Ring of Kerry Itinerary – The Best Sights on the Ring of Kerry
What to Pack for the Ring of Kerry
- I would recommend you bring some warm clothing with you as some of the stop off’s can be pretty chilly, especially the cliffs!
- Wear a pair of good comfortable walking shoes such as boots or trainers.
- Bring a camera as you’ll be wanting to capture some of the amazing scenery.
- A battery pack or car charger just in case your camera or maps device runs out of charge.
- And of course, bring some water with you in your reusable water bottle to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Ring of Kerry ItineraryWith a full day on the road, you will want to make sure you are making the most of your time. Here is a summary of the 12 stops we made:
Carragh LakeA peaceful drive around an expanse of water surrounded by mountains and heather. We pulled the car over beside a bridge to snap a photo as we didn’t come across any parking spots.
Rossbeigh BeachWe pulled into a stoney car parking area to admire the sea view. There didn’t appear to be any sand, only rocks. There were toilets here and some take away food stalls however the toilets were the only thing open when we were there. It was very blustery and not many people were there so that could be why.
Planning your own Irish Adventure? Check out the campsites we used to explore the famous emerald isle.
Ballycarberry CastleSituated near the water’s edge lie the remains of Ballycarbery Castle. This land is private and you are unable to enter however it’s still a nice spot to stop for some photos. There is parking right in front of the castle which we didn’t realise and had parked further away and walked.
PortmageeWe stopped off in this small fishing village for some lunch. The multi-coloured houses brightened up the dull weather that we had at this point on the drive. There were a few cafes and pubs here as well.
Kerry CliffsThe most incredible site on this drive has to be the Kerry Cliffs. There are signs off the road directing you to “Kerry’s most spectacular cliffs” It’s 4 euros per person entry and this is actually well worth it, the views are stunning. It was very cold and windy when we went through so I would recommend wrapping up!
Skelligs Chocolate FactoryOne stop we definitely recommend is the Skelligs Chocolate Factory for your refreshment break on the trip. They give out free tasters of the majority of their chocolates which taste amazing. If you’re interested you can also watch the chocolate being produced in their factory. We took a break in the café and got a hot chocolate and rocky road. They have a selection of hot chocolates and cakes to choose from. Just before you turn into the chocolate factory there is another small beach.
WatervilleUnfortunately we started rushing for time at this point and only managed a drive through this small town. It is situated right on the coast and you pass some beautiful houses overlooking the sea. On the drive up the hill after Waterville there is another stunning photo opportunity.
Killarney National ParkLocated just south of Kilarney is the county’s National Park. The drive through the rugged mountains combined with the woods, waterfalls and lakes makes it a breath-taking drive. The highest mountain sits above 1000 metres above ground level. We stopped at 3 points in the park.
Ladies ViewThere is parking available to allow you to get out of your car and capture some of the magnificent scenery of the lakes below.
Muckross LakeThis was an unexpected short stop that we couldn’t resist. The still lake surrounded by the mountains was so peaceful for a quick break and photo stop. The only downfall was the number of midgie bites we got whilst sitting here.
Torc WaterfallBeing fond lovers of google maps and using it daily to get around we decided to ignore the first sign for Torc waterfall and continue to follow where maps was taking us. We arrived at the top of a hill and had to walk about 20 minutes down a muddy path to get to the waterfall. The first sign may have been a shortcut but I guess we’ll never know.
General Tips for the RoadPlan out where you want to go and what you want to see. We’re glad we did this as it would have taken us a lot longer to drive around. We also didn’t this it was greatly sign posted, but then maybe we were too distracted by the pretty scenery to notice. Use google maps or a Satnav. Unless you’re going to Torc waterfall you could find out if that first sign is a shortcut! We would have got very lost along the route if it wasn’t for using maps. The Ring of Kerry was one of the most memorable trips we have done together, even with the grey skies the beauty is incredible! Make sure this is included in your next trip to Ireland. If you liked this article, tell us all about your own Kerry Adventure in the comments below. Check out our other posts on our Irish adventures here too. Also catch up with us on social media and make sure you say hello!
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