The Iveragh Peninsula -The Ring Of Kerry traces the coastline of the Iveragh peninsula and is probably Irelands best know scenic route. The Ring Of Kerry offers beautiful scenes combining rivers, lakes, mountains, ocean, islands, caves and runes of ancient castles forts and monasteries. The changing weather and light only enhances the visitors experience of the land and seascapes and can have a powerful visual impact on the already stunning views.
It is recommended the traveller begin their tour in Killarney as this direction presents the scenery in the most spectacular way.
The Ring Of Kerry: Recommended Route
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Killarney Town offers the most variety for retail on The Ring Of Kerry, with jewellery stores, gift shops and clothing stores selling casual, sports and outdoors gear (great for anyone venturing out in Irelands unpredictable weather). Most of the towns and villages on The Ring Of Kerry sell ‘pocket sized’ gifts and memoriblia. Humorous and secenic postcards are widely available and are handy for keeping friends and family up to date on your travels.
There’s plenty of choice for dining out from classy restaurants to hearty pub-grub meals. A favourite quick snack for a busy traveller is a toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich with a mug of tea in a charming pub anywhere along The Ring Of Kerry track. Many restaurants offer delicious fresh fish and shellfish bought from local fishermen along the Iveragh peninsula.
What to Do
If you’re around on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August, visit Killorglin for the annual Puck Fair. The Puck Fair is calmed to be one of Irelands oldest fairs. This pre-Christian event centres on the crowing of a wild goat as King Puck. There’s horse and cattle trading on during the fair, plenty of music and more than a few drops of porter are ‘downed’.
The 6th, 7th Century monastery at Aghadoe is well worth a visit. The present ruin and remains of a round tower dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. Aghadoe Hill offers amazing views of Killarney lakes on a clear day so make sure you have your camera.
There’s so much more to see on The Ring Of Kerry but you’ll just have to come and experience it for yourself!
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