Ring of Kerry Attractions - Ireland

There is so much to see around the Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry is One WayWhich way to drive around the Ring of Kerry?
DRIVERS Please travel anti-clockwise round the Ring of Kerry to minimise traffic problems on the narrower sections of road. Careful some sat nav systems have been directing traffic in a clockwise direction. NOTE! Buses & Cars should only travel clockwise from Killarney to access Torc Waterfall car park at little beyond the entrance to Muckross House.

Driving TipBUS TOURS: The Ring of Kerry tours leave Killarney at 10 am and return at approximately 17:00 hrs (5pm). This tour includes the towns of Glenbeigh, Waterville & Sneem, returning via "Ladies View" and Killarney National Park & Lakes. More info.....

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Just a few Places of Interest on the Ring of Kerry

Gap of Dunloe

The pass through the MacGillycuddy Reeks is magical - take a jaunting car, walk, cycle or jog right through to the Black Valley. You can also take a day trip from Killarney through the gap and returning by boat through the lakes of Killarney and back to Ross Castle.

Kate Kearney's Cottage

Nestling at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe is "Kate's Cottage" a historic coaching inn with a facinating history. Now a bar, restaurant and craft shop, the cottage is the starting point for those jaunting, walking, jogging or cycling through the Gap.

Kerry Bog Village

Located on the Ring of Kerry just before Glenbeigh, this is a unique rural attraction; the village is made up of six dwellings with thatch roofing, restored to their original setting. The village provides a fascinating insight into how the Kerrymen and their families lived and worked in the 18th century.

Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms

A Magnificent Victorian mansion and leading stately home. The rooms are elegantly furnished reflecting the lifestyle of the period. The gardens portray unblemished beauty. There are three separate working farms with a selection of poultry, Kerry cattle and traditional farm machinery. The farms are in working use where you can observe the daily routine of the many craftsmen with their specialised trade.

Skellig Experience Visitor Centre

Just over the bridge from Portmagee, the visitor centre tells the tale of the Skellig region, its wildlife, the history & archaeology of Skellig Michaels Early Christian monastery and the Skellig lighthouses. Valentia Island features the Glanleam House & Gardens, the Tetrapod Trackway - Tetrapod footprints made c.385 million years ago and the Telegraph Field Memorial - marking the laying of the transatlantic cable between Europe and Newfoundland.

Staigue Fort

Three miles west of Sneem, located near Castlecove just off the Ring of Kerry, a circular stone fort, with a single doorway entrance and stairway as high as the wall, built during the Iron Age this fort is around 2,500 years old. It is an excellent example of dry masonry and shows remarkable sophistication in design and workmanship. Lat:51.811318 Long: -10.015373


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The Barracks
(Cahersiveen Heritage Centre)

Once an old Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Barracks, the building was burnt down in 1922 but was restored to its former glory, as part of a Community project. Constructed between 1869 and 1871, the Barracks now serves as a Heritage Centre for the Iveragh Peninsula - It has exhibitions and displays that include The Great Southern and Western Railway, The Life and Times of Daniel O’Connell, The Fenian Rising of 1867, The 1916 Rising and Monsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty (The Scarlet Pimpernel). Local folklore tells a strange tale surrounding the design of the building - supposedly due to mix up by the British authorities and in their haste to quell a local uprising of the Fenian Brotherhood the plans of a building originally designed for the Punjab in India were used by mistake. However, this story has little credence as the architect Enoch Trevor-Owen was known to like the German Schloss style of architecture.

Toilets are available for visitors and there is also an elevator to all floors.


Glenbeigh & Rossbeigh Strand

Glenbeigh is a coastal Village on the Ring of Kerry and the scenic beach at Rossbeigh, with 8km of golden sand and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains is Kerry's most popular. The west side of Rossbeigh facing the Atlantic ocean is perfect for surfing or windsurfing, whilst the east side is protected somewhat from the Atlantics breezes - great for beach games, canoeing and learning how to windsurf.

As part of the Annual Glenbeigh Festival on the last weekend of August - Saturday & Sunday sees the famous Glenbeigh Horse and Pony Races take place on the golden sands of Rossbeigh Strand. The festival attracts thousands every year, not just for the racing but the music, Irish dancing and entertainment for the children.

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Ogham Stones:

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Ogham Stones: Ogham was the earliest system of writing to appear in Ireland. The language used was an early form of Irish but was script based on the Roman alphabet. The letters represented by sets of strokes cut across or on either side of a vertical stem line formed by the edge or corner of a standing stone. There is a very good example of these stones between Beaufort village and the Gap of Dunloe on the left hand side.


Derrynane House

Home to the late Daniel O Connell "The Liberator" .The house is restored to its former glory with the addition of a museum and period furnishings.

Kenmare Lace

The lace making industry in Kenmare (one of Irelands heritage towns) originated in the the 'Little famine years' of the 1860s. The Poor Clare nuns taught lace making to the women of the area, thus giving them a skill enabling them and their families to survive in hard times. This unique lace is still made in Kenmare today.

Derrynane House

Home to the late Daniel O Connell "The Liberator" .The house is restored to its former glory with the addition of a museum and period furnishings.