Top things to do

Top Choice 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.…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Bistro in Kenmare

Boathouse Bistro

At the water's edge, this 1870s boathouse 4.5km west of Kenmare has been stunningly converted to a beach-house-style blue-and-white bistro specialising in local seafood delivered daily to its own wharf. Expertly coo…
Top Choice Gardens in Ring of Kerry

Kells Bay House & Gardens

Opened in 1837 as a hunting lodge, this magnificent estate sprawls over 17 hectares incorporating a waterfall, beach and six different gardens, ranging from palms to a primeval fern forest with dinosaurs carved from…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Waterville

Smuggler's Inn

At this diamond find near Waterville Golf Links, owner and chef Henry Hunt's gourmet creations incorporate fresh seafood and locally farmed poultry and meat, followed by artistic desserts (including homemade ice cre…
Top Choice Seafood in Killorglin

Jacks' Coastguard Restaurant

A door at the back of this village pub, housed in an 1886 coastguard station, leads to a striking contemporary restaurant with picture windows looking out across Castlemaine harbour to the Kerry hills. Seafood, such…
Top Choice Irish in Kenmare

Tom Crean Fish & Wine

Named for Kerry's pioneering Antarctic explorer, and run by his granddaughter, this venerable restaurant uses only the best of local organic produce, cheeses and fresh seafood. Sneem lobster is available in season, …
Top Choice Seafood in Cahersiveen

QCs Seafood Restaurant & Bar

QCs is a modern take on a classic pub and as such is open pub hours for pints and craic. But some of the finest food on the Ring pours forth, particularly locally sourced seafood from its own fishing fleet, such as …
Ruins in Cahersiveen

Ring Forts

Some 3km northwest of Cahersiveen, two extraordinary stone ring forts situated 600m apart are reached from a shared parking area. Cahergal, the larger and more impressive, dates from the 10th century and has stairwa…
Bar in Portmagee

Bridge Bar

The focus of Portmagee's village life is the raspberry-coloured Bridge Bar, a local gathering point that hosts traditional Irish music and set dancing sessions every Friday and Sunday year-round; plus Tuesdays in Ju…