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Historic Site in Skellig Islands

Skellig Michael

The jagged, 217m-high rock of Skellig Michael (Archangel Michael's Rock; like St Michael's Mount in Cornwall and Mont St Michel in Normandy) is the larger of the two Skellig Islands and a Unesco World Heritage site.…
Historic Site in Caherdaniel

Derrynane National Historic Park

Derrynane House was the home of Maurice 'Hunting Cap' O'Connell, a notorious local smuggler who grew rich on trade with France and Spain. He was the uncle of Daniel O'Connell, the 19th-century campaigner for Catholi…
Historic Building in Killarney National Park

Muckross House

This impressive Victorian mansion is crammed with fascinating objects (seventy per cent of the contents are original). Portraits by John Singer Sargent adorn the walls alongside trophy stags heads and giant stuffed …
Archaeological Site in Slea Head

Reask Monastic Site

The remains of this 5th- or 6th-century monastic settlement are one of the peninsula's more evocative archaeological sites, with low stone walls among close-cropped turf and drifts of white daisies revealing the out…
Museum in Tralee

Kerry County Museum

An absolute treat, Kerry's county museum has excellent interpretive displays on Irish historical events and trends, with an emphasis on County Kerry. The Medieval Experience re-creates life (smells and all) in Trale…
Ruins in Killarney National Park

Muckross Abbey

This well-preserved ruin (actually a friary, though everyone calls it an abbey) was founded in 1448 and burned by Cromwell's troops in 1652. There's a square-towered church and a small, atmospheric cloister with a g…
Nature Reserve in Tralee

Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre

A 15-minute nature safari boat ride is the highlight of a visit to Tralee's wetlands centre. You can also get a good overview of the reserve's 3000 hectares, encompassing saltwater and freshwater habitats, from the …
Park in Killarney National Park

Knockreer House & Gardens

Killarney House, built for the Earl of Kenmare in the 1870s, burned down in 1913; the present Knockreer House was built on the same site in 1958 and is now home to a national park education centre. It isn't open to …
Church in Slea Head

Kilmalkedar Church

Nestled in a beautiful setting with sweeping views over Smerwick Harbour, Kilmalkedar is the most important Christian site on the Dingle Peninsula. Built in the 12th century on the site of a 7th-century monastery fo…
Historic Site in Slea Head

Gallarus Oratory

Gallarus Oratory is one of Ireland's most beautiful ancient buildings, its smoothly constructed dry-stone walls in the shape of an upturned boat. It has stood in this lonely spot beneath the brown hills for some 120…