Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

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Name Ring of Kerry County Kerry Nearest Town Killarney Access Road N70/N71/R562 About How does one describe the Ring of Kerry with such limited space? To make it brief, as out of necessity we must, does this wonderful route an injustice.

The only solution is to come see for yourself; this is without doubt right up there with all the Wonders of the World.

The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail in County Kerry that starts in Killarney and covers the 170 kilometre circular road heading around the Iveragh Peninsula and passing through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahirciveen and Killorglin.

Popular stopping points include Muckross House (near Killarney), Derrynane House, home of Daniel OConnell.

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.

The complete list of major attractions along the Ring of Kerry includes: Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen Heritage Centre, Derrnyane House, Skellig Experience, Staigue Fort, Kenmare Lace, Molls Gap, Ladies View, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, The Blue Pool, Ross Castle, Ogham Stones, St Marys Cathedral, Muckross Abbey, Franciscan Friary, Kellegy Church, OConnell 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 sign posted 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.
Finians Bay and Valentia Island which the official driving tour of the 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 sat-nav systems were blamed for directing bus drivers in a clockwise direction around the route causing chaos and danger on the roads.

If you are driving, the biggest danger is the distraction of the incredible beauty.

You would be well advised to let someone else do the driving to allow you appreciate the scenery.