Traversing heather-pocked peaks and harmonious forests, the Ring of Kerry is a popular tourist trail situated on Ireland’s mystical and unblemished South-West coast. The 120 mile route covers vast expanses of imposing wilderness, welcoming hamlets and secluded waterways, as well as one of Ireland’s most spectacular storm pillaged coastlines. To find out more about what you’ll discover along Ireland’s famous highway, take a look at our helpful guide below.
Serene Surroundings in the Killarney National Park
Let’s begin with the historic town of Killarney, the official starting point for the Ring of Kerry, which shares its name with one of the Ireland’s most reputable portions of wilderness; the Killarney National Park. Covering over 25,000 acres of enchanting emerald woodland, lofty mountain tops and pristine fresh-water lakes (great for fishing!), the Killarney National Park is a rugged paradise for those longing to soak-up some stunning scenery. What’s more, this majestic wilderness was once endorsed by Queen Victoria, who in 1861, looked out over the park from a viewpoint on the Ring of Kerry, later naming the spot Ladies View, due to the admiration of her ladies-in-waiting. Be sure to stop off there yourself to experience what inspired this regal acclamation!
After you’re finished revelling in the mysteries of the park’s forests and woodlands, be sure to visit the Lakes of Killarney. Consisting of three lakes- Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake, this watery landscape is enveloped by the grandiose Black Valley, home to Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, where you may just catch a glimpse of one of country’s most treasured residents, the magnificent red deer.
Discover Ireland’s True Colours in Kenmare
Its nickname may be the Emerald Isle, but there’s more to Ireland than this particular shade of green. Take Kenmare for example. Labelled the jewel in the Ring of Kerry, Kenmare is renowned for its spirited culture, exquisite dining and unusual colour scheme! Established in 1670 by Sir William Petty, the bars, restaurants and boutique shops that line the town’s main street are painted in a myriad of colours, a fun tribute to the area’s rich heritage. And on top of that, Kenmare plays host to its own music festival. The Kenmare Irish Music Festival, (which usually takes place in April) is a must for anyone seeking the revelry and cultural traditions of the real Ireland!
Watery Wonders Await in Waterville
The village of Waterville on the Ring of Kerry proves year after a year to be a mecca for water sports enthusiasts. And with its tranquil bay, balmy Caribbean-esque summer temperatures and gorgeous sloping beach, it’s easy to see why. So if your idea of the perfect holiday is catching the waves or exploring the craggy coastline in a kayak, why not spend some time in Waterville with accommodation from Sykes Cottages. And if the idea of water sport doesn’t float your boat, visit the Waterville Golf Links, where you can enjoy a game or two amid outstanding coastal surroundings.
Ring of Kerry: Alex Ranaldi on Flickr
Kenmare: Felix O on Flickr
Cottage: Sykes Cottages
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