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A pretty drive, yes. Worth the hours of drive time, absolutely not. I am from Idaho and maybe we are more accustomed to scenic views, but this drive did absolutely nothing for me or my family. So many positive reviews I expected more. I have...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank SkiNadroj
Reviewed 5 days ago

Heading anti-clockwise, we started out from Killarney in a heavy fog. Given the weather conditions, we stopped in Killorgin to re-evaluate our onward travel. The group voted to proceed and luckily for us, the fog lifted. The morning journey was breathtaking, given that we took...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FlyingTheCoop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a drive here and offered amazing views. But the road only went one way and this led to an arkward encounter with another car that involved a lot of reversing and pressure. Highly recommend but be prepared but be prepared for windy, twisty...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank yeetus24
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We’ve driven the Ring of Kerry twice now, once in early May and now in early December. First time was counterclockwise (the route the busses take) and this last time we tried clockwise. As a photographer I can safely recommend the counterclockwise direction for the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mkayreagan
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Worth the trip to South Ireland to see. Bring some Gravol if you get car sick easy, the roads are full of curves and hills, and all day on a bus will test your stomach!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Melwest86
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As usual the large numbers of visitors detracts from the otherwise pristine scenes...and it is therefore why we will in future seek othe rplaces to visit that are less busy...

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank singingbowl777
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Beautiful coastal drive! We were lucky to have gorgeous weather while driving through the Ring of Kerry!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dratt2002
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

No crowds in December & therefore easy roads (as they are very tiny at parts). It is definitely more beautiful to visit in the summertime but we were lucky with some fair weather during our visit. We went clockwise to avoid being held back from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank classyterrell
Reviewed November 24, 2018

On good weather day we saw lovely views on the Wild Atlantic Way, this was not a nice weather day and although it made the views more difficult to discern it was still a love; outing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank The_Hailes
Reviewed November 24, 2018

Our first stop along the Ring of Kerry is at the Statue of the Virgin Mary which stands at a viewpoint between Caherdaniel and Waterville overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay. We continue on this 100 mile picturesque coastal drive of sparkling landscapes, seascapes, mountains, meadows dotted with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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sunburst
July 19, 2018|
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Response from S6018QGmichaelr | Reviewed this property |
You can drive in either direction, it is recommended to drive counter clockwise-same direction as busses, to avoid issues of backing up on narrow roads and cliffs. I drove it after taking a Buss, I recommend going with the... More
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Faith F
April 3, 2018|
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Response from bobjanh | Reviewed this property |
Can be done but a very good chance you will spend the day driving rather than taking in and enjoying the sites. Not really recommended unless you have no other options.
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I'm so sorry I can't help you as we had a hire-car. Good luck.
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Ruddstar
Warwick, United Kingdom
Ring of Kerry (14 Replies)
Hello there Folks, Some advice please :) Hopefully going to drive the Ring of Kerry for the very first time this Summer. I will be driver and we will be staying in Killarney for one night on a Saturday. Can you help with the following questions: 1. Daft I know, but is there much difference between driving clock wise / anti clock wise ? 2. Can anyone recommend a really nice place for lunch on this drive, either for a Saturday Afternoon, or for a good roast dinner on the Sunday ? ...More
June 19, 2016|
Response fromTongo79|
Hi Ruddstar, If you fancy something off of the main tourist ring then we really enjoyed the following: 1.) The Skelligs Chocolate Factory at St Finan's Bay. A beautiful spot for an interesting business. 2.) A trip up Geokaun Mountain on Valentia Island. You can drive to the top and there are some stunning views, particularly if it is a clear day. 3.) Ballinskelligs Bay. A lovely spot to stop and take in the solitude and the scenery.
jilldonegan
San Angelo, Texas
Best use of time (3 Replies)
Hello, A group of 5 adults will be landing in Dublin, staying one night, taking train to Killarney, picking up car rental, and driving to Kenmare where we will be stationed for 6 nights. Please advise on how to best spend our time given this itinerary. Ring of Kerry and Beara Penninsula are obviously on the to-do list, but any advice on how to approach these routes and suggestions on other things to do, see and experience in the area are highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
April 17, 2013|
Response fromSherrigoleen|
A day trip to Mizen Head, Bantry and Gouganbara will be a great day out! Kenmare is a really nice town with lots of pubs and restaurants. Enjoy!
Denverbarb18
Denver, Colorado
Need trip planning guidance (Ireland with 10 year old) (3 Replies)
Hi, My family, which includes a 10 year old girl, is heading to Ireland for 10 nights. We will spend 3 nights in Dublin visiting friends and are struggling to plan the other 7 nights. We do not want to be moving every night so are looking for a 3 (or maybe 4) places to visit. We are thinking much of the time will be in the SW of the country. We want to enjoy the countryside, the quaint towns, listen to music, sit in pubs, hike, kayak or canoe, take a horseback ride and possibly bike (if...More
March 13, 2017|
Response fromTony2Phones|
Guess your 10yr old isn't paying otherwise Ballyseede might appeal a bit more. might also make more sense. Dublin to Kilkenny via whichever of many routes. Kilkenny to Cork area, Kinsale is an option but Fota (Cobh?) has a wildlife park or Blarney has a Castle with great grounds. Cork area to Killarney, for a couple of nights? Drive the Dingle Peninsula on the way to Ballyseede. Ballyseede to Dublin.