Ring Of Kerry And Wonderful Western Ireland
5 nights. April 2021 - October 2021. From £769.00.
Scenic Western Ireland
Take this opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful corners of the Emerald Isle as you explore the lakes and mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Enter a stunning region of Ireland, crammed with breath-taking highlights. Enjoy four unforgettable excursions in the company of a knowledgeable tour manager, including delightful Bantry House overlooking the eponymous bay, lively southwest gateway Cork and Ireland's foodie capital, Kinsale. You'll also enjoy a boat trip to the renowned gardens on Garnish Island and not-to-be-missed tour of the Ring of Kerry.
What's IncludedFive nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at a three-star hotel
Return flights to Cork
A tour of the Ring of Kerry
A visit to the abbey ruins at Timoleague
A boat trip to Garnish Island
Visits to Cork, Cobh, Glengarriff and Kinsale
Entrance to Bantry House
Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsSee the astounding landscapes of the Ring of Kerry
Enjoy a guided tour of historic Bantry House and time to explore its beautiful gardens
Explore Glengarriff, Bantry Bay and delightful Kinsale
Visit Timoleague Abbey
Spot seals on a boat trip to Garnish Island and its famous gardens
Discover the delightful city of Cork
Visit the fascinating Cobh Heritage Centre
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 1Fly into Cork airport, meet your tour manager and transfer by coach to your hotel. After checking in, you'll have the rest of the day free to spend as you wish.
Day 2Our day begins with a drive through Clonakilty, birthplace of Irish hero Michael Collins, before we reach the village of Timoleague, where the ruins of its 13th-century abbey stand proudly at the water's edge. The abbey is one of very few early Franciscan foundations with extensive remains still standing in Ireland. From here we'll continue to the attractive harbour town of Kinsale, where a maze of narrow streets lined with galleries and shops are overlooked by its mighty 17th-century fort. Enjoy lunch with a view at the quayside (payable locally), where you'll find a wonderful choice of cafes and restaurants. Afterwards, you’ll return to the hotel where dinner is served.
Day 3A long but memorable day awaits, today, as you head to the celebrated Ring of Kerry. Stretching west from the picturesque town of Kenmare, this 110-mile circular route around the sublimely beautiful Iveragh Peninsula takes in a beguiling mix of stunning views and charming towns, rugged forest landscapes, tumbling waterfalls and the raging waters of the Atlantic. It's a rollercoaster of scenic wonder, and a feast of breath-taking land- and seascapes. During the day you’ll cross the magnificent Coomakista Pass, with its views of the Kenmare River, see Macgillycuddy’s Reeks from Molls Gap and catch sight of the monastic marvel of Skellig Michael out in the Atlantic. You'll also have the chance to explore pretty Waterville and rugged Cahersiveen.
Day 4Today you’ll head to lively, cosmopolitan Cork. The waterways, narrow alleys, Georgian avenues and myriad bridges make this historic maritime city a delight to explore. Highlights will include triple-spired St Finn Barre’s cathedral and the English Market, where you'll discover an astonishing array of fresh produce. Afterwards, you’ll head to the historic and delightful seaside town of Cobh (pronounced Cove), the departure point for over three million Irish emigrants and final port of call, in April 1912, for the ill-fated RMS Titanic. After time to enjoy lunch, you may choose to visit the excellent Heritage Centre (entrance fee payable locally), where a multi-media exhibition tells the emotive story of Irish emigration through to the 1950s, and traces the town’s history back to the 1600s.
Day 5This morning, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Bantry House, the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, and still lived in by the family. Wonderfully situated overlooking the eponymous bay, and set in magnificent Italian gardens inspired by the travels of the 2nd Earl, this gem of a house is full of history, and showcasing eclectic antiques and artefacts from around the world. You’ll then head to Glengarriff. This delightful village, overlooking the waters of Bantry Bay and set against the backdrop of the rugged Caha Mountains, is a green oasis enjoying a balmy microclimate in which sub-tropical plants and even bamboos flourish. Explore its bars, cafés and gift shops before taking a short boat trip across the bay to the renowned island gardens of Garnish. The gardens here are laid out in beautiful walks, and offer floral colour from May right through until October. As we cross the bay, you’ll also visit Seal Island, with its resident colony of seals who love to pose for photos!
Day 6Depending on the time of your flight, you may have a few hours to make the most of the hotel’s delightful surroundings before you head back to the airport at the end of a wonderful few days in this beautiful and unspoilt part of Ireland. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.
Hotel spa treatmentsTo avoid disappointment, please book any treatments direct with the hotel prior to arrival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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