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Kerry’s Reeks District wins international fame for 2019

The newly named Reeks District of Kerry has made it on to the Rough Guide list of top places to visit in 2019, joining a Chinese region known for its tea and flowers, an Argentinean wetland and the Jordanian home of the Star Wars franchise.

The travel guide says Kerry has been on the tourism map for so long that it is “easy to be jaded about the region’s beauty” but adds that the “spectacular MacGillycuddy’s Reeks” refreshes the brand “by taking you inside that postcard scenery”.

Readers are encouraged to “drive, walk, hike, climb, bike, kayak or sail around the mountains and lakes of this rugged landscape encircled by the Ring of Kerry”.

The highlight of the trip – both literally and metaphorically – is Carrauntoohil, the guide book says. “At 1,038.6 metres (3,407 ft), reaching the peak is an achievable day trek for anyone of reasonable fitness,” it suggests.

The guide book also draws attention to less strenuous walks which take in “sheep-dotted moorland or a deserted Atlantic beach” and it mentions both Inch and Rossbeigh as ideal for family picnickers.

While the area’s small towns and villages “highlight the modern Ireland of trendy coffee shops, young designers and boutique B&Bs,” the “live music pubs and hearty fare remain the same, as does the traditional Irish welcome”.

Puck Fair, the horse races on the sands at Glenbeigh and the “torch-lit procession full of ancient folklore to celebrate Biddy’s Day” all get a mention.

You can read more about the Reek District here.

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