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17 Jun 2015

Kerry named number 2 in “best places in Europe for family holidays 2015” by Lonely Planet

Tourism Ireland welcomes Lonely Planet accolade

Kerry has been named number two on the list of best places in Europe for family holidays 2015 by Lonely Planet

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The inclusion of Kerry at number two in Europe for family holidays in the influential Lonely Planet list is really good news and will surely help to inspire travellers everywhere to put Kerry and Ireland on their holiday wish-list. It also gives Tourism Ireland another wonderful hook to continue to promote Kerry and the island of Ireland around the world as a ‘must visit’ destination.”
 
Tourism Ireland will take every opportunity to maximise this latest accolade over the coming weeks – spreading the word through its website, Ireland.com, through publicity overseas and through social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter.

Describing Kerry, Lonely Planet says: “Mysterious islands off a craggy coastline; mist-wreathed mountains and lakes; castles, abbeys and other ruins to explore … no wonder County Kerry appeals to the imagination of travellers of all ages. Better still, the popular Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry – part of the Wild Atlantic Way (ireland.com/en-gb/wild-atlantic-way) – have roadside attractions every few miles to keep those with short attention spans engaged.

“This wild part of Ireland is perfect for children (and adults) with a sense of adventure. If you're visiting during the summer months, test their sea legs on the short ferry to Great Blasket Island or, for older would-be sailors, take the boat to the Skelligs; admire the raw power of the Atlantic Ocean during a horse ride along Rossbeigh Beach or let your water babes sign up for surf school; take an epic journey through Killarney National Park, where the Gap of Dunloe trip combines a boat trip with walking, cycling or a pony and trap. Oh, and while you're there, don’t forget a child-pleasing side trip to see Fungie, the wild bottlenose dolphin that has been visiting Dingle Harbour regularly for more than 30 years.”

Notes To Editors

Top Places in Europe for Family Holidays 2015 – Lonely Planet

  1. Kent, England
  2. County Kerry, Ireland
  3. Black Forest, Germany
  4. Budapest, Hungary
  5. Vorarlberg, Austria
  6. Åland archipelago, Finland
  7. Ibiza, Spain
  8. Normandy, France
  9. Skomer and Marloes Sands, Wales
  10. Bohinj, Slovenia