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)
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.
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