Lakes of Killarney

Lakes of Killarney: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Dublin: Galway and Kerry 3-Day Budget Tour

1. From Dublin: Galway and Kerry 3-Day Budget Tour

Discover the majestic beauty of the Ring of Kerry and South Ireland on a 3-day budget tour by bus to Gaelic-speaking Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. Mix with local characters, and learn the legends of the “Emerald Isle” up close and personal. Enjoy an unforgettable night in Killarney, Ireland’s party capital. Dormitory style accommodation is provided in hostels, with the option to stay in B&B or apartment-style accommodation for those that crave a bit more privacy. Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - Galway Depart Dublin for Galway, traveling towards the west of Ireland, and stopping en route for a comfort break. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Irish midlands. Experience the rugged wilderness of Connemara as you drive over dramatic mountains that have been the setting for countless Hollywood movies. Continue along the Connemara coastline to Galway City. Find a nice pub in Galway Bay to listen to some traditional Irish music before retiring for the night. Day 2: Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Kerry Experience the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean as you drive down the west coast. See beautiful beaches of golden sand, keeping a lookout for dolphins and whales along the way. Follow the route of the Atlantic Way, the world’s longest coastal touring route. Explore the lunar landscape of The Burren, the only place on earth where Alpine, Arctic, and Mediterranean flowers grow side-by-side. Then, discover the crown jewels of Ireland at the Cliffs of Moher. See why the cliffs were chosen as a backdrop for the film "The Princess Bride," and why world surf champ Kelly Slater shot the award-winning surf movie "Wave Rider" there. Spend the night in Kerry, where nightlife offerings include the chance to sing a few of the songs your guide will have taught you during the day (please note that on some tours, accommodation will be in Cork, depending on availability). Day 3: Kerry – Blarney Castle - Dublin Take in some highlights of the Ring of Kerry (which typically include Moll's Gap, Leprechaun Crossing, Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, Torc Waterfall) before enjoying time at leisure in Killarney. Many guests enjoy an (optional) horse and carriage or horse ride. The journey back to Dublin takes you on a leisurely drive through the heritage town of Adare, with its fabulous thatched cottages, and the Golden Vale, Ireland's finest agricultural land with its rolling fields and pastures. Return to Dublin by 19:00 approx.

Killarney: Lakes of Killarney Boat Tour with Transfer

2. Killarney: Lakes of Killarney Boat Tour with Transfer

Enjoy a trip across the beautiful Lakes of Killarney and enjoy a walk through the Gap of Dunloe. Join us at O'Connor's Traditional Pub (7 High Street) Eircode V93 DV26 for the departure (10:00 am check in), or we can also collect you from your accommodation in the Killarney area. Please Note - The tour can go in two directions. Your journey begins with a bus trip to Kate Kearney's Cottage or Ross Castle* From Kate Kearney's you will enjoy a 1.5-2 hour Jaunting Cart ride through the 12km (7 mile) Gap of Dunloe. Please Note - The Jaunting Carts are a separate business to Gap of Dunloe Tours and are an additional cost to the tour price. Jaunting cars are available to hire at Kate Kearney's Cottage or Lord Brandon's Cottage. You may then pay the Ponymen direct for the Jaunting Car journey. They charge €100 per jaunting cart, and the cart carries a maximum of 4 people. Please bring cash to pay the Ponymen. The 2023 Ponymen rates have increased to €120 per jaunting cart. Your Jaunting Cart trip ends at Lord Brandon's Cottage where you can stop for lunch and refreshments (please note Lord Brandon's Only accepts cash). At 2pm our traditional boat takes you through the Lakes of Killarney and to Ross Castle (1 hour 30 mins). While on the journey across the Lakes of Killarney you will take in amazing scenery, such as: Purple Mountain Dinish Island Meeting of the Waters Old Weir Bridge Bricin Bridge Innisfallen Island Macgillycuddy's Reeks Your boat journey finishes at Ross Castle, from their we will transport you back to O'Connor's Traditional Pub or your accommodation. If you wish, feel free to bring your own picnic lunch. *For those guests leaving from Ross Castle, you will start your journey on the boat across the lakes and finish at Kate Kearney's and then a bus journey back to O'Connors Pub Sometimes the tour is done is reverse to suit weather conditions If the water level is low, please be careful as the short walk from the boat to path can be tricky. What to bring Please wear comfortable footwear and bring a rain jacket and/or sunblock, you will need one or the other or both!

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What people are saying about Lakes of Killarney

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 27 reviews

This trip was certainly a highlight of my time in Ireland. It allowed me to experience a part of Ireland in both an efficient and surprisingly relaxing way. The variety of stops were unexpected and breathtaking and my daughter and I were in awe of each of these experiences. I can not speak highly enough of our guide/driver, Danny, who’s commentary, wit and wisdom, vast array of knowledge, consideration and kindness, made a visually wonderful trip, a spectacular experience. He perfectly balanced information and details, with a variety profoundly beautiful Irish music from different genres, sometimes playing softly in the background, and periods of silence and quiet in a way that set the mood and tone for the entirety of the trip. He was valued and appreciated by many in our group and clearly takes pride in his country, it’s people, it’s culture, it’s history and it’s future. It was an introduction to Ireland like nothing else I have experienced thus far! Hats off to Danny & Paddywagon!

Neil was the best driver, friendly, empathetic, with a high sense of humor. He provided rich explanations on Irish culture and traditions. After a not so easy journey it was a pleasure to have a beer and eat with him. Not a so chill tour, not a rushy tour (in middle of both), the bast and cheapest way to have a "taste" of the real Ireland and save money and brain to drive on the left side alone in a car. The traveling companions also contributed a lot to the enjoyment of the experience.

These 3 days were my FAVORITE in Ireland! The bus was comfortable and our guide, Cash, was stellar!!! Learning the history of Ireland and some fun facts during the driving portions made it a wonderful overall experience. The stops for coffee and bathrooms were much appreciated and well planned out. I didn't feel rushed at any stop, plus we never went more than 2 hours without a stretch. I cannot recommend this 3-day tour (or Cash) enough!

Very nice stay wonderful landscapes beautiful organization

Very well organized stay, top accommodation, superb places visited, only happiness Only downside, we would have liked an audio guide, despite some knowledge of English it was difficult for us to follow the comments only in English

Great 3 day tour, interesting and quite a bit of road.