This summer here in Carrig so many of our guests are rediscovering Kerry, for many they are visiting some places for the very first time or for others they are revisiting locations to create new memories. Its fantastic to see so many people enjoying Ireland this summer and here in Kerry there is so much to enjoy. We wanted to choose from 3 of our favourite day trips you can plan while staying with us here in Carrig.

1. Reeks District

Let’s start from our own front door in the Reeks District. Carrig Country House is situated in the heart of the Reek’s District, which stretches from Ireland’s highest peak Carrauntoohil (1,039m) to the Blue Flag beaches of Castlemaine Harbour. For many of our visitors enjoying a guided climb to the top of Carrountoohil is a must see, with its stunning vista’s, it truly is hard to beat. If you prefer a more gentle walk, then you are in luck, as close to us here in Carrig you can enjoy wonderful forest walks or enjoy a beach walk in Rossbeigh or Inch beach, both with stretching strands for an invigorating walk.

The Reeks District has been dubbed Ireland’s Adventure Playground with its Five B’s.

1. Biking - for all cycling enthusiasts of all abilities

2. Boots - for walking or hiking

3. Boats - either on our freshwater lakes or rivers or taking to the sea

4. Boards - catch the surf on the coast or grab a paddle board

5. Body & Mind - sit by Caragh Lake for the perfect backdrop to meditate, unwind and relax Each time you return to Carrig you can enjoy a new adventure here in the heart of the Reeks District.

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2. Skellig Coast

Enjoy a day trip along the coastal route of the Skellig Ring, with its westerly position you will feel like you are standing on the edge of the world. Take in the incredible viewing positions from the spectacular Kerry Cliffs from which you can see the famous Skellig islands – Little Skellig, which is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in the world and Skellig Michael, a place of ancient pilgrimage and one of the wonders of the world. This is a Gaeltacht speaking region (Irish speaking) and as you discover this region there are so many villages and small ports to discover all along Irelands Wild Atlantic Way.

History is everywhere to discover in this region, from the Tetrapod tracks on the shores of Valentia Island, the earliest footprints in the world to the nearby site of the first Transatlantic Cable. Take in a visit to Waterville on your day trip, which was the much-loved holiday destination of Charlie Chaplin. Along the way stop off to enjoy the signature Skellig Chocolates or visit the Skellig Six 18 Distillery at Caherciveen for a wee dram.

3. Slea Head 

The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean on the south-west coast on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. It’s a day trip to remember, steeped in tradition, history, culture, incredible scenery, flora and fauna, friendly locals, and vibrant villages along the way. The Staircase to Dunquin Pier is a stunning coastal experience, as the Atlantic battles with the pier, this winding road down to the pier almost defies engineering in its rural and stunningly raw setting. It is probably one of the most synonymous images of the Dingle Peninsula and a must-see photo for Instagram.

Enjoy a visit to the town of Dingle and its famous distillery, its vibrancy is electric and its home to many local craft providers, artisan food providers and incredible restaurants and cafes. Why not take in a boat trip from the pier to visit Irelands most famous dolphin, Fungie, who has been resident in Dingle since 1983 and enjoys all the attention of the visitors who arrive to meet him. For walking enthusiasts, The Dingle Way is a beautifully scenic long-distance walking trail on the Dingle Peninsula and along the way there are a wide variety of routes to enjoy. A day trip along the Dingle Peninsula is guaranteed to create fantastic memories and will have you returning time and time again. Don’t forget to visit Dunbeg Fort and Gallarus Oratory!