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Kerry Gold is a continuing series of articles of County Kerry Ireland. From genuine people, like you and me, who have travelled, toured and stayed in County Kerry. I call these articles: Kerry Gold.

Kerry is blessed with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, genuine warmth of welcome and wealth of unique living tradition, making it a world-class visitor attraction.

Kerry Goldis designed to smooth your path into the Kingdom and point you to the places and events and people that have made County Kerry a place visitors return to again and again.

So, enough said, lets read Kerry Gold Articles visitors have experienced about County Kerry Ireland.

KENMARE: Stone Circle: “Magic Circles” (From a Galway tourist)

The stone circle is located within walking distance of the main village of Kenmare (approx 5 minutes walk). It is signposted so it should be easy for you to find. There is minimal entrance fee. Constructed centuries ago, the stone circle has a number of large stones surrounding a centre alter and so was used as a place of worship. You can still feel the magic of the place and understand why they picked that location; it has a beautiful mountain backdrop. After you have seen it you can go for a coffee and a treat in jam, a fab little coffee shop on the main street. Really enjoyed Kenmare. Well worth a visit.

Killarney: Torc Waterfall: “Tors to the Lake Hotel” (From a Scottish tourist)

A great walk from Torc Waterfall through the Killarney National Park and finish up with a nice glass of Guinness at the Devil’s Punchbowl Bar at the Lake Hotel.

Dingle: Dingle Peninsula: The Mainstay: “Not in the guidebooks but an awesome place to stay” (From a tourist in Seattle)

I discovered the Mainstay in March 2004 while travelling in Ireland. The hostel I wanted to stay in was not open and the owner referred me to the Mainstay. At the time I was the only guest in the entire place, which amazed me because it was really great. The owners went all out to be hospitable, friendly and provide an amazing experience. The rooms were very comfortable and had all the comforts of a traditional hotel room. One stand out feature was the amazing breakfasts served every day. Travellers should definitely consider this as it’s close to everything in Dingle.

The Aqua Dome In Tralee "A great place for the kids"

From a visitor from Manchester England

The Aqua Dome in Tralee is a great place to visit for all the family. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it and had great fun on all the slides. I managed to get half an hour in the “Adults” only sauna suite, which was very relaxing, and of a high standard. Duration of stay was unlimited so it ended up very good value as we stayed there for nearly three hours. I believe it gets busy in July and August but outside of this is quiet with no queues. Kids also enjoyed remote control area; I wanted to try out the mini golf but did not have time, although it looked very good. Other enjoyable things to do in Tralee are a night at the Greyhound track, the Museum and the Pubs. All in all a great place to visit-Lovely people.

Captain’s House B&B Dingle,

from a holiday couple from Glasgow, Scotland

Firstly, we visited on a Saturday, during Bank Holiday Weekend in August 2004. The place was mad and most pubs had bouncers on the door later on.

Any holiday resort in the UK is the same with groups of drunken youngsters partying throughout the day and night, so we couldn’t really make a fair comment on Dingle.

OK, the positive points for “The Captain’s House” are:

OWNERS: Mary is a very happy and friendly host and always seems to be on hand to help.

CLEANLINESS: The place was spotless.

LOCATION: Very central to all the action but on a quieter side street, but unfortunately there are no parking spaces nearby.

GARDEN: Pretty place to sit and read or enjoy the sunshine.

COST: At 90 Euro this was the cheapest place we stayed in on our trip to Cork & Kerry.

However on the negative side:

ROOMS: Our room (no7) was on the second floor overlooking the garden (so far so good) but had barely a double-sized bed and not much room around it (it wasn’t possible to open either wardrobe or ensuite doors fully) which made us feel cramped rather than cosy.

ENSUITE: This was purely functional, but at 6ft 5ins the shower was rather compact!

NOISE: Noise was by far and away the biggest problem. The street noise was quite loud as the partying carried on at the funfair until about 5am. We could hear one room on the toilet, the other side was snoring so loudly we had about 2 hours sleep and the guests above arrived home at 2.30 and then sp[ent 45 minutes making more noise.

To sum up, if you are a seasoned B&B`er who sleeps well then this place would be spot on.

However, if you like large quiet rooms with a luxurious feel then Dingle may not be the place for you.


AN CONAIR: More of a locals pub with cheaper drinks and a few tables on a lawn out back.

ADAMS: A touristy bar with quite a pleasant feel

DICK MACKS: Fun themed place in the old “hardware shop & Bar style with locals singing and tourists made welcome.


DOYLES: Bustling restaurant with great service and fab food. Started with Duo of Pates (Foie Gras Parfait & Smoked Salmon Mousse) and sublime Salmon Carpaccio.

Main courses were Lobster and Poached Salmon (although underdone in the Tuna Steak style) with a great bottle of Pouilly Fume at 110 Euro.

Dingle, O`Flaherty`s Pub From A Visitor from Kailua Kona Hawaii.

If you’re looking for traditional Irish music this is the pub to go to! Great music and lots of friendly locals.

Dingle, Skellig Hotel From a visitor of County Antrim.

I arrived for two nights and stayed four. Breathtaking from the entrance doors to the Spa. Thanks for making it all possible in Dingle. The No1 hotel and the No1 Town go together. Already planning my next trip and 3 or 4 winter bargains. Meals where top class and the staff was 1st class. Felt like a millionaire from the moment I arrived till I left. Thanks to all the team down there and the boss who put it all together.

Ballybunion: Ballybunion Golf Hotel: "Excellent Hotel next to Ballybunion Golf Club" From A San Marcus Visitor.

We recently stayed 2 nights at The 19th Lodge and couldn’t have been more pleased with the place. Mary Beasley (The owner and the cook, receptionist etc she does it all!) treated us like we were family. She is extremely gracious and helpful with anything you might need. The deluxe rooms are well worth it, they were the biggest rooms and bathrooms we had throughout our 2 weeks stay in Ireland. It was very comfortable, quiet and relaxing. The breakfasts are wonderful! I would definitely stay here again if ever I get back to Ballybunion.

Killarney: Best Western International Hotel. European Charm And A Great Location From a Visitor of White Plains New York USA

I stayed at this hotel with my family last September. I thought it was very nice, very well run, with a lot of European charm, an old world feel, and loads of beautiful flower boxes outside.

The location was terrific with shops and restaurants all around, a beautiful park directly across the street, as well as very close proximity to pick up tour busses for the Ring Of Kerry tour.

The room was a good size with a very large bathroom.

My only complaint was that it did tend to be a bit noisy due to thin walls.

I could hear the noise in the street, and other doors in the hotel banging open and closed which bothered me when all I wanted to do after having arrived was to have a nap.

I must say the staff was very accommodating and moved me twice, however it didn’t seem to help.

It’s noteworthy that I was the only one in my party that was really bothered by the noise, and the following night I slept soundly.

The free breakfast was absolutely fabulous. I can still taste the delicious oatmeal.

Bottom line, I would stay there again.

For a beautiful dinner with a stunning view and amazing atmosphere you must go to The Lake Hotel.

They were kind enough to make dinner reservations for us at the front desk. It topped off a fabulous stay in Killarney.

Dingle, Dingle Peninsula: Celtic and Prehistoric Museum: “Best museum in Ireland” A visitor from Oakland, California.

On a whim, my wife, 3 kids and myself stopped in at this museum. We all considered it to be the most bizarre and best thing we saw on our whole trip around Ireland!

This place has everything; the largest Woolly Mammoth skull and tusks in the whole world, a large and beautiful Celtic jewellery collection, stone age bronze age fossils, etc.

The gift shop also sells fossils antiques and weird/cool stuff that we didn’t see anywhere else. The guy who runs the place is also a real character, ask to see his goat Sally.

Killorglin: Caragh Lodge: Wonderful Hosts at an Elegant Country Home.” A visito from Los Angeles, California.

This was our favourite place to stay, due in no small measure to the graciousness of our hosts, Mary and Graham.

We arrived at the lodge the night before the European Soccer Final.

There were no televisions in the rooms at the lodge so we inquired where we could watch the final in the Town.

The next morning Mary came to our table and invited us to join them and their guests (Graham was celebrating his 60th birthday during our stay) in the den to watch the final.

They made us feel at home. The food is fabulous, with no detail too small to be overlooked.

The setting is beautiful with well-kept gardens.

The lodge is also ideally located and Mary is full of touring suggestions.

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