Breathtaking scenery lies around each cliff-side curve in the mountainous area of southwest Ireland. Some of Ireland’s tallest mountains can be found in this region, especially in Killarney National Park, where the diverse terrain of mountain, wood, lake, and field shelter native red deer and a plethora of rare birdlife.

Known as “castle country”, the dramatic terrain is every bit as fortified as the fortresses dotting the landscape. Sheer cliffs and towering mountains undoubtedly contributed to the structures’ survival. Limerick might be one of the best destinations to see medieval and Georgian culture preserved in the compact “old town.”

Just south of the city of Limerick, spend the day in Adare, the “Village of the Welcomes”, known as one of the prettiest and friendliest towns in Ireland. There you can still see thatched roofs along the main street dating back to 1820. The tiny town along the banks of the river Maigue has attracted varying influences throughout its history, from Franciscan and Augustinian monks, to the famed preacher John Wesley. Desmond Castle tells of the city’s ancient history, dating back to the 13th century.

The Ring of Kerry is a popular circuit that covers the Iveragh Peninsula from Killarney to Kenmare and is considered one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world.

Renowned for its dramatic cliffs and marine wildlife, the Dingle Peninsula is also considered a bastion of Irish culture and language. Surrounded by sandy beaches and spotted with coves, it is a stretch of picturesque coastline with a undeniably Irish flavor.

Ker & Downey’s expert guides will ensure that your experience in the Southwest of Ireland is every bit as stunning and unforgettable as the landscape itself. You’ll skip the tourist traps and head straight to the best castles, finest food, and the most authentic reserves of Irish culture still nestled into the cliffs, away from the world.