Ring Of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive that follows a circular route along the unspoilt landscapes of the Iveragh Peninsula. Apart from experiencing some of the best scenery Ireland has to offer, the Ring of Kerry also offers a range of outdoor sporting pursuits including golf, water sports, hill walking and cycling. The landscape offers pastures, mountains, cliffs and beautiful beaches.
The route itself is 179km long, and while it could be completed in a single day, it is recommended that you take your time and enjoy the experience. Starting in Killarney, the route passes through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen and Killorglin. Most people chose to spend a night in Killarney, and both the Riverside Hotel and the Killarney Court Hotel are recommended.
All car drivers are recommended to drive the Ring of Kerry in a counter-clockwise manner to facilitate coaches who drive in a clockwise manner. After leaving Killarney, follow the signposts for Killorglin, a quiet but beautiful town situated close to Killarney. Killorglin is famous for the annual Puck Fair Festival held every August. The town of Killorglin is a market town, and provides access to the Gap of Dunloe and the Black Valley beside Ireland's tallest mountain, Carrauntouhil. The next town after Killorglin is Glenbeigh which is most famous for a 4km stretch of pristine beach.
Waterville is a beautiful village that overlooks Ballinskelligs Bay. One of the best highlights of Waterville is the Golf Links which was rated 34th in the Top 100 Courses in the World by Golf Magazine (UK).
Caherdaniel is situated at the halfway point around the Ring of Kerry, and is famous as being the home town of Daniel O'Connell, a pacifist and liberator. The town overlooks the beautiful Valentia Harbour, and offers a range of traditional music venues and friendly bars.
The final town along the ring of Kerry before the route returns to Killarney is Kenmare. Kenmare is a small market town, but is an ideal place to stay before returning to Killarney. There are a lot of attractions between Killarney and Kenmare, namely Muckross House, Lady's View and Moll's Gap. In Kenmare, The Kenmare Bay Hotel is recommended and also offers Self Catering Cottages.