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Top Choice Museum in Valentia Island

Valentia Island Heritage Centre

Housed in the old school on the road towards Geokaun Mountain, this is one of those wonderful local museums, a treasure trove of artefacts that tell the tale of the island's history more eloquently than any textbook…
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, all served in modern, low-key surround…
Top Choice Seafood in Ring of Kerry

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 is th…
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…
Museum in Kenmare

Kenmare Heritage Centre

Kenmare's old courthouse is home to an exhibition telling the history of the town from its origins as Neidín (the little nest), through its establishment as a market town by the Marquis of Lansdowne to the founding …
Ruins in Skellig Ring

Ballinskelligs Priory & Bay

The sea and salty air are eating away at the atmospheric ruins of this medieval priory, a monastic settlement that was probably built by the Skellig Michael monks after they fled their isolated outpost in the 12th c…
Museum in Ring of Kerry

Old Barracks Heritage Centre

Established in response to the Fenian Rising of 1867, the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks at Caherciveen were built in an eccentric Bavarian-schloss style, complete with pointy turret and stepped gables. Burnt dow…
Museum in Valentia Island

Skellig Experience

Immediately across the bridge from Portmagee, this distinctive building with a turf-covered roof contains exhibitions on the life of the Skellig Michael monks, the history of the island's lighthouses and its wildli…
Gallery in Skellig Ring

Siopa Cill Rialaig

On the site of a village abandoned during the Famine, this contemporary art gallery displays work by local artists and talent from around Ireland and the world. It is the shop window of the Cill Rialaig Project, whi…