County Kerry named Ireland’s best holiday destination

Home to some of the most stunning scenery the Emerald Isle has to offer, the Kingdom of Kerry has been named Ireland’s best holiday destination.

From the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry to the Skellig Islands, there is plenty to see and do in Ireland’s Kingdom County.

Thus, it is no surprise that County Kerry has been named Ireland’s best holiday destination.

Staycations have been on the agenda for many over the past few months. So, the people of Ireland have loved exploring what has always been right on their doorstep.

Holidaying in Ireland – a must-visit destination

Holidaying in Ireland has surged in recent years.
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Allied Irish Banks (AIB) compiled a detailed report of the spending habits of Ireland’s staycationers over the past year.

The report revealed that County Kerry was Ireland’s best holiday destination. Most holidaymakers chose to head to the southwest county throughout June, July, and August this year.

The AIB report showed that a whopping 55 million card transactions were logged in County Kerry throughout August, with most visitors travelling from Dublin, Cork, and Limerick.

The Kingdom of Kerry – Ireland’s best holiday destination

Kerry named Ireland's best holiday destination.
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It will come as no surprise to many that County Kerry has been named Ireland’s best holiday destination.

Set along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, County Kerry is a gem of the southwest. It is a must-visit for anyone looking to discover Ireland’s natural beauty.

Kerry is home to the famous Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, including Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. Thus, the county is a haven for those looking to explore the great outdoors.

For those who’d rather take in the scenery from a car window, the Ring of Kerry is renowned as one of the most scenic drives in the world.

However, the report from AIB also revealed that Kerry’s residents mostly chose to staycation outside of their home county.

Those lucky enough to live in the Kingdom spent their time off in the neighbouring County Cork.

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Kerry is a must-visit as Ireland's best holiday destination.
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John Brennan, head of SME banking at AIB, spoke to the Irish Post following the news that County Kerry was named Ireland’s best holiday destination.

He revealed, “We’ve seen a steady increase in spending by consumers across hotels, pubs and restaurants since hospitality reopened.

“Kerry was the place where the most consumers were spending money on hotels, pipping Galway and Cork to become Ireland’s top holiday destination this year.”

A favourite among international travellers – the best of Ireland in one county

County Kerry has been named Ireland's best holiday destination.

Those travelling from further afield, particularly the U.K. and the U.S.A, also favour County Kerry as a holiday destination.

The Kingdom boasts some of the most incredible attractions you can find on the Emerald Isle. So, we are not surprised that Kerry has been named Ireland’s best holiday destination.

Visitors can discover natural gems, such as the Blasket Islands, Muckross Castle, Torc Waterfall, the lakes of Killarney, and more.

Plus, for those who want to take a deep dive into local life, Kerry’s pub, food, and live music scene is unrivalled.

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