We take a drive passed Ireland’s highest mountain range and highest peak, Corrán Tuathail –part of an ancient glacial landscape. The Ring crosses Killarney National Park – with heart-stoppingviews of lakes and peaks, waterfalls, ancient woods of oak and yew,and Ireland’s only herd of wild native red deer. Rare white-tailed seaeagles drift overhead. To the west, seals ‘pup’ in sheltered Kenmare Bay.And on the shores of Valentia Island are the Tetrapod tracks - the earliestfossil footprints in the world.Further west still, out to sea, is an extraordinary, far-flung place ofpilgrimage: Skellig Michael – one of the wonders of the world. 1300years ago, early Christian monks built a remarkable hermitage at thetop of this jagged ocean crag – then at the furthest limits of the knownworld. This mysterious and awe-inspiring place – described by GeorgeBernard Shaw as “part of our dream world” – is now a UNESCO WorldHeritage site.