Photoset: Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a 179-kilometre long tourist route in southwestern Ireland that begins and ends in Killarney.  Now, a little disclaimer: I’m usually not the biggest fan of relying solely on tourist attractions as a means to experience a country.  Don’t get me wrong, attractions & sightseeing tours are a great starting point for navigating a new area if you have the money, I just prefer to walk the city to find my way around.  I decided to use Railtours Ireland for a 4-day tour of the country, however, because it was less expensive than booking my accommodation and travel separately.  That, combined with my continued reluctance to drive on the left hand side of the road, made this decision pretty easy.  Railtours was great for my travel needs (more on them in a full text post later on) but how you navigate the Ring of Kerry is up to you!

By tour bus or car, the Ring of Kerry is a stunning stretch of Irish landscape.  Turquoise and navy waters contrast the highest mountains in Ireland, and the lush greenery stretches farther than the eye can see.  If you can, plan for a sunny or mild day as rain can make the views a bit hazy, but if that happens just enjoy it as standard Irish weather!  No use in a few rain clouds getting the best of your trip, after all.

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