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Ring of Kerry Ireland

The county of Kerry is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland.  Well, Ireland is beautiful all over, but I would like to put the spotlight on Kerry.

Kerry county is known for the highest mountain in Ireland:  Carrantuo hill (at 1,040 meters 3,414 feet) as well as the beautiful lakes of Killarney.  The beautiful coastline and beaches of the county are a famous stop for travelers from all over the world. 

Furthermore, there is the beautiful ‘Ring of Kerry’ drive which stretches from Killarney all the way through towns like Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, Caherdaniel, Glenbeigh, and Killorglin.  This 179 km scenic drive takes you through moorland and beautiful places and without stops or traffic it will take you about 3 hours.

But along the way you might want to stop at a few popular tourist spots for spectacular photo opportunities:

  • On the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park you will find Ross Castle.
  • At the base of Torc Mountain in the Killarney National Park is the beautiful Torc Waterfall. It is just a five-minute walk off the N71 Killarney Kenmare road.
  • Visit the beautiful beaches of Caherdaniel. Derrynane Beach is definitely worth a stop.
  • Stop at the little village of Portmagee.
  • Killorglin – views of Valentia Island and Skellig Michael (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996).
Kerry Ireland Ross Castle

Travel Trivia

In December 2012, Portmagee was awarded the Fáilte Ireland National Tourism Town Award, the first town to receive the award.

portmagee

Map, location(s) & directions

kerry ring of kerry ireland

How far is Kerry from Dublin

Going on a self-drive trip by car is an excellent way to explore Ireland.  Many travelers fly to Dublin and then explore from there.

By car, it is about a 3 to 4-hour drive (depending on where you stop along the way / if you stop along the way, and how many times you stop to do sightseeing).  I think the whole idea of a road trip is to stop along the way at all the pretty places.  If you want to make it a self-drive trip, book accommodation along the way and sleepover.

Where to stop, it all depends on which route you take but Limerick, Killaloe, Adare, and Cork are all popular stops along the way.

Here are a few interesting suggestions for accommodation.

Limerick Ireland travel road trip

Where to stay in Limerick

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