The Ring of Kerry

Tour The Ring of Kerry

Ireland
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Jean Carlo Emer
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The Ring of Kerry, a captivating circular route located in Ireland's County Kerry, is a journey through some of the most picturesque and historically rich landscapes the Emerald Isle has to offer. Stretching for about 179 kilometers, this iconic drive encapsulates the very essence of Ireland's rugged coastline, verdant countryside, ancient relics, and vibrant communities.

Beginning typically in Killarney, travelers are treated to a realm where majestic mountains like the MacGillycuddy's Reeks kiss the skies and where shimmering lakes reflect the vastness of the heavens. The journey weaves through idyllic towns such as Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, and Cahersiveen, each with its own unique charm and tale.

The coastal stretches of the Ring provide awe-inspiring views of the wild Atlantic Ocean. Places like Derrynane and Rossbeigh offer golden sandy beaches, while the jagged cliffs of Kerry Cliffs and Skellig Viewpoint provide dramatic vistas, especially during sunset. From certain vantage points, one might even spot the mystical Skellig Islands, rocky outcrops that were once home to ancient monastic settlements and more recently, a filming location for "Star Wars."

But the Ring of Kerry isn’t just about nature's splendor. It’s a testament to Ireland's deep-rooted history. Throughout the journey, travelers encounter ancient stone forts like Staigue and Loher, Ogham stones inscribed with Ireland's oldest form of writing, and historic houses that echo tales of bygone eras.

Beyond the tangible, the Ring also offers a taste of the intangible – the rich Irish culture. Whether it's the traditional music echoing from a local pub, a festival celebrating the region's Gaelic roots, or simply a warm chat with a local, the spirit of Ireland is palpable at every turn.

In essence, the Ring of Kerry is more than a scenic drive—it's an odyssey through time, a dance of nature and culture, and an experience that captures the soulful beauty of Ireland. From the whispering winds of the coast to the bustling market towns and the silent watch of ancient stones, the Ring promises a journey that lingers in the heart long after the journey's end.

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Geeky Facts about The Ring of Kerry

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It is a 179km circular route.

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The most notorious white sandy beaches are Derrynane, Rossbeigh and St Finian's Bay.

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