Whenever you are in southwestern Ireland, driving the Ring of Kerry is a must. This 111-mile circular route in County Kerry will entice you from its ancient monuments to the amazing coastal views. Full of Irish magic and lore, it has much to offer and promises to be an enchanting day. Popular stopping points are along the way that include beautiful ocean views, soaring mountains, attractive ruins, large mansions, and fine homes. It makes for a wonderful carefree day. Plus, if you are ever going to see a leprechaun or a fairy, it would be here.
But there are many other things to see as you drive around the Ring. Staigue Fort, Ross Castle, Ballymalis Castle, the Blue Pool, Skellig Michael, Beehive Cells, and Derrynane House, the home of Daniel O’Connell are all major attractions. Plus the landscape is gorgeous. We stopped several times while driving the Ring of Kerry to take in the views and capture them in photographs.
There are also several small villages along the way that have great cafes, appealing shops, friendly residents, and castles to stay in. Take time to enjoy this pleasant laidback day. It might be only 111 miles, but the roads are windy and narrow, so relax, breathe deeply, and relish the moment.
Be sure to stop at beautiful Killarney National Park for a day hike along the tranquil old-world-charm of Killarney’s lakes. The park is famous for its beautiful deer, long horn sheep, mossy rocks, and winding trails. It’s a perfect place for a stroll and a picnic while driving the Ring of Kerry.
Tip: Since this is a very popular tourist drive, there are many buses on the route. To avoid them, drive in the opposite direction, starting at Kenmare and ending at Killarney. Plus Killarney is a great city to spend a night or two. It is just big enough to offer many activities yet small enough to easily find your way around.
There is a lot to see and do in our world, but remember traveling is not just about places. Traveling is about people, discoveries, knowledge, and personal experience. Whether you are dreaming of exotic places, cultural experiences, or a family getaway, I can help make it a trip you will long remember.
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