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From Cork: 9-Hour Guided Ring of Kerry and Killarney Tour

4.4 / 5

29 reviews

Activity provider: Connemara Wild Escapes

From Cork: 9-Hour Guided Ring of Kerry and Killarney Tour

Activity provider: Connemara Wild Escapes

From US$ 69.56 per person

Join a 9-hour guided tour to Ireland's magical Kingdom of Kerry from Cork. Marvel at unrivaled views of rugged coastline and stop at a range of scenic viewpoints. Visit a traditional Kerry Bog Village, and explore the beautiful town of Killarney.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Step back in time and get a taste of Irish rural life at a traditional Kerry Bog Village
  • Discover Killarney, often voted the most beautiful town in Ireland
  • Drive along the scenic Ring of Kerry and marvel at the verdant coastline
  • Stop to admire and take photos of the unparalleled views
  • See the Skellig Islands, Celtic pyramids featured in the recent Star Wars movie
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Take a 9-hour guided bus tour of the enchanting county of Kerry and admire magnificent scenery from soaring hills to rolling landscapes scattered with traditional stone walls. Enjoy the unsurpassed, rugged coastline and the buzz of the traditional town of Killarney. Board your bus at the meeting point in Cork, then feel Irish rural life from days gone by coming alive at your first stop at the Kerry Bog Village in Glenbeigh. Wander through thatched cottages, visit a traditional farmhouse, and meet the resident Irish wolfhounds. You might even choose to treat yourself to a little something to drink at the Red Fox Inn. From Glenbeigh, travel around the Iveragh Peninsula, along the most beautiful stretch of coastline. The next stops are at Waterville and Coomakista, two of Kerry’s most scenic spots with panoramic views stretching from the mountains to the sea. Look toward the ocean and catch a glimpse of the iconic Skellig Islands, Celtic pyramids reaching out from the sea. These natural monuments were famously featured in the recent Star Wars movie. Make your next stop on the famous Ring of Kerry in Sneem, a picturesque Irish seaside village nestled in the sheltered waters of Kenmare Bay with wonderful choices for a traditional Irish lunch. Choose bacon and cabbage — an Irish staple — or, since you are beside the sea, freshly-caught fish served with chips. Lunch is at your own expense. After the lunch stop, prepare for a drive you will never forget. Verging deep into the MacGillycuddy's Reek mountains and the moody Black Valley, numerous scenic viewpoints can be found along the route: Moll’s Gap mountain pass, Ladies View lookout (a favorite spot of Queen Victoria), and even a Leprechaun crossing. Along the shores of Lough Leane, drive through the woodlands of Ireland’s last native oak trees. Then, arrive in Killarney, often voted the most beautiful town in Ireland. Killarney has so much to offer. Opt to spend your time seeing the surrounding area from a traditional horse and cart or walk the streets soaking up the atmosphere. Finally, hop back on the bus for the return journey to Cork where you will be dropped off at the starting point.
  • Guided bus tour
  • Food and drink
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  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please meet at St Patrick’s Quay, opposite the new footbridge (Mary Elmes Bridge).

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What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure time
  • Food and drinks are not included in the price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 29 reviews

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Nine hours sounds like a long time but it was well spent!! Fabulous views, while our guide provided the perfect balance between history and culture and great suggestions for a stop to eat. People, be nice to goats they may save your life, never cut down a hawthorn tree and book this tour!

August 10, 2022

Of course I can't blame nobody for the weather.. that works like a Russian roulette in Ireland! But the trip was amazing. It was incredible 9hours of nice landscapes, a very comfy bus, a really nice driver and tour guide, with a funny sense of humor and storyteller. This is the best you can get in the 9h tour, stopping to check some old and ancient houses, have a nice coffee break (Irish coffee was amazing), really lovely cities on the way and lots of cultural knowledge and interesting places, like Daniel O'Connell birth house for example. It would definitely recommend to spend the day and get to know a bit about the Ring of Kerry. For those who did not get the chance to book the tour in advance, it would also be possible to buy the fair ticket at the bus stop in the same day, and the price might be sweeter! =)

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July 16, 2021

The trip was awesome.....Mr John Lomansy was our guide and I must say that he is the best Storyteller I have ever seen....The transport was on time and really comfortable. The ring of kerry trip offered us the best scenic view trip in Ireland....The climate was bit cloudy and wet, so we missed some views...other than that the entire journey was marvellous ❤️. Tissy, Neena and Shilpa

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July 4, 2021

Product ID: 333606