The Ring of Kerry is internationally renowned as one of Ireland’s best road-trips. It is technically a circular route around County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula, but to truly experience the best of The Ring, expect to get lost somewhere in the middle, zig-zagging back and forth over mountain passes and though the gaps in between. Best sections of The Ring can be found west of Glenbeigh, from Waterville through to Sneem and from Sneem and Kenmare right through to Killarney (on R568 and N71).
You could set off in the morning from Killarney and complete The Ring of Kerry in a day, following the tourist trail sign posted along the way, but honestly take our advice and get a little lost on the tracks that make their way through the middle as well. Yes, it will require some backtracking, but we promise you won’t regret it.
Look out for signs that lead the way to the Gap of Dunloe, Ballaghbeama Gap and Black Valley, because if you think that the best views are on the coast, hold your breath for what’s in the middle.
Hungry for more? Add on the Skellig Ring at the tip of the peninsular out to Portmagee as well. Here, on the southern side of the sleepy seaside village, you will encounter a steep, winding climb, offering great coastal views.
Not to be missed is Killarney National Park, including Muckross House, Torc waterfall, Lough Leanne, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake.
The Jaunting Cars are a fantastic way to enjoy the Park, topping off the amazing experience of County Kerry.
And now join us for a drive around the breath taking Ring of Kerry…