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Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Killarney

1. Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Killarney

Spend the day in one of Europe’s finest coastal areas on a full-day tour of the Ring of Kerry. Travel in an air-conditioned coach and discover sweeping panoramic views, strolls around enchanting villages, and historic sights.  Depart Killarney in a spacious coach and drive to the Iveragh Peninsula, the official name for the Ring of Kerry. Get insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland from your guide along the way. See stone forts and standing stones in a breathtaking landscape. Drive through the home town of the Puck Fair, an ancient Celtic festival which is held in the charming town of Killorglin. Take in panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Inch Beach. Weather permitting, see the Atlantic waves crashing on the Blasket Islands.  Head to the picturesque village of Waterville which overlooks Ballinskelligs Bay. See the misty Skellig Rocks which are known for their early Christian monastery. Find out why there is a statue of Charlie Chaplin in the village.  Stop in the charming village of Sneem, one of Ireland's most colorful villages. Explore its 2 squares and a beautiful bridge where the River Sneem meets the currents of Kenmare Bay. Enter Killarney National Park. Admire magnificent views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley from the stops at Molls Gap and Ladies View (Leprechaun Crossing). Marvel at the cascades of the Torc Waterfall in the woods of Friers Glenn.

Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

2. Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

The Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into Ireland’s ancient past. See the stone forts, standing stones, and a landscape carved out of rock by the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago. Detailed Itinerary Sneem: Make a stop in one of Ireland's most colorful and charming villages. You’ll see 2 village squares and a beautiful bridge in the village center. This is where the River Sneem meets the currents of Kenmare Bay. Killorglin: Pass through Killorglin, the home of the ancient Celtic festival known as the Puck Fair. Dating back to 1613, this is one of the oldest festivals in the world, and where a goat is crowned king of the village! Dingle Bay: Take in the amazing views of Dingle Bay, famous Inch Beach, and on a clear day, possibly even the Blasket Islands off the wild Atlantic coast. Waterville: Admire this picturesque little village that sits overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay and the Skellig Rocks with their early Christian monastery. Charlie Chaplin loved Watereville and was a frequent visitor. See the statue in his honor, unveiled in 1998. Killarney National Park: See what is probably the most beautiful and admired national park in Ireland, and take in the views of the Lakes of Killarney and the Black Valley during stops at Molls Gap and Leprechaun Crossing. Torc Waterfall: Stop at the lovely 18-meter-high waterfall that cascades through the wooded Friar's Glenn, and admire this site of natural beauty. Killarney: Take some time to relax in Killarney and grab some refreshments before departing for Cork.

Blarney and Cobh Tour from Cork

3. Blarney and Cobh Tour from Cork

Your excursion begins with a scenic drive to Blarney, where you’ll have plenty of time to visit the world-famous Blarney Castle and its gardens, and to kiss the Blarney Stone. Explore the magnificent gardens and visit the witch of Blarney. If you like, you can indulge in some tax-free shopping at the Blarney Wollen Mills, Ireland's biggest craft shop. Your 5-hour tour then continues to Great Island, where you’ll visit the town of Cobh. Cobh is situated on Cork’s harbor and is best known as the point of embarkation for millions of Irish emigrants leaving Ireland in the 1800s and 1900s. It was also the Titanic’s last stop. Enjoy some free time in Cobh, where you can visit magnificent St. Coleman's Cathedral, or choose the optional, award-winning Titanic Experience, an exhibition in the original White Star Line building. The tour ends when you return to Cork city center at around 17:30.

Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

4. Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

Get the full Killarney experience on this comprehensive tour. Visit the verdant lake district where you will find Kate Kearney's cottage. Then hop on a pony and continue on through the Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy lunch and a ride in a traditional open boat. Your 14-mile voyage goes across all 3 of Killarney’s lakes with a pony and trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure and the ultimate Killarney experience. The journey begins mid-morning at the world-renowned Kate Kearney’s cottage. Here you take a 7-mile jaunt on a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe where you can view a spectacular glaciated valley. Your pony and trap ride ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a light snack (not included in the price). After lunch, get into a traditional open boat for an approximately 2-hour tour of the three lakes of Killarney. Pass by Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, Colleen Bawn Rock, Torc Mountain, Old Weir Bridge, the meetings of the waters, and more, ending at the 15th-century Ross Castle. The tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and scenery Killarney has to offer. Your tour will end in the mid-afternoon.

County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

5. County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Enjoy seascapes and the rugged Irish coastline as you cruise through the water spotting marine animals on this adventurous boat excursion. Catch sight of sunfish and even basking sharks with the help of a local skipper. Set off from the North Pier of Baltimore and head out to see offshore islands and marine wildlife. Walk around the deck for a panoramic experience. Sit to watch the wildlife in comfort and shield yourself from the wind when it's cooler. Learn about the wildlife from your expert guide.

From Killarney: 'Ring of Kerry' Mountain Road 1-Day Bus Tour

6. From Killarney: 'Ring of Kerry' Mountain Road 1-Day Bus Tour

Sit back and relax on this bus tour of the beautiful Iveragh peninsula. Learn about its history, geography, culture, stories and folklore. And discover Ireland’s most spectacular mountain road – the Ring of Kerry. This tour of the Ring of Kerry takes you along the banks of the River Laune, then through rural towns and villages to the southern shores of Dingle Bay. Then the tour continues along the coast, finally traveling up the mountain road to amazing views at Molls Gap and Ladies’ View before returning to Killarney. In addition to stopping at all points of interest en route, you’ll also have an hour stop at lunchtime. Then in the afternoon you’ll stop for refreshments. You’ll find your guides knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to share a joke with you, so don’t miss out this memorable experience.

Dingle & Slea Head Peninsula Day Tour

7. Dingle & Slea Head Peninsula Day Tour

The tour will pass through small towns like Milltown and Castlemaine before reaching your first stop at Inch Beach. Inch has provided shooting locations for several Hollywood films, including the epic Ryan’s Daughter.  Then, travel to Dingle town, a beautiful harbor town where the fishing boats unload the daily fish catch throughout the day.  Continue to Slea Head Drive, a scenic circle loop of 26 miles (41 kilometers), and travel through Ventry, Dunquin, and Ballyferriter. Enjoy the magnificent views of the seven rocky Blasket Islands, spectacular cliffs, and idyllic beaches, rounding the head of the peninsula. This is the edge of Europe and history is everywhere - Iron Age forts, beehive huts, early-Christian churches, 19th-century cottages and picturesque stone houses set against a patchwork of fields. The town of Dingle is rich in culture, traditional music, great pubs and restaurants. There will be a stop here for lunch and a walk around the town at your leisure. After lunch, the bus will return to Killarney town center via Camp and Tralee (home of Rose of Tralee Festival).

Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

8. Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass situated between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry. It spans 11 kilometers from north to south and consists of 5 lakes. Take a guided tour through the narrow and winding path, and discover a terrain formed by glaciers. Marvel at the towering summits of the Reeks, the changing shadows on the Purple Mountains, and the silence and solitude of the rugged glen. After being transported by coach, arrive at the famous cottage marking the entrance to the Gap. The cottage is named after Kate Kearney who is reported to have died of childbirth here at the ripe old age of 102! An unlikely story! Embark on a 7-mile journey to Lord Brandon’s cottage by either trap, pony, or foot. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch at Brandon Cottage. Afterwards board a boat to Ross Castle, traveling through the 3 of the 5 lakes of Killarney. Be enchanted by the stories and folklore of the boatmen. As the tour draws to a close you will be transported back to Killarney by motor coach.

Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

9. Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

The tour begins with a coach journey to Kate Kearney's Cottage. On arrival, you can arrange to take a jaunting cart ride through the six mile pass. This traditional Irish horse and cart ride will incur an additional cost which can be paid on the day. Alternatively, you can hike the six mile pass and enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Once through the gap, boats will be waiting on the Gearhameen River for the homeward journey via the enchanting upper, middle and lower lakes. On-board the boat, enjoy beautiful views of the national park and discover the famous Old Weir Bridge. Travel to the historic Ross Castle where coaches will be waiting to take you back to Killarney. Ross Castle is a 30 to 40 minute walk from the town center so there is an option of staying at Ross Castle after the boat trip and making your own way back to Killarney. 

Cork: Jameson Experience Whiskey Tour

10. Cork: Jameson Experience Whiskey Tour

Set on 15 acres of lovely grounds, the Jameson Experience is both an education and a cultural experience as soon as you step through its doors. You will discover the largest pot still in the world, the Angels Share, and of course, the finest of Irish whiskeys. Daytime tours operate 7 days all year round, except selected dates at Christmas. The journey begins with an audiovisual presentation, followed by a 1-hour guided tour through the original distillery. Your experience ends at the Jameson Bar with a glass of Jameson, a 3-part comparison whiskey tasting, and the chance to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster." After your tour, feel free to browse the Distillery gift shop, where you will find exclusive Jameson gifts to take home, such as the Jameson Distillery Edition, a superb whiskey exclusively for sale at Midleton. Make it even more special by having your bottle personalized as a great gift or memento of your visit.

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Not typically a tour gal but loved this one!! Alex was our guide - he was fantastic. Witty, wise, and warm - had great stories and lots of Irish history and culture to share in such a fun and lovely way. Lots of people have said they didn’t have enough time in each place but we found it to be plenty, we just made good use of our time. We didn’t kiss the Blarney Stone, just enjoyed the gardens and views and still loved it. Highly recommend!

Everything went well. Very well organized. Enjoyed the trip both ways very much. Dux was awesome as a travel and boat guide! We learned sooo much. He was fun and entertaining and made the ride go fast!

It was a smaller size bus, which was great because we didn’t have a big crowd. Stopped at all the main sites we were interested in and had a good flow for timing at each spot.

Driver was very friendly, bus was comfortable and we got to see a lot in a day!

Fabulous trip on the Wave Chieftan to see whales and dolphins