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Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Muckross

5 days

  • Ross Castle & The Lilly of Killarney - © Tourism Ireland Arthur Ward

Overview

Known for its stunning scenery, wonderful attractions and a typical warm Irish welcome, the south west of Ireland has something for everyone. Full of Irish charm and with endless touring options for exploring the stunning scenery, County Kerry is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations. The friendly Gleneagle Hotel is ideally situated close to Killarney National Park and within easy reach of all the local attractions. A must see area of Ireland.

This tour is available by air or coach

Hotel

Gleneagle Hotel

The 3 star Gleneagle Hotel is one of Killarney’s largest hotels and overlooks the mountains of the Killarney National Park. The 244 bedrooms are comfortably furnished with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There are two bars, one offering a relaxed setting and one offering a lively atmosphere, with live entertainment, and there is a wonderful, large, bright restaurant. The leisure facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. There is a shuttlebus (small charge) to/from Killarney town centre.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Ireland to arrive at our hotel and settle in before dinner this evening.

Day 2 – Ring of Kerry. After breakfast we begin our journey around the mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’, one of the most spectacular circular driving routes in all of Ireland. This beautiful tourist trail around the Inveragh Peninsula runs between Killorglin and Kenmare and features traditional villages where time has stood still, emerald green fields criss-crossed with dry stone walls and jaw dropping scenery. The drive provides us with an insight into the area’s ancient heritage and allows us to marvel at the fantastic views, especially on the coastal stretch between Waterville and Caherdaniel. We will stop at the elegant seaside town of Kenmare, one of the few planned towns in Ireland, so that we can explore the neat triangle of streets and wander around the quaint brightly painted shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants.

Day 3 – Ross Castle, Lough Leane & Killarney. Today we will be met at our hotel by the famous Killarney Jaunting Cars and embark on a 1 hour tour of Killarney National Park. We will then embark on a 1 hour cruise of Lough Leane aboard The Lily of Killarney. We will see the monastic ruins of Inisfallen Island and the beautiful O’Sullivan’s Cascade whilst admiring the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Killarney countryside. We will return to Killarney by jaunting car for lunch and some free time before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure. The hotel provides a shuttle bus for journeys into Killarney (small charge payable locally).

Day 4 – Muckross House & Traditional Farms. This morning, we will travel to the centre of Killarney National Park and visit the magnificent Victorian mansion, Muckross House. Queen Victoria famously stayed at Muckross House in 1861, during her first visit to County Kerry and we will have the chance to see the Queen’s bedroom. Elaborate preparations were carried out at Muckross for the Royal visit: tapestries, mirrors, Persian carpets, silverware, musical instruments, linen, china and servants’ uniforms are all said to have been specially commissioned for the occasion. The curtains, which still hang in the dining room were specially woven for the occasion. The elegantly furnished family rooms on the upper floors and the Spartan servants’ quarters in the basement provide an accurate ‘upstairs/downstairs’ picture of life in the house from over 150 years ago. Meanwhile, the gardens are renowned for their beauty and are especially known for the fine collection of azaleas, rhododendrons, extensive water garden and limestone rock garden. A number of skilled craft workers demonstrate traditional skills such as weaving, bookbinding and pottery in the walled garden centre. We will also visit the Muckross Traditional Farms, a living museum that depicts life during the 1930s for the farming community. We can meet and chat with the farmers and their wives as they go about their daily work in the houses and on the farm.

Day 5 – Today, we say a fond farewell to our hotel and begin our journey home.

To Book

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