Wedding Weekend in Kenmare & Driving Along the Ring of Beara

Ireland Kenmare

Ireland had been on my travel bucket list for ages. A few weeks ago, we finally made it over there for a wedding in Kenmare. I was told that Ireland looks like a mini New Zealand in terms of nature and stunning scenery – and yup, that seems about right! At least for the area around Kenmare I can say that it is extremely beautiful :)

We flew in to Cork where we picked up the rental car to drive up to Kenmare. This was the first time I drove on the left lane – ever! The way from Cork to Kenmare was super straightforward indeed with mostly highways for miles. The ‘fun’ started the next day when we decided to drive along the Ring of Berra with its super narrow, tiny little, non-paved roads around the mountains (more on that later).

We took an early morning flight from London and arrived in our lovely bed & breakfast cottage around noon and then had a couple of hours to relax before heading to the wedding. The landlady of the cottage was so sweet, she even drove us to the wedding venue herself. In fact every single Irish person we met was super friendly. And I don’t mean fake-friendly. They seemed genuinely extremely lovely and welcoming :)

Ireland Kenmare View from the cottage

The view from our cottage was amazing (photo above) and everything looks just so idyllic. Love it!

The wedding was lots of fun! The first day was a rather traditional Irish wedding and the second day was Indian themed (Irish & Indian wedding). The official photos are not out yet so here a little preview of my Saree :)

Ring of Beara Kenmare Ireland Roadtrip

The Indian themed wedding celebration started in the evening on the second day so we had around 5 hours of sightseeing before the party. While the other guests were still sleeping off their hangover we were already on the road, more specifically on the tiny little narrow roads which are just so lovely for someone who is NOT used to drive on the left lane!

Ring of Beara Kenmare

But the trip was definitely worth it. Unbelievable how the landscape kept on changing during our little round trip along the Ring of Beara. We started in Kenmare and then went past Tuosist, Lauragh, Eyeries, Castletown-Bearhaven and then back again to Kenmare to get ready for wedding day number 2.

Ring of Beara Kenmare

If I remember correctly, the round trip took us around 4 hours. We were not the slowest drivers (I grew up in Germany after all…) and only had little breaks here and there for taking photos and having coffee.

Ring of Beara Kenmare Ireland Roadtrip

Ring of Beara Kenmare Ireland Roadtrip

Ring of Beara Kenmare Ireland Roadtrip

Ring of Beara Kenmare Ireland Roadtrip

There are lots more things to do along the Ring of Beara and I think it would also be lovely to stay somewhere in a Bed & Breakfast along the way. So if you are planning to do the Ring the Beara, also consider these stops that we didn’t get the chance to explore: Allihies & Dursey Island, Adrigole & Glengarriff, The Sheen Valley. Check out this Ring of Beara website to plan your trip and read this fun post from Shannon who did the trip a while back.

Ring of Beara Kenmare Ireland Roadtrip

Ring of Beara Kenmare Ireland Roadtrip

Ring of Beara Kenmare Ireland Roadtrip

Last but not least, do bring clothes for rainy weather and also bring a jacket. It may look super lovely, warm and sunny in the morning and bang, rain and chilly in the afternoon. Always be prepared :)

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14 Comments

  1. May 24, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Looks like such a lovely trip!

  2. May 24, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    We were in Ireland at new year and had a fellow guest in our hotel offer to drive us to the airport so I can definitely attest to the friendliness of the Irish. There’s a fabulous spa hotel near Cork called Inchydoney if you ever head back. Beautiful beaches and sunsets

    • Karateandcaviar
      May 25, 2017 / 2:41 pm

      Oh, good to know for when I’m visiting again. I love SPA hotels!

  3. I didn’t know that Ireland own a lot amazing landscape views. Yes, it is truly similar with New Zealand. I like how concise you’re in writing your travel experiences. It is really such a nice read. I like how you insert your tips and suggestion. You also own an amazing photos as this really rhyme with your words. Thank you so much for sharing your Ireland travel experience with us.

    • Karateandcaviar
      May 25, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks so much :) :) Yes, you should definitely plan Ireland into one of your next trips :)

  4. May 25, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Ireland is simply breathtaking. Your photos really capture its beauty and it looks so calm and peaceful. How cool that you got to attend a Irish & Indian wedding. Your attire looks amazing and I can’t wait to see more photos from it.

  5. May 25, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I love Ireland! I’ve been to Cork, but I’ve never been to Kenmare. Your photos make the countryside look spectacular! I definitely would like to visit this part of Ireland some day soon!
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  6. May 25, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    WOW!! These photos look incredible. What a unique experience you had for sure. I just moved from New Zealand (headed to Vietnam) and will be in Ireland next month for the first time. I would love to do a long road trip through there someday. The photos do remind me a bit of New Zealand.. ahh, I miss that country <3

    • Karateandcaviar
      May 26, 2017 / 11:34 am

      Wow, from New Zealand to Vietnam :) I spent two months in Vietnam and LOVED IT and New Zealand is just picture perfect in terms of nature OMG! X

  7. June 11, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Wow this place looks amazing! It looks like one of those quite places I would live in. Thank you for sharing.

  8. June 15, 2017 / 3:47 am

    Wow! These photos are absolutely amazing and I’d love to visit! Such breathtaking scenery and loved your indian inspired outfit!

  9. June 28, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I’ve always wanted to attend an Indian themed wedding celebration and this is the next best thing. What a gorgeous place and the views are so captivating.

  10. July 5, 2017 / 1:36 am

    wow looks like you had an awesome trip. I have been to Mexico but I didn’t get to see enough of it. Now I’ve got travel fever looking at this..lol

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