|The view from N71, overlooking the Ring of Kerry near Kenmare, Ireland.
Photo by Charish Badzinski.
For most travelers to Ireland, the Ring of Kerry ranks among the must-sees. Travelers who don’t wish to chance driving on the left side of the road are left to book a bus tour, of which there are many. But for those who don’t mind the steep drop-offs and narrow roads, great beauty awaits, along with the freedom to stop and take photos and video at will.
We were compelled to pause on N71 as the road rose up to reveal a stunning view of the Ring of Kerry, today’s mini-vacay.
If you have the chance to make this drive, pack a lunch to be budget wise, and pull over for the best outdoor dining views. You may even share your hillside with some sheep.
Or, save your stomach for the award-winning Avoca restaurant and bakery, which also offers a great view, near Moll’s Gap. Bring your wallet; locally-crafted goodies in their gift shop are likely to tempt you into exceeding your baggage weight limit on the flight home.
Video by Charish Badzinski.
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Charish Badzinski is an explorer, foodie and award-winning travel and food writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, providing strategic communications, media relations and writing support to individuals and organizations.
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