When going on a road trip through Ireland, you will have
plenty of beautiful countryside to see as Ireland offers this natural resource
in astounding quantities. If you are headed towards the southwestern part of
the country, you will have the choice between a few peninsulas: Dingle
Peninsula, Iveragh Peninsula and Beara Peninsula.
The most famous is the Iveragh Peninsula where the Ring of
Kerry can be found. It is a circular driving route that gives visitors the
chance to explore the sights around the peninsula’s coastline and starts and
finishes in the picturesque town of Killarney.
A few of the stunning highlights along the way include:
Killarney National Park – This popular site includes 10236
hectares of woodlands, mountains and lakes around you which you can hike or
just enjoy a nice picnic. The park includes the highest mountain range in
Ireland, MacGillycuddy's Reeks.
Ladies View – Panoramic viewpoint located within Killarney
National Park. It's been said that the name Ladies View has its origin from the
admiration of the view by Queen Victoria`s Ladies-in-waiting during their visit
Moll`s Gap – A pass on the winding road from Kenmare to
Killarney, offering impressive views of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountains.
Torc Waterfall – A beautiful waterfall at the base of Torc
Mountain. It's located about 5 miles (8km) from Killarney and has parking
available for Ring drivers. The climb up to see the falls is a ten minute walk from
the parking lot.
Because the Ring of Kerry is a popular day trip with many bus
companies offering the excursion, it can get very crowded at times. Because of
the narrow roads there are spots where buses cannot pass each other, that's why
the buses drive the Ring counterclockwise. It is advised if you drive yourself,
to go clockwise so you're not stuck behind buses all day. Unless you will be
driving a larger vehicle yourself and you don't want to encounter one of the tourist
buses at a narrow section, in which case you should also drive counter
There are variations to the route, where you either do part
of the Ring or where you add the Skellig Ring that takes you to Valentia Island,
located in the tip of the peninsula.
Something to keep in
mind: Because of the
narrow roads, the many tourists and the distance you will travel (about 180 km
or 112 miles), this can end up being an exhausting day. You might want to
consider doing only a part of the route or to explore Dingle Peninsula and
Beara Peninsula as they are lesser known and therefore less crowded, but
definitely not less impressive!
driven the Ring of Kerry or any of the other routes on the Irish peninsulas?
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