Sunday, August 28, 2022

Ring of Kerry, Kerry, Ireland

One of the places we visited for the first time on our 2022 trip was the Ring of Kerry.

We traveled the Ring of Kerry on our drive from Galley Head Lighthouse to Shores Country House. With a car load including 2 children, we had to pick our stops carefully. I think we succeeded!

Our first stop was Staigue Stone Fort. It's a couple of miles off N70 but worth the drive.

Staigue Fort is one of the largest ring forts in Ireland. It stands on an low hill, with a view of Kenmare bay to the south and is very impressive in size. The walls are up to 18ft high and 13ft thick and 90ft in diameter.

The fort is thought to have been built somewhere between 300 and 400 AD as a defensive stronghold for a local lord or king.

At the site there are toilets and a donation box. There was a coffee bar there but it wasn't open.

The website is here. The wikipedia article is here. The Tripadvisor review is here.

Less than 9 miles away is one of the most special places we visited. This was Derrynane Abbey.

The abbey is on an island appropriately named Abbey Island. It is accessible from the mainland on foot at low tide. It is believed to have been built in the 6th century.

Here's the tide chart. You'll need it. You can only walk there at low tide. We planned our drive to hit there at low tide. Watch your time so you don't get trapped out there.

While we didn't play in the water here, the beach and water were beautiful. It's worth spending an afternoon here.

The website is here. The wikipedia article is here. The Tripadvisor review is here.

Staigue Stone Fort

Derrynane Abbey

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