Kerry has the reputation of being Ireland's most beautiful region with a breathtaking scenery. So during the summer months this area is overcrowded with tourists. Because of the narrow and winding roads, the panoramic drive through the Ring of Kerry should be done counterclockwise. This way you avoid face-to-face confrontations with the tour buses that all have to travel the Ring of Kerry counterclockwise.
Tours around the Ring of Kerry usually start in Killarney, a little town which is famous for its lakes. From the mountains just outside Killarney you have a wonderful view over the lakes (this place is known as Ladies View).
The tour takes you through the wild and unspoilt countryside of the Kerry peninsula. In the Bog Village you can see how the Irish turf cutters used to live. By the way, turf is still cut in this area and used instead of coal for the open fire.
Valentia is a beautiful little island on the Ring of Kerry. From here, the first trans-Atlantic telephone cable was laid in August 1857.
Kerry people are very friendly, quick-witted and have a good sense of humour. Nevertheless, they are often the butt of stupid jokes made by other Irish people. Want to read some? Here you go:
How do you recognise a Kerryman on an oil rig?
He's the one throwing crusts of bread to the helicopters...
How do you recognise a Kerry pirate?
He's got a patch over each eye.
Have you heard about the Kerryman whose library burnt down?
Both books were destroyed. And, worse still, one hadn't even been coloured in yet!
Have you heard about the Kerryman who cheated Irish rail?
He bought a return ticket to Dublin and didn't go back!
How do you keep a Kerryman happy for an afternoon?
Write please turn over on both sides of a pice of paper.