Walking in the Southwest
County Kerry is the Emerald Isle at its most enchanting and mythical best, the scenery is as varied as it is beautiful.
Our walking trails take us from bogs and ancient woodlands to stunning coastal landscapes. We dodge sheep and ponies, catch glimpses of the rare red deer and explore Franciscan abbeys and druid stone circles. We walk through the Unesco World Heritage site of Killarney National Park with its magical lakes.
Along the way we stay in picturesque villages, and enjoy a pint in the local pub while listening to traditional music. Our rural wanderings put us in touch with the Ireland’s greatest asset; her warm, welcoming people.
Days 1, 2 & 3
Discover the attractive coastal town of Dingle, famous for its lively pubs and traditional music. Travel by ferry to the Great Blasket Islands with their spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage. Visit the heritage centre, describing the everyday life and conditions of the islanders, in times gone by.
Climb Ballydavid Head and be rewarded with magnificent views of the cliffs and ocean far below. Take a walk with a local guide to discover the rich archaeologic history of the Dingle Peninsula, including early Christian settlements with their characteristic beehive dwellings.
Days 4 & 5
Travel along the Ring of Kerry, one of Irelands most famous scenic drives. Discover slate quarries, ancient antiquities and sub-tropical gardens. Take a ferry to the Skellig islands, one of Ireland’s most sacred sites and its best seabird colony. Land on Skellig Michael and visit the well-preserved remains of its 6th C. monastery, complete with tiny stone oratory and walled garden.
Days 6 & 7
Head inland to Ireland oldest national Park and UNESCO World Heritage site , Killarney National Park.Visit the lovely gardens of 19th C. Muckross House with its rare woodlands.
Explore the lakes of Killarney and enjoy a picnic at Lord Brandon’s cottage, set against the backdrop of the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain. Stay in the picturesque town of Kenmare, a haven of tranquillity, gourmet food, and breathtaking scenery.
- Ireland: tour details
- Duration: 7 nights/8 days.
- Difficulty: 6 - 14 km/day over gently rolling terrain.
- Tour Price: $2950 (single supplement $400)
- Start/Finish: Shannon/Killarney.
- Departures: 17 - 24 June, 2016
- Inclusions: 7 night's accommodation in comfortable three-star hotels; all breakfasts and meals as listed in the itinerary; all activities listed in the itinerary; all transfers, tips and gratuities; the services of a professional tour guide.