Ireland's Beautiful South West
5 nights. April 2022 - October 2022. From £822.00.
The idyllic Emerald Isle
Combine an ever-changing panorama of landscapes and seascapes with some fascinating visits in a breathtakingly beautiful corner of Ireland. Step back in time as you take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride and a boat trip through to the spectacular lakeland scenery of the Killarney National Park. Enjoy tours of the Dingle Peninsula, once described as "the most beautiful place on earth" by the National Geographic Society, of the glorious Ring of Kerry, and around the lakes-and-mountains paradise of the Iveragh Peninsula. Discover the spectacular medieval castle of Bunratty, and visit Adare - one of Ireland’s loveliest villages.
What's IncludedFive nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the four-star Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee
Entry to the Blasket Island Heritage Centre and Bunratty Castle
A horse-drawn jaunting car and Loch Leane cruise experience
Full-day excursions to the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
Return flights to Cork*
Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsA tour of the beautiful Dingle Peninsula
A coach tour around the Ring of Kerry's stunning mountains and seascapes
A horse-drawn jaunting-car trip through Killarney National Park and a cruise on Loch Leane
A visit to historic Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where Irish life a century ago is recreated
A visit to Adare, one of Ireland’s loveliest villages
The chance to enjoy a show at the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre (departures between mid-May and mid-September only)
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Following your flight to Ireland, you'll meet your tour manager and enjoy the scenic transfer west to Tralee and the Meadowlands Hotel.
Day 2Today you'll head to the beautiful and rugged Dingle Peninsula. Inspiration for such films as Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away, the Peninsula has some of Ireland's most outstanding mountain and coastal scenery, with mile upon mile of spectacular seascapes. At Slea Head, Europe’s most westerly point, you’ll visit Blasket Island Heritage Centre. Situated in a magnificent building, with breathtaking views out to the islands, the exhibition gives a fascinating insight into the unique community who inhabited the islands until their evacuation in 1953. There will also be time to explore the lively fishing port of Dingle, where the streets are packed with arts and crafts shops as well as pubs, cafés and award-winning seafood restaurants.
Day 3Life slows right down this morning as we head to Killarney National Park. Here you 'll enjoy an hour-long ride in a horse-drawn jaunting car (Ireland's most traditional mode of transport, and the only kind allowed in the National PArk). As you ramble along you’ll learn about the history, legends and folklore of the region. The ride ends at the edge of Lough Leane, close to Ross Castle, where you board the Pride of the Lakes for a cruise on the Lough, to discover its scattered islands and lovely views while your experienced skipper regales you with facts about the flora, fauna and historical heritage of the area. There really is no better way to enjoy the hidden delights of the Park and the famous Killarney Lakes. You will then have a couple of hours free to enjoy the delightful town of Killarney at leisure. Watch the world go by in one of the many pubs and cafés, or perhaps visit magnificent St Mary’s cathedral. This evening, why not join our optional excursion to the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre in Tralee (offered from mid-May to mid-Sep). The shows, each with its own storyline, vary throughout the season but always reflect Ireland’s wealth of music, dance and folklore to give you a real taste of traditional Irish culture.
Day 4Today you're off to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Dating from the 15th Century, the castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland, and has been carefully restored to its former splendour. Irish village life at the turn of the century has been recreated in the Folk Park adjoining the castle. Set on 26 acres, the park features a fascinating collection of over 30 buildings brought from all over Ireland. From the school, post office and hardware shop to a rural farmhouse and a humble one-roomed dwelling, you will be able to experience Ireland as it was over a century ago. A visit to Adare, one of Ireland’s loveliest villages, completes your day. Dating back to 1200, the village is steeped in history. It is home to arts and crafts shops and a wealth of architectural styles, including thatched cottages, beautiful stone buildings and medieval monasteries.
Day 5One of the highlights of any holiday to this corner of Ireland is a tour around the spectacular Ring of Kerry, taking in some of Ireland’s most wonderful scenery. Tracing a roughly oval route round the Iveragh Peninsula, the Ring offers a first-hand sight of the natural beauty of this very special place, as well as the chance to visit the towns that dot the route. Perfect picture-postcard scenes abound at virtually every turn, but the highlights are (perhaps) magnificent Coomakista Pass and its views of the Kenmare River, the Scariff and Deenish Islands, and Molls Gap for the views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and the glaciated Black Valley.
Day 6Transfer back to the airport at the end of a wonderful few days. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours and 30 minutes. *Cork airport is closing for essential runway maintenance from 10 September – 22 November 2021. In order for us to continue to offer a range of regional flight options, flights will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport on September and October 2021 departures.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Ryanair ID requirementsSome of the flights on this tour use Ryanair, who only accept a valid passport as ID when checking in. They will not accept a driving license as ID on any of their flights, including within the UK and Ireland. Newmarket cannot be held responsible if you fail to meet the airline's ID requirements.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
TippingWe are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around £2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around £3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of £1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around £2 for services such as hairdressing. Back to top