Planning a Picnic on the Ring of Kerry

Posted : Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Romantic Breaks

The Ring of Kerry is an incredibly scenic tourist route which takes you from Killarney to Killorglin and around the Iveragh Peninsula passing through Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare before returning back to Killarney. Kerry, with its mountains, lakes and Atlantic coastline is perhaps one of the most scenic areas in Ireland and is ideal for romantic breaks.

What better way to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of this county than to have a picnic and be at one with nature. Here are some great tips about where to go and what to bring when planning a picnic on the Ring of Kerry as part of your romantic break.

Where to Go

Ladies View at Molls Gap, Killarney National Park

Ladies View is a scenic point along the N71 portion of the Ring of Kerry, in Killarney National Park. Supposedly, it was named after Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting who stopped to look at the scenery from this spot during the Queen's visit to Killarney in 1861. The view towards McGillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountain Range, with The Upper Lake and all its fairy islands below, is truly spectacular. A perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic for two.


Caherdaniel is located on the Southern coast of the Iveragh Peninsula and set against the backdrop of spectacular scenery and stunning views. Perhaps, a prime location for a picnic would be the nearby Derrynane Bay which boasts a beautiful Blue Flag beach. The beach is actually a renowned centre for all types of water-sports. Why not grab a surfing lesson and then enjoy a much deserved picnic on the beach afterwards?


Kells is located halfway between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen. It is a traditional fishing village, has a sheltered EU Blue Flag beach and harbour, and makes for an idyllic spot for a picnic. The area surrounding Kells is lush and trees are a dominant part of the landscape. Situated on the Kerry Way, it commands spectacular views of Dingle Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and is a paradise for hillwalkers.

What to Bring
Romantic Breaks

Ard na Sidhe, is a beautiful Country House, located on the shores of Caragh Lake on the Ring of Kerry route. Stop into the kitchens where they will pack a spectacular picnic basket full of artisan locally produced gourmet food for you to enjoy on the shores of Caragh Lake or further afield if you wish. Check with the Chef to see what is in season for the best picnic options.

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