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Ring of Kerry an Irish tradition

October 3, 2011 - 2:25am
Ring of Kerry an Irish tradition
Ireland is nicknamed the Emerald Isle because of its lush countryside, and the designation is particularly fitting for those who select the famous Ring of Kerry as a travel destination. The 111-mile trip has become a staple of escorted Ireland vacations and brings tourists through such landmarks as Ross Castle, Derrynane House and Ladies View.

The trip starts out in the tourist hub of Killarney, which is home to a number of attractions including the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass that stretches for about seven miles. The pastoral path brings visitors face-to-face with a series of lakes including Coosan Lough, Black Lake and Cushnavally Lake.

Visitors to this region will also likely see Muckross Abbey, a burial site for a number of prominent Irish poets. Built in 1448, this structure resides in Killarney National Park and is a testament to the history of Ireland. Despite the fact that it no longer has a roof, a tour through the building will bring travelers into a central courtyard that has a large, breathtaking yew tree.

Also located along the route is the Torc Waterfall. Situated at the base of Torc Mountain, visitors have the option to take a hiking path to the peak or simply admire it from the ground.