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Hidden Gems in County Kerry
Kerry is home to a wide variety of places to visit, many of which are off the beaten track and hidden away from large touristy crowds. This summer, why not explore some of the hidden gems of Kerry? You’ll soon understand why it is called the Kingdom! Kerry’s gorgeous coastline and picturesque scenery are hard to beat. Here at Kerry GAA, we have created a list of 3 places worth visiting. So, what are you waiting for?
Glanteenassig is ideal for any outdoor enthusiast, as it has over 450 hectares of woodland, mountain, and lakes to visit. It is nestled in a valley in the Slieve Mish mountains, a landscape which takes your breath away. To get to the Glanteenassig Woods, you must travel off the beaten track and travel up the valley. There is an abundance of streams, lakes, waterfalls, and cliffs to explore which you can find through a variety of walks. At certain points along the way you can also spot the Brandon and Tralee Bay as well as the Maharees. Also, don’t forget to take a picnic with you! There is a selection of picnic areas dotted around the area which should be enjoyed.
Some say that the Nuns Beach Ballybunion is the most spectacular beach in North Kerry, not just because of its location but because of its beauty. The waves of the Atlantic have carved the rock into a horse-shoe shaped cove. This hidden beach can be found just north of the Ballybunion Castle, under an old convent. The Nuns Beach Ballybunion is part of a scenic cliff walk which also includes the Nine Daughters’ Hole. The beach itself is only accessible by boat, or down the side of the cliff with assistance of a fixed rope handrail. Mind your step!
The Geokaun Mountain is located on Valentia Island. It has stunning views across the Dingle Bay, the Kerry Mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can either walk or drive to the summit, meaning that it is accessible for all, giving them the chance to take in the beautiful views. There are several short walking trails as well as cliff viewing decks, where you can take plenty of photos. There are also over 50 information panels spread around, which cover local history, wildlife, sea birds, and Irish mythology. Make sure you don’t miss these!
Do any of these hidden gem’s sound like they are worth visiting? Whether you are travelling alone or visiting the Kingdom with family and friends, we think these places are worth a stop. And, if you enjoy your time in County Kerry, then why not enter the draw to Win a House in Killarney with Kerry GAA? For €100 you could win a stunning new build, A-rated, 3-bedroom house, superbly located just off the Park Road in Killarney, Co Kerry.