Take a private tour of Ireland and discover Kerry, the Kingdom County. It is located in the south-west of Ireland in the province of Munster and has a medley of Ireland’s most stunning vistas. Kerry in the Irish language is “Ciarraí” but in more ancient times was referred to as “Ciarraige” which means the “people of Ciar”, a tribe who resided there and the Legendary founder of this tribe was Ciar. This is just a small part of the ancient history that Ireland has to offer.
It is the 5th largest county in Ireland and is bordered by Limerick and Cork. Although Tralee is the main town in Kerry, Killarney is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Ireland. Nearby, the Dingle Peninsula, which is the most westerly point of Ireland, offers tremendous scenery from various vantage points and an unforgettable vacation in Ireland.
The Dingle Peninsula is the most northern point of the key peninsulas in County Kerry at Dunmore Head but is considered the most westerly point in Ireland and possibly Europe too. It is known as “Corca Dhuibhne” in the Irish language which means “tribe of Duibhne”, the residence of the area. The entire area is steeped is history, mythology and Irish culture.
Dingle town sits on the Atlantic coast of Ireland and is remarkably close to Tralee and Killarney. It is situated in a “Gaelacht” which means it is an Irish speaking region of Ireland.
The hub of town is Dingle Harbour, which offers some of the most incredible panoramas in Ireland and to truly appreciate its beauty, we would highly recommend a boat journey. If you are lucky, you may even have the pleasure of encountering Dingle Harbours’ most celebrated 20-year inhabitant, Fungi the dolphin.
Of similar beauty and interest is Slea Head, which has one of the most requested sightseeing destinations and film settings, Dunquinn Beach. Movie enthusiasts will be able to walk in the foot steps of film stars and see exactly where the legendary movie, Ryan’s Daughter, was captured. Your personal Irish chauffeur can show you the spectacular views nearby but none so impressive as the views overlooking the Blasket Islands.
The Blasket Islands are a group of intriguing islands off the west coast of Ireland which were inhabited by a completely Irish-speaking natives until 1953. A number of books have been written about these fascinating islands and include famous Irish authors such as Peig Sayers: ‘Peig’ and Thomás Ó Criomhthain: ‘The Islandman’.
On a private tours of Ireland itinerary, our Ireland Driver Guides will take you on a mesmerizing & enthralling excursion through the Conor’s Pass Mountains which is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland. It rises to 456 meters high and connects Dingle with Brandon Bay and Castlegregory.
Inch Beach is a spectacular vista that spans 5 kms of magnificent Kerry landscape. It is also ideal for surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and hand-gliding enthusiasts. It is just one of many beaches in Kerry and has a blue flag to represent the quality and cleanliness of beaches we always see in Ireland.
The famine cottages are located in Slea Head and are an incredible example of traditional Irish construction techniques from the early 19th century. They were constructed using mud and stone and usually consisted of two rooms and a loft or mezzanine. The mezzanine was accessed using a ladder. The most remarkable feature of these cottages in their prime was their thatched roofs. In 1860, the Earl of Cork renovated the cottages and replaced the thatched roofs with slate.
The cottages are accompanied by outhouses known in Irish as “Tig na mBá” (cow houses) and “An Stábla” (stables) which were built in 1880. The farm animals were housed in these out buildings during the colder months but you may be surprised to hear that the owners of the cottages kept their farm animals inside the cottages until the household increased. There is a fascinating beehive hut to the rear of the house which was used to house pigs and from which derives the name “Puicín na muice” (pig’s house).
Today the famine cottages are used for working sheepdog performances which are truly entertaining to watch. It takes incredible skill and training on the part of the farmer to gather and control all the sheep movements.
Speaking of huts, the Dun Beg Beehive Huts are an incredible way to spend time in Kerry.
A most unique destination, that we enjoy showing, year-in-year-out, is the promontory fort (1000 BC approx), Dun Beag Fort. Although its exact build date is unknown, it is thought to have been built around the same time as blockhouse forts in Scotland in the Iron age and is resident to the remarkable Bee Hive Huts.
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