South West Ireland

South West Ireland
Counties in this region: Cork and Kerry

The County of Cork shares with Kerry the south-western corner of Ireland. Washed by the warm Gulf Stream and tje mild moist southerly winds, palm trees and bamboo flourish.

The region is steeped in ancient history and folklore. There are over 100 heritage and cultural sites of significance covering many diverse aspects of Ireland’s past.

Cork is the largest of all the Irish counties and Cork City, the European Capital of Culture 2005 is alive with the cultural richness of a truly modern city – annually featuring the world-renowned film and jazz festivals.

No matter from which direction the county of Kerry is approached, the great mountains of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks draws the eyes of the traveller, including Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil at 1, 039 m.