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Tours from Killarney

Ring of Kerry:

 

An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks – runs through ts many passes and valleys along the shore of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay.

There is an unspoilt nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgetable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney's magnificent National Park.

 

The tour leaves Main Street Killarney at 10:30 every day during the season and returns at approximately 17:00 hrs.

 

Dingle & Slea Head:

 

Irish HolidaysThe Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged Atlantic coastline in Kerry and is scattered with forts and pre-historic huts such as the Gallarus Oratory. Much of Irish heritage is maintained in this Irish (Gaelic) speaking region including traditional music and art forms. Considered by many to have some of Europe's most spectacular scenery, the peninsula also supports both a rare and unique assortment of flora and fauna.

 

Slea Head is the most westerly point in Europe and standing there, looking towards America, instills a feeling of excitement and empathy with the millions of emigrants who took this route.

There are splendid views around Slea Head, especially of the Blasket Islands and the scattered rocks.

 

Gap of Dunloe:

 

Considering a walking, rambling or hiking tour – look no further as The Gap of Dunloe is 7 miles and takes 90 minutes. There are daily tours to the magnificent Gap of Dunloe leaving from our office in the centre of Killarney.

The tour begins with a coach journey to Kate Kearney's Cottage where you can take a jaunting car through the six mile pass (this is at your own risk) – alternatively keen walkers may care to “Walk the Gap” as the Gap offers an ideal opportunity for hiking.

 

adventure irelandOnce through the gap, boats are waiting on the Gearhameen River for the homeward journey via the enchanting Upper, Middle & Lower Lakes to historic Ross Castle where coaches await for the journey back to Killarney.

 

 

 

 

Killarney Highlights:

 

The points of interest visited are: The ruins of Aghadoe, Gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle, Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Waterfall and spectacular views of the famed lakes of Killarney.

 

Lilly of Killarney Tour:

 

Cruise on Lough Léin in the comfort and safety of a modern covered and heated watercoach. See unrestricted views of the Killarney National Park and listen to live commentary that will entertain and inform you of the history and folklore of the area. Departing from the pier at Ross Castle, this enclosed water bus cruises the lakes for just over an hour.

 

Departure Times are: 10:30am,12:00, 1:45, 3:15

 

Rates:

 

Ring of Kerry:                             € 27

Dingle & Slea Head:                    € 27

Gap of Dunloe

Coach – Walk – Boat:                 € 30

Coach – Pony & Trap – Boat:     € 50

Killarney Highlights:                     € 17

Lilly of Killarney – Lake Cruise:   € 12

 

Cycling Tours

Ring of Kery and Dingle Peninsula:

 

Weekend ActivitiesOur Safari starts and finishes in Killarney, shadowed by the MacGillikuddy Reeks and adjacent to the famous Muckross National Park. We head deep into the Iveragh Peninsula along quiet backroads toward the villages of Sneem and Glenbeigh.

We then head to the Dingle Peninsula, the most westerly point in Europe, and sees us cycling along he dramatic Slea Head coast amongst Neolithic ruins with a wonderful view out to the Skelling and Blasket Islands. We rest amongst the great array of shops and restaurants that the town of Dingle has to offer. The weary may pause for a well earned pint in the famous Dick Macs pub, which doubles up as a cobbler!

After our rest day Conor Pass stretches the legs again as we take in the stunning vistas of the peninsula from its lofty perch before enjoying the freewheel lunch and the unique entertainment of the Railway Bar. Our last day’s cycle takes us through the Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley, a fitting finish to this dramatic tour, before we end up all too quickly back in Killarney.

 

TOUR INCLUDES
- 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental
- Guide in a support van (on group tour only)
- Luggage transfer
- Route details and maps

 

2009 GROUP TOUR DATES
May 30 - Limited availability
June 27 - Limited availability
July 25 - Fully booked
August 8 - Limited availability
August 22



Rates:

 

Per person Sharing:    €670.00

 

 


 

Dingle Peninsula Tour:

 

The Dingle Peninsula is located in the Southwest of the County of Kerry. With its capital Tralee it runs in a westerly direction as far as the Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula is home to many wonders - second highest mountain range in the country, a wealth of archaeological sites, home to some of the finest traditional music, dance and the Irish language. The Dingle Peninsula experience is one you will remember for a long time to come. This is an 8 day tour.

 

Day 1 - Arrival Day - today’s distance 30km / 18ml
Arrive in Tralee and check into your B&B (your bicycles will already be there). If you have time take a short cycle from Tralee to the lovely fishing port of Fenit and from there to the historic Ardfert with its newly restored cathedral and back to Tralee for your overnight stop.

Day 2 - Tralee to Cloghane - today’s distance 38km /24ml

Today’s cycle takes you from Tralee along the northern shores of the Dingle Peninsula with the Slieve Mish Mountains on your left and Tralee Bay to your right. The route takes you through Castlegregory before finishing in the picturesque village of Cloghane and your overnight stop for the night.

 

Day 3 - Cloghane to Dingle - today’s distance 34km /21ml
Leaving Cloghane you head for the village of Brandon and Brandon Point and then on and over the famous Conor Pass with its breathtaking views that stretches for miles. In the distance you will see the fishing port town of Dingle and your stopover for the next three days. . Enjoy the beauty of Dingle and its surrounds for the next few days, cycling out towards the western shores and Slea Head with views of the Great Blasket Islands looming in the distance.

Day 4 - Dingle circular route - today’s distance 38km /24ml
Heading west from Dingle you cycle via Ventry to Slea Head with its magnificent breathtaking views across the Blasket Sound to the famous Blasket Island. From here you cycle on to Dunquinn and Ballyferriter on your way back to Dingle for the evening. Alternatively, today you can cycle to Dunquinn harbour and take the ferry to the Blasket Island and enjoy a walk around this mystical and enchanting place.

Day 5 - Dingle circular route - today’s distance 40km /25ml
Today you cycle north from Dingle through the village of Ballydavid and on to Brandon Creek. Alternatively if you fancy a walk you can leave the main route at the Bothar Pub and take the Saints Road up mount Brandon on foot. – Weather permitting. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk.

Day 6 - Dingle to Inch - today’s distance 35km /22ml
Cycling in an easterly direction by the shores of Dingle Bay you once again enjoy spectacular views and breathtaking scenery of this magnificent peninsula. Your destination is the tiny hamlet of Inch with its renowned and magnificent beach and ideal for a walk along its golden sands or a quick dip. On your way you can detour to visit the village of Annascaul, home to the famous explorer Tom Crean.

Day 7 - Inch to Tralee - today’s distance 30km /19ml
Today’s route continues along the coast to the historical village of Castlemaine with its neat little harbour and splendid bird sanctuary. From here you head north and take the "short mountain route" back to Tralee and your last night’s stopover. This is a very historical area and on your way you will pass the legendary mythological Queen Scotia’s grave which also offers fabulous views over Tralee Bay and North Kerry.

Day 8
After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.

 

Rates:

 

Per person Sharing:    €720.00

Single Supplement € 210

 

 


 

Ring of Kerry Tour:

 

Ireland toursThe Ring of Kerry abounds in natural wonders and the beauty and grandeur of the scenery is unsurpassed by any in Ireland. Starting in the town of Killarney – made famous by the magnificent "Three Lakes of Killarney" the "Ring" then continues anti-clockwise through Killorglin, to Caherciveen, on to Waterville and Sneem before returning to Killarney. We, however, find this route to be "over-run" with tourists and therefore unkind to cycles – so for that reason – we suggest a much more leisurely and quieter mix of inland and coastal routes to give just the same beauty and splendour – if not more. This is an 8 day tour.

 

Day 1 - Arrival Day - today’s distance 20km / 12ml
Arrive in Killarney and check into your B&B. Collect your bicycles and Information Pack with Route Description and map from the proprietor. If you have time take the short circular cycle to Muckross House and Killarney National Park and then back to Killarney for your overnight stop.

Day 2 - Killarney to Glenbeigh - today’s distance 45km /28ml

Leaving Killarney you cycle west under the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill, around the beautiful Caragh Lake before heading to the picturesque village of Glenbeigh and your overnight stop.

Day 3 - Glenbeigh to Caherciveen - today’s distance 43km /27ml
Heading west from Glenbeigh, today’s route takes you to the peaceful and tranquil shores of Kells Bay. From here you continue on west finishing the days cycle outside the town of Caherciveen over looking Valentia Island. You spend two nights in Caherciveen.

Day 4 - rest day
Today you have a free day. You can arrange a boat trip to the famous 6th century Skellig Island or as an option if the weather does not permit take the ferry over to Valentia Island and cycle around this lovely little island that is stepped in history.

Day 5 - Caherciveen to Kenmare - today’s distance 55km /34ml
From Caherciveen, today’s cycle takes you on one of the most glorious route’s imaginable. An inland trip through the Inny Valley and the legendary Ballaghisheen and Ballaghbeama passes offering spectacular views as you descend to the southern shores of the peninsula and Kenmare and your stopover for the next two nights.

Day 6 - Kenmare circular route - today’s distance 40km /25ml
Leaving your Kenmare B&B you can enjoy a lovely circular cycle over to the Beara Peninsula and around Lough Inchiquinn before returning back to Kenmare. As an option you can continue on to Glengarriff and return to Kenmare through Turner’s Rock tunnel road. It is hard to imagine that two peninsulas so close together geographically can be so different in landscape and appearance & today gives you the opportunity to see this contrast first hand.

Day 7 - Kenmare to Killarney - today’s distance 38km /24ml
Today you cycle along backroads to the famous Molls Gap offering wonderful views over the spectacular Three Lakes of Killarney. From here you continue cycling to the Black valley and through the renowned Gap of Dunloe before returning to Killarney for your final night.

Day 8
After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.

 

Rates:

 

Per person Sharing:    €767.00

Single Supplement € 233

 

 


 

Mini-Break Cycling Tours are also available. With 3, 4, 5, 6, day trips arranged. Please use the contact form to male an enquiry.

Eco Tours

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Horse Riding Tours

Killarney Reeks/Ring of Kery Trail:

 

6 nights Bed and Breakfast Accommodation and 5 days Horse Riding


Travelling in IrelandWhy not explore the highlands of Kerry with us, taking in the majestic MacGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range. Our trail ride covers a variety of terrain -  country lanes, forests, mountain tracks, bogs and some of the beaches at Waterville and on the magnificent 6.4km (4 miles) stretch of golden sand at Rossbeigh. The Iveragh Peninsula stretches south-west from Killarney and has many places of historic and archaeological interest along the world renowned Ring of Kerry. The Trail Ride Package includes accommodation in Killarney, Glenbeigh and Waterville, luggage transfer to each accommodation, lunch each day, horse, tack and guide. The trail is led at all times by an experienced guide(s) and we take special care of nervous riders.

 

Our trail operates from May to October with arrival for the 6 night / 5 day trail on Saturday and departure Friday.  If you are participating on the 3 night / 2 day trial ride arrival is also on Saturday but departure is then on Tuesday.   On Sunday morning with horses, riders and all luggage ready, the day begins with a short trip to the base of Seefinn Mountain, (about 20 minutes drive) where the first day's ride begins. Once we have introduced horses and riders, the group heads off, and up over the Windy Gap, taking in panoramic views and  the splendour of Caragh Lake and the valleys beyond. Oncce the Windy Gap has been conquered, the ride continues on to Coomasaharn Lake enclosed by Horseshoe mountain, followed by a scenic ride over an Irish Bog.  The first day finishs for at our stables in Mountain Stage.

 

Sunday and Monday nights are spent in the quaint village of Glenbeigh. (Glenbeigh comes from Gleann Beithe, the Glen of the Birch Trees). The village is almost entirely by mountains, and the area offers a famous friendliness and humour which is nowhere better found than in this tranquil and charming region of Kerry. The scenery is breath-taking, with the River Behy and Rossbeigh Strand close by. The area is full of history and such a destination as Winns Folly Castle is well worth a visit.

 

Kerry HostelsAfter breakfast on Monday the riders return to the stables of the previous evening to begin the second day of the trail ride. Today is spent on Rossbeigh beach, galloping through the waters edge and along stretches of golden sand.  The day finishs with the ride taking the old Cliff road back to the stables with stunning views of Dingle Bay and the Dingle Penninsula.

 

Tuesday morning brings the next move, so riders need to have all luggage packed and down stairs for when they are collected.  Today is a relaxing trail, giving horses and  riders a chance to recover after the last two days and get ready for the next two. The morning ride takes the group from Kells Station through the bogs of Cnoc Bawn and on to Liss Bawn, with some spectacular views of Caherciveen and its surrounds. It then continues on through Island Boy and the Inny Valley and finishes for the day alongside the Tulligane Woods, where we have an Old School House dating back to 1915.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday nights are spent in the small coastal village of Waterville (meaning the little whirlpool). The village, nestles on a narrow strip of land between Lough Currane and the Atlantic Ocean,right in the heart of south-west Kerry.  Its location between the seashore and the impressive mountains and headlands, gives the area many interesting scenic points and fine beaches. By all accounts, the first Celtic invaders are reputed to have landed in Ballinskelligs Bay, coming ashore near the village. The beginnings of the Gaelic Nation are echoed by the Archaeological remains on Church Island, Derrynane Abbey and Skellig Michael tp name but a few, thus giving the area a wealth of history.
 

Horse riding in KillarneyOn Wednesday riders are brought back to the Old School House and the group has an adventurous morning in Tulligane Woods, riding through the Inny Valley and lunching back at the School House along side  the Inny River. The afteroon ride takes a scenic route into Waterville along the old Glencar/Waterville road, with splendid views of the famous fishing lake - Lough Currane.

 

Thursday is the final day of riding on the trail and also the day the last accommodation transfer is made. The morning begins with either a brisk ride to Waterville beach, enjoying some exciting gallops or  a trip aroung the panorama of Hoggs Head and Ballinskelligs Bay (The tide dictates which one we do first) Once we finish riding for the day, its time for riders to say good bye to their horses and guide(s) before everyone and everything is transferred back to Killarney. This last night is spent in Killarney accommodation.

 

And finally, Friday brings everyones departure. 

 

Rates:

 

Per person Sharing:    €1150.00  (Single Supplement of 150 Euro )

 

Historical Tours

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Walking Tours

Kerry and Dingle Walk:

 

Break in IrelandKerry is world famous for its deep blue lakes, wild mountainous landscapes, rugged coastline and subtropical flora. What better way to spend a week than walking amidst such splendour! We base ourselves in the village of Glenbeigh and bustling town of Dingle both accessible to some of the best walks in the area.

From Glenbeigh we will walk a part of Kerry Way – one of the most famous walking routes in Ireland. We will also visit Valentia Island – the site for the first transatlantic telegraph cable which connected Irish village of Cahersiveen with New York. The Skellig Islands are spectacular and a boat trip there is one of the most amazing day trips you can take anywhere in Ireland.

The Dingle peninsula offers wonderful opportunities for walking including the very western tip of Slea Head peninsula (Ireland’s most westerly point) and if the sea is calm Great Blasket Island one of the finest walks in the southwest of Ireland. The town of Dingle offers many distractions itself and is a great base from which to enjoy traditional music.

 

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • 6 packed lunches and 4 dinners
  • Luggage transfer
  • Needed transfers
  • Walking guide
  • Set transfer to and from Shannon Airport

 

2009 GROUP TOUR DATES
July 18
September 12


 

Rates:

 

Per person Sharing:    €899.00

 

 


 

Kerry Peninsula Tour:

 

Day 1 A courtesy transfer from Shannon, Cork or Kerry Airports (within our timetable) is available. Arrive to first Guesthouse in Killarney where we stay for the next 2 nights of your holiday. Evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week.

Day 2 Wonderful walk through the famous Gap of Dunloe with fabulous views over the Lakes of Killarney & spectacular glacial formations in this well-known valley. Finish walk and transfer back to Killarney. Evening meal in local restaurant.
Walk Details Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 350m. Rocky and sometimes wet & muddy tracks and road walking. Boots essential.

 

Day 3 Walk from Killarney to Kenmare passing the historic Muckross House and gardens. Continue through Killarney National Park towards Peakeen Mountain with glorious views over the Kenmare River. Transfer from the end of the walk to the award-winning village - Sneem - where we stay for our next 2 nights. Dinner and overnight at accommodation.
Walk Details Distance: 20kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 400m. Mountain tracks and open roads. Can be wet - boots recommended.

Day 4 Walk from Sneem to the spectacular Staigue Fort. This is a glorious walk with breath-taking views to the south over the Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula and north over towards Waterville. Return to Sneem for evening meal and overnight.
Walk Details Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 400m. Grass tracks, open bog land and rough mountains. Can be wet underfoot - boots essential. Some road walking.

Day 5 Leaving Sneem we enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the historic Derrynane National Park and Abbey Island -- famed by Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator, - with great coastal vistas. From here we continue along this majestic coastline with views out to the Skellig Rock, to the lovely hamlet of Waterville. Short coach transfer to Portmagee. Evening meal and overnight accommodation in Portmagee.
Walk Details Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 300m. Some road walking, grass tracks and rough heather. Boots essential.

Day 6 This is your Free Day. However we do offer a visit to the famous and spectacular Skellig Island - if weather, sea and boats permit! Dinner & overnight in Portmagee.

Day 7 Follow an ancient and fascinating stagecoach trail from Kells, just outside Caherciveen, and enjoy the most wonderful scenery of the week as we walk along the shores on Dingle Bay east to Glenbeigh. A truly memorable walk for our last day on the Peninsula. Overnight and farewell Dinner in Glenbeigh.
Walk Details Distance: 18kms. Duration: 5hours. Max. Ascent: 450m. Grass and rocky tracks, open bog land and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 8 Departures. After breakfast, we offer a courtesy transfer to Shannon Airport

Holiday Includes - Bed and breakfast accommodation, full Irish breakfast, picnic lunch (on walking days only), dinner each evening, 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide, mini-bus transport to/from walking locations, luggage transport, transfers from airports to start of holiday. Transfer Back to Shannon after the holiday.

Not Included - Any boat trips, personal drinks, entrance fees to theaters, parks or museums etc. or gratuities.

 

Rates:

 

Per person Sharing:    €