We r going to visit my husband's cousin in Cork. Well arrive on Sun night, so I thought we'll spent Mon in Cork and on Tue I'd like to hire a car and take them along the Ring of Kerry and up to Dingle.
I've been there before (when I was 17 and I can't remember how long it took me last time to do the Ring of Kerry, as a friend of mine was driving). The thing is that my travel guide says I should spend 1whole day on the Ring of Kerry (plus drive anticlockwise bec of the traffic).
what would u suggest? We only have Tue to do something and I just loved the Dingle area and would like to go there again.
how many km is it approx.? from Cork to Killarney 90km, then the Ring of Kerry loop which is approx.190km, and then another 100 to Dingle???
any advice is highy appreciated!!!! thanks
From Killarney to Dingle is about 65 km, but it takes about 1.15 hour. Cork-Killarney take 1.30 hours.
I guess a day trip to Dingle Peninsula would be a bit too much, but the Ring of Kerry would be rushing it too much as well. You don't really need to start in Killarney by the way for the Ring of Kerry. You can also skip the Killarney (national park) part, and drive to Kenmare first, and than drive anti clockwise and take an inlandroad back from the north to Kenmare and drive back to Cork.
I was there in late May, when days were pretty long. I don't know when you are going, but from late August onwards days are getting pretty short, which means driving in the dark back to Cork at least.
Idea: why not drive from Cork along the main road on the southcoast and drive the route towards Mizen Head Peninsula. This is doable in one day although also you spend driving for several hours there and back first of course. But this Peninsula is smaller, Ring of Kerry has so much to offer it will be mostly driving.
ANother Idea: why not drive on Monday evening towards Kenmare first, saving you a bit of time on Tuesday. Or if you really want to visit Dingle Peninsula: drive to Dingle on monday late afternoon.
Thanks for ur input and especially how long it will take us to drive to certain places. I'll discuss it with my husband...
we will be there on the 7th of August by the way... so it shouldn't get dark too soon...
Forget tearing around the Irish countryside. The roads are dangerous and you see nothing for the most part because of the high hedges. Choose one destination not too far away from your base and relax with a picnic -weather permitting. Go to Kinsale and have a nice meal! That's enough for one day.