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With stunning views and a surplus of natural beauty, it is no surprise that The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions outside of Dublin. The Ring of Kerry is a circular scenic route in the South West of Ireland spanning 179km. The Ring is such a popular and busy tourist attraction that a one way system has been put in place for people exploring the area. Whilst it would take a day to drive around The Ring of Kerry, there is so much to see and do along the way that it would be a shame to rush through the experience. Today on the Sykes Blog we thought that we’d take a look at all of the wonderful things to see and do whilst you journey around The Ring of Kerry.
Added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1996, Skellig Michael is an island off the coast of County Kerry. The island was home to a Christian monastery but was abandoned in the late 12th Century; despite this abandonment the ruins of the monastery have been well preserved. Between April and October tour operators run daily boat trips to the island, allowing visitors to take a closer look around the ruins of the monastery. A visit to Skellig Michael could be the perfect day trip for anyone with an interest in ruins or history!
For a step back in time to traditional Ireland, why not head to Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms on your trip around The Ring of Kerry. Located in Killarney and with loads to do, Muckross House is an ideal day out for the whole family. Children of all ages will love taking a look around the traditional farm whilst anyone with a penchant for interior design will enjoy taking a tour around the impressive nineteenth century mansion. On a mild day, taking a walk through Muckross Gardens is a must. The Gardens are world renowned for their beauty and after a stroll through the bushes and blooms it is not difficult to see why!
There are two things that tourists to Ireland can be sure of; they will see a lot of beautiful landscapes, and they will see a lot of magnificent castles! The Ring of Kerry is no different with no less than four castles on the circuit. Whilst the majority of these castles are now in ruins, with not much of the buildings themselves remaining, they are still fascinating to look at. Ballycarbery Castle is an example of this; the castle overlooks the sea and despite the fact that it is missing a back wall, it is still striking to look at.
Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the places you can visit on your journey around The Ring of Kerry, it’s time to decide where you’re going to stay. But don’t fret, as here at Sykes Cottages we have a number of cottages in County Kerry that are in brilliant locations for exploring The Ring of Kerry!