Ring of Kerry
Travel the Wild Atlantic Way from Castlemaine to Kenmare
This stage of the Wild Atlantic Way is very similar to the famous Ring of Kerry. The „Ring“ is the most frequently travelled tourist route up to now and goes along the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula.
Here along the west of the Iveragh Peninsula the scenery is awesome. It is like stepping into a picture book. The Wild Atlantic Way departs from the „Ring“ to continue along the Skellig Ring. This road is not as frequented as the other „Ring“ so you can drive at ease, sidestep the hustle and bustle and enjoy this unique scenic route. Highlights are Valentia Island, connected to the mainland by bridge at Portmagee, the drive over Coonmaneaspig Pass and the coves and beaches of St. Finan's Bay.
The boats for both Skellig Islands, which lie 12 km off the Kerry coast, depart from Portmagee and Ballinskelligs. The Skellig Islands which are really two very steep rocky islands, stand proudly in the wild roaring Atlantic. Skellig Michael, which peaks at 217 metres, was the home of a small group of monks in the seventh century. This monastic settlement was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. The smaller island, Little Skellig, which is a haven to various seabirds, has one of the largest colonies of Northern Gannet worldwide.