The Ring of Kerry has long been acknowledged by various international publications as one of the most picturesque drives on the planet. Join this unforgettable day tour and you’ll soon find out why! Your journey takes you through the quaint villages, wild Atlantic coastlines, silver strands, lush green landscapes, rugged mountains and serene Lakelands. An extremely diverse tour – you’ll pass through the ‘Gaelteacht’ – one of a small number of regions of Ireland where old Irish life is preserved and Gaelic remains the native tongue.
Why should I choose this tour?
- Take in the world-famous landscapes of ‘The Kingdom’ that is Co. Kerry.
- The vibrant rural town of Killarney – steeped in old Irish pubs, quaint shops, song, dance and ‘craic’.
- We take you through the scenic village of Killorglin – famous as the location of the ancient ‘Puck Fair’ festival, which takes place in August each year.
- Experience Dingle bay – enjoy a relaxing drive along the Dingle peninsula – stopping for photos en route.
- Stop at Waterville – a beautiful village with unbeatable views out over Ballinskelligs Bay.
- Stop at the historic and rural village of Sneem – one of Ireland’s most charming and set on the River Sneem.
- Visit Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall – set amidst lakes and rugged mountains, the park is guaranteed to take your breath away.
- Return to vibrant Cork City in time to experience the best of the City’s nightlife.
Depart Cork City
Leave Cork City behind as you begin your journey towards ‘The Kingdom’ of Co. Kerry. Our first stop today will be the enchanting town of Killarney. Killarney has frequently been titled the ‘Ireland’s most beautiful town’ – and it won’t be long until you realize why! The town is tucked away in the midst of Ireland’s largest mountain range and is encapsulated by the still waters of the Killarney lakes. The town offers numerous attractions for visitors – including unique Irish craft shops, traditional pubs where the locals come together to share the ‘craic’, gourmet eateries and much, much more.
We say farewell to Killarney as we set out for Killorglin – the birthplace of the ancient ‘Puck Fair’ festival, which was established in 1613 and to this day, still takes place in August each year. One of the oldest – and most bizarre – festivals you have probably ever heard of, the festival involves crowning a goat as the village King and placing it upon a pedestal for a grand total of three days. Festival -goers flock to the village to observe the king goat and enjoy music, stalls and food, among other festivities. Definitely an interesting village for you to enjoy!
We continue our journey, taking in a scenic drive through the Dingle Peninsula. Be sure to have your camera at the ready, as we stop for incredible photo opportunities at Dingle Bay, the Skellig Rocks (location of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015)), and the surfer’s paradise that is Inch Strand. The vistas along this route are truly world-class – and guaranteed to leave you speechless!
Waterville is a village of great natural beauty and is located in a privileged position to enjoy prime views of Ballinskellings Bay and the early Christian monastery located on the Skellig rocks. A fun fact is that Charlie Chaplin himself used to holiday here – leading to the erection of a statue dedicated to him here in 1998.
We factor the stunning village of Sneem into our tour. Our guests adore this quaint and colorful village, set on the River Sneem. A very rural location, the late Charles De Gaulle chose this location for his relaxing vacations – and we’re confident that you’ll love it just as much.
Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park, founded in 1992 – is one of the most notable national parks worldwide. The park provides incredible walks, cycles and horseback trails, as well as unbelievable views of the Killarney Lakes, Ireland’s tallest mountain range and the Black Valley. Alternatively, you may choose to take an optional short horse and carriage ride to experience the park in true, old-fashioned style.
Torc Waterfall stands almost twenty meters high and flows rapidly through the haunting ‘Friars Glen’. You’ll have time for a short stroll here – where, if you’re lucky, you might spot one of the beautiful red deer that populate the area. A scenic hiking trail stretches from the waterfall to the summit of the Torc Mountain.
Return to Cork
Relax on the final leg of your journey as you enjoy a scenic drive back to Cork City. Our route takes us through the Cork and Kerry Mountains – where you can live the lyrics of the old Irish tune ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ – which has notably been covered by contemporary bands such as ‘Thin Lizzy’ and ‘Metallica’. We’ll have you back in Cork City in time to enjoy the fantastic food and nightlife that the city has to offer. Alternatively, you might choose to put your feet up and reflect on your day of touring – either way, you’ll arrive back to Cork City with memories that will last a lifetime.
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