The Ring of Kerry what to see & what to do

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Leave Killarney via Mission road, you will pass the Monsignor O'Flaherty Memorial Statue, Hollywood made a movie about his exploits. St.. Mary's Cathedral, pass Killarney golf and Fishing Club home of two recent Irish Golf Opens. about 5 miles on you will see a sign for Ballymalis Castle, sister castle to Blarney Castle in Cork, Castlelough by the Lake Hotel, & Ballycarbery near Cahersiveen. The McCarthy ruled this area in Ireland for many years.

Killorglin is home to Puck fair 10/ 11 & 12th of August each year, a gathering going back hundreds of years. A wild Goat is honored, King Puck for the days of the fair, it goes back to Pagan times but the tradition of using a goat still goes on today. Driving over the Laune river which drains the Lakes of Killarney.

Heading for Glenbeigh you will pass the "Mountain Stage" beautiful views of Dingle bay, behind the view you will see the Old Railway which was ones Ireland's most scenic stopping in Cahersiveen. Today it is part of the Kerry way walking route. on the way to Kells bay on the hairpin bend you can see the viaduct on which the train used to pass, it must have had some view.

Near Cahersiveen, home of the "Liberator" Daniel O'Connell a hero to the Irish people, his birth place is on the left just before you get to the town limits and just before the Monument for Saint Brendan the Navigator. The church in Cahersiveen is named the Daniel O'Connell memorial church. Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty is buried on the grounds of the Church.

There is also an Old RIC Barracks here, and beside it there is a road which will bring you to Ballymalis Castle, and two round Stone Forts.

 

Near Cahersiveen you can continue on the Waterville on the Ring of Kerry of take the Skellig Ring via Valentia Island of Portmagee

Waterville is situated on the Atlantic Ocean its a small Village with interesting History which can be seen at Saint Michael's Church standing high overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay, the Butler Arms Hotel hosted many famous People over the years, Charlie Chaplin was a regular visitor to Waterville and stayed here for many years.

Standing Stone Row waterville

Just after you leave the village on the left you can see the Eightercua Standing stone row 1700 years old, locally it was said the first Queen of Ireland is buried here.

Loher Church on the Ring of Kerry

Further on stop at Loher Church, it Must have the best views of any active Church in Ireland. A great place to get married, watch out many people have used this spot for a surprise engagement along with the Castlelough Castle at the Lake Hotel in Killarney.

Coomikest Ring of Kerry

Coomikesta Pass and car park is next, Ireland's version of "Christ the Redeemer" you can see County Cork's Beara Peninsula to the South, to the North Ballinskelligs Bay. Its a good place to see White Tailed Sea Eagles high in the sky.

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Its all downhill to Caherdaniel Caher meaning Fort, Daniel's Fort, its a small village with arts and crafts, horse riding, waters sports at Derrynane.

Derrynane House is a must see, walk on the beautiful white beaches and visit Ahamore Abbey at the end of the beach to the North. Derrynane House once home to The Liberator, Daniel O'Connell.

Ireland's only Beach Bar is situated at Carroll's Cove with its amazing white beach. Staigue Fort is the turn just before Castle Cove, an old Stone Fort and has free access to the public.

Staigue fort.

The Casey's from Sneem, six brothers in their day said to be the Toughest Family on Earth, according to the New York Times and a recent Irish Newpaper article explains the whole story.

Sneem has some nice shops, you can continue on the Kenmare via Blackwater of by the Steve Casey statue head for Moll's Gap and Avoca gift shop. From here the drive back to Killarney is spectacular.

Kenmare road killarney

 

See down into the Black Valley, you can Adopt a Sheep at Kissane's farm, pass Ladies View overlooking the Upper Lake and the three lakes of Killarney.

The eagle's Nest, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House and the Lake Hotel.

 

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