The Ring of Kerry

A crazy adventure immersed in the green irish lands.
Picture of Eleonora Giudici

Current location: Killarney

A new trip

Last weekend, I had one of the most fun experiences and adventures of the last two years: a guided tour of the stages in the main Ring of Kerry, a circular route of approximately 200 miles (from the end of the Dingle Peninsula leading up to Kenmare, following the coastal road and returning to the town of Killorglin, passing from Killarney).

I believe it is a perfect example of typical Irish landscape: a gentle green countryside that slowly descends to the sea and dotted with cottages, beautiful white sand coves, boundless views of the sea and islands and corners from which you can enjoy wonderful views of the coastal landscapes.

The route

But let’s proceed with order: on Saturday morning I took the train from Dublin Connolly to Killarney at 6.15, as at 10.20 my guide Bartholomeus was waiting to start the tour.

Ps: I was very impressed by the Irish trains as they are very comfortable, quiet, and equipped with plugs to charge the phone and the computer.

Once there, the first stop on our trip was the Kerry Bog Village, a village-museum showing how they lived in the eighteenth century in Glenbeigh. Here we also met Irish wolfhounds who welcomed us very warmly (small disclaimer: if you are afraid of dogs, especially huge ones, I advise you not to stop here because, despite being extremely sweet creatures, their size is that of a medium-sized pony).

Shortly after we took the bus and moved to the Ladies View: it is one of the most famous vantage points within the Killarney National Park, from which you will inevitably pass if you go along the Ring of Kerry. If the day is clear, from here you can see, enchanted in the green landscape, two of the lakes of Killarney and it is worth spending a few minutes to make a stop. This place owes its name to the fact that Queen Victoria was brought here during her visit in 1861.

At 13.00 we stopped in Waterville, near the Atlantic Ocean, and ate a very tasty fish and chips with a small pint of Guinness. Why did we stop here, you are asking? Well, did you know that Charlie Chaplin spent a lot of summers in Ireland, mostly in this small town where he bought two houses by the sea that still belong to his family? I advise you to Google the photo of his statue – it is something incredible.

To conclude the tour, we stopped at the Torc Waterfalls inside Killarney National Park: the crystal-clear waters of the Owengarriff River fall on huge rocks, bathing tourists at the right point as if they were rain. The waterfall is more than 20 meters high and, after the rains that often characterize this area, guarantees an even greater visual impact.

Well, for today it’s all, dear readers.

I hope you enjoyed traveling with me to the Ring of Kerry and stay tuned for the next adventure!

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