Prepare for plenty of ups and downs as you spend most of this section crossing the foothills with expansive views out to the coast.
Start with a walk along Ireland’s ‘Old Butter Road’, used in the 19th century to transport butter to Cork. Climb the lower slopes of Eagle Hill before some lovely views across the inlet of Kenmare. Along the way you can take a shorter, but busier, detour to visit Staigue Fort, one of the largest ring forts to be found in Ireland.
Walk an old coach road leading to a boreen as you trace the track above the main Ring of Kerry road, following rocky trails, approaching the picturesque village of Sneem, with its jagged and rocky river bed.
This route is used in the following itineraries: