Tips for Driving the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

By: Leah Shoup

Spend at least one full day on the Ring of Kerry.

The Ring of Kerry drive time takes between 6-8 hours. So, you need to spend at least one day driving the route with enough time to stop and explore.

With two days, add the Skellig Ring.

This extension includes beautiful places in County Kerry, like Valentia Island and the Skellig Islands, where part of Star Wars was filmed.

Start your drive early in the morning.

Hit the road by 8:30 to beat the tour buses to popular sites like Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, Muckross House, Ladies View, and Derrynane House.

Drive clockwise to avoid the tour buses.

Most tour buses travel the route anti-clockwise. So, by driving clockwise, you can avoid crowds and getting stuck behind a bus.

Choose your stops ahead of time.

There are so many places to see along this Iveragh Peninsula drive that it can be overwhelming! Choose your favorite attractions and mark them on Google Maps.

Plan your visit between April and August.

Ireland receives far more daylight hours during these months, meaning more time to explore the views along the Ring of Kerry!

If you're not comfortable with Irish roads, book a guided tour.

For those who aren't quite ready to take their own road trip on the left side of the road, there are lots of options for guided tours.

Don't skip the off-the-beaten-path stops.

Although it requires adding a little time to your drive, we loved visiting Staigue Stone Fort and the Kerry Cliffs.

Book a Skellig Michael landing tour.

These visits are limited and have a short operating season (mid-May through the end of September), so book far in advance!

After the Ring of Kerry, head to the Dingle Peninsula.

In our opinion, Slea Head Drive is actually even more beautiful than the Ring of Kerry, and you can drive it in half a day.