Explore the world famous Ring of Kerry on this day circuit of the Iveragh Peninsula from Killarney. The Ring represents some of Ireland’s most naturally beautiful and majestic landscapes with imposing mountains vying for your attention with the awesome power of the North Atlantic and the rugged coastline carved over thousands of years by waves and storms.
The stunning scenery of this region is also the setting for Stone Age tombs and ancient fortresses which will give you a glimpse into the lives of early Irish people thousands of years ago.
This part of Ireland was heavily shaped by the last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago, making the Ring of Kerry a truly stunning location and a must-see on any visit to Kerry.
Please note: Small groups on this tour may avail of express luxury transfers for part of the journey to or from Dublin.
From Killarney we head out to the nearby town of Killorglin, the setting for one of the world’s oldest festivals, the Puck Fair. Every August since 1613 a Kerry mountain goat has been appointed king of the town and raised over the central square on a platform in recognition of his new status. Don’t ask why this all started though, nobody knows!
The tour will then take you along the southern coast of Dingle Bay and you’ll see some fantastic views of the shoreline, as well the famous Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula, and perhaps the isolated Blasket Islands off shore as well.
Then we come to Waterville, a pretty little village on Ballinskellings Bay. Off shore you might be able to spot the formidable Skellig Islands of which the larger isle, Skellig Michael, is a filming location for Star Wars Episode VII and a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the 8th century monastery at its peak.
Waterville was also a favourite holiday spot for the renowned actor Charlie Chaplin and you’ll find a statue dedicated to him by the town promenade (it was unveiled in 1998).
Your tour then continues along the coast until we arrive in one of Kerry’s prettiest villages, Sneem. The houses here are colourfully painted and the River Sneem, with its quaint stone bridge in the centre of the village, makes this a wonderfully locations for a photo-op.
The Ring comes to an end with a visit to the viewing areas of Molls Gap and Ladies View, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the world renowned Lakes of Killarney, and a stop at Torc Waterfall. This impressive cascade rests in the wooded Friars Glen area and is a magical place to conclude a tour of one of the most spectacular drives in Europe.
“We experienced Giant’s Causeway with Ronan today and without doubt, it was the best tour we have ever been on. “RoRo” was a phenomenal guide. He is so knowledgable but also funny and quick-witted. Having such an intimate group in the 16 seat van made all the difference, and we will certainly join you again when we return. Can’t say enough about the tour, the company, and Ronan. Cheers!
Nancy Miller, Palo Alto, California