We were somewhat concerned about what we’d read about the volume of traffic driving the Ring of Kerry. As a result, we waited until early afternoon on a Thursday in late May. Traffic proved to be non-existent. I think we saw two tour buses the entire afternoon. We drove the ring counterclockwise, which seems to be the prevailing wisdom. We think that was the best way to do it, if for no better reason than the best views then come near the end of the trip. We feel that if we’d driven it clockwise, the scenery would have been anti-climatic after the first hour of the trip. That being said, the views of Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula at the start of our ring were excellent. We were blessed with a clear and sunny day (though it was extremely windy and cold at each stop along the way). We drove the entire ring with relatively few stops along the way in about 3 hours. I've now done the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula (albeit 30 years apart) and would express a slight preference for Dingle. It's more remote and rugged; Kerry is more touristy with more places to stop along the way.
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