Big hitters and highest heights
The largest of the southwest's five fingers, the Iveragh Peninsula has everything a walker could wish for: jagged mountains, rolling hills, picturesque villages and stunning coastal views.
One of the biggest draws here is the Macgillicuddy's Reeks mountain range, which spikes stunningly up through the peninsula's centre and stretches from the breathtaking Gap of Dunloe to the spectacular, isolated hamlet of Glencar. Hiking the full range is a 10-12-hour commitment, but if you're up to the challenge, you'll thank yourself.
On the easier end of the scale, Killarney National Park is filled with manageable trails punctuated by picture-perfect pitstops – like Ladies View, so loved by Queen Victoria's ladies in waiting that it was named for them; or Muckross House, the 19th-century mansion surrounded by traditional farm, craft shop and sprawling gardens.
Encircling the majority of the peninsula itself is the Ring of Kerry, a road favoured by drivers and cyclists alike; but even if you only stop off here for a quick stroll, it's worth it for the gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, right out to the Skellig Islands.
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