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March 25, 2003
It is suggested that you complete the Ring of Kerry drive in an counter-clockwise manner because of the traffic with tour buses. However, we didn't follow the advice and did it the other way. In peak summer months, you actually might want to do it clockwise to avoid having to drive behind the big, slow tour buses.
We set out from Killarney about 8:30am. In the town, there are signs which direct you to the Ring (N71). The first major stop on the route is Muckross House, Farm and Castle. These are located in Killarney National Park and are a must-see!
The Ring takes you through a large majority of the National Park and provides you with stops at Torc Waterfall, Ladies View, and Moll's Gap. Along the way you will also be treated to miscellaneous castle ruins, like this one just inside the park:
Moll's Gap is a barron, rocky area which has some very twisty roads. There is a souvenir shop at an intersection where the road turns left.
The first major town on the Ring in this direction is Kenmare. We traveled the Ring on the St. Patrick's Day holiday so we encountered many interesting happenings in the towns we traveled through. In this town (it was around 10am when we reached it), all of the townspeople were leaving their church services. The roads were a little heavy with traffic here. We stopped at a café for lunch (see "Mocha Cafe" entry) and shopped around a souvenir shop called Quill's.
Please get yourself a map of the Ring of Kerry before setting out. Most maps include reference to sights along the way. This will help you with your sightseeing and helps to plan out your stops for food/gas/etc.
The small towns along the Ring vary in size and level of attraction. Some of them are just a few buildings and some have shops, restaurants, and a bustling atmosphere. One interesting experience for us happened while driving through the town of Sneem. As I stated before, it was St. Paddy's Day. A lot of towns in Ireland hold special celebrations for this holiday, including parades. For many of the towns along the Ring, the road that makes up the Ring is their only major road. Therefore, when we drove through Sneem, we were IN their St. Patrick's Day Parade! There were pedestrians everywhere and they were not keen on moving for our car. We pushed our way through the crowds and past the parade and found ourselves on open, empty roads!p>
Read about part 2 of the Ring drive in the next journal entry.
From journal St. Patty's Day in Ireland