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The Ring of Kerry is a stunningly beautiful scenic drive that winds its way through the picturesque countryside of County Kerry in Ireland. Ring of Kerry was always on my top of Ireland bucket list and every time it leaves a unique impression on me.

So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure around the Ring of Kerry. With its stunning scenery, rich culture, and exciting activities, this route is the perfect destination for you looking to experience the best of what Ireland has to offer.

Here is a list of 15 amazing things to do in Ring of Kerry for you to explore.

15 Things To Do In Ring Of Kerry

Drive the Ring of Kerry

Drive the Ring of Kerry

The 180 km drive along the Ring of Kerry is a journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes Ireland has to offer.

On the road, the wind hits your face and the music you like is playing, isn’t it amazing?! And if you do not drive, then grab a friend who does, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, cycle it; it’ll be an unforgettable experience.

You can also book tour buses to explore this scenic place on this website.

Climb Carrauntoohil


Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in the Ireland. It lies on the Ivereigh peninsula and elevates 1,038m above sea level. It can be quite a challenging climb, even for skilled hikers. The most popular and direct route is the Devil’s Ladder which takes about 6 hours to complete.

If you’re into hiking, then this place will be a challenging but rewarding hiking experience for you. 

Discover Valentia Island & Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs

Valentia Island & Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs

Valentia Island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Kerry, Ireland. The jaw-dropping sights that the place offers are amazing and worth exploring. You will also have so many different things to do and see on the Island itself, and if you want to explore it thoroughly, it can be a great two-day trip to the Island. 

Besides all the incredible scenic beauty and places to see, there are many historical sites that this place offers. It is personally one of my favourite places in Ireland, and I would recommend you to visit it as you will indeed have a fantastic time exploring.

We have a detailed article on things to do on Valentia Island; you should check it out to see more of this place.

Explore Inch Beach

Inch Beach

Though Inch Beach has been part of the movies and a top-rated destination when it comes to tourists, I would still like to call it a hidden gem. As it is truly a fantastic place and you can have a lovely time here with your friends and family.

You’ll have many water activities to try here, and the places have notice boards all over the beach regarding all the details about those activities. 

It is also known for fishing among the locals, and the local people are also amiable there to guide you with everything. If you want to have a relaxing evening, I think this is the best place to be in.

Visit Great Michael Skellig

Great Michael Skellig

Well, you know this place if you are a Star Wars fan. This is one of the unique places in the Ring of Kerry. It was so interesting for me to be in the exact location of my favourite television series.

The places that you will spot here are so majestic that they will have a spot in your mind. And there are so many photo locations that will surely grab your attention.

To book your tours online you can visit this website.

Discover Muckross House

Muckross House

Muckross House is the best place if you want to explore the traditional side of Kerry. This magnificent Victorian mansion is situated just beside the Killarney National Park. From the inside, everything is so beautifully handcrafted by some skilled artisans, and all the luxury items in there date back from a long time ago.

From its peaceful atmosphere to phenomenal architecture, everything in this place is designed to grab your attention.

Have a walk in Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

There’s so much to see and so much to do in Killarney National Park. You will have a chance to look at some incredible wildlife and parks. The most interesting feature about this place for me is the abundant activities it offers. From nature enthusiasts to history lovers, its stunning landscapes, rich history, and abundant wildlife will satisfy everyone.

It is also located at a very prime location and is surrounded by so many different tourist attractions. It is one of the famous tourist spots in Ireland, and you will indeed have a fun time learning and exploring. 

Kayaking the Lakes of Killarney

Lakes of Killarney

The Lakes of Killarney are a beautiful feature of the Killarney National Park; these lakes cover almost a quarter of the park. While kayaking, you’ll have the chance to discover hidden caves, and wooded islands and gaze at sea eagles in the sky. 

If you visit the National Park, then I think you should stop by here for some time and enjoy all the chill lakeside breeze. 

You can book your tour by visiting this website.

Explore The Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is an eccentric drive into the Kerry Hills. Whether exploring on foot, by bike, or with a guided tour, the Gap of Dunloe’s beauty is sure to leave an unforgettable impression on you. You will come across some beautiful sights; I would recommend you cycle through this lane at least one time.

When planning your hike, consider visiting during spring and autumn, as in these seasons the place will see fewer visitors, so you’ll explore it in peace.

Visit Ross Castle

Ross Castle

The Ross Castle offers a picturesque view of the lake and the surrounding landscape which is truly captivating. The architecture interior design and furniture are grandiose and appealing to see.

The castle is only open to the public on guided tours and is a must-see attraction. To find about tours or book your tours online, visit these websites, GetYourGuide, and Viator.

Visit Torc Waterfall – Killarney

Torc Waterfall - Killarney

The Torc Waterfall falls 60 feet from the Torc Mountains. The source of the waterfalls is a small river known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Torc Waterfall is a place to appreciate the enchanting landscapes of Ireland.

I loved the short, scenic walk that I had through the woodland to reach the waterfall. It was so peaceful and relaxing. I’m sure you’ll have a great time with your family or friends.

Discover Staigue Fort

 Staigue Fort

Staigue Fort is a remarkable and beautifully preserved ancient ring fort that showcases great skill and craftsmanship in stone buildings in Ireland.

You can walk around the large circular wall and appreciate its ancient architecture. It has always been so interesting for me to explore the history of the place I live in. Staigue Fort is considered one of the finest examples of a stone fort in Ireland and dates back to 2500 years ago.

Stay in a Castle

Many people visiting Kerry find it better to stay overnight in Kerry since there is just so much to see, but if you think you have an excess of cash which you don’t mind spending to feel like royalty for a night, then stay at a castle hotel in Kerry. 

Castle hotels provide a unique and historic accommodation option for you. Some of the best castle hotels in Kerry are Ballyseede Castle and Ballynahinch Castle.

Buy Chocolates at the Skelligs Chocolate Factory

You can find a small chocolate factory near St. Finian’s Bay called the Skelligs Chocolate Factory. You can taste, buy, and even watch the chocolate being made there. 

Take some for your friend and some for yourself as a sweet memory of this wonderful trip that you will have.

Discover Blasket Island

Blasket Island

The place is known for its local stories and the farming and fishing culture. It is a very small island, and all the locations here are pretty old, so you can get to explore the old times of Kerry. It was exactly like a journey back in time. I would recommend you to visit the place only if you have extra time in your hand.

Another interesting point about this island is the contribution of its writers in the literature. Some of the notable books by the Blasket Island writers include: “Twenty Years A-Growing” by Maurice O’Sullivan, “Peig” by Peig Sayers, and “The Islandman” by Tomas O’Crohan.


Ring of Kerry is the drive of a lifetime. Every turn you make on the loop, you meet with an even more beautiful scene. Based on personal experience, Ring of Kerry is one of the most fabulous weekends I have spent in Ireland. So don’t miss the opportunity to explore this natural beauty.

I hope you have a wonderful time while you are there. If you plan to visit Ring of Kerry anytime soon, let me know which place appears the most appealing to you.


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