This evening, I am posting information on key sites which will be encountered in course of a Ring of Kerry driving tour.

First, close to the town of  Killarney is Muckross House and Gardens. This is an imposing mansion built in 1843 in Elizabethan style. Queen Victoria was a guest.

Muckross House, Killarney

Muckross House, Killarney, Ireland

At Muckross it is possible to take a Irish Jaunty Car  ride (horse drawn buggy). This lasts about one hour and takes in the grounds and  lake .

Irish Jaunty Car, Muckross

Irish Jaunty Car, Muckross, Ireland


 Close to Muckross is Torc Falls which is deserving of a visit.

Next proceed on the Ring of Kerry route with a stop at the famous  Ladies View  (and Lakes of Killarney). Named after Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting who were enamoured with the vista.

Ladies View, Ring of Kerry

Ladies View, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Next stop is Sneem, a village comprised of brightly painted houses and a quaint village green. Here take a stroll  around the village taking in the falls, Murphy’s Bar and some shopping..

Sneem Village, Ring of Kerry

Sneem Village, Ring of Kerry, Ireland


Falls, Sneem

Falls, Sneem, Ireland


Murphy's Bar, Sneem

Murphy's Bar, Sneem, Ireland

After Sneem move on and admire the scenic views of the coastline including the stunning Derrynane Bay and a prehistoric stone circle (or burial cairn).

Derrynane Bay, Ring of Kerry

Derrynane Bay, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Prehistoric Standing Stones, Iveragh Peninsula

Prehistoric Standing Stones, Iveragh Peninsula, Ireland

From time to time sheep will be encountered wandering along the road, not unusual in this part of the world.

Other sites include :

  • Cahersiveen. the main town on the peninsula.
  •  Killorglin, a pretty village sitting on the slopes above a river and famous for its Puck Fair. A good stop for refreshment after a long day touring.
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