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County Kerry, in Southwest Ireland, is regarded as perhaps the most scenic county in Ireland and is certainly the most renowned for its scenery. It holds most of Ireland's highest mountains (including the highest, Carrauntuohill), its most westerly fringes and holds a special place in Irish culture. It became a popular tourist attraction in the 19th century and is still very popular today, despite considerable rainfall. In some places the tourist pressure has arguably had a mixed effect but in general the county is friendly and relaxed as well as beautiful.
English is the most spoken language however, in certain parts of Kerry Irish is the living language in Dingle and various other parts which is spoken up to 70%.
There is the small international Kerry Airport at Farranfore, between Tralee and Killarney. It is served by Ryanair, Aer Arann, and summer charters and has regularly scheduled flights to Dublin, London Stansted, London Luton, Manchester, Lorient and Frankfurt Hahn. However, Kerry is easily connected to Cork Airport, which serves more destinations, and also Shannon Airport near by. (Flights to USA, Canada and the rest of Europe, including Paris CDG.)
There is a regular rail service to Killarney, Farranfore and Tralee from Dublin and Cork and there are connections from all stations in Ireland. See the Irish Rail website for timetables
If coming from Clare or Galway there is a car ferry across the Shannon estuary between Killimer (Clare) and Tarbert (Kerry) which can save driving and is a scenic route. It departs hourly all year-round and every half hour in Summer from both sides. The ferry crosses the mouth of the river Shannon as it enters the Atlantic and dolphins are commonly seen from the ferry
Bus Eireann runs regular bus services to and within Kerry. See the Bus Eireann website
There are numerous major and local car rental companies that have locations in County Kerry. Most will have rental desks in Kerry airport Killarney town or both.
The Ring of Kerry is the best known area of natural beauty in Ireland. It is a 120 mile circuit around the Iveragh Peninsula in south Kerry passing through Killarney, Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Caherciveen, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare.
Watch a game of Gaelic football. This is Ireland's national game. It is the dominant sport in Kerry and the county team has won more All-Ireland Senior Football Championships than any other.
Puffin stew (local speciality)
As anywhere else in Ireland, there are many bed and breakfasts (B&B) in Kerry and around the Ring of Kerry. They are all priced about the same, which is 35 euro per person during the summer.