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Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

6 Days From £529*
Departing May - October 2014
* Price shown: 23 Apr 2017 from London Stansted - STN

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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 AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham23 Apr 2017 £579.00
Birmingham07 May 2017 £629.00
Birmingham14 May 2017 £629.00
Birmingham04 Jun 2017 £649.00
Birmingham11 Jun 2017 £649.00
Birmingham18 Jun 2017 £649.00
Birmingham02 Jul 2017 £659.00
Birmingham03 Sep 2017 £649.00
Birmingham01 Oct 2017 £609.00
Birmingham15 Oct 2017 £589.00
Bristol07 May 2017 £639.00
Bristol14 May 2017 £639.00
Bristol04 Jun 2017 £669.00
Bristol11 Jun 2017 £669.00
Bristol02 Jul 2017 £679.00
Bristol17 Sep 2017 £669.00
Bristol01 Oct 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick23 Apr 2017 £559.00
London Gatwick07 May 2017 £629.00
London Gatwick14 May 2017 £629.00
London Gatwick04 Jun 2017 £659.00
London Gatwick18 Jun 2017 £659.00
London Gatwick02 Jul 2017 £669.00
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 £579.00
London Heathrow18 Jun 2017 £679.00
London Heathrow03 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Heathrow17 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Heathrow15 Oct 2017 £589.00
London Stansted23 Apr 2017 £529.00
London Stansted14 May 2017 £609.00
London Stansted11 Jun 2017 £629.00
London Stansted18 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 £589.00
Manchester07 May 2017 £639.00
Manchester04 Jun 2017 £659.00
Manchester18 Jun 2017 £659.00
Manchester02 Jul 2017 £669.00
Manchester03 Sep 2017 £649.00
Manchester17 Sep 2017 £639.00
Manchester15 Oct 2017 £589.00
Southampton07 May 2017 £629.00
Southampton14 May 2017 £629.00
Southampton04 Jun 2017 £649.00
Southampton11 Jun 2017 £649.00
Southampton02 Jul 2017 £659.00
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.

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