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.
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.
Your Tour Base: Glengariff, County Cork
Killarney And The Ring Of Kerry Tour Itinerary
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 One: Fly to Ireland
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 Two: A half-day included drive around the Beara Peninsula
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 Three: Included visits to Kinsale and Skibbereen
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 Four: An included excursion to Killarney National Park in County 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 Five: An included journey to the Ring of Kerry
Bid farewell to Glengarriff, and board the coach to transfer back to Cork Airport in time to catch your flight home.
Day Six: Fly back to the UK
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
Hotel transfer times
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
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.
Ryanair 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.