The Kerry Way, Killarney

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The Kerry Way is a long-distance trail in County Kerry, Ireland. It is a 214km long circular trail that begins and ends in Killarney. It is typically completed in nine days. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Kerry County Council, South Kerry Development Partnership and the Kerry Way Committee. The Way circles the Iveragh Peninsula and forms a walkers' version of the Ring of Kerry road tour. It is the longest of Ireland's National Waymarked Trails.HistoryThe Kerry Way was first proposed in 1982 and developed by members of the Laune Mountaineering Club and the Kerry association of An Taisce, under the chairmanship of Seán Ó Súilleabháin. Ó Súilleabháin was inspired by a history lecture he had attended given by Father John Hayes on the subject of old roads and paths in the southwest of Ireland. Realising that "there was a spider's web-like network of roads and paths that could be combined to form a route around Kerry", he began devising the trail that would become the Kerry Way. The first section – from Killarney to Glenbeigh – was opened by Tánaiste Dick Spring in 1985. It was the second long-distance trail to be opened in the Republic of Ireland, after the Wicklow Way. The full route was completed in 1989 and opened by Frank Fahey, T. D., Minister of State for Youth and Sport. The trail was constructed by workers on FÁS social employment schemes at a cost of IEP £60,000 and involved the provision of over 200 stiles and six footbridges as well as waymarkers.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The general scenery in the republic Ireland consists of greenery small homes and some interesting Coast line. Places like cliffs of moher have some attraction. However the weather is problematic the c...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    In car, family from 8 to 72 years, we loved this journey along the coast as well as inland. Maybe it's even more amazing on the inside, with vast expanses of peat or narrow parades with sheep, and randomly a turn, dogs working at the pool of a herd while the Shepherd is watching them.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The Ireland of the South is an incredibly dazzling place. Roads are beautiful, there are few buildings and meadows and crops down to the sea, we see sheep and cows everywhere, some birds and at every turn there is a photo opportunity. What scenery next to our coasts too built. The people are friendly, warm.
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  • June 20, 2017
    I have to say staff were wonderful but the cleaniness has to b really looked at it was just the worst we ever stayed nothing like the picture it would b lovely if it would b cleaned up
  • April 5, 2017
    Excellent place to stay.
  • June 25, 2017
    Dirty, loud and bad service!
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    Amazing
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Where to stay in Killarney

Travelers visit Killarney for the national park surrounding it, and there are plenty of places to stay in town that capitalize on the natural beauty of the valley setting. Because of its popularity, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland other than Dublin. Stay at a hotel or hostel in the town's center near the bustling corner of Main Street and East Avenue Road, or find a place along the side streets off Main Street for easy access to tourist shops, local pubs, and restaurants. There are plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts or guesthouses just within walking distance from the center, or you can stay outside of town at a scenic farmhouse or luxurious resort.
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