Rainy Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Killarney

Rainy Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Killarney

As part of our 10 day Ireland itinerary, we included a day trip to the Ring of Kerry, because we’d heard that the Ring of Kerry is one of the most beautiful day tours in Ireland. Since we hadn’t rented a car, we decided to book a Ring of Kerry day tour. We ended up booking a tour with Wild Kerry Day Tours. In this post, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Ring of Kerry and about our Ring of Kerry day tour.

What is the Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry isn’t an object, but a road. It’s a 179-kilometre-long route around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland. On this circular route, you can admire mountains, charming villages, but above all stunning rugged coastlines. It’s possible to drive the Ring of Kerry in one day. Therefore, it makes for a very popular day trip.

Mysterious Ring of Kerry
Mysterious Ring of Kerry

Where to start the Ring of Kerry

The perfect starting fort for the Ring of Kerry is in Killarney. We stayed in Killarney Railway Hostel for two nights. Killarney is the perfect place to explore the area. On our first day in Killarney, we joined a Ring of Kerry day tour. The second day we explored Killarney National Park. From Killarney, you can also make a day trip to the Dingle Peninsula.

How many hours do you need for a day trip to the Ring of Kerry

How many hours you need for the Ring of Kerry, of course, depends on the number of stops you plan to make. Our tour took about 6.5 hours. There are slightly longer day tours as well. If you’re driving the Ring of Kerry, you can also include the Skellig Trip in your trip. This will make your trip a little longer. Moreover, since the touring cars don’t drive this ring, it will be less busy as well. If you’d like to visit the Skellig Islands, which you might now from Star Wars, this will take you an extra day.

Can you visit the Ring of Kerry on a rainy day

Yes! The Ring of Kerry is beautiful in every type of weather. On the whole, we had beautiful weather during our trip to Ireland. However, there was one rainy day when we were in Ireland: the day we explored the Ring of Kerry. Nevertheless, we didn’t want to cancel our plans and stay indoors all day. Rather, the rain adds a bit of mystery and transforms the landscape. Moreover, since Ireland is a country often associated with rain, it’s kind of fitting to visit the Ring of Kerry in the rain. Possibly, the Ring of Kerry is one of the best activities for a rainy day, since you’ll be spending a lot of time in your car or coach. To me, that’s better than hiking all day in the rain.

view Ring of Kerry
One of the beautiful views we had during our Ring of Kerry day tour

Ring of Kerry Day Tour

Bog Village

The first stop on our Ring of Kerry day tour was the Bog Village. You can find this museum on the Ring of Kerry road between Killorglin and Glenbeigh. The Bog Village gives you an insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the late 19th century. The entrance fee for this museum is 5 euros. However, my boyfriend and I didn’t pay for this, because we only had 20-30 minutes and it felt a bit of a tourist trap. Opposite the museum, there is a pub. So if you don’t want to pay for the Bog Village you can get a cup of tea or coffee at the pub.

Dingle Peninsula View Point

The Ring of Kerry is located on the Iveragh Peninsula. North of this peninsula, there is another peninsula: the Dingle Peninsula. The next stop during our Ring of Kerry day tour was a quick photo-stop on a spot with a stunning view of the Dingle Peninsula. From Killarney, there are several day trips to the Dingle Peninsula as well. Some even recommend this day trip above a day trip to the Ring of Kerry.

View of the Dingle Peninsula
View of the Dingle Peninsula

Sheepdog Demonstration

When we stopped for a sheep and sheepdog demonstration, I was a bit sceptical. Would this be a tourist trip again? However, my boyfriend wanted to see the demonstration so we paid 5 euros each. In the end, it was very interesting to see how sheepdogs are used to bring in the sheep on farms. I would recommend joining this 30-minute demonstration if it’s included in your Ring of Kerry day tour. If you’re driving the Ring of Kerry yourself, I would recommend skipping the demonstration to make time for the Skellig Ring instead.

The sheep dog demonstration
The sheepdog demonstration

Lunch at Scarriff Inn

We stopped for lunch at the Scarriff Inn. To be honest, the food was mediocre and the service wasn’t great either. Another touring car had arrived at the same time and a lot of people had to be seated and served in a short time. However, the view made up for everything!

Lunch view
That’s what I call a Lunch with a view

The Scarriff Inn is located on the Ring of Kerry in Cahardaniel.

Beach near Brackaharagh

The Ring of Kerry is known for its amazing coastlines. Therefore, we stopped at a beach near Brackaharagh. It was a quick photo stop, but I was blown away by the stunning view. I probably could’ve stayed here the entire day.

The stunning coastline of the Ring of Kerry
The stunning coastline of the Ring of Kerry

Sneem

Our next stop was in Sneem, a village with colourful houses and two small squares. In around 10 minutes you can explore the complete village. However, this was the place where we could buy souvenirs if we wanted in one of the various souvenir shops. I also noticed a large number of places where you could buy ice cream. While I’m fond of ice cream, it wasn’t really the right weather for ice cream. After strolling through Sneem and a quick visit to one of the souvenir shops, we hopped back on the bus.

Sneem
The coloured houses of Sneem

Ladies’ view

The last stop on our tour was Ladies’ view in Killarney National Park. Regardless of the weather, the view is stunning. Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting agree with me. When they visited here in 1861, they liked the view so much that it was named after them. The mist and dreary weather gave the view a mysterious sense. We didn’t have time to hike, it was just a photo-stop. However, this was sufficient.

Mysterious Ladies' View
Mysterious Ladies’ View, the last stop of our Ring of Kerry day tour

Ladies view is about 19 kilometres from Killarney. Around 5 pm the bus dropped us off in the centre of Killarney. We’d had an amazing day exploring the Ring of Kerry.

Our experience with Wild Kerry Day Tours

In summary, this Ring of Kerry day tour with Wild Kerry Day Tours is good value for money. The tour is one of the cheapest available. This means that lunch and entrance fees aren’t included. However, these are all optional. I recommend skipping the Bog Village but joining the sheep dog demonstration.

Our coach
Our coach

The coach doesn’t have wifi but is very comfortable. The bus driver told us a lot about the Ring of Kerry and Killarney, which I really liked. He was very nice and also funny!

Usually, we don’t book day tours. However, it’s practically impossible to explore the Ring of Kerry without a car. Therefore, this day tour with Wild Kerry Day Tours is great if you’re planning a day trip to the Ring of Kerry and you don’t have a car or don’t fancy driving the sometimes difficult roads.


This tour was not sponsored. However, affiliate links have been added to this post. Nevertheless, all opinions are my own.

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On our trip to Ireland, we had to visit the Ring of Kerry. This post contains all you need to know about the Ring of Kerry and the things to do on the Ring of Kerry. We booked a Ring of Kerry day tour to explore this part of Ireland.

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