Last year, we did the typical Ring of Kerry route that most people take. While it was great, we decided that next time we would do the ring via the road less traveled. So, during this most recent trip we took the Ballaghisheen Pass to the Ballaghbeama Gap. So glad we did. In a word, incredible. Don’t get me wrong: the normal route on the ROK is just fine (that is, if you don’t mind the crowds), but, if you want to avoid the throngs of motor coaches and tourists, and see some of the best scenery in Ireland, I can highly recommend going this route.
As far as the actual road itself, yes, you have to be on your game, driving-wise. That said, it’s really just a question of paying attention and working with other drivers you might encounter. There are several curves that result in blind spots, but, unless you’re trying to barrel through like Speed Racer, you should be fine. There are plenty of pull offs, allowing you to get out and take photos, and there are even a few places where you can walk into the hills and valleys.
So, if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, and you’d like to experience something that most people visiting the ROK don’t get to see (more than likely because they don’t know about it), take the Ballaghbeama Gap.
You’ll be glad you did.
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