Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive, Route Map and Guide, Co. Kerry, Ireland – Top 10 Things to Do
|County: Kerry||Route Length (km): 200|
|Nearest town: Killarney||OS Map: 83|
|Route shape: Loop||Route type: Other|
|Parking: Car park||Wheelchair friendly?: Yes|
|Family/child friendly?: Yes||Dog friendly?: Yes|
|Grid ref. (start): V 95598 91354||Grid 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 200km driving loop starting from Killarney, heading clockwise around the 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.
The official Ring of Kerry route uses a fairly boring road 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, the picturesque 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.
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:
- Killarney – visit Ross Castle – fish, take a boat trip or kayak on the lakes, Killarney National Park and The Blue Pool
- Killarney – enjoy the views at Muckross House and Lakes and the history of Muckross Abbey,
- Killarney – Torc Waterfall and climb Torc Mountain in only 2 hours with stunning views over Killarney
- The Kerry Way walking trail (210km / 140 miles) – the world’s best long hike through wild Kerry
- Enjoy Ladies View and Molls Gap (scenic viewpoints) and mouth watering Pancakes in Strawberry Fields
- The wonderful Kenmare Town, Entertainment, Harbour Tour, Star Watersports and 4,000 year old stone circle
- The friendly Sneem Village – Geopark, Walking and Storytelling Festival and ancient Church and Cemetery
- Staigue and Loher Ancient Stone forts
- Derrynane House home of Daniel O’Connell and Derrynane Blue Flag beach
- Bolus Head and Hogs Head Loop Walks
- Ballinskelligs Blue Flag Beach and Castle and Skellig’s Chocolate factory
- Coomanaspig Mountain scenic viewing spot and the colourful Portmagee Village
- Portmagee and Valentia Island – Boat trip to the Skellig Islands
- Valentia Island – Skellig Experience Heritage Centre and Knightstown Village
- Valentia Island – Bray Head walk, Blue Pool Natural Swimming Pool and Culoo Fishing Cliffs
- Valentia Island – Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs (600ft)
- Valentia Island – World famous Valentia Slate Quarry and Triathlon in May
- Valentia Island – 385 million year old Tetrapod footprints fossil
- Valentia Island Sea Sports – Kids Heaven and take a evening Kayak with dinner on the uninhabited Beginish Island.
- Caherciveen – Cahergal and Leacanabuaile Ancient Stone Forts
- Cahersiveen – White Strand Blue Flag Beach, Cuas Crom Harbour and Ballycarbery Castle
- Glenbeigh – Mountain Stage scenic views, Rossbeigh Beach and Drung Hill
- Killorglin – Puck Fair in August – Irelands Oldest Fair and fishing on Caragh Lake
- MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains and Irelands highest Mtn. Corrán Tuathail (1,039m)
- 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 Ivereagh Peninsula has everything. From the mountains to the shoreline, the walks to watersports, 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.
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