Tour from Cork
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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 parts of the Dingle Peninsula. Be sure to have your camera at the ready, as we stop for incredible photo opportunities at Dingle Bay, views of 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, 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.
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.
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 by 19:00 approx. 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.
This tour is exclusively in English.