a VirtualTourist member from Fort Lauderdale asked on Jun 29, 2006
We will be traveling to Ireland in Oct. and would like to know if we should skip the Ring of Kerry for a more manageable drive of the Dingle Peninsula. Time is really not an issue, but if our experience will be similar with several hours less in the car, then I would choose to use those other hours for more productive items like pub crawling.
it is hard to compare both rings !
Ring of Kerry will for sure be full of cars & heavy buses and about half of the road (mostly in the north) is not worth the trouble.
The Ring of Kerry makes sense, when you like to see Skellig Islands :
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and Staigue Fort :
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and of course you also see some great landscapes.
Dingle is a lot more quiet, buses will mostly not be able to drive the smaller roads etc.
I've done the Ring of Kerry, but not the Dingle Peninsula so I can't speak for it. I think the Ring of Kerry was quite beautiful and very relaxing, I would definately consider doing it if you have the time.
I've done both.
If I were to choose one to do again, it would be the Dingle peninsula.
I've done both as well. I would agree that I prefer Dingle but my ill will toward Kerry has more to do with the summer crowds - stop and go bumper to bumper buses, people and rookie left handed drivers. I've done the Dingle drive twice, once in the summer and once in November. A little busier in summer, but not much. And even tho it was November - the sun shone every day.
And - Dingle has some great authentic pubs
It's not that hard to drive around the Ring of Kerry as a rookie left hand driver...it is more difficult to drive in the cities than the slow 20 mph country roads.
I agree about driving in the cities being harder than either ring. Had 2 near misses - both on roundabouts - in the larger towns. Thanks [VT member a1d5a] for Irish Whiskey to calm the nerves!