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Kerry Short Stay Family Adventures



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With its legendary lakes, picture-postcard landscape and majestic craggy coastline, Kerry is the perfect destination in which to reconnect with family and loved ones.

Embark on a Hawk Walk, kayak across the pristine lakes or visit an ancient island in one of Ireland's most beautiful counties. You'll soon discover why it's called The Kingdom. 

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Fun-filled Family Days in Killarney

The quaint and buzzing town of Killarney makes an excellent base for exploring Kerry. You could easily spend a couple of days here, enjoying outdoor adventures and family fun. 

Hike or Bike in Killarney National Park

Set against the magnificent MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Killarney National Park is a staggering 26,000 acres of picturesque parkland enjoyed by walkers, hikers and anyone craving some unspoilt nature. Tell animal-loving kids to keep their eyes peeled for the largest herd of native red deer in Ireland, which are often spotted roaming freely. Look out for otters, Peregrine falcons, Pygmy Shrews and Sika deer as you explore. 

Cyclists can also enjoy the park's many routeways and Electric Bikes are your best friend when navigating this hilly expanse, taking the slog out of the cycle and allowing you to really enjoy the magnificent surroundings. The team at Killarney Rent A Bike can advise on the best routes around the park for kids and offer tag-a-longs and trailers as well as children's bikes.

 
 

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A Hawk Walk with Falconry Kerry

Become a falconer for the day at Falconry Kerry, just outside Killarney. The traditional working farm allows lucky visitors to bond with free-flying hawks as they come swooping down from the trees and settle on your outstretched hand. Take a leisurely stroll through the pretty meadows past Kerry's imposing mountain ranges and get photobombed by friendly owls as you join in with feeding time. 

Muckross House & Traditional Farms

While you're visiting the National Park, step back in time at Muckross House's Traditional Farms. Take the circular trail through three separate working farms, complete with animals, traditional furnishings and machinery, each one inspiring your little ones' imaginations and transporting the whole family back to 1930s and 1940s Ireland. 

Torc Waterfall 

Just ten minutes from Muckross House, Torc Waterfall is at its most animated after rainfall. Park up and take the short 300m walk to the falls, or trek further upwards for a higher vantage point and bonus views over Middle Lake. 

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Kayak Across the Lakes of Killarney

Nothing quite prepares you for the natural beauty of Killarney's Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and the Upper Lake; it's literally breathtaking. Kayaking across these legendary lakes with Mór Active is the most invigorating way to experience them. Travel to Innisfallen Island to discover its rich history, or paddle your way to Ross Castle, enjoying plenty of family fun on the water along the way.  

Fresh Fish at Killarney's Quinlan's Seafood Bar

After your day on the water, stop off at Killarney's famous Quinlan's Seafood Bar, where you'll enjoy fresh hake, cod, haddock and whiting straight off their boat. Have yours battered or pan-fried using the restaurant's special recipe and teamed with freshly cut chips of course. If you fancy a picnic, ask for a takeaway and head back to the National Park, a few minutes' walk away.  

Murphy's Ice Cream

Dessert is sorted with Murphy's Ice Cream now available at their Killarney branch. World-renowned, but made in nearby Dingle, Murphy's most famous flavours include Irish Brown Bread and Sea Salt (made with salt from local waters) — the perfect treat after some epic exploring.  

Kennedy's Pet Farm and Activity Centre

Just a 10-minute drive from town, Kennedy's Pet Farm and Playground is a family-run centre with lots of pets ready to be cuddled, fed and befriended. The kids' new pals will include pigs and their piglets, calves, lambs, goats and kids, donkeys with their foals, rabbits, ducklings and even a peacock. The farm also has an indoor playground, making it a fantastic option for those rainy days. 

 
 

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If you've time to spare in County Kerry

 

Drive the Ring of Kerry

This scenic 179km loop takes you around the whole Iveragh Peninsula past rugged coastline and rural villages like Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh before returning to Killarney. While you're exploring the Ring of Kerry, you can stop off at major attractions including the Gap of Dunloe, Ladies View and view the magnificent Skelligs.

 

Horse Riding at Rossbeigh Beach

Moving west along the coast, Rossbeigh Beach is a 40-minute drive from Killarney. Book in with Burkes Beach Riding and feel the wind in your hair as you gallop along the seven-mile-long Blue Flag beach with the Atlantic roaring by your side. They have adventures to suit all levels of experience and ability and, if you have smaller children, you can choose a gentle stroll around their farm too. 

 

Take the Boat to VIEW Skellig Michael

A captivating, rocky island with an abandoned 7th century Christian monastery atop, Skellig Michael is now world-famous thanks to featuring on the Star Wars franchise The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi movies. While the Skellig Michael UNESCO World Heritage Site will not open to visitors in 2020, you can still take a boat trip to see the island (trips are seasonal and sea condition dependant — may the force and weather be with you!).

Wherever you plan to go in Kerry, be sure to contact individual attractions and businesses in advance to confirm they're ready to welcome visitors again. Because our changed world means a new focus on public protection, social distancing and safe travel measures will be essential everywhere — as explained in the new nationwide COVID-19 Safety Charter.
 
Whether you pack lots in or explore Kerry at a leisurely pace, with so much on offer, you can always extend your stay in The Kingdom. While you were staying safe at home, Kerry has been waiting for you — ready to provide the perfect escape, the ideal landscape for a long-awaited break away.

After you make your escape in Kerry, it's time to start thinking about what you'll explore next on the Wild Atlantic Way. Want to go further afield? Find out more about how to make a break for other regions of our amazing island...

 

IRELAND HAS NEVER FELT BIGGER

It's finally time to pack your bags and make your escape


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