It’s safe to say the Kingdom of Kerry is counted as one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations.
From Dingle to the Ring of Kerry, it continues to wow the crowds who visit in their droves.
And we’re here to let you in on a few little secrets the people of Kerry don’t want you to know about - their own little gems of beauty they like to keep to themselves.
1. Glanteenassig Wood, Castlegregory
This pocket of beauty is hidden as you’re travelling to Dingle from Tralee (N86), in a place called Aughacasla.
Although it is well sign-posted, the wood is well off the beaten track and approached through a small grove of beech between the entrance and a bridge that spans the Owencashla river.
The first opportunity to experience the beauty of Glanteenassig is about 1.2 km from the car park.
Just after crossing a wooden bridge, take a left along the trail to the shore of Lough Slat and follow the road up the steep hill to Lough Caum.
2. The ‘back beach’ of the Maherees
The Maherees, located a few minutes outside Castlegregory, is a haven for watersport lovers.
Most would flock to the main beach, close to the shop and activities, but the real surf lies a few minutes up the road (towards Spillane’s pub).
It runs unbroken for 12 miles from Fahamore to Cloghane.
3. Nun’s beach, Ballybunion
Most visitors don’t know that Ballybunion is made up of three beaches - Ladies' beach, Men’s beach and Nun’s beach.
The main and central beach is Ladies' beach, the beach left of that is Men’s beach but where’s Nun’s beach I hear you ask?
Nun’s beach is located on the town’s cliff walk, to the right of Ladies' beach.
Take the signs for the cliff walk and along the way, you'll spot a beach that looks impossible to get to. But, worry not - if you look closely enough there are ropes available that allow you easily abseil down into it.
4. The ‘back beach’ in Fenit
Hands down the best place to watch the sunset in the Tralee area.
Just take the road left at the shop as you approach the town.
5. Geokaun Mountain on Valentia Island
It may be a surprise to some, but Valentia Island is not counted as part of the famous Ring of Kerry, therefore some tourists pass it by.
Trust us, the views from Geokaun Mountain are ones not to be missed.
6. Skellig Chocolate Factory
Yes, there is an actual chocolate factory located in the mountains of Ballinskelligs and they try to keep it all to themselves.
This is the view from the front door - behold, St. Finian's Bay.
And here's what's inside.