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Best place to stay for Ring of Kerry Drive


We will be in Ireland in September for 9 nights. It is our second time to Ireland so we won't be spending much time in Dublin, Galway or Belfast as we have seen those spots. Here is our itinerary for ( sleeping spots) for our 9 nights there). We like to hike, walk, enjoy the culture. We also want to drive the Ring of Kerry. My question is where is the best place to stay to do the Ring of Kerry? We have booked hotels etc but might be able to change our accommodations if need be.

Arrive from Copenhagen. Get car in Dublin and drive to Kilkenny ... spend one night
Kinsale, 2 nights,
Dingle 2 nights
Doolin 2 nights
Dublin 2 nights
Fly back to Canada

My husband does not like one night stays anywhere. Should we look at Kenmare instead of Kinsale in order to get the Ring of Kerry in without a mad rush.


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If you want to drive the ROK, I like the idea of spending 2 nights in Kenmare rather than Kinsale.

You can take a leisurely day to drive from Kilkenny, walk around Kenmare, spend the night. Next day, drive the ROK, and spend the night again. Then, you're ready to get up early the next day for your drive to Dingle.

Good luck and have a wonderful time.