A spectacular place to meet, inspire, engage and motivate
On the edge of the Western world, in an area known as the Kingdom, a truly spectacular business events destination awaits;
Immersed in nature, history and culture, it will awaken your delegates senses, engage their minds, reward their efforts and inspire fresh thinking and new perspectives.
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.
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 program 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!
Excite your delegates with immersive experiences, from high adventure to rewarding luxury in truly stunning landscapes.
Diverse program 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.
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.
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 program 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 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.
When the Society Offices Association Management Company PCO was appointed to host The International Joint Conference on Neural Network (IJCNN) in Ireland in 2015, they were met with some significant challenges that needed to be solved immediately.
Could they cover the breadth of meetings required in only one location, delivering a world-class event within budget? The result was a resounding yes.