Discover the Beara Peninsula and Glengarriff, Kinsale and Skibbereen, Killarney Town, the Ring of Kerry and more.
"The scenery is absolutely stunning." It's a comment we hear time and again from customers on this tour. And, when you set eyes on the locations you'll visit,we're sure you'll be equally enthusiastic and complimentary.
Over six relaxing days, this holiday will show you the best of a particularly beautiful corner of Ireland, where the stunning scenery cradles clear lakes, pretty, friendly towns and elegant stately homes like Muckross House. You'll be based in a single hotel, too. So, after you've enjoyed each day out, you'll return there and relax in your comfortable home from home.
See what's included in this super-value Ireland holiday. It really does have something for everyone.
Lakes of Killarney And The Ring Of Kerry Tour Highlights
What you can look forward to
- 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, plus time to explore the beautiful gardens developed for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861
- A tour of beautiful Killarney National Park
- A chance to take a pony and cart trip in Killarney town
- A tour of County Cork's south coast, including visits to colourful Kinsale and historic Skibbereen
- A tour of the famous Ring of Kerry
It's all included in the price
- Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff
- Return flights from your chosen airport to Cork
- Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
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 'subtropical' oasis 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. Garinish Island, which is a short boat trip across the bay, is also well worth a visit.
Killarney And The Ring Of Kerry Tour Itinerary
Every day a new experience
Day One: Fly to Cork and transfer to your hotel in Glengarriff
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: Explore the Beara Peninsula and Glengarriff
On this morning's excursion you'll discover the wild and remote Beara Peninsula. Tiny islets dot the water while the great fishing port of Castletownbere, and fantastic views from the road that winds westwards, add to the scenic appeal. In the afternoon you can enjoy Glengarriff and its surroundings, perhaps taking a boat across to Garnish Island, renowned for its gardens and architecture.
Day Three: Visit Kinsale and Skibbereen
Today you'll experience 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 maybe take some 'time out' at one of the many quayside cafes and bars. You'll also visit the historic town of Skibbereen, the centre one of the areas most affected by the Irish Potato Famine.
Day Four: Head into County Kerry
Travel north from Glengarriff into County Kerry, where Killarney National Park's lakeland scenery is overlooked by famous Macgillycuddy's Reeks. Discover Lakes Leane, Muckross and Upper, explore Killarney town - home to St Mary's Cathedral - and visit Muckross House, one of Ireland's finest stately homes.
Day Five: Journey to the Ring of Kerry
Our final excursion takes us to the Ring of Kerry, formed by the sublimely beautiful lakes and mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula. You'll cross Coomakista Pass, which at over 700ft above sea level, offers panoramic views of the Kenmare River and other landmarks. You'll be able to catch sight of Macgillycuddy's Reeks from Molls Gap, and explore places like Waterville and rugged Cahersiveen, before returning to your hotel.
Day Six: Fly home
Bid farewell to Glengarriff, boarding the coach for the transfer back to Cork Airport and your flight home.
| Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|Birmingham||23 Apr 2017|| £579.00|
|Birmingham||07 May 2017|| £629.00|
|Birmingham||14 May 2017|| £629.00|
|Birmingham||04 Jun 2017|| £649.00|
|Birmingham||11 Jun 2017|| £649.00|
|Birmingham||18 Jun 2017|| £649.00|
|Birmingham||02 Jul 2017|| £659.00|
|Birmingham||03 Sep 2017|| £649.00|
|Birmingham||01 Oct 2017|| £609.00|
|Birmingham||15 Oct 2017|| £589.00|
|Bristol||07 May 2017|| £639.00|
|Bristol||14 May 2017|| £639.00|
|Bristol||04 Jun 2017|| £669.00|
|Bristol||11 Jun 2017|| £669.00|
|Bristol||02 Jul 2017|| £679.00|
|Bristol||17 Sep 2017|| £669.00|
|Bristol||01 Oct 2017|| £609.00|
|London Gatwick||23 Apr 2017|| £559.00|
|London Gatwick||07 May 2017|| £629.00|
|London Gatwick||14 May 2017|| £629.00|
|London Gatwick||04 Jun 2017|| £659.00|
|London Gatwick||18 Jun 2017|| £659.00|
|London Gatwick||02 Jul 2017|| £669.00|
|London Gatwick||03 Sep 2017|| £659.00|
|London Gatwick||17 Sep 2017|| £649.00|
|London Gatwick||01 Oct 2017|| £609.00|
|London Gatwick||15 Oct 2017|| £589.00|
|London Heathrow||23 Apr 2017|| £579.00|
|London Heathrow||18 Jun 2017|| £679.00|
|London Heathrow||03 Sep 2017|| £659.00|
|London Heathrow||17 Sep 2017|| £659.00|
|London Heathrow||15 Oct 2017|| £589.00|
|London Stansted||23 Apr 2017|| £529.00|
|London Stansted||14 May 2017|| £609.00|
|London Stansted||11 Jun 2017|| £629.00|
|London Stansted||18 Jun 2017|| £629.00|
|London Stansted||03 Sep 2017|| £639.00|
|London Stansted||01 Oct 2017|| £589.00|
|London Stansted||15 Oct 2017|| £569.00|
|Manchester||23 Apr 2017|| £589.00|
|Manchester||07 May 2017|| £639.00|
|Manchester||04 Jun 2017|| £659.00|
|Manchester||18 Jun 2017|| £659.00|
|Manchester||02 Jul 2017|| £669.00|
|Manchester||03 Sep 2017|| £649.00|
|Manchester||17 Sep 2017|| £639.00|
|Manchester||15 Oct 2017|| £589.00|
|Southampton||07 May 2017|| £629.00|
|Southampton||14 May 2017|| £629.00|
|Southampton||04 Jun 2017|| £649.00|
|Southampton||11 Jun 2017|| £649.00|
|Southampton||02 Jul 2017|| £659.00|
|Southampton||17 Sep 2017|| £639.00|
|Southampton||01 Oct 2017|| £609.00|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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