Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail in County Kerry ,  south-western Ireland. A must see on any Ireland tours.

The route covers the 170 km circular road  (N70 , N 71 and R562) , starting from Killarney , heading around the Iveragh Peninsula  and passing through Kenmare ,  Sneem ,  Waterville ,  Cahersiveen and Killorglin .

Popular points include Muckross House (near Killarney) , Staigue stone fort and Derrynane House  , home of Daniel O’Connell .

Just south of Killarney, Ross Castle , Lough Leane ,and Ladies View  (a panoramic viewpoint) , all located within Killarney National Park , are major attractions located along the Ring.

A more 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 , Moll’s Gap , Ladies View , Torc Waterfall ,  Muckross House , 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 ,  Beehive Cells and the Stone Pillars marking an important grave.

There is also an established walking path named The Kerry Way , which takes its own route , and a signposted Ring of Kerry cycling path which uses older quieter roads where possible. The Kerry Way roughly follows the scenic driving route of the Ring of Kerry.

There are numerous variations to the route taking in St. Finian’s Bay  and Valentia Island which the official driving ring misses  (the official cycling route takes in Valentia island).

The Ring of Kerry has much to offer in terms of attractions. Not only does it have some of Europe’s finest beaches , but also offers the Gap of Dunloe , Bog Village , Derrynane House , the Skellig Experience Valentia Island , Molls Gap , Torc Waterfall , Muckross House and Ross Castle.

“The Ring” is a popular day trip and numerous bus companies offer trips during the summer months. As the narrow roads make it difficult for tour coaches to pass , all tour buses run in an anti-clockwise (or counter-clockwise) direction , traveling via Killorglin first. It is recommended that car owners travel in the opposite direction , going first to Kenmare to avoid delays caused by tour buses. In 2008 satellite navigation systems were blamed for directing bus drivers in a clockwise direction around the route .

However with Ireland Luxury Tours we can “access all areas” and make your tour of Ireland special. We are a much better option than a coach tour.