Ring of Kerry Tour, Ireland

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Above image shows River Sneem at Sneem

This evening, I am reprising a private tour of the Ring of Kerry, a popular tourist route in SW Ireland.  As will be evident from the images, the trip was undertaken in wet weather, not unusual for the west of Ireland which experiences high levels of annual rainfall.

First, we departed our lodgings in Castletownshend and then drove east, along narrow country roads to our first stop of Drombeg Stone Circle, a prehistoric site which originally comprised seventeen closely spaced stones spanning 31 feet in diameter. The stones in the circle slope upwards to the recumbent stone, the midpoint of which aligns with the winter solstice. Close to the circle are the ruins of two round stone-walled prehistoric huts. This site is one of the most visited megalithic sites in Ireland.

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Next, we drove west to Bantry and then N.E. traversing very rugged  scenery of the Sheehy Mountains via single track road. We encountered a small flock of sheep in this section. Along the way we encountered the Priest’s Leap and River Sheen.

Single Track Mountain Road

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River Sheen

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Next, we drove west to Kenmare and commenced our tour of the Ring of Kerry with first stop at the colourful and popular village of Sneem where we availed of lunch.

Sneem

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Next, we continued around the Iveragh Peninsula via Cahersiveen and Killorglin with a few photo stops en-route.

Atlantic Ocean from Ring of Kerry

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Dingle Bay from Iveragh Peninsula ( North).

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We finally arrived at our Killarney hotel at about 5.30pm.

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