (066) 27777.
Steam Railway, the Tralee - Blennerville section of the world famous Tralee & Dingle railway has been restored and you can now take a ride from Blennerville Windmill to a station near the Aqua Dome. The passenger carriages are fitted out in a traditional style and there is an exclusive range of mementos on board. Open from May to October 11am to5.30 p.m. Tel (066) 21064.
Tralee Aqua Dome is Irelands biggest indoor waterworld. It has many features including a 90-metre river, a large wave pool, whirlpool spas, and gushers, geysers bubble seats, fountains and water cannons. On the outside it has a distinctive glass dome which dominates the skyline. Open all year from 10 am to 10 p.m. June, July & August. Tel. (066) 7129150.
Town Park where the Ashe Memorial hall is situated on. The beautiful landscaped lawns with a children's playground and recreational amenities for adults. The roses look spectacular when in full bloom in August.
Greyhound Stadium is a new ultra modern greyhound stadium in luxurious surroundings. It is the place to go for a fun night out, great food and excitement. Open every Tuesday & Friday at 8 p.m. & also Saturday during the summer months.
A Day in the Bog;
A Day In The Bog is located half way between Listowel & Tralee on the N69.You can stroll around the thatched cottage, learn how blanket bogs were formed, how people cut the turf, wander around the garden or go and see the pet's corner. You can also have a cup of tea in front of a turf open fire. There is a great session of Irish music every Friday night. Open March to October from 10am to 6pm.
Ratoo Round Tower;
Ratoo Round Tower located near the village of Ballyduff. This 28 metre high round tower or bell tower is one of the finest in Ireland and the only surviving one in Kerry. It dates from the 10th or the 11th century. There are also the relics of an almost obliterated monastery and a 15th century church of little interest.
Crag Cave is located on the Abbeyfeale side of Castleisland. This exciting showcave with 4 km of surveyed caves of which 350 metres is open to the public. It is a colourful wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites. Over a million years old, it is formed in limestone and it is abundantly decorated with calcite forms, which are superbly lit with, synchronised sound system. The centre has also got a gift shop & restaurant with home cooking. Open all year from 8.am. To 6 p.m. Tel (061) 397130.Open daily from March to October from 10am to 6pm Tel. (066) 41244.
Killarney is the most famous of Irish places of beauty and one of the most famous for spectacular scenery in the world. When one visits Killarney you will return home feeling refreshed and lots of beautiful memories.
Muckross House & Gardens & Traditional Farms.
Muckross House built in 1843 is a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Irelands leading stately homes. The fine, elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyle of the landed gentry, while below stairs are revealed the working conditions of the servants. The gardens at Muckross are famed world wide for their beauty especially their fine collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, and extensive water garden. The traditional farm represents the lifestyle of the rural community during the 1930s.There are 3 separate working farms with animals poultry, traditional farm machinery and the tools that our grandparents used to carry out their daily tasks just as our forebears did. Note this is not a museum, it is a real life farm. Open all year.
Ross Castle was built in the1420s, this was the last castle to fall to the Cromwellian forces during the wars of 1652.Guided tours of the now restored castle are most interesting.
The jaunting car is a beautiful and exciting way to see Muckross House and gardens. You can also take this horse -drawn 'sidecars' to Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle. Other attractions in Killarney are the Transport Museum with an excellent range of transport artefacts from the 18th century.
Cruises are an ideal way to view the National Park and the lakes of Killarney Phone. (064) 31068.
Killarney's Model Railway
is the world's largest indoor model railway. Open 7 days Tel. (064) 34000.
is most spectacular after a lot of rain and you will also get a fabulous view of the lakes.
is a place where you can park your car in a large carpark and look down over Killarney's lakes and mountains for a real pictorial view.
Kate Kearneys Cottage
called after a girl that ran an illegal drinking house in the mid1800s. It is set at the entrance to one of the most beautiful glaciated valleys in Western Europe, the Gap of Dunloe. It now has a full bar licence and a huge range of souvenirs and gifts.
Aghadoe round tower
and monastery dating from 566A.D.You will also see a very good Romanesque doorway, ogham stone and crucifixion carving in the church.
Ross Castle was beautifully restored and is worth a visit. You can also take a trip by open boat to Inisfallen and Watercoach tours to Lough Lein.
The MacGillycuddy Reeks are the mountain range where you will find the highest peak in Ireland, Corran Tuathail.
Ring Of Kerry;
Ring Of Kerry is Irelands most famous tours. The tour is mostly taken anti-clockwise where spectacular views await you. The circuit takes in Killorglin, Glenbeig, Caherciveen, Waterville, Sneem, and Kenmare and Killarney town. Glenbeigh is very busy in summer because of its beautiful beach and its famous golf course at Dooks. Caherciveen is the birthplace of Daniel O' Connell in 1775, the great justice seeker and parliamentarian and later known as the Liberator. Also popular for the magnificent police barracks that was to be built in India and the plans got mixed up and it was built in Caherciveen. In Waterville you will see a monument of Charlie Chaplin who was a regular visitor to the area. Sneem has won many awards for its beauty and neatness and is a very colourful village. Kenmare is a charming, picturesque town nestled among the Caha Mountains. It has an excellent reputation for its cuisine, and fresh seafood is served in most restaurants. Kenmare has also got a stone circle, a suspension bridge constructed in 1840,Cromwells Bridge and a pier.
The Dingle Peninsula;
The Dingle Peninsula is best known the world over for its magnificent scenery, Fungie the dolphin, and the most archaeological sites in Ireland. The best way to see the archaeological sites is to take a bus tour with Sciuird Tours in Dingle town, and get the history on all the best sites. Dingle was the setting for such films as Ryan's Daughter and Far and Away. It's also known for its sandy beaches, the Blasket Islands, and the famous Gallarous Oratory.
The Blasket Centre in Dun Chaoin boasts of state of the art multi-media and has exhibits on sections of weather and seasons. Open Easter to September 10am to 6pm. Tel (066) 9156444
The Enchanted Forest is a fairy tale museum full of fantasy, fun and friendly bears, is a paradise for children and adults alike. They have created a miniature landscape for each season, complete with trees, mountains, caves, real waterfalls, lake and even a model railway. Open March to October 11am to 6pm. Tel. (066) 9156234.
The Dingle Dolphin or Fungie, the name given to him by the local fishermen. Fungie is a fully-grown male bottlenose dolphin. There are boat rides every hour to the harbour mouth to observe Fungie clearing the water to great heights and catching fish. He is very friendly, particularly with females.
Chorca Dhuibhne Museum, located in Ballyferriter, displays a rich geology, flora, and archaeological heritage of the area. Open during the summer months from 10am to 5.30 p.m. Phone (066) 9156333
Dingle Oceanworld is a state of the art aquarium overlooking Dingle Harbour and Marina. It is a purpose built sea life centre and sanctuary for rare fish. Visitors can walk through an undersea tunnel see the fish deep under. You will also see artefacts from the Spanish armada. It has also got a cafeteria and a gift shop. Open all year from 10am to 5.30 p.m. And it's open until 8pm in July and august Tel. (066) 9152111.
County Clare is only 25 minutes away from The Tides Guesthouse , Ballybunion, by taking the Tarbert drive on drive off car ferry. County Clare has an abundance of visual riches from the river Shannon, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren region, Aillwee Cave, Doolin, and beautiful beaches.
The Burren is Irelands ecological treasure. The name Burren comes from the Irish name meaning stony place. Its formation has lain unspoilt since the ice age and is composed of karstic limestone, the largest area of such in Western Europe.
Cliffs of Moher are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland. They are located 3 miles from Doolin and are 700 feet high. The cliffs are almost vertical and their shear height from the top into the Atlantic is fascinating and is a haven for birds and the view is fantastic. The visitors centre and O' Briens Tower are open all year round and you will get a lovely view of the Aran Islands from the tower.
Doolin is best known for its traditional music and is the closest mainland port serving the Aran Islands. The ferry will take you across to the Aran Islands in 30 minutes and there are several crossings daily during the summer.
Aillwee Cave located 4 miles from Ballyvaughanis Irelands premier showcave where they will take you on a guided tour to an underground surprise, a cave of beauty. They extend into the Burrens underworld through the beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall. Open daily from 10am to6.30 p.m. Tel. (065) 7077036.
Poulnabrone Dolmen or portal tomb, this area has some of the finest archaeological megalithic tombs in Western Europe. There are more than 60 wedge tombs in this area and lots of ring forts and stone castles. The Poulnabrone dolmen is one of the most photographed of all dolmens. Lahinch is a famous holiday centre in Ireland as it has a beautiful beach and an excellent golf course. Lahinch has also got a seaworld and leisure centre comprising of a 25-metre pool, children's pool, a Jacuzzi and a sauna.
Kilkee has a well-deserved reputation, as been one of the safest blue flag beaches for bathing in Ireland. Kilkee has also got a Waterworld, and an18 hole golf course.