A highly popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry covers a 179km long circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula. The road passes through rugged landscapes, castle ruins, forts, mountains and lakes, making it a feast of natural beauty for the senses.
Ross Castle in Killarney
Ross Castle in Killarney at twilight
Ross Castle, a 15th century Towerhouse is just outside of Killarney and is well worth a scheduled stop on your road trip. The castle is situated in Killarney’s National Park, on the banks of Lough Leane, the largest of the three Lakes of Killarney, and it looks out on Innisfallen Island.
Torc Waterfall is another stop close to Killarney Town and is a popular spot with tourists. Standing 20 metres high with plenty of panoramic viewing points, it’s sure to capture your imagination. You gain access to the waterfall through a short stroll through scenic woodland.
Located about 2 miles from the village of Glenbeigh on the Ring of Kerry, Rossbeigh is a scenic, sandy beach, ideal for a long walk with plenty of parking! Offering multiple popular family activities such as water sports and horse riding, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The town of Cahersiveen is poised at the foot of Beentee Mountain and overlooks Valentia Harbour. There are many attractions within the town, including the Old Barracks and heritage centre, the stone forts of Cahergal, along with the remains of Ballybarbery Castle
The Skellig Ring
View of Skellig Michael
The Skellig Ring drive is a slight detour from the Ring of Kerry, but it will reward you with some stunning views.
Access Valentia Island by road bridge from Portmagee and enjoy a view of Skellig Michael, the Basket Islands and the Dingle Peninsula at once. If you also wish to visit Skellig Michael, it is just a quick boat ride away - this popular and historic monastic site has recently featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The final stop on our Ring of Kerry road trip is the small town of Kenmare, nestled between the Macgillycuddy Reeks and Caha Mountains. Known for it’s award-winning hotels, restaurants and good food, it makes an ideal place to stop and refuel at the end of your journey.
The Ring of Kerry marks the end of our 3-part road trip series in which we have also explored the Causeway Coastal Route and the Wild Atlantic Way. There is so much to see and do around Ireland; we hope we have inspired you to take a road trip, this spring. Wishing you safe & happy driving!