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Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

1. Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

The Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into Ireland’s ancient past. See the stone forts, standing stones, and a landscape carved out of rock by the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago. Detailed Itinerary Sneem: Make a stop in one of Ireland's most colorful and charming villages. You’ll see 2 village squares and a beautiful bridge in the village center. This is where the River Sneem meets the currents of Kenmare Bay. Killorglin: Pass through Killorglin, the home of the ancient Celtic festival known as the Puck Fair. Dating back to 1613, this is one of the oldest festivals in the world, and where a goat is crowned king of the village! Dingle Bay: Take in the amazing views of Dingle Bay, famous Inch Beach, and on a clear day, possibly even the Blasket Islands off the wild Atlantic coast. Waterville: Admire this picturesque little village that sits overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay and the Skellig Rocks with their early Christian monastery. Charlie Chaplin loved Watereville and was a frequent visitor. See the statue in his honor, unveiled in 1998. Killarney National Park: See what is probably the most beautiful and admired national park in Ireland, and take in the views of the Lakes of Killarney and the Black Valley during stops at Molls Gap and Leprechaun Crossing. Torc Waterfall: Stop at the lovely 18-meter-high waterfall that cascades through the wooded Friar's Glenn, and admire this site of natural beauty. Killarney: Take some time to relax in Killarney and grab some refreshments before departing for Cork.

Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Killarney

2. Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Killarney

Spend the day in one of Europe’s finest coastal areas on a full-day tour of the Ring of Kerry. Travel in an air-conditioned coach and discover sweeping panoramic views, strolls around enchanting villages, and historic sights.  Depart Killarney in a spacious coach and drive to the Iveragh Peninsula, the official name for the Ring of Kerry. Get insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland from your guide along the way. See stone forts and standing stones in a breathtaking landscape. Drive through the home town of the Puck Fair, an ancient Celtic festival which is held in the charming town of Killorglin. Take in panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Inch Beach. Weather permitting, see the Atlantic waves crashing on the Blasket Islands.  Head to the picturesque village of Waterville which overlooks Ballinskelligs Bay. See the misty Skellig Rocks which are known for their early Christian monastery. Find out why there is a statue of Charlie Chaplin in the village.  Stop in the charming village of Sneem, one of Ireland's most colorful villages. Explore its 2 squares and a beautiful bridge where the River Sneem meets the currents of Kenmare Bay. Enter Killarney National Park. Admire magnificent views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley from the stops at Molls Gap and Ladies View (Leprechaun Crossing). Marvel at the cascades of the Torc Waterfall in the woods of Friers Glenn.

County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

3. County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Enjoy seascapes and the rugged Irish coastline as you cruise through the water spotting marine animals on this adventurous boat excursion. Catch sight of sunfish and even basking sharks with the help of a local skipper. Set off from the North Pier of Baltimore and head out to see offshore islands and marine wildlife. Walk around the deck for a panoramic experience. Sit to watch the wildlife in comfort and shield yourself from the wind when it's cooler. Learn about the wildlife from your expert guide.

Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

4. Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

Get the full Killarney experience on this comprehensive tour. Visit the verdant lake district where you will find Kate Kearney's cottage. Then hop on a pony and continue on through the Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy lunch and a ride in a traditional open boat. Your 14-mile voyage goes across all 3 of Killarney’s lakes with a pony and trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure and the ultimate Killarney experience. The journey begins mid-morning at the world-renowned Kate Kearney’s cottage. Here you take a 7-mile jaunt on a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe where you can view a spectacular glaciated valley. Your pony and trap ride ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a light snack (not included in the price). After lunch, get into a traditional open boat for an approximately 2-hour tour of the three lakes of Killarney. Pass by Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, Colleen Bawn Rock, Torc Mountain, Old Weir Bridge, the meetings of the waters, and more, ending at the 15th-century Ross Castle. The tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and scenery Killarney has to offer. Your tour will end in the mid-afternoon.

Blarney and Cobh Tour from Cork

5. Blarney and Cobh Tour from Cork

Your excursion begins with a scenic drive to Blarney, where you’ll have plenty of time to visit the world-famous Blarney Castle and its gardens, and to kiss the Blarney Stone. Explore the magnificent gardens and visit the witch of Blarney. If you like, you can indulge in some tax-free shopping at the Blarney Wollen Mills, Ireland's biggest craft shop. Your 5-hour tour then continues to Great Island, where you’ll visit the town of Cobh. Cobh is situated on Cork’s harbor and is best known as the point of embarkation for millions of Irish emigrants leaving Ireland in the 1800s and 1900s. It was also the Titanic’s last stop. Enjoy some free time in Cobh, where you can visit magnificent St. Coleman's Cathedral, or choose the optional, award-winning Titanic Experience, an exhibition in the original White Star Line building. The tour ends when you return to Cork city center at around 17:30.

Cork: Jameson Experience Whiskey Tour

6. Cork: Jameson Experience Whiskey Tour

Set on 15 acres of lovely grounds, the Jameson Experience is both an education and a cultural experience as soon as you step through its doors. You will discover the largest pot still in the world, the Angels Share, and of course, the finest of Irish whiskeys. Daytime tours operate 7 days all year round, except selected dates at Christmas. The journey begins with an audiovisual presentation, followed by a 1-hour guided tour through the original distillery. Your experience ends at the Jameson Bar with a glass of Jameson, a 3-part comparison whiskey tasting, and the chance to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster." After your tour, feel free to browse the Distillery gift shop, where you will find exclusive Jameson gifts to take home, such as the Jameson Distillery Edition, a superb whiskey exclusively for sale at Midleton. Make it even more special by having your bottle personalized as a great gift or memento of your visit.

From Killarney: 'Ring of Kerry' Mountain Road 1-Day Bus Tour

7. From Killarney: 'Ring of Kerry' Mountain Road 1-Day Bus Tour

Sit back and relax on this bus tour of the beautiful Iveragh peninsula. Learn about its history, geography, culture, stories and folklore. And discover Ireland’s most spectacular mountain road – the Ring of Kerry. This tour of the Ring of Kerry takes you along the banks of the River Laune, then through rural towns and villages to the southern shores of Dingle Bay. Then the tour continues along the coast, finally traveling up the mountain road to amazing views at Molls Gap and Ladies’ View before returning to Killarney. In addition to stopping at all points of interest en route, you’ll also have an hour stop at lunchtime. Then in the afternoon you’ll stop for refreshments. You’ll find your guides knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to share a joke with you, so don’t miss out this memorable experience.

Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

8. Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Visit Ireland’s most famous castle on a full-day tour from Dublin. Enjoy free time to explore the city of Cork and visit Blarney Castle. Stroll in the footsteps of St Patrick at the Celtic Crosses and Round Tower. Meet your guide at Paddy's Palace in Dublin and hop aboard a comfortable and climate-controlled van for a scenic drive through green fields and dairy farms of the Golden Vale of County Cork. Enjoy panoramic views of the Galtee Mountains and County Tipperary. Stop in Cork on banks of the River Lee and spend an hour of free time exploring the city at your own pace. Have the option to visit the historic English Market, or marvel at the architecture of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. Drive on to Blarney Castle, home of the legendary Blarney Stone. It’s said that if you kiss the stone you will receive the “gift of the gab” for 7 years. Pucker up and kiss the stone or snap a picture.  Explore the castle grounds and gardens to discover the Witch's Cave. Take advantage of the tax free shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills and craft shop. Step back in time at the evocative Celtic Crosses and Round Tower. Depart for Dublin on a path through the Golden Vale of County Tipperary and arrive back in the city at night. 

Dingle & Slea Head Peninsula Day Tour

9. Dingle & Slea Head Peninsula Day Tour

The tour will pass through small towns like Milltown and Castlemaine before reaching your first stop at Inch Beach. Inch has provided shooting locations for several Hollywood films, including the epic Ryan’s Daughter.  Then, travel to Dingle town, a beautiful harbor town where the fishing boats unload the daily fish catch throughout the day.  Continue to Slea Head Drive, a scenic circle loop of 26 miles (41 kilometers), and travel through Ventry, Dunquin, and Ballyferriter. Enjoy the magnificent views of the seven rocky Blasket Islands, spectacular cliffs, and idyllic beaches, rounding the head of the peninsula. This is the edge of Europe and history is everywhere - Iron Age forts, beehive huts, early-Christian churches, 19th-century cottages and picturesque stone houses set against a patchwork of fields. The town of Dingle is rich in culture, traditional music, great pubs and restaurants. There will be a stop here for lunch and a walk around the town at your leisure. After lunch, the bus will return to Killarney town center via Camp and Tralee (home of Rose of Tralee Festival).

Ireland: Dingle Peninsula Day Tour

10. Ireland: Dingle Peninsula Day Tour

The Dingle peninsula in south-west Ireland stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean, and attracts visitors for its mountainous and coastal scenery as well as its antiquities. You’ll visit the major attractions of this spectacular region on a 6.5-hour tour from Killarney. From Slea Head you can see the Blasket Islands, which are the last outposts of Europe and are known as the next parish to America. They are famous for the literary and linguistic heritage of the former inhabitants. These remote islands have been uninhabited since the 1950s. The western end of the peninsula is a Gaeltacht area that has produced a number of nationally notable authors and poets, including O’Siochfhradha and Peig Sayers among others. Being an Irish-speaking district traditional customs are still very much alive. A band of sandstone forms the Slieve Mish mountain range at the neck of the peninsula in the east, and the unnamed central mountain range further to the west. Ireland’s highest mountain other than Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Mount Brandon, reaches 951 meters and forms part of a high ridge that boasts stunning views over the peninsula and northern county Kerry. The Dingle peninsula is named after the town of Dingle, derived from the Corco Dhuibhne who occupied the peninsula in the Middle Ages and who also held a number of territories in the south and east of county Kerry. Dingle was Kerry’s chief port in the old Spanish trading days and in the reign of Queen Elizabeth was important enough to be a walled town. The peninsula is the location of numerous prehistoric and early medieval remains. The Gallarus Oratory, for example, is located in the very west of the peninsula near the village of Baile an Fheirtearaigh in Ard na Caithe.

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Not typically a tour gal but loved this one!! Alex was our guide - he was fantastic. Witty, wise, and warm - had great stories and lots of Irish history and culture to share in such a fun and lovely way. Lots of people have said they didn’t have enough time in each place but we found it to be plenty, we just made good use of our time. We didn’t kiss the Blarney Stone, just enjoyed the gardens and views and still loved it. Highly recommend!

Everything went well. Very well organized. Enjoyed the trip both ways very much. Dux was awesome as a travel and boat guide! We learned sooo much. He was fun and entertaining and made the ride go fast!

It was a smaller size bus, which was great because we didn’t have a big crowd. Stopped at all the main sites we were interested in and had a good flow for timing at each spot.

Driver was very friendly, bus was comfortable and we got to see a lot in a day!

Fabulous trip on the Wave Chieftan to see whales and dolphins