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Day One: From home to Dublin
We make our way to Holyhead and join the ferry over to Ireland, going on to our overnight hotel. (D)
Day Two: Dublin to Killarney via Cashel
We spend the morning in Dublin where you can choose to join our optional guided city tour, or explore at leisure. Then we cross the country, calling in at the medieval town of Cashel, before continuing on to Killarney. Here we settle in for four nights at the Eviston House Hotel. (B,D)
Day Three: The Ring of Kerry
Today we are in for a treat as we set off on a sensational 100 mile drive around some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes along the Atlantic Coast. Watch the scenery roll by as we journey through pretty villages, market towns and past historical sights. We will also visit the fascinating Kerry Bog Village. Our journey returns through the famed Molls Gap, stunning Ladies’ View and Killarney National Park. During the day you may choose to join an optional cruise on Lough Leane and a ride on a jaunting car. (B,D)
Day Four: At leisure in Killarney
We have a free day to relax in and around Killarney, or choose to join our optional town tour. (B,D)
Day Five: The Dingle Peninsula
We head westwards to call in at Slea Head, from where we get a dramatic view out towards the rugged Blasket Islands, known as the ‘next parish to America’. We then tour the beautiful coastline used in the film Ryan’s Daughter as well as the picturesque harbour town of Dingle. (B,D)
Day Six: Killarney to Dublin via Adare
As our holiday draws to a close we commence our journey back to Dublin, travelling via Tralee, Listowel and the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, before arriving at our overnight hotel. (B,D)
Day Seven: Dublin to home
We depart this morning and make our way home. (B)
Best Western Eviston House Hotel
This family-run hotel is located in the heart of Killarney and is attached to the Danny Mann pub which has nightly Irish music and singing. It also has a hot tub and sauna for you to relax in.
En Route: Cashel
We’ll enjoy an en route visit to the charming town of Cashel, which dates from medieval times. Its most famous landmark is the Rock of Cashel, upon which is a castle, reputedly the place where St Patrick converted the King of Munster to Christianity in the 5th century. At the foot of the Rock is Bru Boru, a national centre for Irish culture, with a folk theatre, celebrating native Irish music, song, dance, theatre and Celtic studies.
En Route: Tralee, Listowel and Foynes Flying Boat museum
We enjoy en route trips to the charming town of Tralee and historical Listowel, before making our way to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. This excellent museum is home to captivating exhibits relating to Irish aviation in the 1930s and ‘40s, with original artefacts and expertly-recreated replicas to take you back to this fascinating era.
Free time in Dublin
Explore Ireland’s wonderful capital at your leisure. For historical attractions, visit Trinity College, where you can see the ancient Book of Kells, estimated to be over 1200 years old, the lavishly decorated script is still in wonderful condition and one of the oldest known books. For great shopping visit Grafton Street, Nassau Street or Temple Bar. For a unique experience in Dublin visit one of the traditional pubs surrounding the Temple Bar area and have a Guinness.
Free time in Killarney
During our stay in Killarney we'll have the opportunity for free time. The town is one of the leading destinations in Ireland, due to its location surrounded by fantastic lake and mountain scenery. There are an abundance of historical sites to be explored in close proximity to the town. A little way around Lough Leane is Muckross Abbey and Muckross House, the former is a ruin that is free to wander through and the house and gardens has a beautiful walking route which is probably the best way to explore the area. A little more accessible from the town is Ross Castle, which has a beautiful lakeside setting and a fascinating history which can be discovered on a guided tour.
Full Day: Dingle Peninsula And Slea Head
Known for its rugged beauty and fantastic cultural heritage, the Dingle peninsula has been recommended as a must-visit spot for nature lovers by some of the top travel guides the world over. The peninsula features green landscapes, rocky hills, sandy beaches and dramatic cliff faces. The town of Dingle itself is a hub for Irish culture and has a large Irish speaking population. We'll move onto Slea Head, which gives a dramatic view from the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, the beach here is known as one of the best in Ireland. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views across to the outlying Blasket Islands, known as ‘the next parish to America’.
Full Day: Ring of Kerry including Kerry Bog Village
We take a stunning 100-mile scenic drive around some of the Atlantic Coast’s most inspiring scenery. We pass through picturesque villages, taking in sites of great historical interest. Don’t miss the stunning views at Ladies View. We also visit Kerry Bog Village, giving you a fascinating insight into life in 18th-century Ireland during the famine.
Guided Tour of Dublin
Get the most from your visit to this cultural and historical city by taking a guided tour with our expert, who will take you to the best sights and share their extensive knowledge with you.
Jaunting Car and Cruise on Lough Leane
Enjoy a ride on a traditional jaunting car and a relaxing scenic cruise on pleasant Lough Leane, seeing the Emerald Isle at its verdant best.