Kerry is a beautiful place but not generally known for its hot weather. Luckily, you can always enjoy any sunshine at Killarney’s Holiday Village, with its inviting courtyard seating. This summer has shown just how tropical the Kingdom can seem when the sun shines down, and here are the places we recommend if it all gets a bit too hot for you:
Of course, we’re biased, but we think the best beaches in the country (maybe even the world) are in Kerry. From Inch, Castlegregory, and Derrynane in the south of the county to Banna, Ballyheigue, and Ballybunion further north, you are never far from a golden stretch of pure, clean sand in Kerry. Slap on the sunscreen, swim only where it’s safe, and enjoy your day on a Kerry beach!
We all scream for all ice cream when the temperatures rise, so it’s good to know you don’t have to rely on the local freezer aisle for your cool treat. Just up the road from Killarney’s Holiday Village, in the town centre, you’ll find Murphy’s and Mac’s of Main Street and the Killarney Ice Cream shop on High Street. Yum.
From hiring a boat on Killarney’s lakes to joining one of the Funghi tours in Dingle Harbour, there’s nothing like getting out on the water for a cooling day out. Go to Ross Castle in Killarney and you can head out to the monastic island of Inisfallen, travel the entire length of the Lakes of Killarney or hop on the waterbus. You can also join trips from the boathouse in front of Muckross House to Dinis Cottage.
There’s nothing like paddling your own canoe, and you’ll find venues galore to go kayaking in Kerry. There are several kayak operators on Loch Lein in Killarney, and you will also find excellent opportunities at the Cappanalea Outdoor Adventure Centre near Caragh Lake, as well as orienteering, rock climbing, and windsurfing. For sea kayaking, try Irish Adventures in Dingle, Wild Water Adventures around Kerry Head, and Derrynane Sea Sports on the Wild Atlantic Way.