I have officially seen all of the forty of shades of green that Ireland is said to have after today’s adventure! We spent the day on the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route on the Iveragh Peninsula with my favorite scenery of the trip so far.
We stopped often to step outside and take in the beautiful vistas and snap some pictures. First, we passed the River Caragh with the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range in the background.
Then we reached Dingle Bay, an absolutely breathtaking spot. Across the bay, we could make out the Dingle Peninsula.
It was easy to spot all kinds of wildlife on our way—we saw everything from sheep and cows to mountain goats and deer. After passing through several small villages, our Tour Director Allie had a surprise in store for us: A herding demonstration! A local shepherd showed us all the ways the placement of his border collies could determine the movement of the sheep.
We made it to Ballinskelligs Bay just in time to stop at an inn for lunch. This view wasn’t too bad, right?
The landscapes became a bit more rugged on the next stretch of the Ring. As we passed some old stone fortresses, Allie explained that they were Celtic ringforts. According to folklore, they were home to fairies and leprechauns, hence their nickname: fairy forts.
We stopped to stroll around a picturesque village called Sneem, which translates to “the knot in the Ring” because of its location and the layout of its squares.
The winding roads got pretty narrow at some points, so it was a good thing that all of the tour buses travel in the same direction on the route.
Our final stop before ending the day in Killarney was at an overlook called Ladies View. From here, we could see the Upper Lake of Killarney, as well as the rolling hills and valleys below. We were so lucky to have great visibility and blue skies during today’s trip around the Ring of Kerry.
Have you ever traveled the Ring of Kerry? Tell us about it in the comments!