One of Irelands most scenic drives, The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) manages to stand out as the premier tourist attraction in Kerry. This mystical and unspoilt region (179km circular route) has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.
Built in 1843, This nineteenth-century Victorian mansion is set as a focal point within Killarney National Park, The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney’s three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty.
Sitting approximately 1 mile offshore from Ross Castle, Innisfallen Island is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey. Accessible via motorboats. The Islands ruined monastery hosts some of the most impressive archaeological remains from early Christian times to be found in Killarney.
Visit the stunning sheltered sandy beach with a natural harbour. With it’s Blue Flag, the Derrynane Beach is lifeguarded during the summer season. Along on the Ring Of Kerry, this beach is located near the village of Caherdaniel and Derrynane Abbey & Burial ground.
Locals describe this place as “a haven of tranquillity”. Kenmare Village is home to gourmet food, superb accommodation, Golf Courses, Riding & Trekking and breathtaking scenery in one of the most natural, unspoiled environments in Europe.
Stone Forts are a common element of the archaeological remains in the west of Ireland. One of the most famous stone forts is Staigue Fort in Co. Kerry. Stone Forts represent the best examples of non-ecclesiastical monumental architecture which survives in Ireland from the pre-Norman period.
Torc Waterfall (from Irish: Easach Toirc, meaning “cascade of the wild boar”) is a 20-metre high, 110-metre long cascade waterfall formed by the Owengarriff River as it drains from the Devil’s Punchbowl corrie lake at Mangerton Mountain. The waterfall, lies at the base of Torc Mountain, in Killarney National Park, is 4.3 miles (7 kilometres) from Killarney. The waterfall is a popular site on the Ring of Kerry and the Kerry Way tours.
Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass forged between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain by glacial flows. The river running through the gap is the river Loe from where the Gap gets its name. The Gap begins at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. The road is narrow in many places. Winds through the pass and descends into The Black Valley passing five lakes, Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough. Within easy walking distance from Kate Kearney’s cottage is a picturesque old bridge known as the ‘Wishing Bridge’. It is said that wishes made here really do come true!
Geokaun Mountain is the highest mountain on Valentia Island and the Fogher Cliffs are sea cliffs of 600ft on its northern face. It offers beautiful views of Valentia Island, the wild Atlantic ocean and the mainland just off the island. This attraction, first of all, includes a 1200 meter roadway/pathway from the public road to the peak. And then, a particularly spectacular viewing deck at Fogher Cliffs.
The Black Valley
The Black Valley or Cummeenduff (Com Uí Dhuibh, meaning “Black Glen”) is a remote valley at the southern end of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range in Kerry, situated south of the Gap of Dunloe and north of Moll’s Gap; with it’s primary use as a southerly access into the Gap of Dunloe. Usually accessed by driving to Moll’s Gap, and then, continuing east until a small side-road descends steeply north into the valley.