The Ring of Kerry; Beautiful as they say or just blarney?

We decided this year that we wanted to visit the world famous Ring of Kerry in Southern Ireland as our family holiday. So we found a cottage online just outside a town called Kenmare on the southern tip of the ring.

Our favourite number quickly became four. Four hours to the ferry at Fishguard. A four-hour crossing to Rosslare and then a four hour trip to Kenmare, which including the ferry, went very smoothly. We even used fore on the golf course, although spelled slightly differently.


Once we de-camped in the cottage we hit the town - the wonderful town of Kenmare. Wonderful because of the vivid colours of the buildings, the soft warm tones of the Irish accent, the incredible welcome you receive when you pop into any shop or bar, the taste of the ice cream from the all-night parlor, the music and bands which play outside every bar, and of course, the 'black stuff'.

The drive around the ring would normally take about three hours, but it took us all week. The views were just breathtaking, every few minutes you have to stop and take a picture - just incredible.

Fantastic views that look like Bermuda, picture-perfect villages which quite often had a house with a petrol pump in the front garden, and quite often, empty of petrol.

The route takes you through Sneem, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Cahersiveen, Kells (my favourite bay), Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Killarney.

Now, if anyone tells you the route is gorgeous and worth seeing - they're lying; it’s more beautiful, breathtaking, and amazing than anyone can describe to you.

And then you have the golf courses - oh my word!

My eldest son, Matt, and I played a couple of games during the week at Kenmare GC and the Ring of Kerry; both were lovely courses. The Ring of Kerry had the most amazing views I have ever seen on a golf course, and to boot the warm welcome we received, I was even offered membership.

The ring of Kerry is beautiful but I enjoyed the blarney as well.

Posted: Tuesday 26 November 2013 11:30:12 by Andrew Wild with 0 comments
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