If you are planning a trip to Kerry, then it’s important to be prepared for rain. Fortunately, there are plenty of all-weather visitor attractions and indoor attractions throughout the county, so there is certainly no shortage of things to do in Kerry in the rain.
Ireland has a rich history of producing top-quality whiskeys which can be traced all the way back to the year 1405 (predating Scottish records by about 90 years). In fact, the word whiskey has etymological roots in the Gaelic phrase uisce beatha, which means “water of life.” If you want to learn more about the history and production of whiskey, then you must call into Irish Whiskey Experiencein Killarney. Open seven days a week, this award-winning attraction offers ten daily masterclasses and tastings. There is also a bar which boasts around 500 Irish whiskeys (including 250 extremely rare bottles from long-discontinued brands) making it one of the most extensive collections of Irish whiskey in the world.
Located in the charming fishing village of Dingle, OceanWorld Aquarium is a great rainy-day activity for the whole family to enjoy. Oceanworld boasts a fantastic array of sea creatures as well as Ireland’s largest collection of sharks. Children will love the many interactive elements such as the “Touch Tank” where they can get a much closer look at the fish. In 2019, the aquarium opened a new butterfly oasis and living jungle exhibit. Before visiting, don’t forget to take a look at their website to view the schedule of daily activities such as feeding times and expert Q&As.
The Blasket Island Centre is located at the most westerly point of the Dingle Peninsula in the Gaeltacht village of Dún Chaoin. This interactive museum is a brilliant way to fill a rainy afternoon in Kerry. Explore the centre’s many exhibitions, interactive displays, videos and learn all about the fascinating story of the Blaskets and its people. The centre also offers highly informative guided tours. Don’t forget to take a moment to stop by the windows and admire the stunning panoramic views of Great Blasket Island.
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A short drive away from Killarney town centre, Muckross House is a beautiful Victorian mansion which looks out onto the Lakes of Killarney. The house was designed in the Tudor style by the renowned Scottish architect, William Burn. It was occupied by the Herbert Family for many years. Please note that admission to Muckross House is by Guided Tour only. You can get more information about opening hours and ticket prices at the official website.
Rainy afternoons are the perfect time to learn more about local history in Killarney House. This French-inspired stately home offers a relaxing sanctuary just minutes away from the town. This stunning house was once owned by the Earls of Kenmare and was also the home to John McShain, a.k.a. “Builder of Washington”, who oversaw the renovation of the White House in the 1950s. You can explore the recently installed exhibition about Killarney National Park and/or you can take a guided tour. If the weather clears up, we highly recommend taking a stroll around the recently-restored gardens. Killarney House is open seven days a week and is free to enter. To learn more about Killarney House and Gardens, you can visit their official website.
The writer Henry James once quipped that “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” We completely agree! For a sophisticated Afternoon Tea experience with an old-world feel, you must reserve a table at the Ard na Sidhe Country House Hotel in Killorglin. Set in a beautiful Arts & Crafts style manor house, you can enjoy the finest teas and nibbles by the fireside while admiring sweeping views of the charming lakeside gardens.
The Skellig Chocolate Factory is a must for chocoholics! Perched in a beautiful cliffside spot overlooking the Skellig Islands, the working chocolate factory allows visitors to get an insight into the chocolate-making process. This factory is Ireland’s only ‘open plan’ chocolate production facility, and this means that visitors can see the chocolates being made, ask questions and taste freshly made treats! From Easter to September, the factory opens a seasonal cafe which serves all things chocolate including cakes, desserts and ‘real chocolate’ hot chocolate!
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Torc Waterfall, County Kerry. Killarney National Park encloses 26,000 acres of mountainous landscapes, quiet lakes, ancient woodland and gentle waterfalls, like this one at the base of Torc Mountain. #loveireland #irlande #irlanda #irland #waterfalls
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Torc Waterfall is one of Kerry’s must-see natural attractions and looks its finest after heavy rain. Located just seven kilometres from Killarney Town, Torc Waterfall lies at the base of Torc Mountain in Killarney National Park. ¬The tree-lined waterfall is relatively sheltered and is just a short 150m walk from the carpark. If the weather clears up, why not undertake one of the nearby hiking trails for more spectacular views of the park?
Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and overlooks the beautiful Killarney lakes and Inisfallen Island. Built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century, Ross castle provides a fascinating insight into life at a typical stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. You can book a 40-minute guided tour to learn all about the features of the castle and about the people who lived there over the years. Should the weather dry up, why not take a boat trip to Inisfallen Island and around The Lakes of Killarney.