Top 6 Hidden Gems & Villages to Visit on Your Tour of Kerry, Ireland

Planning a tour of Kerry on your next trip in Ireland

While the Ring of Kerry is undoubtedly a popular tourist route, venturing off the beaten path will lead you to extraordinary places many travellers overlook –  Kerry offers a plethora of things to do for all travellers alike. In this article, we will unveil the top six hidden gems and villages in Kerry, Ireland, that deserve a spot on your itinerary. So, let’s dive in and discover the treasures that await you.

1. Kerry Bog Village

Nestled amidst the serene countryside of Kerry, the Kerry Bog Village is a living museum that offers a glimpse into Ireland’s past. As you step into this unique attraction, you’ll be transported back in time to the 18th and 19th centuries. The village showcases authentic thatched cottages furnished with period furniture and provides a fascinating insight into the daily lives of the people who once inhabited these dwellings. Explore the bog village and learn about traditional crafts, such as basket weaving and bog oak sculpture. Immerse yourself in the rustic charm of this hidden gem and gain a deeper understanding of Ireland’s cultural heritage.

2. Cahersiveen

Cahersiveen is a charming town that offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Explore the historic sites, such as Ballycarbery Castle and Cahergall Stone Fort. Stroll through the streets adorned with colourful buildings and visit local shops offering unique crafts and souvenirs. For outdoor enthusiasts, Cahersiveen provides easy access to hiking trails, where you can witness breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and coastline. Don’t forget to indulge in the local cuisine and experience the warm hospitality of the locals.

3. Waterville

Found on the southwest coast of Kerry, Waterville is a coastal village that has attracted many famous personalities over the years, including Charlie Chaplin and Tiger Woods. Known for its stunning beaches and world-class golf courses, Waterville is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Tee off at one of the renowned golf courses set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Engage in watersports like fishing, kayaking, and surfing, or simply relax on the golden sandy beaches. As you explore Waterville, you’ll be captivated by its natural beauty and the tranquil ambience it offers.

4. Coomakista Pass

Prepare to be enchanted as you traverse the scenic Coomakista Pass. This awe-inspiring route between Sneem and Waterville offers panoramic views of the mountains, lakes, and coastline. As you wind your way through the pass, be sure to stop at designated viewpoints and capture the breathtaking landscapes with your camera. Coomakista Pass also offers several hiking trails, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding nature. 

5. Sneem

Located on the shores of Kenmare Bay, Sneem is a picturesque village that exudes charm and tranquillity. The colourful buildings that line the streets add a vibrant touch to this hidden gem. Take a leisurely stroll and explore the craft shops, where you’ll find unique handmade items and local artwork. If you’re seeking adventure, Sneem offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, and fishing. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls this area home, and savour the serenity of this delightful village.

6. Killarney National Park

No visit to Kerry would be complete without experiencing the magnificent Killarney National Park. Covering over 100 square kilometres, the park is a haven for nature enthusiasts and offers a diverse range of landscapes. Embark on a hike through lush forests, where you’ll encounter cascading waterfalls, pristine lakes, and ancient ruins. Rent a bike and explore the park’s extensive network of cycling trails, or take a boat ride on the enchanting lakes of Killarney. Wildlife lovers will be thrilled to spot red deer, eagles, and other species inhabiting the park. 

Discover the Best Places to Visit in Kerry with a Private Guided Ring of Kerry Tour by Killarney Executive Tours

An essential part of any visit to the Emerald Isle is a tour of the world-famous Ring of Kerry. And when it comes to experiencing the stunning landscapes, rich history, and local charm, there’s no better way than with Killarney Executive Tours. Hop aboard our luxury mid-sized coach and embark on a 180km circuit of County Kerry, where our experienced guides will take you on a journey through Ireland’s beauty. To book your Kerry tour, please contact us at +353 (0) 85 121 6359 or email deirdre@killarneytour.com.