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Days 4-5
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The Ring of Kerry is arguably Ireland's most popular scenic drive, which means you have to plan your visit accordingly so that your main view isn't of other tourists. Follow the route clockwise from Killarney (the opposite of what tour buses do) or explore the Ring on foot or by horseback. There is plenty to see and do beyond the Ring as well. Spend an afternoon on a fishing trip or a take a cruise for a different perspective of the coastline. For unbeatable natural splendor, take a wet and wonderful boat ride out to the Skellig Rocks, once home to 6th-century Christians.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
  • Great Drive


  • As you drive along the Ring of Kerry, take in the stunning sea and mountain views from rocky coves carved by glaciers during the Ice Age.
  • To get away from the crowds, get off the main road and hike, walk, or cycle. You'll see views the tour bus crowd could only dream of.
  • Waterproof yourself for a boat ride out to the hauntingly beautiful Skellig Rocks, just off shore the Ring of Kerry and once occupied by hermit monks.


  • The Glenbeigh Festival and Races, held in September, is an annual horse racing event.
  • If you love Irish music, the late summer Caherciveen Celtic Music Festival offers concerts, dancing, and talks.

Side Trips

  • The Kerry Bog Village Museum in Glenbeigh (17 mi/27 km northeast of Cahirciveen) showcases the daily life of the region's working class in the early 1880s.

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