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The Ring of Kerry is a 180km loop around the Iveragh Peninsula that should be driven in an anti-clockwise direction. Along the route lie the towns of Killarney, Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen and Killorglin. Highlights include Ladies View in Killarney National Park, Daniel “The Liberator” O’Connell’s Derrynane House, the Gap of Dunloe, and views of the monastic Skellig Michael.
Drive 15km from Killarney to discover an ancient natural masterpiece. The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow pass between the Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy Reeks created by the force of a massive glacier thousands of years ago. You can walk through it, cycle it, take a jaunting car ride, or just admire its dramatic magnificence.
Clear your head with a walk on the scenic beach in Glenbeigh, which offers 8km of golden sand and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. One of Kerry's most popular beaches, Rossbeigh has an ocean-facing west side and an east side that is sheltered by towering dunes.
The ancestral home of politician and statesman Daniel “The Liberator” O’Connell, Derrynane House lies among 120 hectares of parkland 3.5 km from Caherdaniel. The grand house is decorated with period furnishings and contains memorabilia of O’Connell’s life and political career.
Waterville is a charming town overlooking the beautiful Ballinskelligs Bay, with some of Europe’s best salmon and sea trout fishing in the adjacent Lake Currane and a world-renowned golf course nearby. It was also a beloved haunt of Charlie Chaplin, who is commemorated with a bronze statue on the seafront, as well as an annual film festival.
The magnificent Skellig Islands soar 12 km off the coast of Portmagee. Skellig Michael is home to a remarkably well preserved sixth century monastic settlement, and the Little Skellig is a world-renowned gannet colony. Boat trips to the steep outpost of Skellig Michael are not for the faint-hearted, but you can always just admire the iconic rock from the shore.
Connected to the mainland by bridge from Portmagee, Valentia Island may be small, but attractions such as a slate mine, lighthouse, and fossilised tetrapod footprints make it worth the short detour from the Ring of Kerry. It is also stunningly located, making the 10-minute ferry trip from Renard (in summer) a delightful trip.
Located near Castlecove just off the Ring of Kerry, Staigue Fort is a ringfort that dates from around 2,500 years ago. Remarkably well preserved, it is a superb example of dry masonry and demonstrates impressively advanced design and craftsmanship.
Kenmare is one of Ireland’s most picturesque heritage towns, nestled at the mouth of Kenmare Bay, with some of the world’s most stunning scenery spread out around it. A gourmet destination, Kenmare straddles the rugged splendour of the Ring of Beara and the scenic expanse of the Ring of Kerry.
Stop and take in the epic panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from this prime viewing spot between Kenmare and Killarney. Named after Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting when the monarch visited in 1861, Ladies’ View is one of the best places to appreciate Killarney National Park. A gift shop and excellent tea room are located at the site.
If you started your Ring of Kerry tour in Killarney, your arrival at Muckross signals that your journey is almost at an end. Finish on a high note with a visit to Muckross House & Gardens, a 19th-century mansion set among acres of landscaped grounds in Killarney National Park, on the shores of Muckross Lake.
33.5km from Ring of Kerry
Experience a superb standard of accommodation just 2km from Tralee in County Kerry.
These dormer style holiday homes are ideal for those of you who prefer an independent holiday. Each holiday home has three ensuite bedrooms.
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37.2km from Ring of Kerry
Experience the comforts of this new state-of-the-art development of beautifully appointed holiday homes just outside Tralee town centre. The holiday homes are equipped with everything the visitor needs for an enjoyable break in the Tralee area, and they also make an ideal base for a touring holiday of Kerry.
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34.2km from Ring of Kerry
Enjoy the spectacular location of a 4-star holiday home just outside the town of Dingle in Co. Kerry. These luxury holiday homes are part of a recent development of quality accommodation on the grounds of a 1703 hunting lodge and former home of the Earl of Cork.
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36.7km from Ring of Kerry
This holiday village offers 3-star accommodation 2km from Tralee town centre in County Kerry. Each holiday home has 4 bedrooms, a nicely furnished lounge, fully fitted kitchen, and a garden for guests' use.
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34.9km from Ring of Kerry
These apartments in Tralee town centre offer great value all-year round. Ideally located within easy reach of all amenities, they offer superior, comfortable accommodation and a perfect base for exploring Kerry and its diverse scenery.
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24km from Ring of Kerry
Located in Killarney town centre, these modern, 4-star apartments offer top-class furnishings and facilities. Facilities include complimentary secure parking in the underground car park and complimentary WiFi access in the lobby area. With a blend of style and function, these apartments are your home away from home in Killarney.
16.6km from Ring of Kerry
These spacious, contemporary lodges are located beside a hotel surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful Kerry woodland.They create the perfect environment for a relaxing break surrounded by the majestic Kerry Mountains and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Guests at the lodges enjoy full access to the facilities at the resort.
32.1km from Ring of Kerry
Stay on the edge of the breathtaking Atlantic ocean on the quayside overlooking Valentia Island harbour in the Kingdom of Kerry. This cottage is located in the village of Knightstown and is perfect for a relaxing vacation surrounded by amazing views in a peaceful setting. The interior of the holiday home is furnished to a very high standard with wooden floors throughout.
17.6km from Ring of Kerry
This fabulous new property is located at the foot of MacGillycuddy Reeks, home to Carrantoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. It is located 13km from Killarney, just 4km from the famous Kate Kearney's Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe, 5 km from Beaufort Village, and 2 km from the local shop.
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18.2km from Ring of Kerry
Stay at a wonderful 4-star holiday home on 30 acres of land overlooking Kenmare Bay. This well-furnished house features top-of-the-range facilities including an American-style fridge-freezer, juicer, coffee maker, double oven, and more. You can put your feet up in front of a beautiful wood-burning stove or relax on the first-floor balcony.
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