We take a look at what the Ring of Kerry has to offer, look at some of the best spots, and reveal what kinds of property you can get for your money.
If your top priority when you move to Ireland is being surrounded by natural beauty, County Kerry is one of Ireland’s prime locations, and in particular the breathtaking area within the Ring of Kerry. A popular spot with tourists, there is much to see and do in this corner of Ireland where you’ll find some of the country’s most charming villages.
The Ring of Kerry is heralded as having some of the best beaches in Europe, including Rossbeigh, Castlecove, and Kells Bay beach.
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is the commonly used name for the Kerry tourist trail, which is in the south-west corner of the country on the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. The Ring of Kerry is heralded as having some of the best beaches in Europe, including Rossbeigh, Castlecove and Kells Bay beach. Aside from days by the sea (should you get lucky with the weather) the region’s natural assets make it a prime location for lovers of outdoor pursuits. The terrain lends itself perfectly to walking, cycling and climbing and visitors can enjoy watersports including scuba diving. The region is also known for having some of the country’s best fresh and saltwater fishing spots where you can reel in salmon, trout, bass, mackerel, tuna, mullet and cod.
History buffs will delight in the opportunity to understand more about Ireland’s history by visiting the area’s Iron Age forts and monasteries, including the monastery perched high on the side of Skellig Michael, a windswept island off the coast of the peninsula.
Best towns and villages in the Ring of Kerry
Although small, Killarney has been attracting tourists and expats for hundreds of years, largely due to the lake and mountain scenery you can enjoy in Killarney National Park. Despite receiving thousands of tourists each year, the usual tack you find in popular tourist spots has been successfully repelled by the town’s proud residents. You’ll find attractive 19th century properties lining cobbled narrow lanes, colourful window boxes, stained glass doors and windows, and lots of charming restaurants and shops to explore.
This gorgeous four-bedroom property is located in Killarney’s scenic Gap of Dunloe, which means you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding countryside from every single window. The property is located on 2.1 acres, and despite feeling isolated, Killarney and all its amenities are just down the road. €550,000 (£491,300).
Next we have Kenmare, which is located in the southeast corner of the Peninsula. If you consider yourself a ‘foodie’, this is the ideal spot for you – you’ll be spoilt for choice in the town’s range of restaurants. Unsurprisingly, given the region is surrounded by water, freshly caught seafood is the name of the game. Much like Killarney, Kenmare has retained its original design and style.
For just €425,000 (£379,000) you could be the proud owner of this modern four-bedroom home, which enjoys incredible views towards Kenmare Bay and the Caha Mountains. The open plan downstairs is home to two-bedrooms, a sunroom, a stone double fireplace and an open plan living, dining and kitchen area. Wander upstairs and you’ll find two further bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms and a spacious seating area on the landing, where you can enjoy the best views in the house.
Although Caherciveen is the Iveragh Peninsula’s primary town, its population only sits at around 2,000 permanent residents. The town is idyllically located on the banks of the scenic River Fertha at the foot of Beentee Mountain and overlooking Valentia Harbour. Lovely! As well as being a perfect place from which to explore the area’s rugged coastline, there is an excellent harbour and yachting marina located here, and the waters are known to offer some of the best deep sea angling in Europe.
If you’ve been dreaming of setting up your own B&B, this nine-bedroom property, which only requires a tiny bit of modernising, could well be the dream opportunity for you. On the market for just €850,000 (£759,300), the property has a spacious conservatory, wonderful views and an enormous garden complete with lighting and water features. The property is being sold completely furnished and is just one mile from Caherciveen town centre – a busy stop on the Ring of Kerry tourist trail.
Killorglin is another fantastic town, located wonderfully on both the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. As well as being another area that’s renowned for its fishing, the town is perhaps best known for hosting one of Ireland’s oldest and most unusual festivals – Puck Fair, which takes place from the 10th-12th August each year. Before the festivities can begin each year, a goat catcher must head into the mountains surrounding the town to do as his name suggests. When the goat is brought back to town, it will be crowned King Puck, and the party begins! Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillyCuddy’s Reeks provide the town with a particularly beautiful backdrop, and resident’s can enjoy the Atlantic waters of Cromane, Dingle Bay and Dooks Beach. If it’s an active lifestyle you’re after, there are excellent cycling routes close by at Caragh Lake and the through the Glencar valleys, and Killorglin Golf Club is a fantastic spot to play a round or two.
Killorglin is another fantastic town, located wonderfully on both the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.
For just €330,000 (£295,000), this six-bedroom property, which is set in 1.25 acres and offers uninterrupted views of the Macgillycuddy’s Mountains, could be all yours. The property has been finished to the highest standards inside and out and features a formal dining room, full fitted kitchen, a study and a sunroom that’s just perfect for enjoying the surroundings.
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