Sustainable Travel Guide
Together, we in Kerry encourage and support sustainable choices for visitors and tourism businesses in their day-to-day operations. In doing so, we aim to take practical and achievable steps in the right direction for our climate and its future. Here is our guide to assist you as you plan your visit to Kerry, from Electric Vehicle charging points, links to public transport and how best to avail of the routes and options plus tips sustainable choices for food, drink and making a choice to reuse where possible.
With a growing list of electric vehicle charging points, and regular direct bus transfers from Dublin Airport via Kerry Airport to some of Kerry's main visitor destinations, travel options for getting to Kerry are becoming more regular throughout the year, and increasingly sustainable.
Our guide is informed by Kerry Tourism Industry Federation's Sustainability Policy and Kerry County Council's Sustainable Tourism Strategy 2020 - 2025.
Public TransportBack to Top of List
Many of our hotels and accommodation offerings are within walking distance of the train stations in Killarney and Tralee, and from the many bus stops served by Bus Eireann or TFI Local Link around Kerry, enabling you to arrive at your accommodation without the need for additional transport.
Iconic tour routes such as The Ring of Kerry can be explored by public transport with live journey planners available on the Transport for Ireland (TFI) real time live journey planner. Local route timetables are also regularly updated at Local Link Kerry.
CommunityBack to Top of List
It's possible and encouraged throughout Kerry to take part in an activity that gives back to the local community. The Maharees Conservation Association welcomes volunteers to take part in Marram grass planting, beach cleaning and encourages donations to their Chestnut Fencing project to protect the sand dunes. In Killarney during the Summer season, Deenagh Lodge Tea Room opens in Killarney National Park, and it is run by Down Syndrome Kerry. Many of the towns in Kerry have lively volunteer led charity shops and events, so be sure to check out our guide to community events in Kerry while you're here.
Food & DrinkBack to Top of List
- Vegetarian and vegan options are more environmentally-friendly and often tend to be cheaper, so make sure to incorporate some meat-free options into your menu.
- Tap water is a sustainable choice with no transportation or waste packaging.
- Use glasses and water jugs over single use plastic bottles.
- Refill your own bottle at handy refill stations - Refill.ie Tap Map.
- Opt for local, seasonal and organic produce.
- Choose ethical, eco and fair-trade options.
- Select cafés and restaurants that have environmental credentials.
- "If You Bring It In, Take It Out" - take home all litter and leftover food.
- Utilise the bins provided in your accommodation to sort and recycle all your rubbish.
- Go reusable where possible.
History, Landscape & the EnvironmentBack to Top of List
Kerry itself is a region of ecological and cultural importance, with a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a 25,000 Hectare Killarney National Park, natural areas of conservation, protected species and habitats. Ancient monuments throughout Kerry are situated in some of the most spectacular landscapes, with sites of important archaeological and historical significance accessible to all.
With that unique environment, comes a responsibility by our country, our communities and our visitors, to preserve and protect our natural world by respecting the guidelines set out by our agencies such as the National Parks and Wildlife Services and our local guides who endeavour to behave in a sustainable way with the environment, landowners, and natural animal habitats.
Attractions & ActivitiesBack to Top of List
Contemporary attractions have drawn inspiration from Irish heritage and local traditions. Renewable farming traditions are visible at Muckross Traditional Farms. Head to the stunning Kerry coast for seaweed foraging walks with Atlantic Irish Seaweed, learn about Kerry’s marine life through water activities at Sea Synergy Marine Awareness & Activity Centre or enjoy a stand up paddling boarding trip with WildSUP where collecting ocean litter to keep Kerry’s waterways clean is part of the experience.
Sea Synergy is a Marine Awareness, Research and Activity Centre in Cahersiveen and Waterville offering kayak, standup paddle board, snorkell and seashore ecotours for all. Our tours and activities are designed to introduce you to the…
Muckross Traditional Farms, preserves in real life the farming traditions of rural Ireland in the past. Visit three separate working farms (small, medium and large), each complete with animals, poultry and machinery. The farm dwellings are furnished…