A few months ago I spent a weekend with friends in Ireland, road tripping around the Ring of Kerry. I had always wanted to visit, and having a friend recently relocate to Cork, it seemed the perfect opportunity.
We had a rough idea – very rough, of where we should be heading, but had heard that the coaches tend to do the same circular route from Killarney anti-clockwise around the ring, so being different, and hoping to avoid the coaches and tourists, we went clockwise finishing in Killarney national park before heading back to Cork.
This worked really well for us, and we had a great trip with no traffic (until going through Killarney). We did the trip over two days spending a night at a hostel just outside Killarney. This gave us time to properly enjoy the route and experience the night life too!
Cork – Kenmare – Sneem – Wild Atlantic way and beyond!* – Cahersiveen – Rosbeigh – Killarney – Killarney National Park – Gap of Dunloe – Cork
* we stopped at loads of places along the wild atlantic way, took detours down small roads to private piers and fully explored – its beautiful you won’t want to stay in the car!
So what would I recommend on your trip to the Ring of Kerry?
1) Drive it clockwise – as I said earlier, the tours go anti-clockwise, so for a traffic free route and to avoid stopping behind tour buses, go this way!
2) Stop lots! – the views are stunning, its an amazing part of the world because the scenery rivals even the most exotic destinations.
3) Take a picnic – you never really know where or when you will want to stop, so having some food on board means you can stop in the slightly more off the beaten track locations!
4) Stay in Killarney – this town is great, the nightlife is really good fun, the hostel we stayed in, Killarney international hostel, I couldn’t recommend more, they organised taxis for us to the centre, it was fairly priced, and in a lovely location!
5) Go for a beach ride at Rossbeigh beach – this was awesome and definitely one of my favourite experiences of the trip, as with everywhere in this region the scenery was stunning and exploring on horseback was even better!
6) Visit the Gap of Dunloe – this place is spectacular and on a clear day you really won’t want to miss it! We did it on our second day on the way back to cork from Killarney.
As always any questions or suggestions leave me a comment I’d love you hear from you!