One of our favourite places to visit, the rugged Ring of Kerry loops Irelands highest Mountain, Carrauntoohil. This magnificient Irish journey has it all, from the stunning Killarney National Park, to the quaint traditional village of Sneem, and the sublime views of the World Unesco Heritage Site of Skellig Michael Island.
And its not just the breath-taking views of mountains, lakes, rivers and the sea that makes this tour really special. As Kerry is a popular destination for Irish holiday-makers, you are sure to make lots of new Irish friends along the way.
Sample Tour Itinerary
Our journey will begin with a scenic drive from the east to west of Ireland through - The Curragh Racecourse and Barack Obamas ancestral village of Moneygall.
We will stop in for an authentic Irish breakfast in quaint Adare a traditional village of thatch roof houses.
The tour will then arrive in Kilarney Town. A vibrant west coast town that combines traditional with the hustle and bustly of modern town life. We will enjoy the elegant Muckross House & Gardens, explore Rosses Castle and travel to The Gap of Dunloe, after which we retire to our hotel for dinner in beautiful Killorglin Village
9:00am Breakfast in our hotel
Today we will begin the Ring of Kerry in the town of Killorglin. This magic journey will bring us on adventure through Cahersiveen, Valentia Island with views to Skellig Michael, we will enjoy lunch in Sneem after which we continue on our journey through Kenmare, Mosses Gap, past the excuisite view at Ladies View. We will get dinner in Kenmare before hitting the road back to Dublin City.
Return Dublin: 8:00pm
The Standard Tour Highlights
The Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry takes is 179km of narrow typical Irish west coast roads with stunning backdrops of mountains, lakes, rivers and the atlantic ocean. Our route begins in the stunning Killarney National Park, travels into the fascinating village of Killorglin where you will here about the unusual King Puck. The trip then hits the atlantic coast line with views to the mountains of Dingle where some of the highest mountains in Ireland meet the sea.
The drama intensifies when we journey across to the Island of Valentia with views across to one of the most important UNESCO sights in the world - Skellig Michael. Then down into the town of Skellig and on into the quaint village of Sneem for a bite to eat.
Along the way we will passs through the hometowns of Daniel O'Connell - The Great Liberator, Stece 'Crusher' Casey - Heaveyweight Champion of the world and Charlie Chaplin's favourite holiday spot.
The Ring of Kerry is truely one of the most breathtaking driving experiences you will ever experience.
Killarney National Park
We begin our adventure of the rugged Ring of Kerry in Killarney National Park. This really is one of Irelands most diverse National parks where you can explore an array of historic settlements amidst some of our country's finest scenery.
We will weave our way through the park to visit the impressive Victorian Mansion, Muckross House, the sturdy 15th Century stronghold, Ross Castle and the early Christain ruins of Inishfallen Island, all of which are nestled among a trio of magical lakes that sparkle beneath the majestic peaks of Irelands highest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
While this park is a very popular attraction, with 26,000 acres of beautiful landscape, we always find a quiet place on this tour for you to experience the true tranquility and majesty of the park.
The Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is a spectacular mountain pass between the highest mountain peaks in Ireland - The Macillicuddy reeks and the fanciful named Purple mountain. The views are stunning and can only be reached only on small transport like our own. The roads wind and roll through the valley. Five stunning lakes will be encountered along the way meaning plenty of chances for some of the best photo opportunities in Ireland.
Depending on time and preference you can spice up your visit by travel through the Gap of Dunloe by jaunting car, pony or hike.
Rosses Castle & Inishfallen Island
Rosses castle is one of the highlights in the Killarney National Park. It is a beautifully restored 15th century gaelic towerhouse on the banks of Killarney's lower lake. It is a serene and tranquil setting offering incredible views to the mountains of the Macillicuddy Reeks. You can explore the banks of the river. Perhaps take a boat trip to the nearby Inishfallen Island or explore the castle grounds.
Like us you no doubt will fall in love with this small section of the national park.
Muckross House & Gardens
Muckross House & gardens are located on the Muckross peninusla between two lakes in the Killarney national park. The exquisite tudor mansion dates to 1843 and was built for Henry Arthur Herbert. From the mansion stunning views across the lakes of Killarney and a view of the mountain ranges in the distance provide ample opportunites for walking and photography. Horse and cart rides is also an option to enjoy more of the surroundings.
Valentia Island is one of Ireland's many islands sitting off the west coast in the wild atlantic ocean. The island is accesible by bridge just off our Ring of Kerry drive along the WIld Atlantic Way. The island offers some of the best views to the Skelligs islands and some great short walks along Bray head. If we are luck we may even get to see the islands famous footprints. Over 350 million years old tetrapod footbrints in the limestone rock. A fascinating little island with the extra bonus of some of the best ice cream in Ireland !
The Skellig Islands
Skellig Michael is a one of the most isolated and astonishing UNESCO World Heritage sites on the planet. Jagged peaks rise 230metres, 13km from the west coast of Kerry in the wild Atlantic ocean. These most inhospitable of locations were to be the homes of some of Irelands early christians around the 6th to 8th centuries. These hermit priests lived torturous lifes living in confined beehive huts on the cliffs face. Whilst the rest of Europe was entering the Dak Ages, Christianity clung to cliff faces of these unique island. Without doubt one of our favouite locations in Ireland.
There are beautiful views to the Skelligs from the ring of Kerry and you can arrange to visit the islands time depending.
Sample Tour Route
Why not make it a 3 Day Tour to Kerry ?
We recommend to make this a 3 day tour. You will be able to enjoy more activities and see more of the amazing sights of Kerry like the Dingle peninsula, a boat trip to Skellig Michael or just simply more time to enjoy the flowing pints and music in Killarney or Kenmare.
The Dingle Peninsula
The famous Dingle peninsula show cases some of the west of Ireland's most beautiful scenery with the towering Mount Brandon to the north and the wild atlantic ocean to the west. A 40km drive around Dingle reveals a mix of uniquely Irish wonders, like the Iron age ring fort of Dunbeg or the early Christain oratories and beehive huts like Gallarus Oratory.
Of course a visit to Dingle also must include a visit to say hello to Irleand's biggest romantic - Funghi, the resident dolphin of dingle bay.
Tralee & Ardfert Cathedral
Host to the renowned Rose of Tralee International Festival, Tralee has done a superb job in promoting it's and Ireland's rich culture. The town houses the fabulous Kerry County museum for those who like to learn more of Kerry's deep history.
Ardfert Cathedral is associated with the cult of the travelling saint - St Brendan the Navigator. The atmospheric ruins date back to the 12th century and retains a delicate Romanesque doorwayand blind arcading. The site also includes the nave and chancel church Teampall na Hoe and a late gothic chapel, Tempeall na Griffin.