From breath-taking natural scenery and wildlife to ancient castles and islands, the counties of Kerry and Cork make for great Irish holidays. The province of Munster is home to the two counties of Cork and Kerry. Kerry gets its name from a pre-Gaelic tribe that once occupied a part of it, while the county of Cork is named after the city of the same name. The Irish version of the name ‘Cork’ is Corcaigh, which means ‘marsh’. There aren't a lot of regions, which you can compare with the beautiful Cork and Kerry, because of its charm and idyllic atmosphere. Despite we tried to find some alternatives for you, which also offer a special atmosphere due to its lovely and untouched nature, its possibilities for recreation or doing sports and the hospitality of the people. Check out below our ideas, if you already have spend a lot of time in Cork and Kerry, so that it's time for exploring a new region:
Cork’s most visited attraction is Fota Wildlife Park, which has been given the award for best family day out in Munster. The 70 acres of Wildlife Park covers the island of Fota and sits within Cork Harbour, 15 minutes from Cork city. It is unlike an ordinary zoo in that animals and birdlife from around the world are allowed to roam free. Also providing many comfortable holiday homes, Cork is a great place to set up base.Killarney National Park in Kerry is another wonderful natural attraction of Munster. This park is home to a wide range of different attractions. Take a scenic walk along the trail of the ancient Bronze Mines or a peaceful meander along the river. You could also take a boat trip from Ross Castle to Innisfallen Island. Traveling with a local boatman will ensure a humorous and historical adventure. As with Cork, there are many great holiday homes Kerry nearby to rent and enjoy.
Spike Island is another of Cork’s offshore gems. This piece of land has been witness to Viking raids, many great religious communities and a conquest at the hands of the Normans. So why not hop on one of the popular tours and delve into the rich and textured past of Ireland. Even though there is no accommodation on the island, holiday homes Cork can be found on the mainland.
If a more cultured experience is what you are after, visit the Siamsa Tire Theatre and Arts Centre where Ireland’s great wealth of folklore, dance and music is presented through vibrant theatrical entertainment. The centre runs a year round arts activities programme including, from April to October, its National Folk Theatre productions. Nearby are many holiday homes Kerry.With its accommodation ranging from luxurious hotels to simple holiday homes, Cork is a great place to spend a getaway. With much to do, see and experience as well as quaint holiday homes to rent, Kerry can be equally as exciting. These two colourful and exciting counties allow one to gain insights into living in Ireland and learn about this unique country’s ancient history and culture.