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Ring of Kerry

Scenic Route · Southwest Ireland
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  • Ladie's View
    / Ladie's View
    Photo: Ilaria, CC BY, flickr.com
  • / Killarney National Park from above
    Photo: Barbara Walsh, CC BY, flickr.com
  • / Ladie's View
    Photo: Ilaria, CC BY, flickr.com
  • / Eightercua
    Photo: Robert Linsdell, CC BY, flickr.com
  • / Ladie's View, Killarney National Park
    Photo: Pedelecs, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Gazing over Killarney National Park
    Photo: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Kenmare Bay
    Photo: Shiny Things, CC BY, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Druid Circle, Kenmare
    Photo: Guntram Hufler, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Staigue Fort
    Photo: Guntram Hufler, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Staigue Fort
    Photo: Raul Corral, CC BY, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church, Cahersiveen
    Photo: brianwc, CC BY-SA, flickr.com
  • / Cahersiveen city center
    Photo: Andy Stephenson, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Marina of Cahersiveen
    Photo: Dennis Turner, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Killarney
    Photo: Duebbers, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
m 300 200 100 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 km Killarney National Park Ladie’s View Steinreihe von Eightercua Staigue Fort Cahersiveen Kenmare Killarney
It is said to be Irland’s most famous road, combining breathtaking viewpoints with a wide-ranging cultural offer: the Ring of Kerry. Going there, you can explore a charming coastline.
Distance 170.5 km
2:15 h
1,024 m
1,040 m
263 m
0 m
The Ring of Kerry – or simply “The Ring” – that’s the name of what is supposed to be Ireland’s famous tourist trail around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, South Western Ireland. On approximately 170 km you can admire romantic bays and a rugged coastline. The scenic route takes you from the small town of Killarney into the pristine and nearly unspoilt southwest of Ireland. Be it the stunning scenery of Killarney National Park or the picturesque views of the Irish hinterland from the terrific viewpoint Ladie‘s View: the Ring will leave you speechless. But there are also numerous historic sites such as Druid’s Circle, several funeral sites of the Milesians, as well as ancient fortresses along the route.  

Author’s recommendation

You should travel around the Ring of Kerry outside of the summer months, as streets are usually full of tourists during high season.
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Wolfgang Paulus
Update: November 09, 2020
Highest point
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Safety information

Please keep in mind that In Ireland people drive on the left hand side of the road.


Killarney (35 m)
52.059856, -9.504474
52°03'35.5"N 9°30'16.1"W
29U 465413 5767815



Turn-by-turn directions

Departing from the city center of Killarney, we head southwards via national road N 71. After 5 km we see Blue Pool Nature Reserve on our left. Now we are already in the midst of Killarney National Park driving past its lakes (Muckross Lake, Upper Lake und Looscaunagh Lough). After a total of 20 km, the road turns southwards and leads us directly to Kenmare which lies 12 km ahead. Then we turn right inw estern direction onto N 70 and follow the road in northwestern direction until we get to the small town of Sneem. Now we are next to the coastline. When we see the small town of Caherdaniel ahead of us, the N 70 bends right and continues in northern direction. We continue heading northwards past Eightercua and Waterville. After approximately 16 km we reach Cahersiveen and continue on N 70 towards northeast. 18 km ahead we get back to the coast and continue via Glenbeigh and Killorglin. We cross Laune River and turn right onto N 72. After a few kilometers, we see Lough Leane lake on our right and get back straight to Killarney.


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Public transport


From Farranfore Train Station near Kerry Airport (KIR) to Killarney by train (total length: approx. 45 Min.).

Getting there

From Kerry Airport (KIR) to Killarney via N 23 and N 22 (distance: approx. 20 km).  


Please inform yourself about signposted parking areas in situ.


52.059856, -9.504474
52°03'35.5"N 9°30'16.1"W
29U 465413 5767815
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


For the stopovers alongside the route you need solid footwear, weatherproof clothing and enough to drink (preferably water).

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Michel Schmidt
July 03, 2018 · Community

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170.5 km
2:15 h
1,024 m
1,040 m
Highest point
263 m
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