Five Great Day Trips on the
Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Unsure of what to expect from a holiday to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland?

Here are five of my favourite day trips.

These trips highlight:

  • The Rugged Beauty of the Kerry landscape,
  • and the Fantastic Diversity of this region of Ireland.

Wherever you look your bound to run into great food, music and culture along with beautiful stretches of coastline, mountains, lakes and rivers.

Highly recommended for foodies, outdoor enthusiasts

and anyone looking to relax and unwind.

1) Food Heaven in Kenmare

Ring of Kerry Ireland - Henry Street, Kenmare

Image: By Nancy Oosterhof via 

Located at the head of Kenmare Bay this bustling market town is a dream destination for food lovers.

Lose track of time browsing through:

  • Boutique clothes shops - selling traditional brightly coloured wool and lace products.
  • Art galleries,
  • And fine food delis.

Wrap up a relaxed afternoon of shopping with a hot cup of tea and a fruit scone in the wonderful cafe Jam.

Or return in the evening to the wonderfully informal restaurant scene with small cozy venues like:

  • Tom Crean or Packies - Serving beautiful, fresh, local seafood.

2) Skellig Ring Coastal Drive

Skellig Island Puffin, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Not to be missed coastal drive at the very end of the Iveragh Peninsula.

Everything that is great about this part of Ireland can be found in this short drive!

3) Walk - Scarriff Inn to Caherdaniel

Derrynane Beach, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Don't just experience the Ring of Kerry, Ireland, from the inside of your car or coach!

  • Get out and get connected to the great outdoors with this fantastic short walk.

The views out across Kenmare Bay and out over the Atlantic Ocean are world famous.

Remember to stop for a break at Derrynane Beach and enjoy a glass of Guinness in one of our favourite Kerry pubs, The Blind Piper, once you reach Caherdaniel.

4) Lakes of Killarney Boat Trip

Boat on Lakes of Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

A Great Journey through the heart of Killarney National Park.

Leaving from the shoreline by Ross Castle the boats travel up the lower, middle and upper Lakes of Killarney with great views of Ireland's highest mountains.

At the head of the Lakes you can get out by Lord Brandon's Cottage to take an additional overland trip through:

Before finishing at Kate Kearney's Cottage - a very famous traditional Irish pub.

From here why not plan your next trip?


  • Climbing Ireland's Highest mountain Carrantuohill,
  • or Fly Fishing on one of the many great salmon rivers in this area.

5) Muckross House and Gardens

Muckross House, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

This famous country house and gardens is perched right on the edge of the Lakes of Killarney and was made famous after Queen Victoria came to stay in 1861.

Much of the house has been painstakingly restored and the beautifully maintained gardens are a popular attraction in their own right.

If you have time take a drive up to Torc Waterfall and "the Ladies' View" and continue on to the fantastic Avoca Shop and Cafe at Moll's Gap.

Return From Ring of Kerry Ireland to Kerry Beaches


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