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One can drive non-stop around the 180-kilometre of the Ring of Kerry in less than four hours.  Only tourists and idiots would do this, be a traveller and allow at least one full day as there are many points of interest along the way. We spent over eight hours and didn’t complete the Ring on our first day. Our Ring of Kerry journey was completed the following day, total over 14 hours.

We left Kenmare and drove clockwise, against the advice of some locals who advised us that it was better to follow the tour buses than meet them head on at a tight corner or narrow road.

Kenmare/Sneem Road

We left Kenmare after a very sumptuous breakfast at the Rose Garden B&B and headed towards Sneem.

View from Commakesta Pass

We drove down to the beach at Castlecove, then onto Caherdaniel and along the scenic

Me and Charlie Chaplin

 rocky coastal road around Ballinskelligs Bay before reaching Waterville for a meeting with Charlie Chaplin.

Ballinskelligs Bay

We decided to take a detour and took a left turn, R567, after leaving Waterville to Ballynahow passing St Finan’s Bay with its magnificent cliffs and views of the Skellig Islands.

Cliffs at St Finan’s Bay

Then it was on to Portmagee, across the causeway to Valentia Island. This small island, 11 kilomteres long and three kilometres wide is a quiet place with a population of about 700.

Bray Head, Valentia Island

The island offers stunning coastal views and from the island’s highest point, Geokaun Mountain the magnificent Fogher Cliffs can been absorbed whilst listening to the bleating sheep in the background. After a quick visit to Tetrapod footprints from the Devonian times, 350 to 370 million years ago, and the Grotto we drove to the main town of Knightstown before taking the car ferry to Renard Point.

Doulus Bay

Geokaun Mountain

Had to include this.

By the time we arrived in Cahersiveen the heavens opened and the rain came down in bucketfuls.

Must be old, they’ve increased 125,000%. Sign in Knightstown pub

The Knightstown/Renard Point car ferry and the beginning of the rain

Although the rain became intermittent, it was wet and cold as we drove through Kells, Glenbeigh and Killorglin, the beginning of the Ring of Kerry for most visitors.

Ballyseede Castle

We then drove to Ballyseede Castle our home for the next three days. This castle was so magnificent that I will dedicate my next story solely on the Ballyseede. So ended one of the most scenic and interesting day’s drive we have had for many years – and there’s more to come.

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