While out and about this summer, I’m sure a trip to Kerry will be on your to do list. Kerry is universally known as the Kingdom and aptly so as so much about it is magical and majestic!
The Ring of Kerry (137 miles) is one of the best ways to see it all. Rugged coastlines, beautiful scenery, pretty villages, unspoiled beaches and archaeological monuments feature throughout.
Bike, hike, bus or drive it but the Ring of Kerry is definitely a must see while in the south west. By car you can do it in a day – but what’s the good in that when there’s so much to see and so along the way. For those you like their holidays on a bike, it can also be done in a day but why rush! There is so much to experience so take a few days and enjoy a slower pace of life.
The route of the Ring of Kerry begins in Killarney – a bustling, lively town, filled with shops, cafes and restaurants, surrounded by the 3 lakes, looking up at the MacGillycuddy Reeks, home to the highest peaks. The National Park, over 26,000 acres, has something for everyone, and is home to Muckross House and Gardens, wonderful trails and walkways. Its native red deer are unique to the locality.
Following the route “clockwise”, you won’t be long from Killarney when you will be passing Torc Waterfall. Stop here and start climbing. The views from the top are well worth it!
This beautiful road towards Molls Gap and passing Ladies View offers many opportunities to stop and admire the views. You can be selective if watching the clock or just allow yourself to soak it all up. Resisting will just seem futile. Kenmare, a very pretty 19th century heritage town, is famous for its picturesque setting, and has a wonderful selection of restaurants, cafes and craft shops to wander through and delight all tastes.
Head west and onwards towards Parknasilla. Sneem, Waterville, Caherdaniel await you. Be sure to detour off the main road to Ballinskelligs as the views out to the Skellig Islands are truly wonderful.
Do not miss the ‘unmissable’ Skellig Ring drive which takes in the wonderful Valentia Island, accessed by ferry just outside Cahersiveen, and a bridge near the picturesque village of Portmagee.
This area of south Kerry is full of beaches, for swimmers and surfers alike. Derrynane in particular is worth a stop. Continue on to Glenbeigh, (Rossbeigh beach – 5 miles long) and onwards to Killorglin, a former market town, based on a hill overlooking the river Laune, made famous by one of Ireland’s oldest festivals – Puck Fair (August 10-12).
Our Kerry Coast cycling holiday encapsulates all this and more. Whenever the time suits you let us know and we can organise it all for you, your accommodation, maps, luggage transfers and bike hire. Another tick off the bucket list!