Ring of Kerry
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  • paul-delaware
    Middletown, Delaware838 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views, great culture
    Our tour guide/driver, who is from County Kerry, was proud to drive us around the ring today, making some terrific stops. Some of the views are just stunning and indescribable. There’s a feeling of being on the edge of the earth. My photos don’t do the real views justice.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Susa V
    Pori, Finland57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful route, narrow road
    There are lots to see by this route. If you drive yourself I recommend to go counterclockwise like the busses because sometimes the roads are very narrow. The speed limit is mostly 100 and the road can be quite curvy. Especially if you are not used to drive on the left side, this road can be a nightmare. There might be sheep in the middle of the road right after the curve so you must be alert all the time while driving. We drove this in one day. We stopped at the Kerry Bog Village, Valentia lighthouse, Cliffs of Kerry and Ladies View. Killarney National Park is a place to stay for several days. The view to the sea in the southern part of the route is very beautiful.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Andydjp
    Stotfold, United Kingdom638 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning scenic drive
    We drove anticlockwise and had a fairly clear route all the way round. It is a long route but the scenery is stunning and there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the amazing views. A must do if visiting Ireland.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Conrad N
    Whitstable, United Kingdom1,010 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible unspoilt beauty
    Lovely drive through fantastic varied scenery and charming small towns. This is a heavily touristed attraction, so the roads and towns can be very busy in places. Allow at least 5-6 hours to complete the circle including stops.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Charlie B
    Solomons, Maryland57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    Absolutely beautiful countryside. Pictures do it no justice! If you have problems with switch back roads then take some Dramamine with you! We stopped in Steem and ate a very good lunch mid way through the tour. Multiple stops for great pics
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature at it’s best
    Words cannot describe, but I’ll try. Being on a bus tour, so we can only travel in one direction on the ring, because there are spots where two busses would not be able to drive pass each other. We started in the valley in the Killarney/ Muckross area with it’s rivers, flowers and views that are stunning. Then we traveled through the cute little town of Killorglin and our first stop was the Kerry Bog Village Museum and the Red Fox Inn. They were both very nice, one for a tour into history, the other for a delicious Irish coffee. Pulled over in Glenbeigh for astonishing views/ photo opportunities. Then we continued to Cahersiveen where we drove by Daniel O'Connell's Birth Place and cute little Waterville where we stopped for lunch and time at their beautiful beach. Next on to Caherdaniel, an amazingly beautiful scenic pull off. Sneem was an idealistic little town and a perfect place to grab an ice cream or pastry. Then we traveled through Moll's Gap and Ladies View. I can see why the Queen picked this picturesque garden with a view to have her tea. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • wolfhomma
    Mission Viejo, California247 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice experience when structured properly
    The drive can be a nice experience when structured properly. Personally, I would not drive the southern part and cut back to Killarney at Waterville after making an excursion to Valentia Island. If you are planning to add the Kelligs Ring with access to the Cliffs of Kelly, I would recommend skipping the less impressive cliffs on Valentia Island. The Cliffs of Kelly can be a good substitution to the highly commercialized Cliffs of Moher. The reason why I would not drive again the southern part of the Ring (Sneem, Kenmare) is that except for one scenic overlook, the route takes you mainly through dense vegetation. It does not help that the road is extremely curvy and that the road is surrounded by dense brush that allows absolutely no visibility, especially when curving left. Expect the occasional trusting person on a bike that forces you to come to near stand still within 10 meters when you are driving the incredibly high speed limit of 80mk/h (which I never reached).
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Rick D
    Washington DC, District of Columbia122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic Drive - Try some side sights
    Beautiful drive with lots of great views and scenery. Go early to beat the crowds and drive clockwise to avoid getting behind busses. Roads are generally wide enough to pass opposing traffic - but any side excursions will have you on one-lane two-way roads. Staigue Fort and Cliffs of Kerry were our highlights.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Danks Knows
    Shoalhaven, Australia2,246 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great road trip
    The Ring of Kerry starts and ends in Killarney in County Kerry. It is about 180 kilometres long, but the road is not a road you drive at 100 kilometres per hour and there will be many stops along the way, give yourself the entire day, a full eight hours. I took the N70 to Killorglin for the start of my trip around the Ring of Kerry, I feel that was a mistake, the other direction on N71 to Kenmare would have been the better option. The reason is the Kenmare end was far more interesting for me, and when I got there late on the day, I was feeling some what tired and hurried through it more than I should have. The other direction was quieter and not as interesting. Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare, and Killarney Nation Park are the highlights.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Mike B
    Mineral, Virginia994 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See in Ireland
    One of the handful of things everyone will tell you that you must see when visiting Ireland, is the Ring of Kerry. And they're not wrong. It was a great day driving around the ring on our coach bus, and stopping in Waterville was a great choice. We stopped maybe 4 or 5 times, and every one allowed us to capture some amazing photos. Don't miss this one.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
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Phil O
Leicester, UK55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
To be fair to the Ring of Kerry, we’d completed the Dingle Peninsula, Connor Pass, Killnarney National Park and the Gap of Dunloe the day’s prior (all of which are breathtakingly stunning), and the Ring of Kerry clockwise honestly didn’t compare at all. If you’ve a spare day maybe worth a drive, but if you’re not in County Kerry for long, I’d definitely do the other places mentioned, they’re far more scenic. This felt like a long bumpy inland road with snippets of coastline and scenery that we continued on just for the sake of doing it. Maybe if we’d have done it first. We did go off route and find Skellig Michael, which was cool.
Written February 18, 2020
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Michael G
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The ride was long and the views were not very exciting. Now admittedly we live in the Great Smoky Mountains of NC and are surrounded by spectacular vistas everywhere. The Slea Head was much shorter and was packed with visuals. We believe the Ring is overly hyped and has rested on its reputation for a long time. Having said that, the Cliffs of Kerry were worth the ride out to the western most point. It is on private land but for a couple of Euros you can walk up a hill and out over the cliffs to see a thunderous spectacle in all directions. The Ladies View on the eastern part of the drive was OK but I would guess anyone from the US has seen similar visuals. Given that it takes the better part of a day to do I feel you don't really get your time's worth. However, I would highly recommend going to the Kissane Sheep farm at Molls Gap. Great people, great sheep dog demonstration great experience.
Written September 11, 2023
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Susa V
Pori, Finland57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
There are lots to see by this route. If you drive yourself I recommend to go counterclockwise like the busses because sometimes the roads are very narrow. The speed limit is mostly 100 and the road can be quite curvy. Especially if you are not used to drive on the left side, this road can be a nightmare. There might be sheep in the middle of the road right after the curve so you must be alert all the time while driving.

We drove this in one day. We stopped at the Kerry Bog Village, Valentia lighthouse, Cliffs of Kerry and Ladies View. Killarney National Park is a place to stay for several days. The view to the sea in the southern part of the route is very beautiful.
Written July 2, 2023
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RWWhite
Orlando, FL59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We spent a full day driving the Ring of Kerry. Started around 8am and finished up around 6pm. Drove clockwise, which seemed to work very well. The highlight for us was the stops along the Skellig Ring. I will admit that we enjoyed the Dingle Loop a bit better (which we did the next day) - but that didn't take away from the Ring of Kerry. Our itinerary included Ladies View, Molls Gap, Kenmare, Com an Chiste, Waterville, Ballinskellig Castle & Abbey, Cum an Easpaig, Kerry Cliffs, Portmagee, Bray Head loop and Geokaun Mountain. A full day for sure, but so worth it! Kerry Cliffs would have to be the highlight amongst the Skellig Ring stops.
Written September 19, 2021
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We drove ourselves vs taking a tour and left early to avoid the tour buses, because we left very early we drove the opposite direction of the tour buses and this made for a great day, we had most sights to ourselves vs dealing with crowds...if you do not go early, I do not recommend driving the opposite of the buses as it would then become dangerous. Buses have the right away on this drive and there are a few areas where there is no place to pull over. Drive with caution.
Written November 4, 2022
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JanetSmith95
Nantwich, UK245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We took 3 days to do the Ring of Kerry and loved every minute. We drove from Killarney to Kenmare on the first day stopping at Muckross House for a couple of hours and Torc waterfall as well as the various viewpoints. We stayed in Kenmare for 2 days taking a day out to drive the Beara peninsula. This was well worth it. From there to Valentia Island via Sneem Sculpture Park, Caherdaniel, Waterville and Charlie Chaplin, Pormagee and onto Valentia Island. Went up to the Fogher Cliffs and the GeoKaun Mountain on the isalnd for fabulous views. Stayed 1 night on the island then back onto The Ring for Cahersiveen and Kells viewpoint and the fabulous beach at Rossbeigh before travelling onto Limerick. Really pleased we took our time, drove ourselves so we could stop where we wanted to for as long as we wanted.
Written November 8, 2022
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Edwelsh
North Canton, OH6,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Words cannot describe, but I’ll try. Being on a bus tour, so we can only travel in one direction on the ring, because there are spots where two busses would not be able to drive pass each other. We started in the valley in the Killarney/ Muckross area with it’s rivers, flowers and views that are stunning. Then we traveled through the cute little town of Killorglin and our first stop was the Kerry Bog Village Museum and the Red Fox Inn. They were both very nice, one for a tour into history, the other for a delicious Irish coffee. Pulled over in Glenbeigh for astonishing views/ photo opportunities. Then we continued to Cahersiveen where we drove by Daniel O'Connell's Birth Place and cute little Waterville where we stopped for lunch and time at their beautiful beach. Next on to Caherdaniel, an amazingly beautiful scenic pull off. Sneem was an idealistic little town and a perfect place to grab an ice cream or pastry. Then we traveled through Moll's Gap and Ladies View. I can see why the Queen picked this picturesque garden with a view to have her tea. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Written September 2, 2023
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Livinit.lovinit
Berlin, Germany845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Ring of Kerry was an experience I will never forget and will definitely do again as well as recommend to everyone.

I started the ring in Killorglin. From there I made my way to Portmagee where I stayed the night. Along the way I saw Ballycarbery castle, a few stone forts and some breathtaking views! Don’t forget to pull over every chance you get so you can truly appreciate the views and beauty around you.

The next day we explored Valentia Island and did a few hikes. Definitely add this to your list as the island and views are stunning! From there we ventured the Cliffs of Kerry which is just a short drive past Portmagee.

We decided to continue onto the Ring of Skellig which eventually connected back to the Ring of Kerry. Really lovely drive, more amazing views and some cute villages. When you pass through Ballinskelligs be sure to stop into Skellig Chocolate!

Once we connected back to the Ring of Kerry we continued onto see some castle ruins, another stone fort, a waterfall, a few other random sites and stopped several more times at some view points. We eventually ended up in Killarney where we stayed the night.

The next day in Killarney we saw Ross Castle, a few churches and a beautiful cathedral. We then made our way to Muckross House and Gardens and ventured around for a bit. Didn’t have enough time to really see the national park but if you do - make sure to do it.

On our way home to Dublin we took a detour and drove down to Kinsale where we explored Charles Fort and then roamed around the colourful, stunning town.

I did the Ring of Kerry in about 2 days but if you like to explore, hike and want to do it at a comfortable speed then I would add an extra day or two on. For example, the Killarney park can take a day if you really want to do it right. But if you have time restrictions then 2 days is plenty but I would recommenced doing half the ring the first day and staying the night (I stayed in Portmagee) and doing the other half the next day.

Just some side notes to those travelling in from outside Ireland...

When your in Ireland, be sure to check out the local churches, cathedrals or abbeys as they hold a wealth of history and many are breathtaking.

Remember - if you go off the main road you will most likely be on local roads going to most of the sites. Ensure you drive carefully and you are being courteous to the other drives. As the roads can be very thin, pullover if your near a drive way or something to allow the vehicles to pass and in return others will do the same. There may be times you will need to reverse down the small roads into the nearest lane way for the other vehicle to pass.

Although google maps etc. will give you approx. travel times - it will usually take you a bit longer. This is because like mentioned above the local roads can take a bit more time to travel on and your usually going to go under the posted speed limit.
Written August 1, 2020
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laurapaul2018
Compton, Canada91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Our BnB hostess suggested we drive through Ballasheen Pass, sheep on mountains, green valleys, so many stone walls, very narrow twisty roads. Turned before Waterville, stopped in Sneem for Mullin’s Family Ice Cream which was delicious then on towards Kenmare, ocean not very visible except at turnouts. Moll’s Gap and Ladies view were gorgeous with beautiful views of Looscaunagh Lough, be sure to stop and soak the view in from a turnout and then on to Killarney.
Written October 16, 2023
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USACindyv
Decatur, AL212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The greens of Ireland and the beautiful countryside were the best driving around the coast in The Ring of Kerry. We spent the day but you could take longer.
We stopped at a sheep farm and saw a sheep dog demonstration. Very impressive.
Written October 3, 2021
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