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Ring of Kerry Road Trip
Take Delight in a Ring of Kerry Road Trip
The Ring of Kerry offers a wealth of sightseeing opportunities for visitors keen to take in Ireland's beautiful countryside and long history. Situated in the south-west of the country in County Kerry, the Iveragh Peninsula is ideal for tourists planning a car trip of the stunning emerald isle via the Ring of Kerry.
The popular route sees many holidaymakers hiring a vehicle via car hire Ireland so they have the freedom and flexibility to stop off at the huge number of attractions on the peninsula. Opting to travel this way can ensure travellers are taking in the sights at their own pace and have control over when and where they stop, which is not always possible on coach trips.
The majority of visitors who drive along the stunning route like to begin and end their trip at Killarney in a route that can take hours or days depending on itineraries. Moving west from Killarney, drivers will soon see the spectacular Macgillycuddy's Reek, a series of peaks that gives rise to the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrauntoohil.
The route then winds through the countryside and passes through Killorglin, which is home to an ancient festival every August that is believed to date back to the 1600s. Each year thousands of locals and visitors alike descend on the town on August 10th to join in with the Puck Fair, where a wild goat is the focal point of the festival. Continuing on from the fair, drivers can sit back and take in the scenery as the route winds down the coast towards Dingle Bay where beach fans can stop off at Glenbeigh to enjoy wallowing in Rossbeigh's Blue Flag waters.
More beautiful coastal views are on offer along the route and many drivers choose to stop off at Cahirciveen The town boasts ample outlets offering refreshments and tourists are free to visit the former Royal Irish Constabulary barracks that were believed to be constructed from plans that were drawn up for English buildings destined for India.
Keen anglers are advised to stop off further along the road at Waterville to enjoy the peaceful surroundings or even sports fans can indulge in some golf at the nearby course.
Another attraction that proves a major draw for visitors is the Iron Age Staigue Fort, which is located near Sneem. Historians believe the impressive stone construction could be over 2,000 years old. From here drivers often visit the quaint village of Kenmare, which is located near a large stone circle.
Following the Ring of Kerry road back to Killarney, tourists can round off their trip with a visit to the national park and spend a few evenings relaxing in the beautiful town.