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Plan a Visit to South-West Ireland

Things to do on family and group days out in Cork and Kerry

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Marking the start (or finish.) of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's much-loved South West is in many ways the gateway to Ireland's most popular routes and destinations. Use this as a starting or finishing point for your self-drive adventure, or make yourself at home here in this most peaceful of regions. There is plenty here to keep you and your group occupied for your whole vacation in Ireland. The amazing scenery and range of activities within the region, from the historic city of Cork to the picturesque lakes of Killarney, ensures that every member of your group will thoroughly enjoy their visit.

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Activities, Attractions & Pursuits

There is so much to see and do in South West Ireland - whether you're here to relax or out to explore, you will never be short of entertainment or distraction. Every age range is catered for in this region. Both Cork and Kerry have become synonymous around the world as havens for fishing, golf, hiking and a multitude of other pursuits. The nightlife of the region has also caught the atention of the people who visit. Wheather it's a night in a thatched pub enjoying the local ceili band or a night on the dance floor of some of the regions nightclubs the friendly locals and party atmosphere make for a wonderful occasion.

Festivals and Events

If you want to experience the real Ireland and get to know the locals, there can be no better way than to attend some of Ireland's legendary festivals. There is always something going on Ireland's South West, so come along and get stuck in. The South West has a strong tradition of different festivals throughout the year with a wide varity of choices and genres. Visit the festivals' websites for details of prices and precise dates.

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Cork Midsummer Festival

An explosion of arts and creativity in Cork each summer. Visit their website to check the dates for this year's festival.

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Places to Stay

Ireland is known throughout the world for its friendliness and hospitality and you will find this wherever you choose to stay. In Ireland's South West, you will find accommodation to suit every group, no matter what the size or budget of your party. Cork city and Killarney have the largest range of hotels and guesthouses, but there is no shortage of choice for those who prefer to go off the beaten track and discover South-West Ireland for themselves.

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Hotels in the South-West of Ireland

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B&Bs and Guesthouses in South-West Ireland

YNA Dingle Cottages

Dingle, Co. Kerry

A huge selection of guesthouse located in the picturesque fishing village of Dingle, Co. Kerry and it's surrounding areas.

Abbey Court, Kenmare

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Luxury accommodation near the shore of Kenmare Bay, just a short walk from the town itself. Here, nothing is overlooked but the sea.

Ashfield B&B, Kenmare

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Stunning mountain views and comfortable, spacious en suites set Ashfield B&B apart. Off the road parking and WiFi available.

Beachview B&B

Allihies, Co. Cork

Located in Allihies on the Beara Peninsula, Beachview is family-run and family-friendly. Immaculate rooms and very personal service.

Cashen Course House

Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

Perfect for the passionate golfer, Cashen Course House is ideally located for visitors to the Ballybunion Old Course and others nearby.

Cill Bhreac House

Dingle, Co. Kerry

A charming and friendly B&B, Cill Bhreac House boasts an enviable location with commanding views over Dingle Bay and the surrounding hills.

Kathleen's Guesthouse

Killarney, Co. Kerry

Charming and spacious guesthouse in an ideal location for walking in the National Park, catching a round of golf or exploring Killarney town.

Sallyport House

Sallyport House B&B in Kenmare, Ireland
Kemare, Co. Kerry

A charming Edwardian house on Kenmare Bay, surrounded by trees and parkland, and abutted by Reenagross Woodland Park.

The Smugglers Inn

Waterville, Co. Kerry

Thirteen well-appointed rooms, just yards from the globally-renowned Waterville Golf Course. Enjoy seas views or mountain vistas.

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