The Ring of Kerry Day Tour

It is one of the most famous tours in Ireland, and it’s easy to see why: The Ring of Kerry is a 180km (112-mile) route that takes you all the way around the spectacular Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland, taking in part of the Wild Atlantic Way and introducing you to some of the most beautiful coastal and mountain scenery you are ever likely to see. It takes just a day to complete, but the Ring of Kerry will remain with you forever.

Hand in Hand Tours can collect you from any point on the Ring of Kerry and give you a local’s perspective on the best ways to experience it. Starting from Killarney, we take you in an anti-clockwise direction, allowing you to appreciate the majesty of Ireland’s highest mountains as we travel in the direction of Killorglin and continue along the rugged Atlantic coast. Along the way, you will visit the picturesque towns of Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem, and Kenmare before arriving back in Killarney.

Along ‘The Ring’

Killorglin

Skirted by the McGillycuddy Reeks, home of Ireland’s tallest peaks, Killorglin is set on the River Laune. This is a favourite haunt of salmon and trout anglers, and it is also home to Puck Fair, one of Ireland’s oldest festivals, which involves the crowning of a wild goat called King Puck every August.


Staigue Fort

This large stone fortress is remarkably well preserved. Believed to have been constructed between the years 300 AD and 400 AD, it was most likely used to defend the stronghold of a local lord or king.

Caherdaniel & Derrynane
Caherdaniel is an old village in the heart of the Ring of Kerry that is steeped in history and character on the shores of Derrynane Bay. Be prepared for the stunning view of Derrynane that awaits you as you travel through the Coomakista Pass. Derrynane House & National Park are well worth a visit if you have time. This was the home of one of the 19th-century Irish hero Daniel O’Connell, better known as ‘The Liberator’. So revered was he that the O’Connell Memorial Church in nearby Cahersiveen is the only Catholic Church in Ireland named after a lay person.

Molls Gap
Think you’ve seen all the best mountain scenery? Wait until you get to the pass on the road from Kenmare to Killarney called Moll’s Gap: It offers even more awe-inspiring views and is also a great place to stop for crafts and refreshments at the Avoca shop and restaurant.

Ladies’ View

You’re on the home stretch now, but the delights continue. Ladies’ View is named for Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, who stopped here when the monarch visited Killarney in 1861. You will be as struck as they must have been by the view, which takes in all of Killarney’s three famous lakes and is probably the area’s most famous panorama.

Muckross House

Muckross House also played host to Queen Victoria. (It is believed the makeover her visit inspired was largely responsible for the hosts’ later financial difficulties).Indeed, the curtains that still hang in the dining room were specially woven in Paris for the occasion. Tour the 19th-century Victorian mansion and stroll the gardens, which are set against the breathtaking beauty of Killarney National Park, right on the shores of Muckross Lake.

Tour Highlights

  • Savour the views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range
  • Visit the 19th century Derrynane House, home to ‘The Liberator’, Daniel O’Connell
  • Travel back in time at the 300-400Ad fortress of Staigue fort
  • Travel the incredibly picturesque road from Molls Gap to Killarney and enjoy the breathtaking view from Ladies View
  • Visit the 19th century Victorian mansion of Muckross House, in the heart of Killarney National Park

Tour Highlights

  • Savour the views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range
  • Visit the 19th century Derrynane House, home to ‘The Liberator’, Daniel O’Connell
  • Travel back in time at the 300-400Ad fortress of Staigue fort
  • Travel the incredibly picturesque road from Molls Gap to Killarney and enjoy the breathtaking view from Ladies View
  • Visit the 19th century Victorian mansion of Muckross House, in the heart of Killarney National Park

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