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Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour
"Known as Ireland’s second capital Cork is rich with old historic churches and houses that have been around for hundreds of years. This audio tour will immerse you in its historical quays and pathways that will lead you to its famous St Patrick’s Street it's enchanting English Market and the charming church of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. You’ll see an abundance of traditional Irish pubs restaurants and hear traditional music as you walk through the magical city of Cork. Be sure to bask in the charismatic lifestyle of the Irish! You will also see the Queen's Old Castle French Church Street the famous Cork Butter Museum
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Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour
"Known as Ireland’s second capital Cork is rich with old historic churches and houses that have been around for hundreds of years. This audio tour will immerse you in its historical quays and pathways that will lead you to its famous St Patrick’s Street it's enchanting English Market and the charming church of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. You’ll see an abundance of traditional Irish pubs restaurants and hear traditional music as you walk through the magical city of Cork. Be sure to bask in the charismatic lifestyle of the Irish! You will also see the Queen's Old Castle French Church Street the famous Cork Butter Museum
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"Blarney Castle
"Cobh Shore Excursion: Blarney Castle Cork City and Kinsale Private Tour""We would head to Blarney Castle if you wish to kiss the Blarney stone which is said locally to give you the ‘gift of the gab’ or more appropriately the ‘gift of eloquent speech’. The castle itself was built more than six hundred years ago and home of the with its beautiful gardens and lake a must see on a visit to Cork. From Blarney we would head for Cork city known locally as ‘The real Capital of Ireland’ the river Lee flows through Cork dividing the city into North & South and the Port of Cork meets the Atlantic Ocean at Cobh. The people of Cork may be difficult to understand as it is said we sing our words rather than speak them a very hilly city steeped in history beautiful Cathedrals and lime stone buildings fast becoming a very cosmopolitan place. Cork is also the second deepest natural port in the world
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Ring of Kerry Tips (18)

Ring of Kerry

The ring of kerry is a wonderful scenic route thew takes in the Kerry peninsular.

There are 2 main ways of doing it, by bus or by car.

If you do it by car, make sure you drive in the same direction as the buses, and not in the opposite direction as the roads can get very narrow, and trying to get past a bus on parts of it would be a trial indeed.

The scenery here is spectacular, especially spots like "Ladies View"

There are many places to pull over for photo stops, take advantage of them.

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stevemt
Jun 25, 2014

Driving the Ring of Kerry.

It would seem that the coaches and buses loaded with tourists take the anti-clockwise way round the Ring : ie Killarney - Glenbeigh - Cahersiveen - Kenmare because the turns a a lot less difficult that way "dixit a coach driver I asked". So you're much better off if in your own vehicle to go clockwise, so avoiding the inevitable hold-ups following two or three of these same coaches.

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pfsmalo
Oct 28, 2012

Driving the Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a scenic 175 km (110 mile) road that circles the Iveragh Peninsula, a very popular draw for tourists who visit Ireland. You can visit via a self driving tour if you are willing to rent a car and drive on the "wrong" side of the road (if you are from the US like us) or join one of the multitude of bus tours that follow along one after another going counterclockwise. 110 miles doesn't sound like a lot of driving but you aren't driving 60 miles an hour, you wouldn't enjoy the scenery and the roads are not designed for high speeds.

We decided to go the self drive route since we had a car, we started off around lunchtime as we spent the morning seeing the sights around Killarney. Our first stop was Cahersiveen, the first "big" village that you come across, for lunch and a quick walk around town; drove to Valentia Island where we watched the crazy locals actually swimming in the cold, cold water; drove the Ring of Skellig (or at least I think we did), and visited Staigue Fort near Caherdaniel before heading to Kenmare where we spent the night.

We had a beautiful day for the drive, the sun was out for most of the day and we had great visibility. The next day when we drove around the Beara Peninsula to the south we looked over to the Ring of Kerry and noticed that it was fogged in, this is when it would be nice to have an extra cushion day in the area as it's much more enjoyable to do the drive with sunny skies. Lots of visitors with less ambitious plans than us spend several days in the area enjoying a leisurely drive and delving more into the nooks and crannies of the peninsula.

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Dabs
Oct 28, 2009

HOP A BUS TOUR TO THE RING OF KERRY

The tour was my favorite activity while visiting Killarney. You will see some of the most spectaular scenary that is in Ireland. We left Killarney about 10 AM and returned about 4PM. The bus made several stops for tea, lunch and afternoon snack. Be sure you pack your camera. The bus driver afforded the tourists many places to take photos. I enjoyed the Irish music played on the tour by the Chieftains.

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Jul 07, 2008
 
 
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Thr Ring of Kerry

Everyone talks about the Ring of Kerry and all the tour busses. We rented a car and were able to stop many places along the road side where a bus could not. The photo opportunities are endless and range from moutain scenery to a rugged coastline with small protected harbours. There are ruins to explore and small villages wher the people treat you like family.

You can make it in a day and did, but next time we will stay the night on the west end of the peninsula and take even more time exploring.

SquadCaptain
Mar 27, 2007

World Famous Ring of Kerry

Whether you go by tour bus or drive round yourself, the scenery will not dissapoint you from ancient mountain peaks to sparkling lakes & hills dotted with sheep not to mention the famous 40 shades of green

The tour bus can be great fun the driver's banter was hilarious!!

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scottishvisitor
Dec 28, 2005

Ring of Kerry

If you look at a map of Ireland and see the 2nd peninsula in the south, the Ring of Kerry is just a road around the peninsula encompassing the main towns in the area like Killarney, Caherciveen, Kenmare. Yes, there is some great scenery in some parts of it, but when the Ring road is heavily laden with tour buses, it does spoil the experience - in my most humble opinion.

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orlikins
Aug 04, 2005

Ring of Kerry

The weather was perfect after some rain the day before, so we very much enjoyed this drive-sometimes hairy, around the one way road-playing with the sheep, many lakes, bogs, blooming trees. First time seeing painted pink and blue lambs-to identify them. We got dropped off downtown to shop awhile before dinner back at the hotel. A very nice long walk back to the Ryan Hotel- but finding gifts for everyone.

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Feb 09, 2005

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Ring of Kerry

I reccomend strapping on the backpack and walking/hitchiking your way around the ring of Kerry. I started walking it with the intention of walking the entire length but this proved to be impossible because every car that went by stopped to give me a lift. I met some great people and I felt very safe doing it.

carolineos
Aug 24, 2004

Touring the Ring of Kerry

Being one of the more popular sightseeing tours in the Kerry region, there are many tour buses that will drive you around. My tour included a stop at Waterville, the vacation home of Charlie Chaplin (something I didn't know), a sheep dog demonstration, Moll's Gap (for photo pics)....

We managed to tour on a nice day which made for very nice photos. I will upload one once I figure out how to scan a photo onto the internet.

lmizutani
Jun 26, 2003

Ring of Kerry Tour

In my opinion the best way to see the most of this beautiful area of Ireland in the shortest amount of time is via a Ring of Kerry tour. The tours cost around 20 euro and last approximately 5 hours. Make sure it includes stops at or affords views of Magillicuddy's Reeks, Killorglin, Sneem, Gap of Dunloe, and Ladie's View. Ladie's View was my favorite part.

If possible, try to meet with the driver before your tour as well. That's the greatest asset you will have on such a tour. A lousy guide will make for a lousy trip.

If I ever did this tour again, I would rent a car and just drive to the places that were more interesting on my own. Some of the roads are pretty narrow and covered with sheep though.

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mrdarius
Mar 24, 2003

The Ring Of Kerry

This tour around the Iveragh peninsula is a must-see indeed. The scenery is second to none in Ireland but like I said before, you'll almost be driving bumper-to-bumper in summer. Visit outside this hectic time and things will be much quieter and therefore much more enjoyable.

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Dec 26, 2002

Things to Do Near Ring of Kerry

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Cork City Gaol

Poverty-related crime in 19th century Ireland became a key issue in the counry's history and is well explained in the former City Gaol. The history of the prison and the building complex is put into...
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St Ann's Church

OR commonly known as the North Cathedral, is the seat of the Bishop of Cork and Ross, and the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross. It's another impressive church in Cork,...
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Crawford Art Gallery

The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is the venue of permanent and temporary art exhibitions. Their permanent collection includes paintings by Irish and international artists from the 17th century to...
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St. Peters & Pauls Church

Saint Peter and Paul's Church is quite an old Catholic church that replaced the small Carey's Lane Chapel built in 1786. The new church and the one I was viewing, was built to the winning design of...
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University of Cork

Of all the University campuses I have visited in Ireland UCC has to come out in the top two. Trinity College Dublin is magnificent and probably tips ahead of UCC, but the sense of serenity and space...
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St Finbarr's Cathedral

Saint Fin Barre came to Cork in 606AD where he founded a monastery on the site of the present Cathedral. He died in Cloyne in 623AD and is said to have been buried in the the graveyard somewhere...
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Getting to Ring of Kerry

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The Ring of Kerry circles the Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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