The Summer of 2021 in Ireland will be another Summer of Staycations. One of the most popular areas – and for good reason – is the Ring of Kerry. It is the gateway to some of the most amazing scenery in Ireland’s Southwest. In this Blog we’ll give you tips on the best things to do and see on your Ring of Kerry staycation, from road trips to historic places and fun activities!
There are plenty of accommodation options on the Ring of Kerry, including hotels, B&B’s , and self-catering rentals. Great places to stay are Kenmare, Sneem and Killarney. From these charming towns you’ll have easy access to all 5 peninsulas that extend out into the Atlantic Ocean: the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Sheep’s Head, and Mizen Head. In this blog you’ll find ideas for things to do and see on all these must-see peninsulas.
Here are some great tips to get the most out of your family staycation on the Ring of Kerry.
RING OF KERRY
The famous Ring of Kerry is perfect for a family road trip. Picture yourself strolling along secret beaches, visiting ancient castles and forts, exploring tranquil villages and watching the wild Atlantic Ocean from spectacular cliffs.
The ultimate Ring of Kerry family road trip should include the ancient Cahergal Ring Fort and Ballycarbery castle ruin, the Skellig Ring coastal road, Ballinskelligs Beach, and Coomakista (fingers crossed that the Kingdom Ice Cream Truck will be there!).
Those who want to explore the Ring of Kerry off the beaten path can do a private tour. It’s a relaxed way of exploring the many hidden gems of the Ring of Kerry. Your family will love this, and your camera will love it!
TIPS FOR THINGS TO DO AND SEE ON THE RING OF KERRY
Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula is one of the most scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. Here you’ll find breath-taking coastal scenery, beautiful beaches and soaring cliffs. The Slea Head area is dotted with ancient sites, including beehive huts, ring forts, ogham stones, and old church sites.
Top tip: have a picnic lunch on the gorgeous little sandy beach at Coomeenoole. Dip your toes into the Atlantic, or walk up to Dunmore Head for more fabulous views. Your family will love the following places on the Dingle Peninsula:
TIPS FOR THINGS TO DO AND SEE ON THE DINGLE PENINSULA
A road trip of the Beara Peninsula will take you through a remote, quiet and tranquil area of great scenic beauty. Here you’ll find miles and miles of tiny coastal roads, mountain passes, colorful villages, and many historic sites. Do check out MacCarthys Bar in Castletownbere, lovely traditional pub that serves great bar food. The Beara Peninsula is definitely off the tourist track!
TIPS FOR THINGS TO DO AND SEE ON THE BEARA PENINSULA
SHEEP’S HEAD AND BANTRY
The Sheep’s Head Peninsula is the smallest of the 5 peninsulas – the loop drive is about 70km – but well worth a visit! When driving out to the end the road becomes more narrow (single lane!) and offers spectacular view. You can start your drive of Sheep’s Head from Bantry Town.
When driving from your accommodation on the Ring of Kerry to Bantry, take the scenic coastal road! It will take you over the Caha Mountain Pass, through Glengarriff, and along the stunning West Cork coast.
TIPS FOR THINGS TO DO AND SEE AROUND SHEEP’S HEAD AND BANTRY
The Mizen Peninsula is the most southerly of the 5 peninsulas. The drive up to Mizen Head is spectacular. The cliff coast here is a must see, and the old signal station is also well worth a visit. Continue to follow the coastal road to Barleycove Beach, Crookhaven and Schull, and make a stop at these places!
TIPS FOR THINGS TO DO AND SEE ON THE MIZEN PENINSULA
PRIVATE TOURS – OFF THE BEATEN PATH
When we travel again ….. why not treat the family to a unique Private Tour! Travel off the beaten path, at your own pace, and get the most out of your day out with the family.
Choose from the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Beara, Mizen Head, Killarney National Park, Bantry House & Garnish Island, or create your own tour! All tours can be tailored to suit your wishes.
Make your trip to Kerry a memorable one!
About Kerry Experience Tours
For a truly local experience in one of the most charming and warm cultures in the world, Kerry Experience Tours will show visitors the most magical parts of Ireland. On offer are private day tours and multiday tours, tailored to suit your wishes. Enjoy the most scenic drives, spectacular land and seascapes, historic wonders, inspirational places, and hidden gems off the beaten path, completed with background information and stories. Enjoy the absolute best Ireland has to offer, creating memories that last a lifetime.