Matt LeBlanc praised "beautiful" Kerry after he completed filming scenes for the current series of Top Gear in the county, and now viewers have taken to social media in their droves to echo the same sentiments.

The beauty of Co. Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way was showcased on last night's episode of the car show and the stunning scenery went down a treat with viewers on social media.

The long-awaited Ireland special aired with hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc heading to Dingle to see whether the new Rolls-Royce Dawn could out-class its ancestor, a 1976 Corniche.

Speaking to RTÉ after filming the Kerry segment in April, LeBlanc said: "It was nice, beautiful roads to drive that car on, the people were lovely, I had a really nice time."

"At the end of the day when we were all done and back at the hotel I had my first pint of Guinness... It was delicious, delicious," he added.

LeBlanc's co-host Evans revealed their reasons for choosing to film in Ireland. "We ended up here because it's over the water, we had to come and film in Ireland," he said. "We had to have the Rolls Royce, we had to have one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world, and we knew the weather was going to be like this (clear blue skies), because it always is isn't it."

How you doin'? LeBlanc takes in the Ring of Kerry

On his travels around Kerry, LeBlanc took in the sights and met fans - he even managed to gatecrash a hen party. Sarah Jayne Murphy was celebrating her hen in Kenmare when LeBlanc drove up behind her and posed for a picture.

One of the hens, Lisa Marie Keane, posted the snap to Twitter, writing: “Thanks for making our hen’s day!!! #kenmare #topgear”

The actor happily posed for a quick photo with another fan in The Killarney Oaks and signed an autograph on a napkin.

When LeBlanc and the Top Gear crew rolled into Kerry, fans seized the opportunity to snag a few selfies with the star, including our very own Kathryn Thomas who was in Kenmare doing a spot of shopping.

Pictures of LeBlanc in a royal blue Rolls Royce also did the rounds and locals turning out in their droves to catch a glimpse of the man at work.

Local politicians have wasted no time in praising the show, with hopes that the exposure from the episode will give a boost to tourism in the region. Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin was one of the first to give the Top Gear a thumbs up for featuring the splendour of the South-West.

"The BBC has done Kerry a great service. The hugely positive exposure and marketing that the county received last night would have been very expensive to buy and will have a large impact. It's my hope that this will lead to increased bookings from the UK and beyond..." 

The second series of Top Gear is set to begin filming in September.