The Beautiful Kingdom

John Wesson

Take a grand tour of Kerry and discover its people, landscape and wildlife - from the lush pastures of the North to the tranquil lakes of Killarney, from the other-worldly Skellig Islands to the serenity of the Blaskets and the rainbows and snow-capped mountains of Macgillycuddy's Reeks.
Date Published :
August 2022
Publisher :
The O'Brien Press
Illustration :
280 Halftones, color
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781847179302
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.85 X 8.5 inches
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781788493673
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.85 X 8.5 inches
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The Kingdom of Kerry is both a visitor’s and a photographer’s delight. Everywhere you turn, in every season, there’s a feast for the eyes, from magnificent sunsets to huge Atlantic waves to the bare trees of winter. Discover miles and miles of beaches, rugged peninsulas, inlets and cliffs, as well as mountains, lakes, sheep and wild goats. The soft rains produce an abundance of flora, like bog cotton and fuchsia, while the lush, sweet grass is perfect for Kerry’s famous dairy farming. The towns, like Killarney and Tralee, are lively and welcoming, and the people are proud of all things Kerry, from their Gaelic footballers to their writers and artists. In summer, festivals abound, like the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Listowel Writers’ Festival or the Rose of Tralee, while locals and visitors alike also enjoy great fishing, regattas and GAA.

John Wesson celebrates Kerry’s people and lifestyle, its moods and its magnificence. Come and explore this phenomenal natural wilderness, nestled on the Atlantic’s edge. Here there is room to be alone … but never lonely.

About The Author

John is based between England and County Kerry, Ireland, with much of his work focused upon the land and seascapes of the emerald isle. John's subject matter is much varied, preferring inspiring locations and original subjects to the contemporary, often clichéd images seen. His quest for unique images has lead him into every corner of Kerry, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Skelligs, to some of its oldest abandoned buildings. Thanks to this quest he has found himself in some truly singular situations, such as the private mass held by Franciscan friars on Skellig Michael.

John's work can be seen online at, and is displayed in exhibitions and outlets across the County.


Introduction page 09

North Kerry

Tarbert 15

Ballylongford 16

Ballybunion 16

Listowel 17

Ballyduff 19

Ballyheigue 20

Ardfert 22

Fenit 23

Tralee 26

Castleisland 29

The Dingle Peninsula

Annascaul 33

Inch 34

Dingle Bay 35

Dingle 36

Slea Head 42

Dunquin 44

Conner Pass 48

Cloghane 49

Brandon 49

Fermoyle 50

Castlegregory 50

The Maharees 51

Fahamore 51

The Blaskets

The Blaskets 54

The Iveragh Peninsula

Milltown 63

Killorglin 64

Cromane 68

Glenbeigh 68

Rossbeigh 69

Kells Bay 72

Cahersiveen 74

Portmagee 76

Valentia 80

Ballinskelligs 92

St Finian’s Bay 97

Waterville 102

Derrynane 108

Sneem 112

Kenmare 114

The Mountains 119

The Gap of Dunloe 130

The Skelligs

The Skelligs 134


Killarney 14

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