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The historic village of Tarbert is shaped like a T and is picturesquely situated on the Shannon estuary. It acts as a north gateway to the Kingdom of Kerry and, through its Tarbert/Killimer car ferry service, it also acts as a bridge between the southwest and the west of Ireland.


Tarbert Bridewell was a courthouse and a jail back in the 1930’s. It is a magnificent stone building built around 1831. The Bridewell is a chilling reminder of the intolerant judicial regime of impoverished 19th century Ireland. Courtroom drama and genuine settings make for a vivid experience. The fine for drunkenness was two shillings, but the penalty for sheep stealing was exile to Australia. There is also a room devoted to Charles McCreevy, a renowned poet and writer who was born in Tarbert.

The town is also the location of the 1690’s residence of the Leslie family. A heritage house recognised by Irish and European authorities, it is preserved in its original form with furniture and pictures from the 17th century. Notable visitors have included Benjamin Franklin, who visited Sir Edward Leslie after 1776, Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill, Charlotte Bronte, Daniel O’Connell and Dean Jonathan Swift.

The John F. Leslie Woodland Walk overlooks Tarbert Bay. The walk is 6.1km and takes approximately 1 hour. The flora of the woods is ever changing and every season is a beauty in itself. There is a great variety of birds and butterflies to be seen in the woods and along the bay.

The Cuckoo Walking Festival is held in May and is very popular. Tarbert is situated on the N69 coast road from Tralee to Limerick. It is located 17km from Listowel, 62km from Kerry Airport and 77km from Shannon Airport.

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