The Magnificent south coast of Kerry, Cork and Waterford
From the ring of Kerry to the West coast of Cork witness the most breathtaking scenery that Ireland has to offer. Most recently, "Star Wars" was filmed on Skellig Michael, part of the Skellig Islands, seen from Kerry toward the Dingle Peninsula. Stop into the Waterford Crystal Storehouse, kiss the Blarney Stone and ferry to the Aran Islands. Visit ancient castles and the oldest lighthouse in the world at Mizen Head. A region of tiny ports, islands, peninsulas, charming fishing villages and quaint towns; rural Ireland beckons.
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The Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
Among the most popular regions for visitors is the picturesque Ring of Kerry (180 kilometre circular route) winding its' way through Killarney National Park along this Wild Atlantic Way journey. Stop in the charming town of Killarney and continue to Ross Castle nearby. Venture to the Tudor style Muckross House, c.1839, and 18th Century Derrynane House and Beach. Stop for respite in the former plantation town of Kenmare. At the Westernmost point of our island country is the town of Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula with the opportunity to visit the Great Blasket Islands as a wonderful addition to your journey.
West Cork and Mizen Head
The West Coast of Cork is full of little ports, bays and inlets, the perfect backdrop for an exciting road trip. Points of interest are Mizen Head, the most southerly point in Ireland and the towns of Schull, Bantry and Clonakilty for shopping, dining and pubs, along with the charming fishing village of Kinsale. Visit Cork City and the kiss the Blarney Stone along this Wild Atlantic Way journey.
Clonakilty and Kinsale
Clonakilty is home to Irelands' own Michael Collins (visit the Michael Collins Centre) there. Nearby is the beautiful harbor town of Kinsale for outstanding views. Known as the gourmet capital, it's the prefect site for foodies and is much like its' Sister City Newport, Rhode Island in America. In Clonakilty stroll through the impressive Fernhill Gardens and check out the West Cork Model Railway Museum and stop to walk along dramatic Inchydoney Beach with both towns along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Waterford & Wexford
Waterford is Irelands oldest City, over 1000 years old and known for its’ spectacular hotels, restaurants and dining. Make sure to stop at the Waterford Crystal Storehouse and impressive medeival Lismore Castle, c.1185. The towns of Dunmore East and Dungarvan are rich with Viking history. Take the ferry from Passage East into Waterford City for a short pleasant crossing. Wexford, known as the sunny southeast, offers 13th Century Hook Head light house on Hook Head peninsula as one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. Also home to JFK's Grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, visit his home house here. The Dunbrody Famine Ship, a reproduction of an 1840’s immigrant vessel is not to be missed.
Killarney National Park - MacGillycuddy's Reeks
Cronins Yard - MacGillycuddy's Reeks, County Kerry
- 5m/8km | Moderate Difficulty | 2 Hours | Great Sunrise Walk
- Looking for complete silence? This hike is perfect for those training to climb Ireland's highest Peak Carrauntoohil. The route starts at the largest of 2 lakes at the foot of devils latter (the beginning of the route up Carrauntoohil). If you go at sunrise, the sun rises at your back illumating the peak. There is a slight climb on the return. Tip: Changing Rooms, showers, coffee shop.