Choose Kerry

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.

Dingle

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 48km encircling a range of mountains, Ireland’s second highest peak, coastlines, sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Renowned for its natural beauty, it has received many accolades over the years including National Geographic describing it as ‘the most beautiful place on Earth’ and regularly voted […]

Kenmare

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 accommodation and breath-taking scenery. As the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, the Southern part of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Beara Peninsula and home to two 5* hotels, it is an ideal location for small meetings and incentive groups, wishing to take advantage of the activities and tours available in the immediate surrounds or as a day tour option for pre/post, social […]

Killarney

Nestled within 26,000 acres of National Park and surrounded by three magical lakes, Killarney is known as ‘The Town in the Park’ and has been welcoming visitors and delegates for centuries. The town is steeped in history and heritage and prides itself in offering world class hospitality. The Killarney welcome is world renowned and reflected in numerous national and international awards. It is a compact town with the business tourism infrastructure usually found in larger towns and cities. Home to the award winning, purpose-built Killarney Convention Centre, Ireland’s second largest conference and event venue, the complex has capacity of up […]

Sneem

Sneem is a picturesque village situated on the famous "Ring of Kerry" a driving and cycling route that encapsulates some of the best nature has to offer. Nestled between mountains and wild, rugged coastlines, this friendly village is immaculately kept with its traditional buildings, pubs, restaurants and craft shops, all painted in an array of beautiful colours. The Irish name for the town is “an tSnaidhm” which translates as “knot” and is a reference to the winding river which flows through the village and into Kenmare bay. This is a place of richly wooded hillsides, grassy paths, sub-tropical gardens, golden […]

Tralee

Tralee is the modern bustling county town of Kerry, set against the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains and Tralee Bay. The town was founded in the early 13th century by the Anglo Normans and takes its name from the River Lee. With strong links to its medieval heritage, it offers a wide range of superior accommodation suitable for meetings, conferences and incentives, with cultural and historical venues in close proximity. From an entertainment perspective, the nightlife in Tralee is an experience not to be missed. Once the sun goes down, Tralee comes to life with music, song and dance. Whether […]

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 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!

Activities and entertaining

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.

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 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

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

October 8, 2018

Success Story: International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN)

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.

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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 program […]

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 program 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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