In Ireland’s beautiful far South West – where the ancient Kingdom of Kerry stretch miles out into the ocean. Hugging the coast the Ring of Kerry tour brings breath-taking views that unfold at every turn. It’s the furthest west in all Ireland and there’s a distinctly edge-of-the-world feel to the Iveragh Peninsula. Both the mainland and everyday life are left far behind. Read the route details and let us show you the 5 Star Ring of Kerry tour.

Map of the Ring of Kerry tour including Skellig Islands


Driving Route


Leaving Killarney we have mountains on our left and arrive in the town famous for the Puck Fair – Killorglin. This is where a wild mountain Goat is crowned King Puck. Onto the beautiful village of Glenbeigh often referred to as “The Jewel in the Ring of Kerry” stopping at Rossbeigh beach. At Rossbeigh Beach we can see the mountains of the Dingle peninsula in all their beauty.

Here we also have The Kells Sheep Centre where the art of sheep herding with sheepdogs rounding up sheep. Next to Cahersiveen where the famous Daniel O’Connell was born. We leave the ‘official’ Ring of Kerry route and drive to Valentia Island and Portmagee. Here to get to see part of Kerry, which Lonely Planet named the Skellig Ring as top destination for 2017.

Driving from Portmagee to Ballinskelligs we get the best view of the famous Skellig Islands, made more famous by featuring in Star Wars the movie. A short stop at Skellig Chocolate Factory before arriving at the quaint town of Waterville. Waterville became famous as the town where Charlie Chaplin and his family spend many holidays. A good spot for lunch and being halfway along the Ring of Kerry route it comes at the perfect time. There are many restaurants and cafés to choose from and of course the pubs also serve food.

After Lunch

Caherdaniel is the next point on the route. Stopping at the viewing points we can see the magnificent views of the nest of small islands that lay off the coast and the Mediterranean style beaches. Next stop is the Staigue Ringfort, this fort’s construction was around the first century BC and shows great skill in building . Travelling through Sneem on to Kenmare a very popular tourist destination and base to discover the County of Kerry. Leaving Kenmare we travel over Molls Gap with views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains. This area and its shop is a panoramic spot visited by thousands of tourists each year. On to Killarney stopping at the Torc Waterfall and the last part of the Ring of Kerry tour we visit Muckross House and Gardens.


Full day tour of the Ring of Kerry (8 hours tour driving time)