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Ring of Kerry
The most famous and popular road circuits for tourists in the South West of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, traverses the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula, with a great many tourist sites along the way.
From Cromane it is just a short drive via Dooks to join the world-famous Ring of Kerry at Caragh Bridge and continue west towards Glenbeigh, a picturesque village nestled in a horse-shoe shaped valley surrounded by wooded and fertile hills and Seefin Mountain. The name Glenbeigh is from the Irish Glean Beithe (Glen of the Birch Trees).
Close by is the beautiful sand and dune beach of Rossbeigh. Wonderful to walk on and to get plenty of bracing Atlantic Ocean air.
From Glenbeigh/Rossbeigh the N70 is a very scenic drive via Mountain Stage and Kells, with Kells Bay below in a beautiful harbour setting, and on towards Cahersiveen. On approach to Cahersiveen, can be seen the birthplace of Daniel O'Connell “The Liberator" and hero to the Irish people in the 1800's. It is also home of two stone forts dating back to the 9th. Century, all visitor information can be found at the tower like building, a refurbished R.I.C Barracks near the town centre.
A short drive from Cahersiveen and to the right off the 'Ring' road will bring you to The Point at Renard from where you can take the ferry, car and all, to Valentia Island. An alternative route is via Portmagee and a bridge link to the island.
The Ring of Kerry's beauty and grandeur continues as you drive on through Waterville in Ballinskelligs Bay, Caherdaniel, Sneem, Parknasilla, Kenmare and back through Moll's Gap and via the Lakes to Killarney, the traditional finishing point of the Ring of Kerry.
This entire journey is so spectacular that one runs out of superlatives to describe in words. The best the reader of these words should do is drive around and decide for yourself. There are many coach companies operating day-trips, while the public bus service, Bus Éireann, operates some services. Having your own car makes the trip most enjoyable as there are so many reasons for wishing to side-track, not readily available to the coach operations.
|Author: Des Condon © 2006 for Cromane Community Council E&OE||
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