Our Best of Ireland’s Southwest Vacation offers you the comfort of staying at one place and to explore the Southwest of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way from there. We’ll do the driving so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible scenery, Irish hospitality and quality accommodation. We will show you some of the best highlights yet will also take you off the beaten track and show you the most beautiful undiscovered places. As this tour is a private tour, you will have the upmost flexibility and many stops can be made during the day to take photos and to breathe in the incredible scenery. The South-West of Ireland is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. It offers beautiful scenery including mystic mountains, rough cliffs, beautiful beaches, narrow and bendy roads, colourful villages, the highest mountain of Ireland, and ancient treasures such as Ring Forts, Stone Circles, Old Churches and Castle Ruins.
During your vacation you will be staying on the famous Ring of Kerry.
Transfer from Kerry, Cork or Shannon Airport to the Ring of Kerry. Check in to your accommodation in Sneem, Kenmare or Killarney. Explore the town, enjoy one of the many walks in the area, or go for a Pint in one of the local pubs and meet the locals who always have a story to tell.
Explore the Undiscovered Ring of Kerry. Today’s journey takes you through the heart of the Ring of Kerry, an area of outstanding beauty. You will travel off the beaten track, over mountain passes and along narrow coastal roads, all offering great views of the spectacular scenery the Ring has to offer.
A visit via the famous Killarney National Park to Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle and Muckross House in Killarney. Ross Castle may be considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. The castle contains 16th and 17th century oak furniture. Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Irelands leading stately homes. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the House. The Gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty.
Today we will explore the Beara Peninsula. This part of the Southwest is still not discovered by tourist and gives you the feeling of going back in time! You will travel along small coastal roads& mountain passes. You will visit some typical Irish villages and also one of the many Stone Circles in the area. A Stone Circle is a pre-Christian monument of standing stones arranged in a circle. The sites display no evidence of human dwelling, and rarely encompass graves. This suggests that stone circles were constructed for ceremonies (perhaps religious ceremonies) and were in use on ceremonial occasions only.
A day to spend the way you like. Just take it easy and relax, or enjoy one of the many activities the area has to offer such as walking the famous Kerry Way, fishing or horse riding.
On today’s agenda is a visit to Derrynane House, Gardens & Beach as well as an ancient Staigue Fort.
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Daniel O’Connell , often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation -the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament—and repeal of the Act of Union which combined Great Britain and Ireland. Derrynane House displays many relics of O’Connells life and career. The house is surrounded by subtropical gardens, and is near the beautiful sandy Beaches of Derrynane.
We will also pay a visit to Staigue Fort. This is one of the largest and finest stone forts in Ireland and was probably built in the early centuries AD before Christianity came to Ireland. A wall up to six metres high and four metres thick – built entirely without mortar – encloses an area thirty metres in diameter. It must have been in the home of a very wealthy landowner or chieftain who had a great need for security.
Today we will explore the Dingle Peninsula. There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula. Much of the Dingle Peninsula is a “Gaeltacht” area, where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is widely spoken.
We will pay a visit to Dingle Town, drive the fabulous Sleahead Drive, and visit the ancient Beehive Huts. A Beehive Hut (a Clochán) is a dry-stone hut with a corbelled roof, dating from the early Middle Ages or earlier.
Transfer back to the airport, with a bag full of great memories!
We’d be happy to organise your accommodation for you during your 8 day private tour. There is a great selection of quality Bed & Breakfasts, Guesthouses and hotels (3, 4 or 5 star).
Tailor your trip
This 8 day itinerary can be tailored according to your wishes to create your ideal trip
Extend your stay
Wish to stay longer? We’d be happy to customize the itinerary and add some more days
From Cork, Kerry or Shannon Airport there is easy access to Ireland’s beautiful Southwest. However if you prefer to fly to/from Dublin Airport, we’ll just adjust the itinerary to accommodate this.
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