This is the Local Highlights Tour of approx. 3 hours duration, taking in all of the key local attractions e.g. Aghadoe (panoramic view of Killarney Lake district), Kate Kearney’s Cottage (Gateway to Gap of Dunloe), Ross Castle (15th Century restored Castle), Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms (Magnificent Victorian Mansion and Gardens in the heart of the National Park), Torc Waterfall and Lake Views, etc.
Gap of Dunloe
Arguably, the most varied and exciting tour in Ireland. The Gap of Dunloe Tour is of approximately 7 hours duration. The day begins with a coach ride to Kate Kearney’s Cottage where, after partaking of suitable refreshments, the visitor then travels through the 7 mile Gap of Dunloe mountain pass on horseback, horse drawn trap or on foot if so desired, to Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the shore of the Upper Lake. Lunch can then be had before departing by boat through each of Killarney’s three lakes, arriving at the 15th Century Ross Castle, where your coach awaits to return you to Killarney.
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is the most renowned scenic tour in Ireland. Throughout its 110 miles and 7 hour duration, you will travel around the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the Iveragh Peninsula, along the breathtaking Atlantic coast, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay, returning to Killarney through the famed Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park.
Enroute, are the lovely coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville, Caherdaniel and Sneem and the thriving market towns of Killorglin and Caherciveen. The beautiful town of Kenmare is included in some tours and is a must for the independent traveller. The Ring embraces many points of historic and archaeological interest such as, Caherciveen Heritage Centre, The Skellig Rocks, The Skellig Experience (Valentia Island), Derrynane House & National Gardens, prehistoric Staigue Fort and Kenmare Heritage Centre.
Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head
Slea Head is Europe’s most westerly point and its outlying historic Blasket Islands are known locally as the “next parish to America”.
The unsurpassed beauty of its rugged coastline and landscape inspired the famous film director David Lean, to shoot his epic film “Ryan’s Daughter” on location on the Dingle Peninsula. The landscape has over 2,000 ancient historic and archaelogical sites and early Christian dwellings such as, Gallarus Oratory (9th Century Christian Oratory), Beehive Huts (early Christian Monks dwellings) and the Blasket Islands Interpretive Centre. This tour passes through Milltown, Castlemaine and Inch before arriving at the beautiful fishing harbour town of Dingle, home of Dingle Oceanworld and Ireland’s favourite dolphin – “Fungi”.
This trip takes approx. 6 hours. Other famous scenic spots and locations include the Conor Pass (Ireland’s highest mountain pass), Brandon Mountain (Ireland’s second highest mountain), Inch Beach, The Maharees and Brandon Point.
Forming the coastal boundary between Kerry and Cork, the Beara Peninsula is the third of the great touring peninsulas of the south-west. This tremendous scenic tour takes in Kilgarvan, Kenmare, numerous coastal villages (Tuosist, Lauragh and Ardgroom) on the Kerry coast and through the West Cork coast fishing ports of Castletownbere, Bantry and the beautiful town of Glengarriff and nearby Garnish Island Italian Gardens. Places of interest include the Healy Pass, Bonane Heritage Park, Gleninchaquin and Derreen Gardens.