Eurotrip 2013: Part 10 – Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula

This is the tenth post in a series about my 2013 trip to Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain.  Part of the free plane tickets were funded by the 40,000 point sign up bonus of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

I’m not sure I was mentally prepared for the drive we ended up taking.  The “Ring of Kerry” is an incredibly scenic set of roads that go along the coast of the areas near Killarney and Kenmare. The Dingle Peninsula is right above it.

ring of kerry

What they don’t advertise is that much of the ring is these tiny 1.5 lane roads with rock walls on either side.  And when a tour bus comes towards you and you suddenly have to fit your car and a bus beside each other, it is enough to give anyone some gray hairs.

However, if you survive it, the scenery is breathtaking!


Kerry Panaroma

Little islands off the coast dot the horizon.

Kerry Islands

Kerry Panaroma 2

You pass many castle ruins along the way.

Kerry Castle

We took the serious scenic route looking for this famous chocolate place near Portmagee that ended up being closed :(, and passed some cliffs that we thought were impressive (until we saw even better ones the next day!)

kerry cliff

We went through Knight’s Town and took the ferry across which was fun.


We then took in part of the Dingle Peninsula and made it about halfway through before we decided to cut it short and head to Gallway.


The best scenery was yet to come!

Author: John Butler

I live in Miami Beach but love travelling all over the world.