Ireland might not sound too sexy or exotic, but don't judge the book by it's cover. If you're into local traditions, great beer (don't drink and drive, though!) and stunning nature, then Ireland is your road trip destination!
This roadtrip takes place in the southwestern part of The Emerald Isle, and the route itself is not that long and can probably be completed on 3-4 hours if you drive non-stop. That's not the way you want to experience the Ring of Kerry though.
Getting there: You can either fly to the small local airport in Kerry or to the bigger airport in Dublin, and then go by train from Dublin to Killarney where you can rent your car. Alternatively, expand your road trip by renting a car in Dublin and cross the country before reaching starting point in Killarney.
Killarney - Killorglin - Kells - Cahersiveen - Waterville - Caherdaniel - Sneem - Kenmare - Killarney
Start your Irish road trip in Killarney. Located next to the beautiful Lough Leane you'll find plenty of nature sights. Take some time to enjoy Killarney National Park where you'll see incredible castles, old ruins, scenic lakes & rivers and a huge diversity of woodlands. End your day with a cold fresh brewed beer from Killarney Brewing Company.
Killorglin is an old authentic Irish town with just over 2000 residents. The town has 15 different pubs and is home to the famous Puck Fair for 403 consecutive years (runs annually from 10-12th of August). Take a casual stroll across the Laune Bridge or visit the nearby sandy Rossbeigh Beach.
Situated between Killorglin and Cahersiveen is the small picturesque fishing village of Kells. Explore the surrounding highlands or go for a swim at the Bay of Kells. You won't find many tourists here so there's good chances for you to find a remote spot along the beach.
Cahersiveen has some historical sights that are absolutely must sees when visiting this town. The Ballycarbery Castle is a beauty from where you get a nice view of the area. Both Cahergall Fort and Leacanabuaile Fort are also worth a visit and will make you feel like travelling a couple of centuries back in time.
The small coastal town of Waterville is famous for it's 18 hole championship golf course and for being the favorite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin. Treat yourself with an excursion to Church Island in the lake Lough Currane or by visiting the ancient stone circle Eightercua. The UNESCO world heritage site of the Great Skelig is an absolutely stunning rock island as well.
One of the most popular sights here is the Derrynane Beach, which is probably one the best beaches in Ireland. Go for a short boat ride to Abbey Island, or go for a hike in the beautiful highlands surrounding the small village. Pro tip: Have your camera fully charged!
You won't spend days here, admitted. However, Sneem is definitely worth a visit while touring the Ring of Kerry. Check out the colorful houses or go for a hike in the beautiful surroundings.
One of the highlights on this entire road trip is Inchaquin Falls inside the Gleninchaquin Park. You'll discover what Ireland is really about. The landscape is incredible, the history is rich and the opportunities of pepping up your Instagram profile is endless. Another popular activity in Kenmare is the Seafari cruises where you can spot eagles and sea lions from the boat in Kenmare Bay.
You're back where the road trip started. Spend a day or two here and knock back a few of those Irish pints and relax with a live performance of traditional Irish folks music before returning to reality.
Total distance: 181 km