The Ring Of Kerry is probably Irelands most popular scenic tour. This is a trip you will never forget! The 180 km route will take you along the rugged coast of the Iveragh peninsula through colourful villages and towns, along natural rivers and lakes and through the wild Kerry mountains.
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A lot of people take a 5-hour bus tour along the Ring of Kerry. I guess this is better than not seeing this beautiful route, but you will miss out on a lot of beautiful hidden gems. The tour bus will stop for lunch and several times along the route.
Plan a minimum of 3 days or even better a week to explore and enjoy what this peninsula has to offer. You could stay in different B&B's along the route and take day tours. Another option would be to rent a holiday cottage for a longer period and have plenty of time to explore.
The best way to explore the Ring of Kerry in Ireland is by having your own vehicle. You can stop wherever you like and discover small side roads, historic ringforts or stunning beaches. You can take your time and walk the beaches, discover hidden coves and piers. Maybe you would like to visit Valentia Island and spend some time there. With a car, you will be able to see so much more of the Ring Of Kerry.
Here are some tips for places to see and discover on your tour along the ring. Of course, all the towns and villages along this trip are worth a visit too.
Don't forget to visit Killarney. There is lots to see there and it is a nice place for shopping and eating out.
Kenmare has also lots to offer in terms of little quirky shops, pubs, cafes and good restaurants. This is a good place to stop for a nice lunch and enjoy the colorful atmosphere of an Irish town.
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