Entry Points: Shannon Airport, Cork Airport, Kerry Airport

An extremely popular holiday destination for many reasons – enchanting beaches, high mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, ancient monuments, top restaurants and some of the liveliest traditional music pubs in Ireland.

Some things to do and see in the South West region

  • Blarney Castle: site of the famous Blarney Stone
  • The Ring of Kerry: an area of outstanding beauty
  • Killarney National Park: with the famous Lakes of Killarney
  • The Blasket Islands: walk on the edge of Europe
  • The Cobh Heritage Centre: a memorial to the millions of Irish emigrants
  • The Dingle Peninsula: an area of archaeological significance and pristine beauty
  • Muckross House and Gardens: one of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland
  • Ross Castle: an imposing building dating from the 15th century
  • Inch Strand: more than a mile of golden sand, and the setting for movies including Ryan’s Daughter and The Playboy of the Western World
  • Fota Wildlife Park: a place to enjoy animals in their natural habitat
  • Beara Peninsula: an area of outstanding unspoint beauty
  • Skellig Michael: this island monastery is a World Heritage Site
  • Ilnacullen Gardens: an enchanted garden island in a sheltered inlet of Bantry Bay
  • Kenmare: a beautiful haven of tranquillity, gourmet food and unspoilt scenery
  • Sherkin Island: steeped in history and blessed with natural beauty
  • Crag Cave: Ireland’s leading show cave, thought to be over one million years old
  • Charles Fort, Kinsale
  • Crawford Art Gallery, Cork