kerry in winter

We love Kerry in winter and here our top 10 reasons why.

1. Blustery beaches

Leaning into the wind, waves pounding and the taste of salt on your lips. Fantastic!

With the most Blue Flag beaches in Ireland (alongside Donegal), Kerry is the perfect place for winter walks whatever the weather.

2. Quiet roads

The roads are quieter in winter. The scenery is just as spectacular.

So, whether you’re looking to do the Ring of Kerry, drive along the Wild Atlantic Way or make your way out to Slea Head, coming to Kerry in winter means all of the views and less of the vehicles.

3. Stunning night skies

If you live in the city, like we did until recently, you forget the jaw-dropping beauty of a night sky.

With the only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere, looking up on a clear night in Kerry is just stunning.

4. Wild water

Kayaking, kitesurfing or stand up paddle boarding – with the right wetsuit, winter can be absolutely wonderful.

The rivers are higher, the wind is just as good and on a calm day, paddling on a lake with snow capped mountains in the distance, is just magical.

5. Fabulous hikes

Going for a walk on a winter’s day is a great way to blow off those cobwebs.

Whether you fancy a short stroll or a longer hike, with Ireland’s highest mountains, Kerry is a veritable winter walkers’ wonderland.

6. A pint (or two)

A quiet pint (or two) on a winter’s evening, sitting at the bar, a fire down – it’s the perfect place to put the world to right.

Here are just a few of our favourite pubs, all less than ten minutes from the house.

7. The changing light

With pockets of clear blue sky and sheets of rain dancing their way in off the Atlantic, there’s a constant display of light in winter that’s just magical.

Whether your standing on a bog road looking out, sitting in the car sheltered from the elements, or you’re curled up in front of an open fire looking out across the lake… the changing light in winter is a spectacle to behold.

8. A slower pace

Things slow down in winter… and we love it. It’s a chance to unwind, spend time with family and friends and settle down to that book you’ve always been meaning to read.

So if you really want to get to know the area and leave the city behind, winter in Kerry is the perfect place.

9. An open fire

After a brisk walk battling the elements, there’s nothing quite like coming home to a big open fire.

Curled up on the sofa, the sound of timber crackling and the wind blowing through the chimney.

10. Delicious food

Kerry is a veritable cornucopia this time of year with a plentiful supply of fresh shellfish, wild mushrooms and game.

So whether you fancy some foraging or prefer to dine out at one of the many excellent restaurants in and around Killorglin, this time of year is perfect for foodies.

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