Ring of Kerry Tour: A very popular route in Ireland



Ballycarbery Castle, Cahersiveen, County Kerry

This evening I am posting details of a past tour of the Ring of Kerry which is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, S.W. Ireland. distance is just over 100 miles (179 km.) 

1:We departed our lodgings in Ballincollig, near Cork.and embarked on a trip as follows:

First a 30 minute drive west to Midleton where we joined the 1015 am tour of  Jameson Whiskey Experience. This entailed a guided tour of the Old Distillery which was superseded by a functioning distillery on an adjacent site. Here we were shown the whiskey making process from malting and mashing through to fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in a tasting.


Tasting at Jameson Whiskey Experience, Midleton

Tour Group at Jameson Whiskey Experience, Mildleton


Jameson Single Malts


Jameson Whisky Experience, Midleto

2:After about two hours at Jameson we drove west for over two hours to connect with the Ring of Kerry scenic touring route with first stop at Sneem for a break and refreshments. Sneem is a pretty and popular village, which during period July 19th-24th mounts a Summer Festival entailing a wide range of events and activities.


River Sneem, Sneem


Sneem Street Scene


Sheep shearing demonstration at Sneem

Video clip of Sheep Shearing at Sneem.

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3: We departed Sneem about 3.00pm and spent the rest of the day on the Ring of Kerry route, a scenic coastal and mountain drive finishing in Killarney. We benefited from dry and sunny weather which enhanced the experience considerably. Stops included Waterville, where there is a Charlie Chaplin statue, two ‘stone forts’ which are about 2000 years old, a medieval castle named Ballycarbery and dinner at Cahersiveen.


Ring of Kerry Coastal View,


Waterville Beach, Ireland


Charlie Chaplin Statue, Waterville 


Cahergall Stone Ring Fort,m Cahersiveen, Ireland

Cahergall Stone Ring Fort, Cahersiveen

Landscape view of Cahergall Stone Fort, Cahersiveen


Leacanabuile Stone Fort, Cahersiveen


Ballycarbery Castle, Cahersiveen


Cahersiveen

4: We arrived Killarney about 10.00 pm where we checked into our lodgings this concluding a long and productive day.

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