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Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

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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.

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.

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 £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 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.

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Killarney & the Ring of KerryScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 398 reviews
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Horsham Single traveller
Loved it great hotel good staff lovely trips this is my third irish holiday with newmarket and i will be shortly booking the next one
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 19 October 2017
(9 out of 10)


Brighton Family
Very enjoyable.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(9 out of 10)


Basingstoke Friends
A very well organised holiday with an informative tour manager. The hotel accomodation was good with helpful staff and very good food. Quite long days on the coach.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 15 October 2017