It’s a road that takes you through 10,000 years of dramatic history. It’s a road that takes you from deep forest to the crashing waters of the wild Atlantic. It’s a road through rugged, majestic landscapes: where wild stag roam and where tumbling waterfalls crash into crystal streams teeming with wild salmon. It’s a road that shows you the real meaning of a holiday in Kerry, Ireland.
Ring of Kerry Suggested Stops:
Gap of Dunloe
The pass through the MacGillycuddy Reeks is magical - take a jaunting car, walk, cycle or jog right through to the Black Valley. You can also take a day trip from Killarney through the gap and returning by boat through the lakes of Killarney and back to Ross Castle.
Kate Kearney's Cottage
Nestling at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe is "Kate's Cottage" a historic coaching inn with a facinating history. Now a bar, restaurant and craft shop, the cottage is the starting point for those jaunting, walking, jogging or cycling through the Gap.
Kerry Bog Village
Located on the Ring of Kerry just before Glenbeigh, this is a unique rural attraction; the village is made up of six dwellings with thatch roofing, restored to their original setting. The village provides a fascinating insight into how the Kerrymen and their families lived and worked in the 18th century.
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms
A Magnificent Victorian mansion and leading stately home. The rooms are elegantly furnished reflecting the lifestyle of the period. The gardens portray unblemished beauty. There are three separate working farms with a selection of poultry, Kerry cattle and traditional farm machinery. The farms are in working use where you can observe the daily routine of the many craftsmen with their specialised trade.
Skellig Experience Visitor Centre
Just over the bridge from Portmagee, the visitor centre tells the tale of the Skellig region, its wildlife, the history & archaeology of Skellig Michaels Early Christian monastery and the Skellig lighthouses. Valentia Island features the Glanleam House & Gardens, the Tetrapod Trackway - Tetrapod footprints made c.385 million years ago and the Telegraph Field Memorial - marking the laying of the transatlantic cable between Europe and Newfoundland.
Three miles west of Sneem, located near Castlecove just off the Ring of Kerry, a circular stone fort, with a single doorway entrance and stairway as high as the wall, built during the Iron Age this fort is around 2,500 years old. It is an excellent example of dry masonry and shows remarkable sophistication in design and workmanship.
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