Kerry experiences a mid-Atlantic climate, with ocean breezes keeping Ireland cool throughout the year. Regardless of when you book your flight to Killarney, you won’t feel extreme conditions of heat or cold.
When to fly to Kerry
Flights to Kerry fill up during the summertime, when the weather in the south of Ireland is on its best behaviour and rain clouds dissipate. The Rose of Tralee Festival draws visitors from all over Ireland, Europe and the USA each August. If you plan to take part in the festivities, be sure to make Kerry flight and hotel arrangements months in advance.
The winter months are low season. The weather in October-March is often rainy and cold. Occasionally there’s snow.
Getting around Kerry
Bus Éireann can take you from the Kerry airport into town or on to Killarney and Tralee. Trains also travel to these cities and beyond, to the tip of the Dingle and Iveragh peninsulas. Car rental is a good option for maximum independence.
Kerry insider information
- The Ring of Kerry features some of Ireland’s oldest and most prized attractions, including the Bog Village, the Torc Waterfall and Muckross Abbey. The tour begins in Killarney, and there are cycling and walking routes available for those adventurous enough to take on a fragment of the route on two wheels - or two legs.
- The Rose of Tralee Festival welcomes Irish lads and lasses from around the world every August. Those on flights to Kerry during August are in for a treat – the streets of Tralee are beautifully lit and abuzz with parades, open-air markets and live music.
- The expanse of Killarney National Park covers roughly 25,000 acres. Several local landmarks are located within the boundaries of the park, including Ross Castle. Ross Castle is worth the short drive from downtown Killarney, especially for aspiring photographers. The castle could hardly be described as ruins as the structure itself is very much still intact even after its attack in the 17th century, but its stunning waterfront views make for a surreal, dream-like experience and amazing photographs.
- Golf pros from around the world are flocking to southwestern Ireland for ideal sporting conditions and lush, green courses by the dozen. Narrow down which golf course you’d like to visit before your flight to Kerry, as the county is home to some of the best greens in the country. Ballybunion, Dooks and Kenmare are all golf clubs that have been around since the 19th century.