The Ring of Kerry is a mystical Celtic tourist trail through some of the best scenery in Ireland. The route starts and ends in Killarney, Co Kerry and covers over 170km of stunning scenery around the Iveragh Peninsula. It is possible to complete this trail in one day, but to do so would mean missing too many attractions. After departing from Killarney, the route passes through Kenmare, Sneem, Watervill, Cahersiveen and Kilorglin to name but a few towns along the way. During the first part of this trip, Muckross House and the Gap of Dunloe are unmissable attractions while Ross Castle, Lough Leane and the Ladies View are other notable options.
The complete list of major attractions along the Ring of Kerry includes: Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen Heritage Centre, Derrynane House, Skellig Experience, Staigue Fort, Kenmare Lace, Molls Gap, Ladies View, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, The Lakes of Killarney, The Blue Pool, Ross Castle, Ogham Stones, St Mary’s Cathedral, Muckross Abbey, Franciscan Friary, Kellegy Church, O’Connell Memorial Church, Sneem Church and Cemetery, Skellig Michael - a must see, Beehive Cells and the Stone Pillars marking an important grave.
The Ring of Kerry has some of the finest beaches (See Rossbeigh in the Ross-Maine area and Caherdaniel Beach near Sneem) in Europe that provide all the facilities for a traditional seaside holiday. Above all the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland - see the Iron Age Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. Visitors to Ireland should not miss a trip to the beautiful Ring of Kerry.
The Ring of Kerry is one of the most dramatic scenic drives in the country, and the journey of 105 miles makes a most exciting trip. There are several towns and villages to enjoy along the way. Not to be missed is the boat trip to the Skellig Experience on Valentia Island, a Visitor Centre interpreting life on the two Skellig Rocks, located 10 miles off the South West Kerry Coast. Derrynane House, the home of Daniel O’ Connell, “The Liberator”, in Caherdaniel has been preserved as a museum depicting the life and times of one of Ireland’s greatest men. Riverville House Bed and Breakfast in Kenmare is ideally situated to take advantage of all of this and gives you a relaxing place to return home to in the evening.
Ring of Kerry Tourism