Get a Taste of Ireland in a Weekend With the Ring of Kerry

Next stop: Ireland

We all benefit from travel. It helps our minds come alive and gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in another culture. But you don’t need to jet off to the other side of the world to experience a travel adventure. Hey, you don’t even need to leave Europe. There are many awesome countries out there deserving of an entry on your bucket list. Just don’t forget the wonders that are right here on your doorstep. Ireland, for example, has many wonderful gems to delight travellers. But if you want a true taste of Ireland, steer clear of Metropolitan Dublin and travel south to the Ring of Kerry. Here you can get an authentic taste of the emerald aisle in a jam-packed weekend. 

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The Ring of Kerry is probably best explored by car, so you might want to look into getting a car ferry or even looking into car rentals in Ireland. Having access to a car will give you the freedom to explore these wonders in your own time to your own schedule…

Start your visit with a visit to Killarney. This charming and effervescent town is a beautiful and welcoming place to start your Irish adventure, with an abundance of great food, wonderful old school music pubs and abundant craic to be had. 

A haven for travellers since the mid 1700s there’s something here for everyone, whether you want to take a long stroll through the elegant 19th century Muckross House and Gardens, taste the freshest catches of the day in a seafood bar or slowly sip a pint while listening to some local live acts, Killarney is a quintessential Irish experience and a great way to start your exploration of the ring of Kerry. 

Cycling enthusiasts will also want to pedal their way around the Killarney National Park. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring your bike. You’ll be able to rent one when you arrive in Killarney.

Meet the Goat King of Killorglin 

Make your way past the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range to the picturesque town of Killorglin, where you’ll see the statue of a goat perched atop a large boulder. But this isn’t just any old goat! This is King Puck- and every year the Puck Festival in Killorglin is held in his honour. This is Ireland’s oldest festival and (of course) is marked by drinking dancing and live music. And every year a mountain goat is crowned king for a day.

Golf lovers will likely want to stop for a round at the unbelievably scenic Killorglin golf club. 

Explore the stunning beaches of the Skellig ring

Yup. It’s a ring within a ring! The Skelling ring has wonderful beaches to explore and a stunning view of the Atlantic. Be sure to visit the town of Cahersiveen, one of the westernmost towns in all of Europe, nestled at the foot of Bentee Mountain. The town wears its history very much on its sleeve. Check out the stunning 7th century stone fort and breathtaking Ballycarbery Castle.

Finish up at the postcard-perfect village of Sneem

Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, featuring beautiful colourful houses and divided by a gentle river, the village of Sneem is a perfect place to relax and reflect on your Irish adventures. With stunning coastal and woodland trails there’s plenty to explore once you’ve seen everything the village itself has to offer. 

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