The Emerald Isle

One reason why Kenmare has so many visitors in summer is because it is on the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great scenic routes. This circles the Iveragh Peninsula, with its spectacular mountain and coastal scenery and its crowning glory, the Killarney National Park. The Ring of Kerry is just about everything expected of a world-famous region of supreme natural beauty. There are other fine resorts, like Waterville, once a favourite holiday haunt of Charlie Chaplin and his family, Valentia Island, reached by a modern bridge from Portmagee and able to claim that it is the most westerly The Emerald Isle OPPOSITE ABOVE: Staigue Fort, situated on the Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry, is a ring fort probably dating back to at the earliest 1st century BC and at the latest between AD 300 and 400. OPPOSITE BELOW: Inchiquin Lough, County Clare. ABOVE: Muckross House dates back to the 19th Century and is situated within Killarney National Park, County Kerry. OVERLEAF: Ladies View is a scenic point along the N71 portion of the Ring of Kerry, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. The name apparently stems from the admiration of the view given by Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting during their 1861 visit. 223

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