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Insider's Guide to Killarney

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The Ring of Kerry is a amazing route passing through some of the most beautiful scenery is southern Ireland. The route is circular and around 110 miles (180km) in distance. It passes through Killarney with its lovely National Park alongside Lough Leane, around Iveragh Peninsula, passing through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen and Killorglin.  

Along the way there are beautiful views - particularly at Ladies View in Killarney National Park; castles, forts and historic houses including Derrynane House, home of Daniel O'Connor; the impressive glacial valley of Gap of Dunloe; St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney; Skellig Michael - a sheer rocky island in the Atlantic which housed a monastery and now a nature reserve; Torc Waterfall and Ogham stones which contain carvings of the Old Irish language.

If you prefer a slower pace and want to walk or cycle through this part of the world, The Kerry Way follows almost the same route but on quieter roads. 

Practical Info

Best seen by private car or organized tour, start from Killarney and drive the circular route of 110 miles (180km) in a day, or longer if you have time. In summer, the narrow roads get crowded and there is little room to pass at some points so all the buses travel anti-clockwise and it recommended that car travel in the opposite direction, clockwise.

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Full Day Tour of The Ring of Kerry

4.5 star rating: Recommended 128 Reviews

An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks, running through its many passes and valleys along the shore ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.88

3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher Rail Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 109 Reviews

From Cork and Blarney Castle to the Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher, you'll see the best of Ireland's west and south-west on this leisurely three-day rail ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $599.98

5-Day Highlights of Ireland Tour: the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

See the highlights of Ireland on a 5-day small-group tour from Dublin! Traveling by luxury minivan, head to Galway and Killarney with an expert guide, checking ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $965.84

Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Immerse yourself in some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery on a day trip to the Ring of Kerry from Dublin. You'll admire Ireland's coastal landscapes ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 15 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $148.97

4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Want to explore Ireland outside Dublin? This leisurely four-day rail tour shows you the best of Ireland's southern and western coastal regions, crammed with ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $750.31

2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Explore Cork, Blarney Castle and the stunning coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry at your leisure on this relaxed overnight rail and coach tour from Dublin. ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days / 1 night

From USD $340.31

4-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay Rail Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Traveling by rail and coach, this comprehensive four-day tour shows you the very best of Ireland. You'll visit Cork, Ireland's second largest city, and see the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $722.98

2-Day Killarney and Ring of Kerry Tour from Dublin by Train

Indulge in some of southwestern Ireland's most magnificent scenery on a 2-day trip to the Ring of Kerry from Dublin. Stay overnight in Killarney and travel by ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $258.30

3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Spend a leisurely three days exploring Blarney Castle, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula on a rail and coach tour that shows you some of the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $545.31

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