Tucked away in Ireland’s south west but within close reach of several airports, the region of Kerry in Ireland has a lot to offer. Sandy beaches stretch for miles, vast lakes beckon to adventure lovers and foodie delights abound along the Wild Atlantic Way — not to mention that the county is home to Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil.
Not only do Kerry’s eclectic offerings make it a great choice for a tailor-made incentive itinerary, conference or meeting, but with wide open space and the ability to socially distance a top priority for the foreseeable future, the county’s remote destinations, outdoor activities and low population density make it the perfect spot to get away from it all — and the ideal base for events influenced by safety measures.
Although travel and business tourism are temporarily on hold in most places around the world, it’s the right time to start researching your next corporate event or incentive trip from the safety of your home. Let this virtual tour of Kerry’s beautiful landscapes and authentic experiences inspire you to create a truly one-of-a-kind business tourism experience.
Located in the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the buzzing town of Killarney is a great base for exploring the Kingdom of Kerry and is very accessible — only 20 minutes from Kerry Airport, an hour and a half from Cork Airport and just over three hours from Dublin Airport.
There is an array of multi-award winning five star hotels in the area, including Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, Europe Hotel and Resort and the town centre’s Killarney Park Hotel (one of the finest luxury hotels in Ireland), each poised to offer warm welcomes and exceptional comfort to guests. Many of the hotels can facilitate large evening dinners on site that showcase authentic food made from local produce. The town is also home to the Killarney Convention Centre; with a capacity of 2,500, it’s Ireland’s largest and most versatile venue for national and international conferences and events outside of Dublin.
Lakes of Killarney, National Park
The Gap of Dunloe
If you’re looking to get away from it all, look no further than the awe-inspiring scenery of the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass that separates the MacGillycuddy's Reeks from the Purple Mountain Group range. Delegates will have the chance to soak up the fresh air while hiking, biking or on a guided car tour. Gourmet picnics can be arranged alongside storytelling sessions that take in traditional tales, legends and folklore.
Gap of Dunloe
No trip to Kerry is complete without a visit to Dingle. Bursting with small town charm and a jewel on Kerry’s coastline, Dingle is located in a Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking region and boasts unforgettable music and culture. The town offers everything from luxurious Irish cream teas to team-building ideas and entertaining nights out.
As well as authentic food, traditional pubs and welcoming locals, Dingle often plays host to conferences and festivals, such as the Dingle International Film Festival, the Animation Dingle International Conference and the Dingle Food Festival.
The Dingle Peninsula
Explore the romance of island life with a trip to the Skelligs, two uninhabited islets off the south west coast. Groups can be transferred by helicopter or boat to Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; once there, visitors will have the chance to explore the lives of the sixth century monks who previously lived on this rugged island, now home to puffin colonies. The tiny island has become very well-known in the last few years for the role it played in the most recent Star Wars films, as Luke Skywalker's sanctuary.
The Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry presents the perfect opportunity for some adventure as visitors tour around the Iveragh Peninsula, discovering rural villages, rugged coastal landscapes and photo opportunities. While you can walk or drive around it, a bicycle tour is the perfect (and socially distanced) way to discover all of its secrets.
Why not let Kerry’s perfect combination of adventure and relaxation spark your imagination, as you gear up for a return to business tourism and plan your next MICE activity? It’s the perfect destination to leave corporate groups refreshed, invigorated and recharged, all in the safety of wide open spaces.
Contact a member of the Meet in Ireland team today to access more comprehensive advice and support. Alternatively, contact the Kerry Convention Bureau for more information and local insights on hosting MICE activities in the region.