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The Ring of Kerry is a place of unparalleled beauty, where nature’s grandeur unfolds in a mesmerizing display. Ring of Kerry was always on my top of Ireland bucket list because it is extremely scenic and has one of the best driveways in the world.

Ring of Kerry is a place where nature and history intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Here are 15 reasons for you to explore why this natural beauty will leave an impression on you.

15 Things To Do In Ring Of Kerry

The 180 km drive

The drive itself should be a good enough reason for you to visit and is the best tourist attraction in Kerry. The 180 km drive along the Ring of Kerry is a journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes Ireland has to offer.

The 3-and-a-half-hour drive is a circlet around the Iveragh Peninsula that takes up most of your day, hence plan the trip accordingly. 

The starting point of the loop is Killarney, the most famous city that most people choose to live in for a while visiting the Ring. You can also book tour buses to explore this scenic place on this website

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park, nestled at the end of the stunning Ring of Kerry, is a fantastic destination for nature lovers and history enthusiasts. As you explore the park, you’ll encounter the majestic Muckross House and Gardens, a Victorian mansion surrounded by exquisite gardens.

The Killarney National Park is also home to diverse wildlife, and if you’re lucky, you might spot red deer, adding a touch of magic to your visit. The tranquil lakes of Killarney provide a perfect setting for a leisurely picnic or walk, surrounded by the park’s perfect ambiance.

Ladies View

Ladies View, a scenic point along the Ring of Kerry, offers a stunning perspective of Killarney National Park.

As you stand at this vantage point, you’ll be greeted by a mesmerizing panorama of the park’s rolling green hills, pristine lakes, and lush forests. Based on my experience, the best time to visit Ladies View is early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and fully appreciate the breathtaking views.

Muckross House

The Muckross House lies between the Muckross Lake and the Lough Leane on the Muckross Peninsula and is a place where the beauty of Ireland truly comes to life.

The house is also surrounded by working farms, adding to the authentic charm of the estate. The atmosphere here is so peaceful and unique. The architecture of the house itself is just wonderful.

A 20-minute walk from the House will lead you to Muckross Abbey, which was founded in the 15th century. If you’re interested to see castles and knowing their history of it then this is the best place for you.

Skellig Michael

We have talked about this beautiful Island before in the article Top 5 Scenic Places in Ireland, but I guess just that one post does not do it justice.

I’m sure Skellig Michael’s striking landscape and rich history, mixed with its feature in the Star Wars movies, make it an interesting destination for you.

The boat ride can be a little rough, but the emerald green islands are a huge payoff. I would suggest you to visit this must-see tourist attraction in Kerry as your trip would be incomplete if you miss out on this Island.

Kerry Cliffs

The cliffs offer the most astounding view of the Ring of Kerry. Standing over 1000ft above sea level, the cliffs are a true marvel.

It’s amazing that Kerry Cliffs offers you facilities, including overnight stays for camping, food and drinks, and the opportunity to interact with friendly animals such as alpacas, donkeys, and horses. It’s definitely worth a try to camp with your friends and have a wonderful day.



Kenmare is a picturesque town and a haven of tranquility, offering a perfect blend of gourmet food, superb accommodation, and breathtaking scenery. You can check this website for your accommodation.

Some of the top restaurants in Kenmare known for special cuisine include: The Park Hotel Kenmare, No. 35 Kenmare Restaurant, The Lime Tree Restaurant, Mulcahy’s Bar and Restaurant.

As you explore Kenmare, you’ll be captivated by the stunning beauty of Kenmare Bay, which stretches for as far as your eye can see, creating a spectacular sight, especially on a sunny day.

Valentia Island

Valentia Island is a place where all the traditional Irish cultures are highlighted. Its rural and remote character, unspoiled landscapes, and stunning coastline was one of the unique experiences that I had there.

There is so much to do in this place that I cannot mention all of it here, so there’s a detailed article that you can explore. I would say that don’t miss this site; you will have an incredible time here. 

Inch Beach

If your trip to Kerry is long so you might want to visit some relaxing places and the ones where you can just sit with your friends and enjoy; Inch Beach is exactly the place you’re looking for.

The view is impressive, and you also have the chance to do water activities. I remember that my time here was so peaceful, and it sets to be the perfect break between your road trip.

I would recommend visiting this place if you have extra time or are interested in doing water sports. 

Dingle Town 

Dingle is just one hour away from Kerry, so many travellers try to cover both places together. It is a small town but has a lot to offer; there are so many things to do in Dingle that I have created a separate travel guide; click here to get to my blog. 

Some of the best restaurants in Dingle Town are The Chart House, The Boatyard, and Solas Tapas & Wine.

Dingle Peninsula in the town is the best travel destination there. The place is very beautiful, and the drive to the peninsula also has so many things to see. If you are planning on a long trip, then I would suggest you visit Dingle as well.

Beara Peninsula

One of Ireland’s most captivating and breathtaking places is the Beara Peninsula in southwest. It is the third main ‘ring’ in Ireland’s southwest, after Kerry and Dingle.

Many people prefer cycling around the route, but you can also take your car and make the whole trip. The view is gorgeous, and you will indeed have a terrific time. 

I would say that it is one of the main tourist attractions in Kerry, so take your friends, play some music and set your car on a fantastic drive.

Ross Castle

Ross Castle is situated in County Kerry, on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park. The most fascinating thing about Ross Castle is its proximity to the tranquil lake that you can immerse yourself in its beauty.

The castle is only open to the public on guided tours and is a must-see attraction. The lake beside the castle enhances the beauty of the place even more. To find about tours and book your tours online, visit these websites, GetYourGuide, and Viator.



Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland. It is located on the Ivereigh peninsula and rises to a height of 1,038 metres above sea level. Even for experienced hikers, it can be a challenging climb but offers some breathtaking views. 

You will come across a man hiking group there, who will guide you for your climb. The Devil’s Ladder is the most common and direct route, taking around 6 hours to complete. If you love hiking, this is a challenging but rewarding experience for you.

Torc Waterfall

The Torc Waterfall is a 60-foot waterfall and a place where the beauty of Ireland’s natural wonders truly shines. Late spring and early fall are great time to explore this scenic beauty because the waterfall is in its full glory.

The short, scenic walk through the woodland to reach the waterfall is truly peaceful and the waterfall provides you with a relaxing experience.

Rossbeigh Strand

Rossbeigh is a beautiful long sandy path perfect for family outings, horseback riding, and water sports.

There is a fantastic playground for kids and plenty of parking at the beach’s beginning. There are also many places to eat in the nearby village of Glenbeigh, thus making it an excellent option for a day by the sea.

The place is very beautiful and you can enjoy a peaceful sunset here. I would definitely recommend this place. 

Accommodations in Ring of Kerry

There are a good number of options in Kerry when it comes to accommodations. There are both hostels and hotels, but Hotels are a bit pricey compared to the Hostels.

So, I would suggest that if you are on a tight budget, then you should prefer staying in Hostels rather than Hotels. I’ll be leaving some links down below so that you can have a look and decide the most suitable option for yourself.

Hotels in Kerry, Ireland

Hostels in Kerry, Ireland

Frequently Asked Questions About Ring Of Kerry

How to explore the Ring of Kerry?

The best way to explore it is by car, you also have bus tour options, but I won’t recommend that as you know that it is going to be a long drive, including many other travel destinations on the way.

So, a car would be more comfortable as you can stop wherever you want and even explore the hidden gems of the place. For renting a car you can refer to these websites:, Hertz Cars, and Europ Cars.

What is the Ring of Kerry popular for?

Ring of Kerry is popular for the Wild Atlantic Drive, popularly known as Wild Atlantic Way. There are multiple tourist attractions and scenic beauties, as mentioned above that make it popular.

How many days will it take to complete the Ring of Kerry trip?

Kerry’s complete trip, with all the main travel destinations, might take you around 2 to 3 days. And in this time, you can explore every place with ease and comfort, without any rushing.

The drive might be a bit windy, and thus, pack your stuff accordingly and take your playlist with you while you drive. You will have a great time and a lot of fun.

How much time does the Ring of Kerry Route Take?

The route can take approximately 4-5 hours to complete, depending on your bucket list size.

Is Ring Of Kerry Drive Dangerous?

No, it is not dangerous and perfectly safe to drive.

Is Ring Of Kerry worth visiting?

Yes, it is an extremely beautiful place and an amazing experience, so definitely worth a visit.

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The Ring of Kerry has to be one of the most fabulous weekends I have spent in Ireland. You will experience the authentic Irish culture and history there while looking at some of the most splendid scenery the county has to offer.

Let me know in the comment section about the place that you liked the most. And if you want to know more in detail about Ring of Kerry, I recommend you read this article that gives you more information about Rings of Kerry.

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