We decided to spend the night in Kenmare (per my sister’s recommendation) for three nights while exploring the Ring of Kerry. It was such a beautiful, quaint little town and we stayed right in the center of it in a very spacious and a convenient two-bedroom apartment that looked down on the main street.
Our first day, we decided to drive north on the Ring, past Moll’s Gap, (a beautiful vista point) to the Muckross House. On our way we also stopped at Ladies View, a stunning spot to get out and take some photos. The view is just magnificent.
Muckross House, Gardens, and Traditional Farms is a beautiful property with a Victorian mansion to tour, endless gardens to explore, and a working farm that feels like you’re stepping back into 1930-40 Ireland. Lots of things for children to see and do but it’s also good fun for the grown-ups. It can get a bit busy there so if you’re looking for something off the beaten path this isn’t it. But we had a lovely time seeing and petting all the animals and exploring the property. If you have the time, there is an easy hike to Torc Waterfall (we didn’t end up making it out there because the kids hit a wall but I’ve heard so many good things).
After that, we headed back along the route to our little town of Kenmare for a gorgeous pub dinner at PF McCarthy’s, our favorite spot in town, for some seafood chowder, whiskey sipping, and live Irish music. Such a fun day!