The book ‘Antiquities of the Ring of Kerry’ focuses on one of Ireland’s most visited landscapes. The Ring of Kerry, one of Ireland’s best-known tourist trails, is the largest peninsula and the most mountainous area in the country. The landscape is wild, dominated by mountain ranges cut by steep-sided valleys, cliffs, pockets, glens and narrow passes, a varied coast stretching from sandy bays at Ballinskelligs and Derrynane to high sea-cliffs and long sandy spits, and bogs found to the north and west of the mountains. The sites described in this book lie along the Ring, circling the Iveragh Peninsula through Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare, providing a useful guidebook for anyone travelling in the area.
The archaeological sites included within the Antiquities of the Ring of Kerry include Innisfallen Abbey, Ross Castle, Ross Island Copper Mine and Muckross Abbey in Killarney National Park, prehistoric rock art at Derrynabla and Kealduff, stone forts at Staigue, Loher, Leacanbuile abd Cahergal, oghams stones, tower houses, stone alignments, churches and abbeys and shipwreck sites.