Considered by many to be an unappealing alternative to spending your nights in Killarney or Kenmare, Tralee is admittedly more rugged. However, it does have its perks and a few sights that are worth exploring if you are passing through. The Kerry County Museum (066 712 7777) is noteworthy. It is a part of the visitor center (both open daily, admission 7/10) in Ashe Memorial Hall and also displays historical memorabilia. The best sights around Tralee include:
From Tralee, the Blennerville Windmill (066 712 1064) stands nearly 20 meters (66feet) in height and is one of a few that still functions. Open daily. Closed November–March. Admission 4/6.
Outside the town of Listowel, just west of Ballylongford, you will encounter Carrigafoyle Castle (meaning “rock of the chasm”). This fifteenth-century castle is a vaulted five-story stone fort with a spiral staircase leading to the top. At one time, the castle formed its own island and even had a small boat dock between the bawns. Open all year. Admission free.
In Listowel, stop by the Kerry Literary and Cultural Centre (066 22 212,
For kids and adults alike, Crag Cave (066 714 1244,