West Cork and the Ring of Kerry

Explore Ireland’s most famous coast and see the spectacular sights of the Beara Peninsula and the renowned Ring of Kerry on this fully escorted coach tour. Witness the beauty of the Beara Peninsula with its quaint town of Castletownbere and Glengarriff village, before taking in the dramatic scenery and stunning natural splendours of the Ring of Kerry. Pass picturesque fishing villages on route to Killarney, where you can join a traditional jaunting car ride. In contrast, we also visit the cities of Cork, Blarney, and Dublin. See the famous Saint Fin Barres Cathedral in Cork, Blarney’s legendary castle and Dublin’s most celebrated sights, all making for an unforgettable holiday.

6 days from £799pp

Single Room Supplement from £169pp

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Your Tour Includes

  • 5 nights hotel with Irish breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Regional joining points

Itinerary

Please choose your preferred 6 day itinerary

Regional departure by coach or Home Connect service, then to Holyhead for the ferry to Ireland, and onward to our overnight hotel.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

We leave our hotel after breakfast and head south to Ireland’s second-largest city after Dublin, Cork. Located on the banks of the River Lee, Cork is home to some beautiful sights. Be sure to see the Saint Fin Barres Cathedral which was built by Victorian architect William Burges in the 1800s.

There will be free time in Cork for you to explore at your leisure before we travel the short distance to Blarney, with its famous castle (entrance not included). Built during the 15th and 16th century, a must for any visitor to the castle is to kiss the Blarney Stone. It is a tradition that has been around for several centuries, and is said to give a person the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness. In the past, visitors were required to be lowered over the battlements by their ankles in order to kiss the stone. Nowadays, the stone is set in a wall below the battlements, although anyone wishing to partake is still required to lean backwards from the parapet walk.

From Blarney, we continue to our hotel in West Cork for a three-night stay.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Cork
  • Blarney

Today, we see breathtaking views on our included excursion as we tour the Beara Peninsula, a bygone haunt of smugglers.

We set out after breakfast for a scenic drive around Ireland’s third major ‘ring’ after Kerry and Dingle. During the day, we pause at the fishing port of Castletownbere, located on the southern coast of the peninsula.

We then continue to Glengarriff where you may wish to take a boat trip to the magnificent Garnish Island (extra cost payable locally), with its famous collection of plants and Italian landscaping.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Glengarriff
  • Beara Peninsula
  • Castletownbere

Today’s included excursion takes in more dramatic scenery and picturesque fishing villages on part of the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry, or Iveragh Peninsula as it is also known, has attracted visitors for hundreds of years on account of its outstanding natural beauty.

During the day, we visit the town of Killarney where there will be the opportunity to join an optional jaunting car ride. The Tangney family, whose jaunting business has been in operation for over 220 years, will welcome you on board their pony and trap rides and take you on an exciting tour of the area.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Ring of Kerry
  • Killarney

Optional Excursions

  • Jaunting Car Ride
    • 2025: £20.00pp
    • 2026: £21.00pp

The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

We travel back across Ireland and head to Dublin where our optional sightseeing tour will introduce you to this fascinating city. Our informative guide will show you the main sights such as the Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Art Gallery and the Four Courts.

There will then be free time for you to explore all Dublin has to offer. Perhaps visit to the Guinness Storehouse should you wish to pay homage to Dublin’s most famous drink (entrance not included) – sit back, relax and enjoy a panoramic view of Dublin from its glassed Gravity Bar.

We continue to our overnight hotel on the outskirts of the city.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Included Highlights

  • Dublin

Optional Excursions

  • Dublin Sightseeing Tour
    • 2025: £23.00pp
    • 2026: £24.00pp

The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

To Holyhead, then home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast*

Accommodation

You will stay for three nights at either the 4-star Clonakilty Park Hotel in Clonakilty or the 4-star Westlodge Hotel in Bantry Bay. Overnight stays will be on the outskirts of the Dublin area and in a city-style hotels.


Westlodge Hotel

Westlodge Hotel

Relax in the 4-star Westlodge Hotel in Bantry in West Cork. All bedrooms feature satellite TV, hairdryer and comfortable facilities. Enjoy casual dining in Hannie's Bistro or more formal dining in the Sugarloaf Restaurant with stunning views of Bantry Bay. The Leisure centre has state of the art gym, squash court, pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. On the grounds there is also pitch and putt and tennis courts.

Location: Seafield , Bantry, P75 YR70

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • 3 Star
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Sauna or Steam Room
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Extra Pillows and Blankets
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Telephone
  • Shower or Bath
  • Free Wifi
Service
  • Safe Box in Reception
  • Bureau de Change
  • Room Service Available
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Iron at Reception
  • Laundry Service
  • Gym
Accessibility
  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
  • Disabled Rooms Available
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
Food & Drink
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Lactose or Dairy Free Menu
  • Vegan Menu
Transport
  • Bus Stop Nearby
Hotel
  • Swimming Pool
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

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