Best of Ireland’s Southwest – 8 Day Private Tour

Discover the authentic myth & magic of Ireland’s beautiful Southwest with this 8 day private tour!

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.

Explore some of the best highlights as well as the most beautiful hidden gems, off the beaten path!

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.

Day 1 – Transfer to the 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.

Pub front, Sneem, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Cozy pubs and restaurants in Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Day 2 – Ring of Kerry Tour, off the beaten path

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 path, over mountain passes and along narrow coastal roads, all offering great views of the spectacular scenery the Ring has to offer.

Enjoy the stunning views from Valentia Island and along the Skellig Ring coastal drive.

Day 3 – Killarney National Park

A visit via the famous Killarney National Park! The day can be tailored to suit your wishes.

The captivating drive through the Killarney National Park offers fabulous views of the lakes, mountains and woodlands. Depending on your interests, the tour can focus on nature, include activities, and visits to places of historical interest.

Those who want to spend a day in nature can take several walks in the park. Well worth is the stroll up to Torc Waterfall. Other optional activities are a boat trip on the lakes, or a jaunting car trip through the park (horse and carriage).

Places of historical interest include the impressive Ross Castle, Muckross House, and the ruins of Muckross Abbey.

Day 4 – Beara Tour

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!

Travel along small coastal roads & mountain passes. Enjoy the mystic mountains, rugged coastlines, green fields and colorful villages of this remote area of great scenic beauty.

Day 5 – Take it easy – or get active!

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.

Day 6 – Derrynane House, Gardens and Beach

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.

Day 7 – Dingle Tour

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.

Day 8 – All good things come to an end

Transfer back to the airport, with a bag full of great memories!

About the Best of Ireland’s Southwest 8 day private tour


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

Start point of tour

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.

Get a quote

Get in touch now to get a quote for a 8 day private tour of Ireland’s Southwest.