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Leave Limerick city behind you and experience the best of Ireland’s rural beauty on this relaxing day tour. Frequently titled one of the most incredibly scenic drives on the planet – the Ring of Kerry will not disappoint. Otherwise known as ‘the Kingdom’, Co. Kerry is located in the very south-west of Ireland, and boasts dramatic Atlantic coastlines, stunning mountain ranges, haunting lakes and valleys, and villages with an abundance of Irish character. This exclusive day tour is guaranteed to give you a memorable journey through Co. Kerry – all within one day – and to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- Experience a comprehensive tour of the beautiful ‘Kingdom’ of Co Kerry in just one day.
- Enjoy the services of one of professional and friendly local tour guides.
- Visit the stunningly scenic towns of Killorglin and Killarney – relish the mountain views, quaint thatched cottages and charismatic locals.
- Take in the incredible views out over Ballinskelligs Bay from the town of Waterville, before continuing on towards the picturesque town of Sneem – a vacation favorite of Charles De Gaulle.
- Experience one of the world’s finest National Parks (Killarney) with ample time to take a leisurely walk and experience the stunning lakes of Killarney and the Black Valley.
- You’ll be fully connected while touring – the fleet boasts high-speed WI-FI.
ITINERARY AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:
Depart Arthur’s Quay, Arthur’s Quay Park at 8.30AM for a charming drive west, en route to the ‘Kingdom’ of Co. Kerry.
Arriving into Co. Kerry, the charming town of Sneem is the first visit of the day. Sneem boasts incredible landscapes around every corner and is perhaps most famous as the home of the historic ‘Puck Fair’ festival. The festival dates back as far as the year 1600, and involves a local goat being appointed as the King of the village. The reigning goat then occupies a pedestal over the course of three days, during which admirers come from all over to marvel at the new King. This festival also boasts live music, artisan food and other festivities and takes place in August of every year. True, the finer details of the festival may seem a little odd, but we guarantee you a fantastic time should you ever visit Killorglin during festival time!
The next highlight of today’s tour is a panoramic drive along the Dingle peninsula – capture this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take some incredible pictures of Ballinskellig’s bay and the Skellig Rocks, which date back to early Christian times and are featured in the latest ‘Star Wars’ release (expected December 2015). We continue along the coast towards Inch beach – a world-class surfing destination. The views along the Dingle peninsula are frequently voted among some of the most stunning on the planet – and we’re sure you won’t argue this once you experience it for yourself.
Another area of incredible natural landscapes, Waterville enjoys a prime coastal location – allowing for more views over Ballinskelligs Bay and the early Christian Monastery on the Skelligs Rocks. The area was the preferred vacation spot for the late Charlie Chaplin – with the town erecting a memorial to him in 1998.
We make time to take you as far as the beautiful village of Sneem. Guests continue to adore this stop, which is a truly rural traditional location and was a vacation sanctuary for former French president Charles De Gaulle.
KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK:
Established in 1992, Killarney is one of the most celebrated National Parks worldwide. The park boasts scenic walks as well as cycling and horseback riding options. Take in the views of the Killarney lakes, lush green landscapes, the Black Valley and Ireland’s tallest mountains during your stop here.
Just under twenty meters high, Torc Waterfall towers above the beautiful Kerry landscapes and flows ferociously through an area known as ‘Friars Glen’. Enjoy taking the time for a short walk at this fantastic destination, and be sure to keep an eye out for the magnificent red deer, which call the area home.
The town of Killarney has often been titled the ‘prettiest’ town in Ireland. As you arrive into Killarney, you will fully understand this title. Thatched cottages, beautiful flower displays and traditional Irish pubs and boutiques are enveloped by incredible lake and mountain views from all angles. The town allows the perfect opportunity for a relaxing stroll and a pint or coffee among the friendly locals.
Return to Limerick:
Following this incredible day out, enjoy a relaxing and scenic transfer back to Limerick, where you will arrive at approximately 7.30PM – just in time for dinner and an evening of entertainment!
(Passengers from UL campus & Adare Heritage Centre please note that due to evening traffic flows the tour will end in Limerick city center and not return to UL campus or Adare Heritage Centre).
*Seats on this coach tour are offered as part of our “Recommended” range, operated by the best local tour and activity providers in Ireland. Our Dublin based travel insiders select only the market leaders on any given route.
TOUR COST PER PASSENGER
EUR 39.00 online
MEETING & DEPARTURE POINTS
- Arthur’s Quay, Arthur’s Quay Park (08:30am)
- Dublin Road (near UL Campus) “Singland Motors Circle K”. Walk from the Campus Flagpoles to Dublin Road, at the main roundabout you will see “Singland Motors Circle K” to your right on opposite side of Dublin Road. (08:40am)
- Adare Heritage Centre – Ring of Kerry & Dingle Tour only. Meet at reception in the Heritage Centre. (09:00am approx.)