A favourite coastal road trip is the “Ring of Kerry”, so-called due to the 110-mile circular route of around stunning coastal South West Ireland.
Along the route, there are some fantastic sites to behold; starting with the Skellig Islands. A World Heritage, awesome site, set in the Atlantic Ocean. The larger of the islands is Skellig Michael, recently made famous due to a Star Wars production, and also the 6th-century beehive shaped huts that form part of an ancient Christian monastery. Visitors must climb over 600 feet high to witness the fantastic remains of this monastery.
Enjoy the rugged beauty of Valentia Island, a truly unique island and most westerly point in Europe. Famous for its annual Valentia Regatta, Valentia has a population of around 600 people and is approximately 11 kilometres long and 3km wide with dramatic coastline and stunning views. A definite location to visit on route.
The 7th century Cahergall Stone Ringfort is another site not to overlook. A national monument of Ireland, the Cahergall Fort is enormous, full of mystery and said to have healing powers. Climbing the fort provides breath-taking panoramic views of green fields and the Atlantic.
Bask in Irish history and admire the endlessly stunning Southern Irish scenery of Cahersiveen. This town epitomises the raw beauty and history of this area. A great Irish icon was born here, Daniel O’Connell, also known as the “Great Liberator” of Ireland.
Another town and another excuse to stop and taste the sea air! Caherdaniel has stunning scenery and views over the Atlantic. Soak up the charm and be inspired by the poets and writers who lived here. A great place to stop for refreshments, Caherdaniel has some wonderfully traditional cosy pubs, great food, and a very warm welcome!
Make sure to sojourn at the vast but peaceful Killarney National Park. This 26,000-acre deer filled parkland boasts the ruins of a 15th-century abbey, an impressive castle, the Lakes of Killarney, Inisfallen Island with its 7th-century monastery and Muckross House, an enormous 65 room mansion built around 1843. The estate is now a thriving visitor centre with restaurant, gardens, and pottery. Save some energy to visit the 20 meters high Torc Waterfall also within the Park. The sights and sounds of this force of nature will fill you with awe!
For a lively and vibrant atmosphere, visit Kenmare town. This Heritage Town has lots to do and see including art galleries, traditional Irish pubs serving excellent food, live music and a beautiful location at this “head of the ocean.”
Original Content by Tracy Jennifer on behalf of City Guide Gibraltar