If you’re looking to discover Ireland then you can’t go wrong with a trip around the Ring of Kerry. This iconic section of the Wild Atlantic Way is simply breath-taking; with beautiful scenery and historic attractions, it allows visitors to experience the real Ireland first hand. If you feel like exploring the Ring of Kerry on your next Irish vacation then keep reading as we suggest a variety of attractions to include in your itinerary.
Visit the Kerry Bog Village
Visit the Kerry Bog Village and travel back in time to experience what life was like for the people who lived and worked in the area between the 18th and 19th century. This fantastic experience is the only one of its kind in Europe and currently, County Kerry’s leading tourist attraction. The village not only contains historic artefacts, furniture and machinery but it is also home to the Kerry Bog Ponies and Ireland’s most iconic large dogs, the Irish Wolf Hound.
Explore Ross Castle
Ross Castle is an excellent example of an Irish stronghold from the Middle Ages and provides visitors with a wonderful insight into Ireland’s past. The castle is thought to date back to the 15th century when it would have been built by one of the O’Donoghue Ross chieftains. Visit the castle today and you will find an exciting display of furniture from the 16th and 17th century, spectacular views of the countryside and Lough Leane, as well as plenty of picturesque locations for a family picnic.
Journey through the Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass located between MacGillycuddy’s Peek and Purple Mountain. This beautiful area of Ireland has proven extremely popular with tourists and because of this, now has a number of tours dedicated to taking visitors through the gap. The Gap of Dunloe Tours is one of the best providers in the area and offer a tour that not only takes visitors on a pony trek through the gap, but also includes a trip to Kate’s Cottage and a traditional boat tour of the three lakes of Killarney in the same package!
Walk from Glencar to Glenbeigh
It’s easy to drive around the Ring of Kerry but why not take some time to explore the area by foot? The route between Glencar and Glenbeigh is just 11 miles long and one of the shortest sections of the original 137 mile route. The walk is pretty straight forward, simply start at The Climbers Inn and follow the marked route to Glenbeigh. On your way you’ll pass through amazing mixed forestry, moorland and the famous windy gap.
Eat at Tom Crean Fish and Wine
Tom Crean Fish and Wine offer a truly unique dining experience and is the only restaurant in the world where your dinner is cooked by Tom Crean’s own granddaughter. The restaurant’s delicious menu features some of the area’s best locally sourced organic produce and their succulent mussels have become something of a local legend! As well as the unbeatable food, visitors to Tom Crean Fish and Wine will also find rooms full of pictures and information about Ireland’s most famous Antarctic explorer.
Now that you’ve seen exactly what the Ring of Kerry has to offer, why not book a cottage and explore the area for yourself? We have a fantastic selection of Kerry cottages to choose from so whether you’re travelling as part of a group or just as a couple, we’re sure to have a cottage to suit your style and budget.