The Ring of Kerry and Beyond

The Ring of Kerry is a 180-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry. Clockwise from Killarney it proceeds to Kenmare, then around the Iveragh Peninsula to Killorglin – passing through Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh – before returning to Killarney.

It is a wonderful day-trip by car. It is also popular with tour bus operators, who are encouraged to travel the Ring in a counter-clockwise direction so as not to cause hold-ups for cars following the aforementioned route.

I have completed the route many times but in the past few years I have begun to discover that real gems lie off the beaten track around the ring. In this sequence of photos, I show the wonderful Rossbeigh beach, snapped from a distance on a road beyond nearby Glenbeigh and which no tour bus is ever likely to traverse.

From Waterville, directly on the ring route, there is a road which takes you right through the centre of the peninsula through the Ballaghasheen Pass and which leads to the magnificent Ballaghbeama Gap and onwards to Moll’s Gap. Again, these roads are not frequented by tour buses – for obvious reasons.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them. If there is any advice I can offer to anyone visiting rural Ireland with a camera – get off the beaten track. You will certainly get the typical views on the well-worn routes but you will be amazed at the stunning scenery that awaits if you take the time (and a bit of courage) to take your car on the less-traveled ‘roads’.


Kerry - Aug 2014 #3

Looking towards Waterville on the Ring of Kerry



Kerry - Aug 2014 #40

Old railway bridge in Cahersiveen with Cnoc na dTobar (Mountain of the Wells) in the background.



Kerry - Aug 2014 #39

Closer view of the old bridge in Cahersiveen.



Kerry - Aug 2014 #38a

Small wind farm just outside Cahersiveen.



Kerry - Aug 2014 #35

Cnoc na Tobar – outside Cahersiveen.



Kerry - Aug 2014 #8

McGillycuddy Reeks viewed from close to the Ballaghasheen Pass.



Kerry - Aug 2014 #5

McGillycuddy Reeks from the top of the Ballaghasheen Pass.



Kerry - Aug 2014 #11

Road through the Ballaghbeama Gap. Not many tour buses here!



Kerry - Aug 2014 #45a

Rossbeigh Beach with Inch Beach (on the Dingle Peninsula) in the distance.



Kerry - Aug 2014 #44

High view of Rossbeigh Beach. Definitely no tour buses on this road!



Kerry - Aug 2014 #43

Rossbeigh Beach.



Kerry - Aug 2014 #41

Wide-angle view of Rossbeigh Beach.