Ireland regions: South West Ireland
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Counties in South West Ireland
South West Ireland - The outdoor activity zone!
The Cork Kerry region of South West Ireland is one of the most attractive holiday areas in Ireland. This area has a spectacular coastline of over 1000 km and has Ireland's highest mountain Carrauntoohil at 1039 metres. This region also has Ireland's most southerly point and the most westerly point.
The Cork Kerry region is a region of scenic contrasts. The long indented coastline blends with spectacular mountains, and the many rivers and lakes combine with these mountains to give a landscape that offers much to the visitor.
This is a region where activity holidays play a large role in holiday plans, and County Cork has hosted the Irish Open Golf Championships on a number of occasions in recent years.
Many visitors to the region will remember kissing the Blarney Stone while visiting Blarney Castle outside Cork City. Killarney in County Kerry provides an excellent base for exploring what is known as the 'Ring of Kerry'. This circuitous route around the Dingle peninsula incorporates much of Kerry's world renowned coastlines, mountains and lakes.
Long distance walking is a particularly popular activity in this region with over 1000km of walking routes available and about the same distance of developed or planned cycling routes await the visitor.
With such a long coastline sea and shore fishing is widely available as is excellent game angling. Good coarse angling facilities are available in County Cork.
Cork City is Ireland's third city (after Dublin and Belfast) and has always been an important seaport.