Tour from Cork
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Leave behind busy Cork City this morning and head for the wilderness of ‘The Kingdom’ that is Co. Kerry. Our route takes us through the Cork & Kerry mountains, which you will have heard referenced in the old Irish folk tune ‘Whiskey in the Jar’. Enjoy views of ‘Carrauntoohill’ – Ireland’s tallest mountain as we approach the town of Killarney.
Killarney frequently claims the title of ‘most beautiful town in Ireland’, and deservedly so. The town is situated at the threshold of the Ring of Kerry, and therefore the perfect stop before embarking along the route. This town boasts beautiful and traditional shops, quaint cottages, fantastic traditional food and drink among many other features. You’re sure to enjoy an amble along the streets of Killarney and some interaction with the charming locals!
It is a little known fact that Ireland’s west coast boasts some of the best surfing in the world! Although we may not enjoy the same sunshine as our Californian and Australian counterparts – Ireland is in fact an increasingly popular surfing destination. Inch beach is at the center of the Irish surfing scene – with incredible surf lashing in from the wild Atlantic. The golden sand here makes for an enjoyable walk as you enjoy the ocean views and biting fresh air! There are many traditional bars within a stone’s throw from the beach – where the hoards of surfers defrost by the fire post-surfing!
We continue on towards Slea Head drive – the westernmost drive in Europe. Capture the dramatic views, which appear at every turn along this magnificent route. Gaze out at the Atlantic ocean and take in the ‘Beehive huts‘ – ancient monastic cells which take pride of place in early Christian history. The location has also been used for the newest ‘Star Wars‘ release, expected December 2015. Stunning beaches line the drive, including Coumeenole and Clogherhead – where the hit film ‘Far and Away‘, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman was filmed. We finish our drive along the route passing through the traditional, old village of Ballyferriter.
To experience Dingle is to really experience something unique. An old-fashioned, quaint fishing Village, Dingle is one of the few existing areas to have retained the old, celtic way of life. You’ll hear Gaelic spoken here as the everyday language and have the chance to experience an un-modernized way of life. The village is also famed for having the most pubs (relative to its size) in Ireland – making it rude not to stop off here for a pint. The town’s most notable celebrity, ‘Fungi’ the dolphin – is likely to make an appearance during your visit – indeed, he has been entertaining visitors with various acrobatics for a number of years (Fungi is a wild animal who lives free in nature- so we can’t make any promises on his behalf!) .
Enjoy a leisurely drive through the mountains en route back to Cork city as you reflect on a highly enjoyable day out. Your guide will drop you into the heart of Cork city – where the tour comes to an end at 19:00 approx.
This tour is exclusively in English.