Reeks District – Region Kerry
Set on Ireland's west coast, the Reeks District is where two stunning peninsulas, the Iveragh (Ring of Kerry) and Dingle peninsulas meet. This is home to 2 magnificent mountain ranges, the McGillycuddy Reeks and Slieve Mish Mountains. This is the home of Kerry’s highlands, hidden valleys, secret lakes, vibrant rivers that lead to the bay and blue flag beaches with superb sand dunes.
Wrapped in some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery, the Reeks region of Kerry’s small towns and villages highlight the modern Ireland of trendy coffee shops, young designers and boutique B&Bs but the live music pubs and hearty fare remain the same, as does the traditional Irish welcome.
Stretching from Ireland’s highest peak Carrauntoohil (1,039m) to the Blue Flag beaches of Castlemaine Harbour, the region provides an awesome backdrop for both locals and visitors to enjoy, and has been dubbed Ireland’s Adventure Playground.
Adventure enthusiasts can also do the newly-launched Big Five Challenge – Ireland’s ultimate bucket list adventure. Activities on the Big Five include climbing the country’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, surfing a wave at Inch beach, kayaking the length of Caragh Lake, cycling the Ring of the Reeks and enjoying a night-time SUP experience on Lough Cloon, a remote mountain lake which sits on the edge of the only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere (and only one of three Gold Tier reserves in the world).
The area offers the chance to take part in activities such as walking, hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking and surfing all in close proximity to each other. There are plenty of other things to do in the region, including horse riding on golden beaches, golf, unique festivals, markets and heritage attractions.
After a day taking the sights, visitors will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of restaurants, pubs and accommodation in a selection of fabulous B&B’s, manor houses or boutique hotels & self-catering that the Reeks District region has to offer, all while retaining a traditional Irish welcome.