The Ring of Kerry

Killarney Royal Hotel is luxurious 4 star hotel situated in the heart of Killarney Town, ideal for touring the famous Ring of Kerry in County Kerry Ireland. The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail route in County Kerry regarded as one of the most scenic routes in Western Europe covering the 179 km circular road starting from Killarney town, heading around the Iveragh Peninsula and passing through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen and Killorglin. Popular points include Muckross House (near Killarney), Staiguestone fort and Derrynane House, home of Daniel O'Connell. Just south of Killarney, Ross Castle, Lough Leane, and Ladies View (a panoramic viewpoint), all located within Killarney National Park, are major attractions located along the Ring. A more complete list of the major attractions that lie along the Ring of Kerry includes:

Gap of Dunloe
Bog Village Bog Village
Rossbeigh Beach
Cahersiveen Heritage Centre
Derrynane House
Skellig Experience
Staigue Fort
Kenmare Lace
Moll's Gap
Ladies View
Torc Waterfall
Muckross House
The Blue Pool
Ross Castle
Ogham Stones
St Mary’s Cathedral
Muckross Abbey
Franciscan Friary
Kellegy Church
O’Connell Memorial Church
Sneem Church and Cemetery
Skellig Michael
Beehive Cells and the Stone Pillars marking an important grave

There is also an established walking path named The Kerry Way, which takes its own route, and a sign-posted Ring of Kerry cycling path which uses older quieter roads where possible. The trail is over 200km long and is one of the longest signposted walking trails in Ireland. The Kerry Way roughly follows the scenic driving route of the Ring of Kerry.

There are variations of The Ring of Kerry route which can take in St. Finian's Bay and Valentia Island which the official driving ring misses (the official cycling route takes in Valentia island).

The Ring of Kerry has much to offer in terms of attractions and amazing coastal scenery. Not only does it have some of Europe's finest beaches, but also offers the Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Derrynane House, the Skellig Experience Valentia Island, Molls Gap, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House and Ross Castle. There is so much to see and do in Kerry and the Ring of Kerry route is definitely a must.

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