County Kerry, Ireland, was easily another highlight of my trip so far. Of course I’m slightly biased, as we do share almost the same name, but it was really the beyond-beautiful scenery and perfect hospitality of the people there that made it a favorite.

From County Cork we continued west into County Kerry, staying a few nights in the quiet, sweet town of Kenmare. We slept at Caha’s B&B, a family-run bed and breakfast that I can’t recommend more. (We stayed at a combination of hostels, B&Bs, and AirBnbs in Ireland, and the B&Bs were far and away the best value!)

The town of Kenmare itself was similar to a lot of the towns we passed through in western Ireland, vibrantly painted in a variety of bold and pastel colors.

The town was super cozy with only two main streets and a square; for those looking for a bigger town I’d suggest Killarney, further to the north. Pictured below, Killarney is slighter bigger with more shops, pubs and even a sports stadium where you can catch an Irish Soccer match! Hopefully you can sense its charm from the shots below.

Both are great options for exploring the Ring of Kerry, a popular 125-mile drive around the Iveragh Peninsula.

The peninsula is mostly undeveloped and has every natural wonder you can think of – amazing cliffs, beautiful coves, serene beaches, rolling pastures… basically everything you envision when imagining the Ireland of your dreams. (Though not exactly a natural wonder, I also highly recommend a visit to Skelligs Chocolate Factory on your way!)

The southern part of the drive is regarded as the most scenic; this is when you’re driving along the sea and maneuvering around coastal cliffs and tour buses! The below shots were taken at the Cliffs of Kerry, and if you squint you can see the Skellig Islands way out in the background.

After spending a few days in Kenmare we took off for the Dingle Peninsula. Also located in County Kerry, Dingle is a sleepy fishing town located north of the Iveragh Peninsula. The drive there was spectacular, as we cruised through Killarney National Park.

Dingle itself is charming. You can feast on seafood at every meal, hike along the waterfront, go sailing or fishing, horseback riding, or (as I did) just sit back and relax. Consequently I didn’t take a lot of pictures here…

After our few days in Dingle, we left County Kerry and continued north towards the creme de la creme of Irish experiences, the Cliffs of Moher, located in County Clare.

Are you ready for this?…

The Cliffs were everything I’d hoped for and more. The sun even came out for us which made the entire experience out-of-this-world. This was the first of my trip’s ‘Bucket List’ sights to check off; it absolutely lived up to expectations and was the perfect way to end our travels through Ireland!

Thanks for reading!

xo Carrie