Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is by far the most famous Day Tour in Ireland, if destinations received Oscars then this tour would be nominated each year. Throughout its 216 kilometres, you will travel around the magnificent MacGillicuddy Reeks Mountain Range and the Iveragh Peninsula, along the breath-taking Atlantic Coast, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay, returning to Killarney through the famed Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park. En route, are the lovely coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and the thriving market towns of Killorglin and Cahersiveen. The beautiful town of Kenmare is a must for the independent traveller. 

The Ring embraces many historical, cultural and archaeological points such as the Heritage Centre, Stone Circles, the Old Barracks and Castle ruins in Cahersiveen; The Skellig Experience (Valentia Island), Derrynane House, prehistoric Staigue Fort and Kenmare Heritage Centre.

You will definitely need to allow time for photo stops, shop visits and lunch on this tour. Take the Kerry Way to walk the route, use public transport from the national and local bus links, cycle, drive, or take a bus tour. 

Along the Route

Kerry Bog Village Museum

The Kerry Bog Village, located on the beautiful Ring of Kerry gives you a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the late 19th Century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe and is one of Kerry’s leading…

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The Old Barracks

The Old Barracks is the unusual building perched on an elevated site close to the bridge over the River Fertha in Cahersiveen. It is home to a permanent exhibition which recounts the building’s remarkable history and that of the local…

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Staigue Stone Fort

Staigue Fort is probably one of the best examples of an ancient ringfort in Kerry. Its size is truly impressive! It is nearly 30 metres in diameter. Staigue Fort is surrounded by hills which open out onto the coast at the south side. It is located on…

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Derrynane House

Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman, and one of the great figures in modern Irish history. Today some 120 hectares (300 acres) of the lands of Derrynane, together with Derrynane…

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Stories from Kerry

Grounded in heritage yet open to ideas, Kerry is a place to gain and share perspective. Keep exploring the county with our latest blogs.