Day 2 – Ring of Kerry
We head out west from Killarney towards Beaufort, passing alongside Killarney National Park and the River Laune.
• Killorglin – Home to the famous annual Puck Fair. Puck Fair, (‘poc’ being the Irish for a male goat) is one of Ireland’s oldest fairs. The “Queen of Puck”, traditionally a young school girl from one of the local primary schools, crowns the goat “King Puck“. It takes place each August 10th. The goat is released unharmed!
• Next town Glenbeigh, where you can detour to Glenbeigh beach and take a (coffee) break
• Passing through Cahirsiveen, you then need watch out for a turn right to Reenard Point, where you can pick up a short ferry over to Valentia Island.
• Valentia Island – home to Tetrapod Footprints are the most extensive of the four Devonian trackways in the world.
• Take a run out to Valentia Lighthouse – a spectacular location, but care is needed riding down the narrow roads with adverse camber switchback! • Riding down the island, towards the bridge for Port Magee, you can exit the island and stop off in one of the various towns pubs and restaurants for a lunch stop.
• Next we ride around the Skellig Ring which is off the beaten track, as the bus tours cannot take this route. Views from Kerry Cliffs are spectacular and you will also get chances to see the famous Skellig Rocks from this route. The smallest of the 3 islands, is called LemonRock!
• Next we ride through Ballinskelligs and onto Waterville as we enter the most southern part of the Ring of Kerry. Back onto the ring for Coomakista Pass which offers fantastic views over Kenmare Bay
• Riding with Kenmare Bay on your right, divert up to see Staigue Fort and then you’ll pass through Parknasilla and on into Kenmare town
• Overnight in Kenmare which is rapidly becoming highly renowned for its fine selection of restaurants.
renowned for its fine selection of restaurants.