Accessibility in Co. Kerry
Last week we sang the praises of county Clare and what it had to offer those looking for holiday fun without the accessibility headache. This week, we are going to focus on country Kerry. Home to our very own Darragh Lynch and choc-full of accessible adventures.
Whether it’s a 2-week staycation or a long weekend, county Kerry has plenty to offer. So, sit back, relax and take notes on what could be your next holiday in Ireland.
Dingle Dolphin Tours
Splash about with Fungi the dolphin with the Dingle Bay Dolphin Tour. Dingle has been home to Fungi the dolphin for near 30 years now and it’s clear why. Dingle is a picturesque holiday town with stunning views.
Book a harbour cruise and spot the local landmarks like Valentia Island and Carrauntoohill (Ireland’s highest mountain). You can learn more and/or book your tour here.
Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium
If Fungi was playing up and didn’t greet his guests, you can get up close and personal with the fish in the Dingle aquarium.
Accessibility: Oceanworld is easily accessible with a ramp to the entrance and everything on one level when you are inside. There is an accessible toilet inside and disabled parking across the road courtesy of the county council.
Wonder at the Shark tank, enjoy the Polar Penguin Experience or you can chill at the tropical oasis and so much more. Click here now to learn more about Oceanworld Dingle.
A Day at the Beach
Sometimes you just can’t beat a day at the beach. Listening to the waves crash against the sand or delightful crunch in your sandwich. It’s a day of wholesome fun.
For wheelchair users, this wouldn’t be an ideal day but now thanks to Kerry County Council, a beach wheelchair is available free of charge to use at Inch Beach from June to September.
100% free to use, but you will need to ring ahead to order it and make sure there is one available for you. To learn more and to book yours, click here.
Puck Fair – Aonach an Phoic
Aonach an Phoic meaning ”Fair of the He-Goat” is one of Ireland’s oldest fairs. Every year a goat-catcher goes up into the mountains to catch a wild goat. The goat is brought into Killorglin town where Queen of Puck (usually a young schoolgirl from the local primary school) crowns him King Puck and this signifies that the festivities have begun.
Puck Fair is every August (10th – 12th), sadly this year (2021) Puck Fair has been canceled because of Covid-19 until 2022 but feel free to learn more about Puck and what is to come next summer Puck Fair website.
Tour the Ring of Kerry
No holiday in Kerry is complete without finishing the Ring of Kerry. 179 km of picturesque lakes, waterfalls, mountains, and views to take in. That’s around 3.5 hours round trip, not including a few stops for a little sightseeing.
I myself have stopped to look out on ”Ladies View” en route to Valentia Island and it is a sight to behold. Popping out the flask and enjoying a cuppa with a view is the dream.
Here is a great list of what you can look forward to seeing and experiencing along the Ring of Kerry.
Out of the Blue
Next door to the Dingle dolphin tour is Out of the Blue, an amazing seafood-only resturant. For all of the seafood a-fish-ionado’s out there, this is the place to be. Whether you love your mussels, want to crack in a lobster, or love the old reliable Code and chips. Out of the Blue is the place for seafood here in Dingle.
Accessibility: Fully accessible for wheelchair users with easy access to the facilities. There is a deck of tables and chairs with a step up or you can eat in front of the restaurant with no hassle. Check out their menu link here for more and make sure you have a napkin, your mouth is going to water.
The Bianconi is a great place to relax and enjoy yourself here in Killorglin. Perhaps it’s a great halfway point on your trip around the Ring of Kerry for a chance to try their award-winning food. Learn more here about what the Bianconi has to offer, you won’t be disappointed.
With the Bianconi, the food is 100% worth going for but do keep in mind, if you are looking to stay that the rooms are not wheelchair accessible as they have no lift and all rooms are upstairs.
The Mad Monk
The Mad Monk here in Killarney is a firm favourite of the locals for their fresh fish and grill specials. Dining outside is wheelchair accessible and their crab claws are to die for. Whether you are passing through or staying over in Killarney, The Mad Monk is definitely worth a visit.
Stay tuned for next weeks final edition of the holiday fun without the accessibility headache as we explore Galway and all its wonders.
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