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Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

6 Days From £479*
Departing May - October 2014
* Price shown: 23 Apr 2017 from London Stansted - STN

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Discover the Beara Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry

Join us for a wonderful tour of some of Ireland's finest scenery, based in a hotel in the 'subtropical oasis' of Glengarriff, overlooking beautiful Bantry Bay on Cork's Beara Peninsula. Follow the route of the Ring of Kerry through the breathtaking landscape of the Iveragh Peninsula, explore lively Killarney and fashionable Kinsale, and visit magnificent Muckross House and the tranquil lakes of Killarney National Park.

Lakes of Killarney And The Ring Of Kerry Tour Highlights

  • A drive around the rugged Beara Peninsula, backdrop to Daphne du Maurier's novel 'Hungry Hill'
  • Admission to historic Muckross House, one of Ireland's great stately homes, and time to explore the beautiful gardens developed for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861
  • A tour of beautiful Killarney National Park
  • A tour of County Cork's south coast, including visits to colourful Kinsale and historic Skibbereen
  • A tour of the stunning seascapes and soaring mountains of the Ring of Kerry

What does the price include?

  • Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Eccles Hotel, Glengarrif
  • Included excursions to the Beara Peninsula, West Cork, Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry
  • Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Cork
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Tour only passengers will be met by the Tour Manager at Cork Airport on Day One. Return airport-to-hotel coach transfers are included (pick-up time from the airport on Day One is 2:00pm).

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Must explore: The heritage centre in Skibbereen, which features a fascinating and moving exhibition about the Great Hunger of the 1840s.

Fascinating fact: The most basic way to say goodbye in Irish is "slan", which simply means "safe," and is a shortened form of "slan abhaile", which means "safe home." Some say the English phrase "so long" is a corruption of the Irish. Listen to way the term's pronounced, and you'll see why.

You say: "The holiday more than lived up to our hopes."

Your Tour Base: Glengariff, County Cork

You'll be staying in the delightful village of Glengarriff on Cork's Beara Peninsula. A popular stopping-off point for generations of visitors to the region, Glengarriff offers a selection of bars, cafes and gift shops, a Bamboo Park and a nearby Nature Reserve. Garnish Island, a short boat trip across the bay, is also well worth a visit.

Killarney And The Ring Of Kerry Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Ireland

Fly to Cork Airport, meet your Tour Manager and enjoy the scenic transfer west to Glengarriff and your hotel. After checking in, and depending on the time of your flight, you're free to spend the rest of the day exploring the village.

Day Two: A half-day included drive around the Beara Peninsula

This morning you'll discover the wild and remote Beara Peninsula. Tiny islets dot the water, while settlements like the great fishing port of Castletownbere and the views from the road that winds its way west add to the scenic appeal. In the afternoon you can enjoy Glengarriff and its surroundings, perhaps taking a boat across the bay to the elegant gardens of Garnish Island.

Day Three: Included visits to Kinsale and Skibbereen

Today you'll head into the rugged beauty of West Cork, and visit famous Kinsale (the gourmet capital of Ireland) at the mouth of the Bandon River. Explore at your leisure and perhaps stop for a bite to eat at one of the many quayside cafes and bars. You'll also visit historic Skibbereen. The town was one of the areas most affected by the Irish Potato Famine, and its heritage centre features a fascinating exhibition that commemorates the Great Hunger and examines the impact of the desperate period on the local people and events.

Day Four: An included excursion to Killarney National Park in County Kerry

Travel north from Glengarriff into County Kerry, where Killarney National Park's lakeland scenery is overlooked by Ireland's highest mountain range - Macgillycuddy's Reeks. Discover Lakes Leane, Muckross and Upper, explore charming, lively Killarney town - home to St Mary's Cathedral - and visit Muckross House, one of Ireland's finest stately homes. Here a guided tour will reveal the elegant lifestyle of its owners and the busy bustle of the servants' lives 'below stairs'.

Day Five: An included journey to the Ring of Kerry

Our final excursion takes us around the Ring of Kerry, a circular route formed by the sublimely beautiful lakes and mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula that stretches west from the pretty town of Kenmare. Pass through a landscape of forests and rugged peaks, tumbling waterfalls and charming villages, and cross Coomakista Pass to take in the panoramic views of the Kenmare River. Catch sight of Macgillycuddy's Reeks from Molls Gap, and explore places like Waterville and rugged Cahersiveen, before returning to the hotel.

Day Six: Fly back to the UK

Bid farewell to Glengarriff, and board the coach to transfer back to Cork Airport in time to catch your flight home.


 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham23 Apr 2017 £529.00
Birmingham07 May 2017 £609.00
Birmingham14 May 2017 £639.00
Birmingham04 Jun 2017 £649.00
Birmingham11 Jun 2017 £649.00
Birmingham03 Sep 2017 £689.00
Birmingham01 Oct 2017 £609.00
Birmingham15 Oct 2017 £589.00
Bristol04 Jun 2017 £669.00
Bristol17 Sep 2017 £669.00
Bristol01 Oct 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick23 Apr 2017 £509.00
London Gatwick07 May 2017 £579.00
London Gatwick14 May 2017 £579.00
London Gatwick04 Jun 2017 £659.00
London Gatwick03 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Gatwick17 Sep 2017 £649.00
London Gatwick01 Oct 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick15 Oct 2017 £589.00
London Heathrow23 Apr 2017 £584.00
London Heathrow03 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Heathrow17 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Heathrow15 Oct 2017 £589.00
London Stansted23 Apr 2017 £479.00
London Stansted14 May 2017 £559.00
London Stansted11 Jun 2017 £629.00
London Stansted03 Sep 2017 £639.00
London Stansted01 Oct 2017 £589.00
London Stansted15 Oct 2017 £569.00
Manchester23 Apr 2017 £579.00
Manchester07 May 2017 £589.00
Manchester04 Jun 2017 £659.00
Manchester03 Sep 2017 £649.00
Manchester17 Sep 2017 £639.00
Manchester15 Oct 2017 £589.00
Southampton07 May 2017 £619.00
Southampton14 May 2017 £579.00
Southampton11 Jun 2017 £689.00
Southampton17 Sep 2017 £639.00
Southampton01 Oct 2017 £609.00

Eccles Hotel


The grand and exclusive Eccles Hotel, the very first hotel in County Cork (founded in 1745) is located in the centre of Glengarriff. Marvel at the incredible panoramic views that the hotel provides across Glengarriff Bay and the historic Garnish Island.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.

Combining hotel transfers

We 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.

Disabled access

The 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.

Special requirements

If 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.

Ryanair ID requirements

Some of the flights on this tour use Ryanair, who only accept a valid passport as ID when checking in. They will not accept a driving license as ID on any of their flights, including within the UK and Ireland. Newmarket cannot be held responsible if you fail to meet the airline's ID requirements.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, 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.

*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Killarney and the Ring of Kerry Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Killarney & the Ring of KerryScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 359 reviews
(8 out of 10)


It was a lovely trip, being our first visit to Ireland. We went to some beautiful, well thought out places. Our tour manager, Francis was excellent. What she didn't know about everywhere we visited, wasn't worth knowing !! She is a very knowledgeable person.
If there is one slight criticism . Perhaps because it was late in the season, the times for breakfast & dinner were limited . Having breakfast at 8, with the coach leaving at 9 it seemed very rushed for everyone. The same in the evening with dinner at 7, having returned to the hotel on average 5.30 ish.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(10 out of 10)


Polegate Couple
First visit to Ireland. Weather, scenery, Courier. Driver, Coach all fantastic.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


Cambridge Family
We had a diverted flight with Ryanair so were much later to our destination although it was well managed and unforeseeable.
It would have been nice if our luggage could have been carried to our rooms and more Irish meals on the menu.
Our tour rep Frances was absolutely brilliant - so knowledgeable about the history and landscape and flora and fauna etc as well as shops and places to eat etc. Excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


Overall we enjoyed the holiday. It was very well organised and all peoples involved were welcoming and friendly. The only downside was the constant use of the a/c on the coach. Even after requesting it to be turned off there was still a constant downdraft of cold air. This has now left me recovering from sinusitis. Perhaps it was the design of the coach but it did make the journeys uncomfortable.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


Alsager Couple
Insufficient staff in dining room,also menus could have more choice,both breakfast and dinner
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


Horley Friends
This was an excellent holiday, with a chance to see so much of the area in such a short time. Frances, our tour manager was so friendly & helpful,at all times, & the hotel was excellent. The meals were to a high standard although fresh fruit at breakfast would have been an addded benefit. The new management at the hotel are obviously going to make the Eccles Hotel one of the best, so I hope you will continue to use them
As for Ryanair at Gatwick- a complete shambles,with checkin taking 45 minutes despite us having printed our boarding passes. Return flight was marginally better, but do not recommend flying with them again -I certainly will not!
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(10 out of 10)


Southampton Couple
Very well planned. Lively comfortable hotel and very friendly helpful staff. Welcoming log fires in reception- delightful! Tour manager Garri was exceptional.
Confirmed traveller: 07 October 2016
Published on: 26 October 2016