Ring of Kerry
Arguably the most iconic and best-known driving loop in Ireland, ‘The Ring’ is the treasure trove of the southwest coast of Ireland. With rolling green hills, jaw-dropping cliffs, and sparkling lakes, it is one of the main reasons why people from all across the globe visit The Kingdom. The Ring of Kerry is a circular route which can be started at many access points, Killarney arguably being the most popular one. It is approximately 180 Kms long with part of the route also being some of the south-west part of the famed Wild Atlantic Way, journeying through picturesque villages, and taking in spectacular scenery and skirting stunning sandy beaches. These are our Top 10 suggestions for stops you should make on your day on the Ring – Kerry Bog Village, Rossbeigh Beach, Sheepdogs Trials at Caitin Baiters, Kells Gardens, The Old Barracks in Cahersiveen, detour to Valentia Island (try to make time) Derrynane House and Gardens, Sneem Sculpture Park & Monuments, Staigue Fort, Castlecove Beach. As your journey comes to an end, enjoy the wonderful views at Molls Gap or relax with a coffee at Ladies View.
Local Knowledge Tips! Always drive the Ring of Kerry in an anti-clockwise direction to minimise traffic problems on the narrower sections of some roads and to avoid oncoming buses, and leave early – by 9am if possible!