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A Ring of Kerry Route planner to help you find the best stops

Ireland is the ultimate road trip destination. It is a country full of so much history and natural beauty. And the best way to see all this beauty is to rent a car and just drive. We happen to think one of Ireland’s most beautiful drives is the Ring of Kerry. If you are looking for a Ring of Kerry itinerary you have come to the right place. There are so many incredible stops on the 111 mile coastal road which is why we have put together some of the best Ring of Kerry stops for you to plan your own trip. Now technically it is not a ring but a horseshoe shape although some people start their Ring of Kerry journey in Killarney and make it a full circle. It is beautiful because you get to see a really rugged and beautiful coastal Ireland. This is the Ireland that the guide books gush about.

Ring of Kerry in one day – where to start

So you might be wondering if you can see the Ring of Kerry in one day. Well the answer is yes. The best way to see everything you want in one day is to hire a car and do it at your own pace. We stayed in Killarney the night before and started our journey from here. This seems to be the most popular option with a lot of tours starting from this point also. Killarney is a vibrant town full of traditional pubs, music, and some fantastic food. It is full of good ‘craic’ as the Irish say. And before you start speculating, craic in Ireland actually means enjoyment or fun. For more information on things to do in Killarney you can checkout our post.

Ring of Kerry route planner – how much time do you need

When coming up with your route planner you do want to set aside the full day to see the Ring of Kerry. Driving the ring takes about 3-4 hours, but you really are going to want to make stops along the way. So a good 5 or 6 hours is needed. There are also times you will find yourself stuck behind a tour bus wobbling up a hill so plan some time for this as well.

Ring of Kerry itinerary

First stop Killarney National Park

Whilst technically not in the Ring of Kerry if you start your journey in Killarney you are going to drive through here. There are so many places to pull over and explore but these are some of our highlights.

Torc Waterfall

A 70 ft waterfall popular with tourists. It takes about 5 minutes or so to reach the waterfall from the road and you do so in some beautiful woodland.

Ladies View

Another popular tourist attraction is Ladies View. Here you get to enjoy some sweeping views of the mountains and lakes that make up Killarney National Park. Plus if you are feeling peckish or nature calls there is a very conveniently located coffee shop here.

Ring of Kerry stops

Officially the start of the Ring is when you reach Kenmare. There are quite a few hotels and restaurants here, but other than that it is a small but scenic town. Once you leave the town driving on the roads is amazing especially as you try to navigate your way through stone tunnels. Just watch out for oncoming traffic!

As you continue driving you will reach Caherdaniel. For us this was the highlight of the drive. You get to see some amazing beach views with beautifully blue water. You could briefly be mistaken for thinking you were somewhere off the Mediterranean. That is of course until the Irish weather kicks in.

We stopped for lunch at Caherdaniel and discovered O’Carrols Cove beach bar. They serve some amazing home cooked meals as well as some amazing soup and soda bread and pretty fresh seafood.

Our next stop was Waterville, a very quaint little town with so much greenery. From this point on everything is really green. I started to understand why they call this place the Emerald Isle. We left the Ring at Killorglin and headed north to Tralee, but you can continue east back to Killarney.

Is this Irelands most beautiful drive?

Driving around the Ring of Kerry and the Killarney National Park were real highlights for us. This is where Ireland really shows off its natural beauty. It is something not to be missed. This was definitely one of the most beautiful drives we took. This also forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way which is another must do drive in Ireland.

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Looking for the perfect Ring of Kerry route planner, well this guide is for you. We answer all the big questions such as how to plan a Ring of Kerry Itinerary, can you see the Ring of Kerry in one day, and what are the best stops to make along the Ring of Kerry. #ireland #ringofkerry #wanderlustandlife
Looking for the perfect Ring of Kerry route planner, well this guide is for you. We answer all the big questions such as how to plan a Ring of Kerry Itinerary, can you see the Ring of Kerry in one day, and what are the best stops to make along the Ring of Kerry. #ireland #ringofkerry #wanderlustandlife
Looking for the perfect Ring of Kerry route planner, well this guide is for you. We answer all the big questions such as how to plan a Ring of Kerry Itinerary, can you see the Ring of Kerry in one day, and what are the best stops to make along the Ring of Kerry. #ireland #ringofkerry #wanderlustandlife

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  • David
    May 17, 2018 at 10:01 am

    It sure is a beautiful place, lovely scenery. The tunnels though, seem scary.