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4 Day – Ring of Kerry, Killarney and Cork

Savour the true tastes of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. This four day tour focuses on the wildest part of Ireland. A region where the rugged coast deserves to win every beauty pageant there is. Where the local pubs are boisterous from noon until midnight and where the castles look strong enough to fend off an entire empire.

But it’s not all completely wild. More and more people are coming here because of the fantastic seafood, milder climate, and exceptional quality of life.

So join this tour and experience the wild part of ‘off the beaten’ track Ireland.




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Tour Highlights

  • Birr Castle and Gardens - Explore the lush gardens and discover one of the 19th century's greatest scientific instruments, The ‘Great Telescope’
  • The Village of Adare - ‘Ireland’s Prettiest Village’, a stunning ‘chocolate box’ collection of thatched houses and historic buildings
  • Killarney - You’ll have a merry time in this bustling town of great bars and local music
  • The Ring of Kerry - Indulge your senses on this classic route through 100 miles of beauty and intrigue
  • The Caha Pass on the edge of the Beara Peninsula - Ireland’s unexplored secrets await you in this stunningly beautiful and isolated peninsula
  • Glengariff and Garinish Island - Sail serenely from the picturesque village of Glengariff to the scenic woodlands of Garinish.
  • West Cork villages - Enjoy the delicacies of market fairs and delightful village views in these famously cultured communities
  • Kinsale - Enjoy fine food and drink in Kinsale’s renowned restaurants and bars
  • Cork City and the English Market - Roam over the city’s beautiful bridges and capture their panoramic views
  • Rock of Cashel - See the superb vistas of this historic fortress, home to some of Ireland’s most iconic views
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partly cloudy
43% humidity
wind: 11mph N
H 64 • L 40
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Birr Castle and Adare

Explore the lush gardens and discover one of the 19th century’s greatest scientific instruments, The ‘Great Telescope’ and discover “Ireland’s Prettiest Village” and snap a photo or two amongst the thatched roofs and ancient stone buildings then feast on the tastes and sights of Killarney’s excellent pubs and restaurants.

Departing Dublin, you travel west through the Midlands and into the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

You arrive at Birr Castle and Gardens, a private home with extensive and beautiful grounds open to the public. Here you can learn about the bygone age of scientific discovery at the “Great Telescope”, the largest in the world for over 70 years.

As you say goodbye to Birr, the tour continues to “Ireland’s Prettiest Village”, Adare. This quaint spot has a superb collection of thatched cottages and ancient structures, including the ruins of a 15th century Franciscan Monastery, and Desmond Castle. From here, you drive to Killarney, your home for two nights.

Tonight you can relax and enjoy top quality restaurants and local music in the vibrant bars.

Day 2 - Ring of Kerry and Waterville

Travel the famed Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s most incredible touring routes and see the ancient ring forts and houses amongst the fishing villages and picturesque beaches.

Today you explore the sights of the Ring of Kerry, 100 miles of remarkable coastal scenery.

You depart Killarney and pass Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Joining the coast road offers plenty of photo stops, with spectacular views across the Dingle Peninsula.

Your guide will make the most of your time today so may stop at either Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace or Cahergal Ring Fort.

After your historical excursion you lunch in the small fishing village of Portmagee. This spot is as beautiful as it is tasty. You can sample the fantastic local seafood or head to the island of Valentia, where you take the Skellig Experience.

In the afternoon, you stop for photos in Waterville, then make your way to Coonmakista Pass for one of the most superb views in Ireland.

The road then takes you down to sea level for a chance to see the home of Daniel O’Connell, Derryanne House. This stop gives you a chance to explore fine gardens and beaches, as well as the house the famous O’Connells lived in.

The tour continues around the Ring, stopping at Moll’s Gap and the Ladies View. You stroll along to the striking Torc Waterfall before arriving back in Killarney for the night.

Day 3 - Kenmare, Glengarriff and Kinsale

Travel south to the Beara Peninsula’s gateway towns, Kenmare and Glengarriff, and follow the Wild Atlantic Way and tour Bantry Bay and the delightful coastal villages of West Cork then sample the delights of Kinsale, known as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”.

Your morning starts with journey south through Kenmare and over the dramatic Caha Pass. You descend from the mountains to the myth-strewn waters of Bantry Bay.

The tour curves along the shore line to the village of Glengarriff, where you can take a quick boat trip past a large seal colony to Garinish Island. Here you can explore the immaculate gardens and woodland trails at your leisure.

In the afternoon, you follow the West Cork coastal route through Clonakilty and Timoleague before arriving in Kinsale for the night. This harbour town has an excellent reputation for food and drink: a perfect way to finish off a good day of exploring.

Day 4 - Cork

Enjoy Cork’s rich culture and delve into its rebellious history and visit the Rock of Cashel and its fortified 13th century Gothic cathedral.

After a relaxed start, you depart from cosy Kinsale towards Cork. This city is cheerfully called ‘Ireland’s real capital’ and is built on an island in the River Lee. You can browse the English Market and its stalls, marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral or ring the magnificent Shandon Bells in the 300 year old tower of St. Anne’s Church.

In the afternoon, you begin your return journey to Dublin, stopping en route at the impressive Rock of Cashel. This geological wonder boasts an impressive medieval monastery complex sitting up on it. The limestone outcrops and superb architecture contribute to a real sense of awe.

You set off from here and arrive back in Dublin in the evening.

Killarney
64°
partly cloudy
43% humidity
wind: 11mph N
H 64 • L 40
74°
Wed
67°
Thu
68°
Fri
69°
Sat
72°
Sun
Weather from Yahoo!

Important Information

  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old).
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.

Departure Information

  • Departs 09.00 – Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin.
  • Returns 19.00 approx.

Accommodation

  • We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.
  • We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard.
  • The prices below are for guidance only.

B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

  • The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast.
  • The cost is between €30.00 – €65.00 per night.

B&B En/suite

  • The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price.
  • The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between €40.00 – €50.00 per person per night.
  • The expected cost for a single room will be between €45 – €60 per night.

Hotels

  • Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals.
  • Breakfast is included in the price.
  • The expected cost of Hotel is between €55 – €65 per person per night.

Hostels

  • A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds.
  • The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room.
  • Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals.
  • The cost is between €20 – €25 per person per night.
  • Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms.
  • Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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