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“If Mike Murphy takes you around you will have the tour of a lifetime!”
Review of Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry
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Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin
Ranked #15 of 379 things to do in County Kerry
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“If Mike Murphy takes you around you will have the tour of a lifetime!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We booked a RIng of Kerry tour with Kenmare Coach and Cab as we were staying for the week in a cottage outside of Kenmare and didn't want to drive to Killarney to start our tour. We were picked up at the door of our cottage on time by Mike Murphy, who was probably one of the best tour guides we have had in a lifetime of travel. He is a retired teacher and really a jack of all trades, so knew both the history of Ireland and County Kerry inside out. His tour really spoke of his love of the place he has lived all his life. The tour lasted all day of course, and the time just flew by. Several times he broke into song like a true Irishman, and we will never forget his rendition of The Hills of Athenrie as we stopped by some famine cottages.

The Ring of Kerry is a beautiful not to be missed place but not one to drive yourself, nor be herded on a bus tour. We shared the van with one other friendly couple so it was very personal. We stopped at a pub for a break and tea, had a wonderful fish and chips lunch in Port Magee, and a last stop at a chocolate shop and factory at the end of the tour.

The highlight by far was the added Skellig Islands ring tour. Beautiful and we loved the opportunity to see them and hear the story of the Islands.

We were late in returning to Kenmare after such a full day, but didn't mind a bit as it was just great!

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful Day for Amazing Views”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

We had picture perfect clear skies for the drive along the Ring of Kerry. Every option for stopping to enjoy the view was worth the time. We had heard stories about delays from tour buses (we had a car) and never once experienced any difficulties. We certainly never felt comfortable with posted speeds on such small roads, but never had an issue and drove at our own (probably irritating to residents) pace. Just pulled over and let faster drivers pass. Drive yourself if at all possible, but by all means, see the area.

Visited June 2013
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Acworth, GA
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“Only OK from the tour bus”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I read about how scenic the Ring of Kerry drive is supose to be and I think I had my expectations set a bit to high. Yes, there are some very nice views, but sitting in a tour bus for hours this got very old. If you rent a car you may have more control over the stops and the views - but be careful! Our tour bus driver took great delight in terrifying rental car drivers. The road is too narrow in most places for the bus to pass a car; often the car had to back up 20+ feet to allow the bus to pass. My 2 cents: If you do rent a car, figure out which way the tour buses go and go the same direction.

Visited June 2013
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Ipswich, Australia
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“Breathtakingly beautiful”
Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Winnies Cottage near Sneem. This was an excellent place to stay if you are after self catering house. There was heaps to do near by such as the fairy trail at Parknsillia hotel (which is also excellent for a more up market dinner).

We drove the ring in a clockwise direction which had a few advabtages. Firstly you are not stuck behi e the hundreds of coach tours and secondaly because your passager is on the right side to take photos of the beautiful scenery. We stopped for coffee in Waterville at Helena's Beachcove coffee shop - great little spot with free wi-fi too, and the home baked cakes looked delicious. From there we took a detour off the main ring to the Skellings ring. We called into the Skellings Chocolate factory a d came away kgs heavier due to the amount of free samples they gave us during the demonstration. This is a must do for chocolate lovers as it is to die for. Even my husband who doesn't really like chocolate bought a packet. We had lunch at Portmagee at the Bridge Bar which was lovely (make sure you have a big appetite the meals are huge.) we then rejoined the main ring. The kids loved stopping along the way to look at and jump on the peat bogs. We also stopped to help the leprechaun cross the road near Ladies View. Fantastic scenery and an awesome drive. Don't forget your camera.

Visited June 2013
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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We took the RailTours of Ireland rail tour to visit the Ring of Kerry. It was a wonderful tour. We started at the Heuston Station where we picked up our tickets. Our guide from the rail tours came with everyone on the train and told us where to switch trains. He also went with us on the second train to Killarney. We all got off in Killarney, where we were met by a bus. The trip continued on with a stop at the Kerry Bog Village. After that, we had a stop at the Sheep Herder place. That was so, so interesting and fun to watch as the herder gave signals to his three border collies, who then rounded up the sheep who were high up in the hills-definitely worth seeing! We stopped for lunch, and then continued on the drive through the Ring of Kerry. This is one tour that should not be missed. We ended back in Killarney where a rail tour person was there to meet us. It was a great day!

Visited June 2013
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