HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS PRIVATE 6 DAY TOUR:
- Private collection from the Dublin location of your choice.
- Service of a professional driver- guide(s) & private vehicle for the duration of your tour.
- Overnights in Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Cork and Galway
- Visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Enjoy great views over Dublin with a fresh pint on the rooftop!
- Great views from Rock of Castle Dunamase over Co. Laois countryside
- Pass through the beautiful heritage town of Adare, famous for it’s cottages.
- Panoramic Dingle Peninsula drive including highlights such as Slea Head
- Spend a relaxing evening on the unspoiled Dingle Peninsula
- Stroll along Inch Beach before arriving into Killarney, where you will spend two relaxing evenings with fine pubs and restaurants to choose from.
- Full day of touring in Co. Kerry – which can include highlights of the ‘Ring of Kerry’ and Killarney National Park area.
- Explore county Cork – including Cork city, Blarney Castle and the historic harbor-front village of Cobh.
- Overnight stay in Cork
- Drive along the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ – visiting highlights such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway Bay.
- Leisure time and overnight stay in atmospheric Galway city
- Enjoy highlights of the Connemara region – exploring haunting and barren landscapes hit by the Irish Potato Famine – a defining event in Irish history.
- Comfortable private transfer back to Dublin city.
A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THE TOUR
Discover all that Southern Ireland has to offer on this once-in-a-lifetime journey of Irish discovery. Beginning with a visit to the home of the ‘Black Stuff’ in Dublin City – the journey continues on a comprehensive trip around Ireland’s beautiful south. Discover highlights such as the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Cork City, Galway City, Connemara National Park and the Cliffs of Moher to name just a few. At Kennedy & Carr –we want you to explore the very best that Ireland has to offer – and that means taking in the famous highlights in perfect balance with the local, hidden treasures. Our expert driver- guides have been providing guests with unique Irish experiences for many years – and are standing by to make your dream Irish experience a reality. Reach out to us today to begin creating your Irish vacation – we look forward to hearing from you!
Kick off this fantastic Irish adventure with a visit to Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse! Learn the history of the iconic Irish brand at this modern and interactive exhibition. Reaching the top of the factory – you’ll enter the Gravity bar, which boasts 360 degree views of Dublin and also provides each guest with a complimentary pint of the ‘Black Stuff’! You’ll then leave Dublin behind, driving through the midlands en route to the lush green ‘Golden Vale’ region. mid- way we’ll reach historic Rock of Castle Dunamese – which offers fantastic photo opportunities, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Your journey continues through the charming heritage town of Adare – often titled ‘Ireland’s tidiest town – highlights here include beautiful thatched cottages and floral displays. Before long we’ll enter the ‘Kingdom’ of Co. Kerry – where you’ll spend the night along the beautiful Dingle peninsula. Spend your first night of the tour with dinner and drinks in a traditional pub – soaking up the atmosphere of this rural location. Overnight Dingle Peninsula.
You’ll arrive into the village of Dingle this morning – a charming fishing village, which retains the pace of old-fashioned Irish life and was used as the location for famous Hollywood films ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ and ‘Far and Away’. Set off on a panoramic drive along Slea Head with fantastic views out over the Atlantic, including the Blasket Islands. One of the fascinating sights along this route are the Beehive huts, which date back as far as 2000BC. The huts branch out into the wild Atlantic Ocean and once provided a solitary dwelling place for early- Christian religious orders. These stunning structures were also featured in the 2015 ‘Star Wars’ installment and are guaranteed to take your breath away. This peninsula is regarded by a range of influential photographic publications as ‘the world’s most beautiful’, and we might be biased – but we’re sure you’ll agree. Arriving back into the village of Dingle – it’s over to you to enjoy some time at leisure to experience the slow pace of Dingle life. Renowned for its friendly locals who love to welcome visitors to the area – a drink in one of Dingle’s many pubs will have you joining in with local banter in no time at all. Its hard not to miss the fact that Dingle is one of the country’s most famous Gaeltacht areas – completely Gaelic speaking – so you might want to dust off your ‘cúpla focail’ (few words) of Irish during your visit here! You’ll could finish the day with a visit to Inch Beach, the beautiful Atlantic strand which links the Ring of Kerry to the Dingle Peninsula. Enjoy a sunset stroll (depending on the season), before continuing on as far as Killarney – the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, which will be your base for the next two nights. Overnight Killarney.
Kick off the day in the Killarney National Park area – where highlights include horseback / horse and cart rides, relaxing walks, Moll’s Gap, Leprechaun crossing, Torc Waterfall and the lakes of Killarney – once a favourite of Queen Victoria. From mid- morning we recommend a trip around the much-loved Ring of Kerry, which combines wild Atlantic views with awe-inspiring cliffs, mountain ranges and pagan dwellings which date back to ancient times. Highlights of the journey include views of the ‘Skellig Rocks’ – which jut out into the raging Atlantic surf and ‘Waterville’ – home to the legendary golf course of the same name and favourite holiday destination of Charlie Chaplin. You’ll enjoy time at leisure for a relaxing lunch along the way. Your driver will have various recommendations taking weather, seasonality and guest- tastes into account. Arrive back into Killarney in plenty of time for dinner reservations. There’s a wide range of local cuisine and fantastic live traditional music on offer here. Overnight Killarney.
Begin the day with an enjoyable drive through the mountain ranges of counties Cork and Kerry – en route to the majestic Blarney Castle. One of Ireland’s best-loved attractions, the Castle boasts fantastic historic interiors and scenic gardens in which guests love to stroll and relax. Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone before you leave! We’ll leave you plenty of time for some retail therapy at the Blarney Woolen Mills outlet, which stocks beautiful hand-knitted gifts and clothing – fantastic tax-free shopping. We continue through the county en route to Cork city – boasting highlights such as the ‘English Market’ – which stocks a tempting array of local, artisan food. Your guide will familiarize you with some of the city’s top highlights, including the bustling Patrick Street, before you continue along the coast as far as the small harbor town of Cobh. This small town played an important role in the story of the RMS Titanic – which made its final departure right here at the dockside. Perhaps pay a visit to the moving memorial to the ship and explore St. Colman’s cathedral – the final place of worship for generations of Irish emigrants. You’ll return to Cork city for your overnight stop – don’t forget to sample a pint of the local ‘Murphy’s’ stout or measure of local whiskey ‘Paddy Flaherty’. Overnight Cork.
Your first stop this morning is at beautiful Bunratty Castle – enjoy time for photographs and a morning coffee before heading out along the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’. The highlight of the route today is without a doubt the ‘Cliffs of Moher’ – the country’s most popular natural attraction. The final point of Western Europe, the cliffs provide a fascinating space to gaze out at the Atlantic Ocean and take in views of Galway Bay to the North and the Aran Islands out into the Atlantic. Enjoy the cliff walks and wide range of visitor facilities here, which include an interactive museum, café and gift shop. With the fresh Atlantic air in your lungs – its time for lunch -and we’ll make our lunch stop in the fantastic home of Irish music, Doolin! Enjoy lunch right here on the Atlantic’s edge and fuel up to continue the afternoon’s touring. Enjoy the time to explore the Burren region – a 300-million year old lunar landscape, which boasts incredible features such as underground waterfalls and streams. Continuing on towards Galway Bay – you’ll pay a visit to the isolated ruin of Corcomroe Abbey. The intricate carvings and designs remain visible on the abbey’s ruins and the site is always a hit with guests who have a passion for art history. Tonight’s overnight stop is in Galway city – which is a fantastic melting pot of medieval history and modern Irish culture. Perhaps sample some of the excellent local seafood this evening! Overnight Galway.
Leaving behind Galway city this morning, you’ll embark on a tour of the beautiful national park region known as Connemara. Visiting the Maam Valley and Maam’s cross, your guide will inform you of the area’s sad history. Indeed, the location played a key role in the Irish Potato Famine, which devastated Ireland throughout the mid-nineteenth century. Further highlights today include the village of Leenane – made famous by the blockbuster movie ‘The Field’ – and the spectacular Aasleagh Falls, including a chance to visit the only fjord in Ireland – Killary Harbour. Perhaps visit the quaint and charming village of Cong, in county Mayo – which was the location of the film ‘The Quiet Man’, released in 1952, starring Maureen O Hara and John Wayne. You’ll also have time to take a quick peek around the grounds of majestic Ashford Castle – which has been a favorite marriage destination for a range of celebrities. The week coming to an end, we’ll make our way back towards Dublin. Back in the capital, you will bid farewell to your guide and conclude this exciting 6-day adventure.
Simplified suggested route:
Day 1: Guinness Storehouse – Rock of Dunamase – Adare – overnight Dingle Peninsula
Day 2: Dingle peninsula tour – overnight Killarney
Day 3: Killarney – Highlights of Killarney National Park – Ring of Kerry – overnight Killarney
Day 4: Killarney – Blarney castle – Cork – Cobh – overnight Cork
Day 5: Cork – Bunratty castle – Cliffs of Moher – Doolin – Burren region – overnight Galway
Day 6: Galway – Connemara National Park – Dublin (ends)
Private Tour Pricing
Private Tours typically range from EUR 495.00 – EUR 795.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.
Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.