Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive and Cycle, Route Map and Guide, Co. Kerry, Ireland – Top 10 Things to Do


Apr 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm in Driving, Scenic Drives by ActiveME

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County: Route Length (km): 200
Nearest town: OS Map: 83
Route shape: LoopRoute type: Other
Grade/difficulty: AllDuration:
Parking: Car parkWheelchair friendly?: Yes
Family/child friendly?: YesDog friendly?: Yes
Grid ref. (start): V 95598 91354Grid ref. (finish): V 95883 91037


The world famous Ring of Kerry is a 'must do' scenic tourist drive or cycle in County Kerry, in the south west of Ireland. The Ring of Kerry is a 180 to 200 km driving and cycling loop with follows the coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way. Starting from Killarney, cars should drive clockwise around the Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) to avoid any delays from Tour Buses which MUST travel anti-clockwise around the Ring of Kerry due to narrow roads. Take our route map, Gps directions and guide with you by downloading our Free App on iPhone and Android. This is the also the route for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle held in July each year.


The official Ring of Kerry signs the route from Cahersiveen to Waterville which is a great pity because you 'miss' the 'unmissable' Skellig Ring scenic drive which takes in the wonderful Valentia Island accessed by ferry and bridge and the picturesque villages of Portmagee and Ballinskelligs with its great Blue Flag beach and all things these places offer.  Valentia Island is a holiday in itself with all the things to see and do, so don't miss it (see photos).

Remember...Take your time to experience everything on offer by staying overnight along the Ring 

From Killarney, the Ring of Kerry passes through Kenmare, Sneem, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Portmagee, Valentia Island, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh and Killorglin and back to Killarney. Here are just some some popular attractions and points of interest you can visit clockwise around the Ring of Kerry from Killarney:

  1. Killarney - visit Ross Castle - fish, boat or kayak, Killarney National Park and The Blue Pool 
  2. Killarney - enjoy the views at Muckross House and Lakes and the history of Muckross Abbey,
  3. Killarney - Torc Waterfall and climb Torc Mountain in only 2 hours with stunning views 
  4. The Kerry Way walking trail (210km / 140 miles) – the world’s best long hike
  5. Enjoy Ladies View and Molls Gap (scenic viewpoints) and mouth watering Pancakes 
  6. The wonderful Kenmare Town - Music, Tours, Water Sports and 4,000 year old stone circle
  7. The friendly Sneem Village - Geopark, Walking, Storytelling Festival and ancient Church 
  8. Staigue and Loher Ancient Stone forts
  9. Derrynane House home of Daniel O’Connell and Derrynane Blue Flag beach 
  10. Bolus Head and Hogs Head Loop Walks
  11. Ballinskelligs Blue Flag Beach and Castle and Skellig’s Chocolate factory
  12. Coomanaspig Mountain scenic viewing spot and the colourful Portmagee Village
  13. Portmagee and Valentia Island - Boat trip to the Skellig Islands
  14. Valentia Island – Skellig Experience Heritage Centre and Knightstown Village
  15. Valentia Island – Bray Head walk, Blue Pool Natural Swimming Pool and Culoo Fishing Cliffs  
  16. Valentia Island – Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs (600ft)
  17. Valentia Island – World famous Valentia Slate Quarry and Triathlon in May
  18. Valentia Island – 385 million year old Tetrapod footprints fossil
  19. Valentia Island Sea Sports - Kids Heaven. Evening Kayak with dinner on the uninhabited Beginish Island.   
  20. Caherciveen - Cahergal and Leacanabuaile Ancient Stone Forts 
  21. Cahersiveen - White Strand Blue Flag Beach, Cuas Crom Harbour and Ballycarbery Castle 
  22. Glenbeigh - Mountain Stage scenic views, Rossbeigh Beach and Drung Hill
  23. Killorglin - Puck Fair in August – Irelands Oldest Fair and fishing on Caragh Lake
  24. MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains and Irelands highest Mtn. Corrán Tuathail (1,039m)
  25. Take a horse and cart trip or go rock climbing in The Gap of Dunloe, and finish back in Killarney

There is also an established long distance walking route 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.

In short the Ring of Kerry scenic drive on the Iveragh Peninsula has everything. From the mountains to the shoreline, the walks to water sports, the eating, drinking and other entertainment you can't go wrong. Stop off in any of the towns along the way and you'll be in heaven.

To get directions and to follow the route, use our Map of Ireland and Sat Nav tools on our website and our GPS maps on our free ActiveMe iPhone and Android App.  Feel free to send us your photos and add you own star rating, comments or suggestions below.

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