“A ring that will win over any heart”
Frodo and Gollum would agree: there’s a better ring than Sauron’s and it’s in Ireland.
The Ring of Kerry, located in the southeast of Ireland, has gained the reputation of being one of the most enchanting places in the country. There are 170 kilometres with sea views, deserted and silent white-sand beaches and mountains that are enveloped in mist at dawn. A walk that even Frodo and Gollum would like to take together.
It doesn’t matter where you start or finish your walk around the Ring of Kerry, you’re free to explore this circular route as you please. You can start and finish in Killarney, a place that retains the true essence of Ireland. Killarney National Park contributes to this feeling of purity. The famous route, which is visited by thousands of people every year, especially in the summer, will take you to Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen Killorglin and back to Killarney. Warning: once you reach the starting point you’ll be tempted to do the route again and relive all its moments and landscapes. This is the only disadvantage of the route being circular…it traps you in its beauty!
It’s not just the attractions of its natural beauty spots that will make you fall in love with the Ring of Kerry. You’ll also have the chance to discover places of historical interest, such as Muckross House, a mansion dating back to the middle of the 19th century, whose imposing oriental facade gives us an idea of the grandeur within. On our route we’ll also come across the remains of Staigue Fort, a circular stone structure that is over 2,000 years old. Its walls are up to four metres thick. You can also visit the house of the Irish activist Daniel O’Connell, known as Derrynane House, and discover his political achievements on a guided tour. Th head of the O’Donoghue clan could also give you a tour of his castle. Legend has it that when Ross Castle was taken, he jumped into the lake with his horse, his table and his library and now lives in a great palace at the bottom of the lake and watches over the castle. Therefore, if you decide to visit this 15th century fort located in Killarney National Park, don’t hesitate to ask him for advice.
However, if you’re looking for Hollywood accommodation during your journey around the Ring of Kerry, we recommend The Butler Arms in Waterville. And as we’re talking about rings, it’s worth mentioning that you can also hold weddings there. However, after admiring the wonders of the Ring of Kerry, an engagment ring might seem a bit lacklustre in comparison!