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The Ring of Kerry - Places to Visit
The Ring Of Kerry is about 110 miles total, and is considered one of the most scenic routes in all of Ireland. The major sights are:

Blennerville Windmill with exhibits relating to the 19th century famines when desperate immigrants set sail, en masse from the port of Tralee.

Killorglin on Dingle Bay: Dingle Bay is cut off by two sand spits, which enclose the harbor of Castlemaine. The sand spit on the Dingle side forms the sheltered seaside resort of Inch. Killorglin is a small town on a hill, and the scene of the famous Puck Fair, all day stint of merrymaking each August, which involves the enthroning of a goat. The film "Ryan's Daughter" was filmed in this area.

Glenbeigh offers magnificent mountain scenery.

Caherciveen: The road between here and Glenbeigh is one of the highlights of the Ring. The road skirts the edge of Dingle Bay and gives fine views across the bay to the rugged peaks of the Dingle Peninsula.

Skellig Rocks come into view as you leave Caherciveen. Little Skellig is a Wildlife Conservancy Preserve. Puffin Island, to the north, is also a nature reserve. Skellig Michael, rises sharply 700 feet out of the Atlantic. Some 600 steps, shaped out of solid rock, lead to the remains of an early Christian-monk settlement...surprisingly well preserved.

Valentia: More beautiful glimpses of the Skellig Rocks from here.

Valentia Island is now joined to the mainland by a bridge. The island was formerly the Western Union Cable Station for the 1st Transatlantic Cable.

Ballinskelligs: An Irish-speaking village with a fine sandy beach.

Waterville is famous as an angling center and its old-fashioned hotels.

Berrynane National Park: 298 acres.

Satigue Fort: One of many important archeological sites in the area. It is surrounded by an 18-foot wall enclosing a circle 90 feet in diameter. The stones are held in place without motor.

Castlecove ... along the coast.

Parknasilla ... beautiful hotel and wooded estate.

Sneem Village ... one of the prettiest in Ireland.

Eyeries and Allihies ... magnificent seascapes.
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