Ring Of Kerry

Derrynane KIllarney National Park Ring of Kerry route. ©map

The Famous Ring of Kerry   As Ireland’s most famous scenic drive, you should allow at least 4 days to discover and experience this inspiring tour of Kerry. From Killarney, take the N72 to Killorglin where there are many outdoor activity centres.  For cyclists take the Glencar route taking in glacial lakes and mountain passes to the heart of the Iveragh Peninsula’s Gaeltacht at Dromid (Na Dromoda). From Killorglin to Glenbeigh, the Bog Village is an interesting visit and in Glenbeigh take time to walk or pony trek on the blue flag beach of Rossbeigh or take one of the many local walking tours. Ring of Kerry cycle From Glenbeigh the route opens up to beautiful vistas of Dingle Bay as you approach Kells, where the Victorian Gardens of Kells Bay are located. In Cahersiveen, discover the history of the area at the Old Barracks Heritage Centre or enjoy a rib run around the harbour and Valentia Lighthouse.  Driving to the pretty fishing port of Portmagee take the ferry to Valentia Island.  From Portmagee the ferries leave for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael.  On Valentia Island walk up to Bray Head and Geokaun Mountain for amazing views, visit the Tetrapod Track or take an eco tour round the harbour. On to Portmagee and continue on the Skellig Ring Road, over Coomanaspig Pass to St. Finan’s Bay and on into Ballinskelligs (Baile na Sceilge), a Gaeltacht village, where the Cill Rialaig Famine village and Ballinskelligs Blue Flag Beach are well worth a stop. Waterville, with wonderful views of Ballinskelligs Bay is home to Waterville’s famous Links course and the angler’s paradise, Lough Currane.  Onwards to Caherdaniel, the Coomakista Pass offers spectacular views over Kenmare Bay, Derrynane Harbour, Scariff and Deenish Islands.  Caherdaniel is an ideal base for walking, swimming, canoeing, sailing, horse riding, angling, bird watching and of course, Derrynane House & National Historic Gardens. At Castlecove, visit Ireland’s largest circular stone fort, Staigue Fort.  Next, the colourful village of Sneem, home to the Sculpture Park, Garden of the Senses and Kerrys GeoPark.  In the picturesque Heritage town of Kenmare explore charming shops, cafes, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Glenbeigh Kenmare is gateway to both the Ring of Kerry and Beara Peninsula and here you can enjoy local activity centres, Kilgarvan’s Motor Museum and the heritage of the region is captured at Bonane Heritage Park and Gleninchaquin Park. To complete the Ring of Kerry, travel north to Killarney via Moll’s Gap.  Marvel at the panoramic vistas at Ladies View, with breathtaking views of the Lakes of Killarney.  Visit Torc Waterfall and Muckross House Gardens and Traditional Farms.  Visit the Gap of Dunloe, Kennedys Pet Farm, Coolwood Wildlife Park or take a jaunting car ride to Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey.  Visit the national treasure that is Killarney National Park and enjoy nature at its best in this inspiring and calming environment.

Ring Of Kerry