Every Kerry man, woman, child and dog will insist that Kerry has some of the most stunning scenery in all of Ireland and everyone else will be hard pushed to deny the claim’s validity. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Kerry’s coastline is made up of a series of inlets, peninsulas, bays and coves. It is a mountainous region, with two of our three highest mountains residing in Kerry; Carrauntoohill and Mount Brandon. Furthermore, the county has a series of islands visible off the coast, including the World Heritage UNESCO Site, Skellig Michael, the medieval monastery of beehive shaped huts perched in the elements and among the ferocious waves. The county’s beauty is owed to an Ice Age that took place over 10,000 years ago and homage to nature’s powerful grasp on the landscape.
Bright and early we set off to Kerry and make a stop in the village of Adare, a heritage town and a national winner of Ireland’s tidy town’s competition. You’ll truly feel as though you’ve stepped onto the film set of John Wayne’s “The Quiet Man” as you pass the traditional thatched cottages amongst the lush Irish surroundings.
Killarney National Park:
Our next stop is in Killarney National Park, a place of arresting beauty, spectacular views and home to the palatial 19th century Victorian mansion, Muckross House. You will have a chance to walk through the park and behold the beauty of its many lakes, mountains, rolling fields, woodlands and waterfalls and the park’s trademark sight of horse and trap, trotting up and down the park’s driveways.
They are more hotel beds in Killarney than there are in any other town in Ireland, with the exception of the capital city of Dublin. Known as the gateway to Kerry, the delightful town of Killarney has been voted the greatest place to visit in Ireland time and time again. Surrounded by Killarney’s lakes and mountains, the skyline is truly something to behold, however the town itself has just as much to offer with beautiful cathedrals, glorious food, fabulous shops and a nightlife of traditional Irish music to match its daytime vibrancy.
Regardless of the season, the Torc waterfall is a specimen of beauty. Surrounded by woodland, the waterfall marks a highlight on a 200 km walk around Kerry. However, visitors can make a much more humble trip just up to the Waterfall’s base and ponder over the majestic towering stream of crashing water and slick, black rock, all enveloped by overhanging foliage.
A vibrant hub located on the river Luane, Killorglin is home to the eccentric, but highly popular Puck Fair, where the residents crown two goats as “Queen of Puck” and “King Puck”. It is truly as wonderfully absurd as it sounds, but it is an annual fair that takes place over three days and is an incredible source of good fun.
Next we drive along the panoramic and very famous Dingle Peninsula taking in fantastic views of Dingle and Tralee Bay. Dingle is home to every Irish person’s favourite dolphin, Fungi and is also known for its night life of traditional Irish music. Tralee, on the other hand, plays host to the annual Rose of Tralee Competition, whereby the loveliest girl is crowned with a tiara and sash.
Wild Atlantic Way and Inch Beach
Before we end our jam packed day and return to Dublin we drive to Inch beach, famous due to its many appearances in Hollywood films. You’ll be able to dip your toes by the shore and curl them in the sand, before boarding the bus one last time on your return to Dublin’s Fair City.
21:00 | Dublin City Centre Arrive back downtown with ample time for late dinner reservations and an evening of reminisces over a social drink or two.
A recent Kerry Tour guest:
“We have returned from our short visit to Dublin and I have to let you know how much my family and I appreciate the services you provided… The Kerry tour from Dublin was a “beast” of a day, but with limited time and Shirley’s great-grandmother being from Dingle Peninsula there was no getting out of this one! Thanks to Mike and Seanie, both very safe drivers and I must say in the short amount of time we were with them – we will miss their company. We would have been lost without you!” R. Davidson, Vancouver, Canada
Your Kerry Tour includes:
- Local guides knowledgeable about the area
- Luxury Mercedes Bus
- Admissions costs
- Everything but the meals
Meeting & Departure Points
- The Palace, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 (06.20am)
- Official Tourist Office, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 (06.30am)
Private Kerry Tours Available
A private tour to romantic County Kerry can be a dream come true. When you are chauffeured by private vehicle by your own driver/guide, Ireland can be explored at the pace that you want. Stop at the attractions that you want to see and you are in control of how long you wander around and enjoy sightseeing. You are picked up at your hotel and dropped off at a location of your choosing at the end of the tour. This can be a financially smart decision, as the per person price drops as the size of the group goes up. More information can be found by emailing email@example.com.
(Just so you know guys- this trip is a bit of a marathon, involving a lot of time on the bus! The Ring of Kerry is a full day trip in and of itself when taken from Killarney (gateway to the Ring of Kerry), but many Dublin based visitors have limited time and really want to do the trip before they leave- so if this is you, it’s our business to look after your needs! Just giving you a polite heads up!)*A minimum of 5 passengers is required for the scheduled service to operate. Please also note: with small groups this tour may use express luxury transfers for some of the journey to/from Dublin.
*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.