The Ring of Kerry, Mórchuaird Chiarraí in Irish, is a 111-mile route in County Kerry, Ireland. This particular route is extremely popular among tourists. The Ring of Kerry also covers the same route as the Wild Atlantic Way’s Southern Peninsulas region, with the exception the Ring passes Killarney National Park.
Due to the narrow roadways and numerous switchbacks, I highly recommend exploring this specific part of Ireland with a tour company. The bus tour will take almost all day, but it is totally worth dedicating a full day of your vacation. Below is a glimpse into some of the sights you will see along the route.
The Kerry Bog Village Museum
Kerry Bog Village Museum is found at the foot of the Mcgillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. This tourist attraction provides an insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland during the rough famine years.
Dingle Peninsula View Point
Farmer Brendan Ferris puts on one of the most famous sights on the Ring of Kerry, a sheep-dog demonstration. Learn how Irish farmers use sheep-dogs to herd their flocks in the highlands.
Ireland’s Best Known View
Lunch with a view is achieved at Scarriff Inn. This restaurant offers a cafeteria-style lunch with views of Abbey Island.
A stopover in the village of Sneem provides the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and get a cup of Bailey’s hot chocolate.
Ladies View and Killarney National Park
The final two stops around the Ring of Kerry are Ladies View and Killarney National Park. Ladies View is a scenic panorama that is about 12 miles outside of Killarney. This viewpoint earned its name due to the admiration of the view given by Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting during their 1861 visit.
Killarney National Park is the first national park in Ireland and consists of 25,425 acres of diverse environments.