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“Drive was great!”
Review of Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry
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Full-day Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney
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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Kenmare
Ranked #14 of 393 things to do in County Kerry
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Despite the long drive around ring of kerry, this drive was a very good experience for both my partner and myself.. this drive took us more than 3 hours because we also visited the gap of dunloe which was also a must do! we really enjoyed every bit of the scenic drive and the best part for us was from Sneem towards Kenmare heading back to Killarney .. passing through the Killarney National Park.. Every sight we saw was just picture perfect!

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

very beautiful drive, we took our book's suggestion at going clockwise, and that worked great. It's very beautiful and has lots of things to see, but it was not as nice as the ring of Dingle.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The advice I’d have is if it’s during tourist season, start early if you are driving (but also consider that even if the forecast is for a sunny day, there may be fog on the coast). Some of the tour buses come from Cork, Limerick, and places beyond, so it takes them a while to get here. The local tour buses take some time to get everyone together and on the buses, so if you can beat them out the gate, you won’t have to compete as much on the roads. We went on the prescribed anti-clockwise route from our B&B in Killarney and had no problems. We stopped along the way to Valentia Island, which was our initial destination. We didn’t go out on the ferry to Knight’s Town, but went over the bridge at Portmagee. The Skellig Experience Center is immediately across the bridge, which offered a welcome relief station. (see separate reviews of Skellig Experience Center and Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs on Valentia Island). After Valentia Island, we drove the Skellig Ring then back to the Ring of Kerry. We drove onto Waterville, then Sneem – stopping many times to take pictures along the way. At Sneem, rather than go onto Kenmare (we had been through there the day before and noted that they were having a festival so we decided we didn’t want to fight the traffic) we took the R568 which joins up with the “Ring of Kerry” road at Molly’s Gap. We are thankful that we did this because we found the most charming café I think we saw while we were in Ireland – The Strawberry Field (separate review). It was a very welcome and pleasant stop. Then it was back to Killarney.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

After three days of stressful driving on the left side, often on roads that barely fit two cars (think the game CHICKEN), I got smart when we got to Killarney and asked a taxi driver if he would drive us for an abbreviated tour of Ring of Kerry (in his car). Freddie's Taxi mobile phone 087-7407777 Best money spent on the entire trip! We had him for four hours, about 120 euros including my 20 euro tip.

We went to Lady's View, arguably the best lookout on the whole Ring. That took about an hour roundtrip (one labors behind big tour buses going in both directions on narrow roads, so often it is a hold-up while big buses/big cars squeeze through). But it also allows you as a tourist to enjoy the sights.
Our fellow (Freddie) also gave us a great tour around the area, being born and raised there, including visiting a beautiful old cemetery overlooking Killarney, visiting the Abbey at MuckRoss, Ross castle, and even a development that has thatched roofs--some of the last in the area.

We really got a great sense of the area, heard about local issues, and in four hours covered a lot more territory than we could have ever done with our GPS or with a commercial tour bus.
So while we had our own rental car and hiring Freddie was not inexpensive, it was indeed a great investment for the sights and the experience we could not have created on our own.

PS I guess if you want the whole 5 hour experience of RK, you could do that too. (obviously for more $$) Or try other taxi drivers, but he was quite reasonable after talking to two others. Also, be prepared for slow moving traffic during tourist season.

Visited July 2013

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Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

A long ride especially on a coach. Beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views made the ride worthwhile. Plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Be sure to allow most of the day to stop and take it all in.

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