The Ring of Kerry
After exploring Connor Pass in the morning, we made our way down to the Ring of Kerry
--one of the stops on our trip that I was most excited about. Our goal for the day was to travel the Ring of Kerry and then head to Cork
for the evening, however the owner of the B&B in Dingle
suggested that we stay in Kinsale
, so we decided to head there instead. Our trip around the Ring took a good 4 hours or so, especially with all of the stopping we had to do, so make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy the drive and still get where you're going after without having to rush.
The Ring of Kerry
Side note-- heed this advice! I know first hand what not budgeting your time can do for your trip! By the time we traveled the Ring, stopped for lunch, and arrived in Kinsale it was after 6:00. We barely got to spend any time exploring Kinsale, not to mention that we almost didn't have a place to stay (more about that later)! Back to the Ring of Kerry -- The long drive was pleasant, esp. with the sun poking out at times. The scenery was constantly changing during the drive, so you constantly found something new to ooh and ahh over. Oh yeah, the wind was RIDICULOUS! At one point, it was strong enough to push you right over the edge of the cliffs! I think our favorite part of the trip was having lunch at O'Carroll's Cove, the only beachside restaurant on the island. It's hidden away-hence, in a cove, so keep an eye out for it towards the end of the Ring. We parked our car on the sand, and went inside to have a sandwich. The restaurant offered panoramic views of the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing into the shore. After lunch, we walked around the beach, enjoyed the breeze, and the sound of the waves, and then headed on our way to Kinsale. One thing I have to mention--if you enjoyed, or think you would enjoy, traveling The Ring of Kerry, then I have to recommend that you travel to Dingle. The Ring of Dingle (a.k.a. Slea Head Drive) was even more beautiful and adventurous than The Ring of Kerry! Check out my blog on Dingle and you'll see why!!!