Choose Kerry

A spectacular place to meet, inspire, engage and motivate

Situated on the edge of the Western world, in an area known as the Kingdom, a truly spectacular business events destination awaits.

 

Kerry is renowned as the home of Irish Tourism, with it’s incredible mountain scenery, rugged coastline and a rich heritage of history and culture, it is a destination that will awaken all your delegates senses.

Kerry is an immersive experience for all who visit guaranteed to inspire fresh thinking and new perspectives. At the heart of the experience is the true magic of Kerry, its people. The warmth of the Kerry welcome coupled with extraordinary suppliers, who deliver a world class service, ensures is the perfect match destination for all types of MICE events.

It is said in Kerry that There are only two kingdoms; the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Kerry. One is not of this world and the other is out of this world!

Kerry…where ancient history and future worlds collide.

Dingle

Take five about Dingle: A bustling harbour town. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, the stunning Dingle Peninsula is renowned for it’s blue flag beaches. Immersed in the Irish language, known as Gaeltacht areas. Visit the mystical Blasket Islands. Rich in arts & culture. A busy harbour town, Dingle is famed for its colourful buildings and winding streets, filled with craft stores exhibiting the work of local artists, pubs usually filled with musicians playing traditional music and restaurants serving fresh seafood, brought in directly from the boats. The town is located on the breath-taking Dingle Peninsula which spans an astonishing […]

Kenmare

Take five about Kenmare: Known as the Gourmet capital of Ireland An award-winning heritage town Rich in traditional pubs & music Home to artisan food providers, an array of local boutiques, galleries, arts, and crafts. Located at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, the southern part of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Beara Peninsula, the town is home to two five-star hotels. Nestled at the head of Irelands longest bay, with dramatic coast to the south and rugged mountains to the north, the elegant 17th century market town of Kenmare is a haven of tranquillity, gourmet food, 5 star […]

Killarney

Take 5 about Killarney: Killarney sits within 26,000 acres of pristine National Park and its origins in tourism date back to 1861 when Queen Victoria famously visited Muckross House. Home to the world-renowned Killarney Lakes, “Lough Leane”, “Muckross Lake” and “Upper Lake.” The compact town is a bustling mix restaurants, pubs, and bars ideal for dine arounds and social programme events. The Killarney Convention Centre has capacity of up to 2,500 delegates and 4,500 sq. foot of event space as well as 500 bedrooms on site. Highest concentration of 4+5* hotel properties in Ireland outside of Dublin. Nestled within 26,000 […]

Sneem

Take five about Sneem: A bustling village nestled between mountains and Irelands spectacular Wild Atlantic Way coastline. History abounds as seen in the stone circles, standing stones, bullán stones and ringforts which surround the village. An area rich in wooded hillsides, secret coves, sub-tropical gardens, it is known as the Garden of Ireland. Home to two 4-star hotels, both located in idyllic waterside settings. Take to the Bay and water to kayak, swim, fish, dive and explore one of Ireland’s seal colonies. Sneem is a picturesque village situated on the famous "Ring of Kerry" a driving and cycling route that […]

Tralee

Take five about Tralee: Set against the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains and Tralee Bay. The town was founded in the 13th century by the Anglo-Normans, taking its name from the River Lee. Immersed in music & culture and it is home to dynamic stage productions at Siamsa Tíre, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre. Close to stunning seascapes featuring Fenit Lighthouse, Black Rock, The Maharees, Banna Strand and Blennerville Windmill. Home to the renowned Rose of Tralee International Festival, hosted each August. Tralee is the modern bustling county town of Kerry, set against the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains […]

People and places

Kerry is a world class destination with a dramatic, unique, rugged and wild landscape.

Home to some of the most iconic scenery in Ireland, the region includes the world-renowned Lakes of Killarney and Gap of Dunloe, the magnificent McGillycuddy Reeks and Slieve Mish mountain ranges including Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil, the awe-inspiring seascapes of the Beara, Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas and the long, sandy beaches of North Kerry.

Although Kerry is a premier global tourist destination, it is the warmth, genuine nature of the locals and its ability to retain the friendly character and intimate feel that make it so popular. The region excels in combining the traditional with the modern, the historic with the contemporary and the dynamic with that famous Irish laid-back quality.

With the highest concentration of 4 & 5* hotels in Ireland, Kerry offers unrivalled facilities in idyllic locations. Unusual venues from stately homes to breweries to traditional farms are available as conference, dining and activity venues and will guarantee the WOW factor for your event.

For social and pre and post programme options with a difference, the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal drive in the world;2,500 km of the last frontier of rugged, unspoiled, untamed Ireland where land and sea collide.

Showcasing some of the most dramatic coastal landscapes to be found, the Kerry section is the longest of it all and is a place for your delegates to experience nature at its wildest, to explore the history of our ancestors, to walk the footprints of history, to experience great events, great food and drink and music, and of course, to have great craic!

Activities and entertaining

Excite your delegates with immersive experiences, from high adventure to rewarding luxury in truly stunning landscapes.

Diverse programme options full of artisan food, craft making, and musical experiences can be found in the vibrant, creative communities dotted across the region.

Options to transport your delegates on an exhilarating journey through the spectacular landscape include touring towns, lakes and mountain passes by traditional horse and cart known as Jarvey’s. You can even use a fleet of them to provide transfers between accommodation and offsite dinners.

The region’s spectacular rugged mountains ranges, including Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil taking centre stage in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks are ideally suited for guided cycling and hiking tours.

Alternatively, Wild Atlantic Way beaches and coves can be explored on horseback or take to the lakes, bays and ocean in a range of vessels including traditional boats, speed boats and even electric armchair kayaks.

These activities can all be incorporated in to a creative and diverse social program, providing delegates the chance to get outside of four walls and experience the natural playground on their doorstep.

Our Incentive Partners are all able to put together bespoke activity options for groups of any size.

Alternatively talk to us today and Kerry Convention Bureau can assist with creative ideas to build into your program, designed to delight and excite your delegates, ensuring they talk about your event for years to come.

Food and drink

Kerry’s hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs regularly win national awards for their cuisine. 

The region is home to some of the best local and artisan food producers in Ireland and with menu’s featuring the finest locally sourced ingredients, fresh from the surrounding ocean, fields and markets, delight your delegates taste buds with memorable ‘Taste of Place’ culinary experiences.

You’ll be overwhelmed at the choice of things to do for the adventurous foodie in County Kerry, from learning how to forage for seaweed to making chocolate with a French-master-chocolatier to creating your own gin!

The region is also home to food festivals, farmers markets, cookery schools, craft breweries and distilleries and Taste Trails. All these options can be incorporated into social programs, partner programs or as options for pre and post tours. Rest assured, the gourmands and gastronomes will be well catered for.

As well as amazing gastronomic experiences, when incorporating the local bars and restaurants in to your social program, your delegates will be guaranteed “craic, caint, ceol agus ruaille buaille”…fun, chat, music and general mischief!

Taste Kerry: Guide to Food and Drink experiences available throughout the region.

History and culture

The region offers a mixture of modern and tradition with 5-star hotels, adventure centres, festivals and events all set against a rugged landscape of prehistoric footprints, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Stone, Bronze and Iron Age Ruins and the soaring mountains, jutting headlands and breath-taking cliffs of the Wild Atlantic Way.

With its location on the very edge of Ireland, the innate and special culture of Kerry has been less susceptible to outside influences and has preserved the Irish language, traditional music, song and dance. Immersive programme options such as Muckross Traditional Farms and Siamsa Tire allow you transport your delegates back in time and open the door to the past.

Throughout the year, people come together to attend festivals and events, steeped in history and held in iconic locations which celebrate the best in Irish traditional music, literature, food, craft and much more.

Why not incorporate attending one of these festivals into your event program? From Killarney’s famous St Patrick’s Day parade in March, July’s Dingle Potato Festival, the Killorglin Puck Festival in August where a goat is crowned King to November’s Sneem International Storytelling and Folklore Festival, there are plenty of options to choose from, either as part of the event itself or as a great option for pre and post touring.

Original Kerry

Original Kerry is a network of professional craft makers and original designers who draw on the area’s heritage, landscape and culture to inspire excellent handmade crafts such as jewellery, photography, fashion and homewares.

As well as being able to incorporate visits to the studios and workshops of these craft makers into social, partner and pre/post programs, including following the established Kerry Craft Trail, the distinctive and authentic range of products available are ideal for speaker gifts, delegate satchel inclusions and room drops.

For programs which are limited on time, why not bring the craft makers to your event instead and host a pop up shop/market as part of your conference exhibition or social event.

Success Stories

December 4, 2019

European Outdoor Educators Conference

The EOE conference is the annual event of the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning. This was the first occasion that the event was held in Ireland and it was hosted by Munster Technological University (MTU) on its Tralee campus. MTU holds the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive PE, Sport, Recreation and Fitness.

The EOE Network is a vibrant association of outdoor education practitioners and academics from around Europe, with other delegates attending from across the globe. The three-day conference reflected that mix with practitioner case studies, practical workshops and academic presentations.

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Access

Kerry is situated on the South West Coast of Ireland and is serviced by three international and one regional airport. The region can be easily reached by air, train, bus or car, offering a scenic journey to the Kingdom, whichever way you travel.

Air Access

Air Access Air Access Ireland is ideally located on the edge of Europe. The capital city of Dublin is less than an hour from London, less than two hours from Paris or Brussels and just six hours from the east coast of the US by air. Getting to and from Ireland has never been easier or more affordable. There are daily direct flights to Ireland from a wide range of cities in the UK, Europe and the US, along with flights from the Emirates. Ireland is served by two major, low-cost, national airlines; Ryanair and Aer Lingus as well as dozens of international carriers, and boasts international airports in Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast. […]

Rail

Rail Rail The national rail network, Irish Rail, services Killarney and Tralee at regular intervals throughout the day. Eight different departure choices for Cork, Limerick and Dublin First train leaves early morning. Last train approx. 19:30 In Killarney, the train station is located directly in the centre of town meaning your hotel is either in walking distance or only a few minutes’ drive away In Tralee, the train station is located a few minutes’ drive from the main hotels and meeting venues and within walking distance of the town centre If transferring delegates from Dublin, Shannon or Cork, tailored options […]

Road

Road Road Ireland has an excellent road network with additions of motorways in recent years reducing the travel time to all major cities in Ireland. As one of Ireland’s main tourism destinations, the region has a modern road network in place and it very easy to travel from one destination to another within the region whether by coach, minibus or car. With iconic driving routes such as the Ring of Kerry, Slea Head, Molls Gap and of course the Wild Atlantic Way along the way, travel to/from your meeting destination or as part of the pre/post, social or partner programme […]

Getting Around

Getting Around Getting Around Once you have arrived, getting around Kerry couldn’t be easier. The region has a modern road network in place and within the main towns, the destinations are so compact that in the most part, hotels, meeting spaces, bars, restaurants and shops will all be within walking distance. It means that once your delegates are in region, you will only require a minimal amount of transport organisation for your event as a result. For social programme transfer and touring options, our member coach company, Kerry Coaches can facilitate all your needs from large coaches to chauffeur services. […]

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