May 29, 2017

What To Do // Ring of Kerry

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The Ring of Kerry is one of the most beautiful drives in Ireland. There is something to be said for the way the coast curves and the water meet the land. Starting in Killarney and looping its way back, there is a chance to see a few of Ireland’s famous landmarks including the Skellig Islands which are home to the 6th-century monastery that perching on Skellig Michael. You can take as little or as much time as you want on the route as there is so much to see and do. Every corner you turn, there is a whole new photo opportunity.

Killarney is just three hours outside of Dublin on the Western Coast of the island. The town is home to authentic cuisine and lively Irish music, but it is also the starting point for this route. Once on your way, there are a variety of different viewpoints to stop at but here are a few suggestions on where to stop along the way.

1. Railway Bridge Walk
2. Inch Beach (It is a little bit off the route, but it is a stunning beach with beautiful sand. It is a great place to take a picnic if you are in the are for a longer period)
3. Kerry Cliffs (Depending on the weather you will most likely be able to see the Skellig Islands)
4. Sneem
5. Carrauntoohil (Highest peak in Ireland)
6. Killarney National Park

These places are just several of the many viewpoints and sites to visit while on this route, but there are quite a few pull outs if you need to snap a picture of the stunning landscape surrounding you.

Although I would recommend doing this at your pace, if there is a shortage of time, there are various tours from Dublin or other places through the country that do offer one or more day trips. These tours are an option if you do not have a car or if you feel like the Ring of Kerry should be viewed without having the hassle of a car.

Food and Drink
The Ring of Kerry does have options for restaurants, but the majority are pubs. If you do not feel like eating pub food during your journey, the best choice is to grab a couple of snacks or pieces of fresh fruit in a market in the larger towns.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments down below! Until next blog post!

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23 thoughts on “What To Do // Ring of Kerry

  1. Beautiful pics! I spent a too short 5 days in Ireland 15 years ago and remember the scenery on the western coast being so stunning. This definitely reminds me that I need to get back there.

  2. The Kerry area is so beautiful! I got a chance to see a bit of the area around Killarney several years ago, but since I was there on a business trip I didn’t get a chance to do the Ring of Kerry. Your pictures make me want to head back and see it all – it looks gorgeous!

  3. I’m sad I missed out on this during my trip! Unfortunately I was short on time (and also scared of driving… hah!) but I’ll put it on my must list, it looks amazing! Great photos also, looks like you had a great time!

  4. I’m super sad I missed out on the Ring of Kerry! I was short on time on my trip to Ireland and also super scared of driving there (not really sure why anymore hah!). I’ll add it to my must list for next time, it looks amazing! Great photos, looks like you had a great time.

  5. Pictures are amazing and this is so helpful because I’m in London and have been watching Ng to visit Ireland but just didn’t know where to go! Thanks for the tips, there’s so much more to do than I originally thought.

  6. Aww this place looks beautiful! I’m going to Dublin (well about an hour away) in July so hopefully I’ll get to enjoy some of these views too 🙂 thanks for sharing.

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