Ring of Kerry Basics

Ring of Kerry Basics

You will never see all of the Ring of Kerry.

I research all of my trips so I know what to look out for and what I would be most interested in. Fact is, you would need to stay in Killarney for an entire summer to really soak in the Ring of Kerry.


Here is my trip of driving around the entire ring of Kerry for an entire day:

Drove from Killarney counter clockwise to Valentia Island at the very tip of the peninsula. We stopped to get coffee near the Barracks but only looked out into the scenery. 

We passed the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Kate Kearney's cottage, numerous towns, Gap of Dunloe, Staigue Fort, Ognam Stones, and Kells Bay Gardens to name a few.

We took our car onto the ferry to get to the island and we visited a dairy farm and creamery where we bought some fresh ice cream, drove up the cliffs to the lighthouse, toured the lighthouse (INCREDIBLE view), saw the grotto, did the Skellig Michael experience once back off the Island

We passed actually going to Skellig Micheal and touring it.

Next we sight saw at the Cliffs of Portmagee but missed out on traveling around and walking around the adorable town. It was getting late so at this point we headed straight to Kenmare to see the Kenmare Lace and eat some dinner and walk around the town.

We passed numerous towns and historical sights on our way to Kenmare.

As it was dusk, we made it to Ladies View and the Torc Waterfall in the Killarney National Park. It was incredible and one of the best sights I have ever witnessed while on the road. There was nothing like this, and one would think you would get tired of a view. But not in Ireland.

Finally, we missed out on Muckross House, Abbey, and Gardens as well as Ross Island. 

There was so much more we could have done and seen, but the best thing you can do with limited time is to figure out what your priorities are. We knew that we wanted to see Kenmare and the park, but we had to skip a lot to get there in time.

I highly suggest spending a week if you can at the Ring.

Would love to really take in more of it!