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Dingle Peninsula & Killarney - 2 Days

Dingle Peninsula & Killarney
115€

You may have heard of Kerry. Since Queen Victoria visited Killarney over 150 years ago, its mountains, lakes and coasts have been the picture-postcard image of Ireland overseas. And while visitors may argue about their favourite towns, everyone genuflects to the perfection that is the Kerry landscape. It’s just drop-dead gorgeous.

Where to begin? Killarney National Park, that’s where! Nestling between Killarney and Kenmare, these 26,000 acres of woodland, mountains and lakes are a favourite with tourists and locals alike. The area was a particularly popular spot with Queen Victoria in the 19th century and her lodging, Muckross House, still stands with all its furnishings intact. Overlooking Lough Leane, Ladies View provides one of the most spectacular displays of Kerry’s landscape. The natural beauty of Torc Waterfall, Innisfallen Island and the dramatic MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range are a breath of fresh air for the soul. And then there’s the famous Ring of Kerry touring route, that showcases some of the most spectacular sights and quirkiest towns and villages that Kerry has to offer.

Dingle Peninsula

National Geographic once called it “the most beautiful place on earth”. It’s suffered the Vikings, welcomed Hollywood stars from a Galaxy far, far away, and its most famous resident is a dolphin. This is the Dingle Peninsula on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. With every turn leading down meandering country lanes to wild hedgerows, endless skies and cosy thatched pubs, you’ll soon understand why National Geographic approved so much.

Killarney

Killarney has been entertaining visitors and tourists for over two hundred and fifty years. Its beautiful peaks such as Crohane, Tomies, Torc, and Mangerton date way back to prehistoric times when the ice melted after the ice age. There are many tales and legends concerning the town which draw in tourists.

It has charming architecture and style reminisent of the late ninteenth century. Since the council banned gaudy plastic shop signs in the 1980s, there has been a strong competitive streak among shop keepers to put on an attractive face, with old style signs, window boxes, and stained-glass doors.

The town has many narrow lanes which are sometimes hard to navigate but bring about opportunities to stumble upon new adventures. Many restaurants and craft shops are hidden down these lanes and it is well worth the effort to explore.

Day 1
Adare Village

Located in the scenic south west of Ireland, the village of Adare dates back to 1200 A.D. It is widely known as a major Irish tourist attraction and is regarded as one of the prettiest and most picturesque towns in Ireland.

During its long history, Adare, as a strategic location, has been the subject of many conquests, wars and rebellions.

The old town of Adare, which stood on the northern bank of the river Maigue, near the Desmond castle, was destroyed during the 16th century wars. The present village was built in the 19th century.

The early developments were very haphazard but from about 1820, streets and buildings were laid out according to the then Earl of Dunraven’s design. He built houses and rented them, under various agreements, to his tenants, working on his estate lands.

Today, Adare village has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. The 5* Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort is a luxurious castle hotel situated in the heart of the village. Two groups of world famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village’s broad main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins.

Day 2
Dingle Town

Perched on the hem of the Atlantic in Ireland's southwest, charming Dingle looks out over Dingle Bay to the Blasket Islands. Chock full of friendly pubs where live traditional music plays, the Irish-speaking area fills to the brim with tourists on weekends and through summer. Another regular visitor to Dingle's Gulf Stream-warmed waters is Fungi, the dolphin, the town's unofficial mascot. Popular tourist attractions include the beaches, Mount Brandon and Ballydavid and Ballyferriter villages.

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Day 3
Fungie - The Dolfin

Fungie is a wild Bottlenose Dolphin, no one is quite sure of his age but he has been here for nearly 32 years and the experts tell us he has a lifespan of between 40 and 50 years.

He is about 13 feet in length and weighs around 250kgs. The media named him in the early years and although there is no meaning in the Irish language for the word ‘Fungie’, it does suggest he is a Fun-Guy.

People from all walks of life, from all over the world, from 2 weeks to 93 years old, have come to Dingle especially to see Fungie. Many people decide to become one with nature, and meet with Fungie in his own environment, and brave the cold waters of the harbour (o.k. maybe not so brave when you’ve got a wetsuit!).

Celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Mary Black and Jean Kennedy-Smith, to name but a few, have come to see Fungie.

Day 4
Slea Head

The Slea Head Drive (Slí Cheann Sléibhe) is a circular route, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning and ending in Dingle, that takes in a large number of attractions and stunning views on the western end of the peninsula. The route is clearly labelled by road signs throughout its length. To properly enjoy the Drive, a half-day should be set aside for the journey.Travellers usually travel clockwise in order to avoid the large tour buses that frequent the route during the summer. The route is suitable for motorists, but is also enjoyed by cyclists: it is possible to hire a bike at a number of locations in Dingle.

On leaving Dingle, the Drive passes over Milltown Bridge, past the woodlands at Burnham to the seaside village of Ventry. The long, curved strand is a blue flag beach and offers a safe venue for bathing and water sports.

Day 5
Killarney Tpwn

Killarney, Ireland is one of the most picturesque towns in country's beautiful South-West. For that reason, it is on the list of "things to do" for many visitors. It is a dreamy Irish town which means that it appeals to many of the larger touring groups, so it is also very busy. But does that mean that you should skip Killarney? No - even though the town can be a bit touristy and even crowded (especially if there is a conference in the area), it is certainly worth visiting.

Though it is best to plan your trip to Killarney outside the main season which will mean fewer people and lower prices as well.

Killarney's Fabulous Location

Nestling between high hills and large lakes, Killarney is located in the southern part of County Kerry. The landscape is nothing short of spectacular and comes with a stunning and scenic drive to the town. Though be warned that this is an area of Ireland where you should heed all tips for driving and be alert at all times. National roads leading to Killarney are the N22, the N71, or the N72, though the town may also be reached by train from Cork and Dublin.

Killarney is the perfect starting point for exploring some of the Republic of Ireland's most beautiful natural attractions, such as the Ring of Kerry, Kerry Way walking trail and Killarney National Park. In addition to having gorgeous outdoor spaces, Killarney is a sweet Irish town full of cozy pubs and stores selling local handicrafts.

Day 6
Kilarney National Park

Killarney National Park, Ireland’s oldest National Park is located in Killarney, all the while adjacent to the town. Killarney is also Ireland’s Oldest National Park, formed in 1932 when Senator Arthur Vincent and his family entrusted Muckross House & Estate into the care of the Irish State. Now the focal point for many visitors to Killarney, Muckross House & Gardens has been entertaining as a 19th century mansion, containing all original pieces of furniture, artwork, trophies and many other furnishings from that period. The Park is currently managed jointly by the National Parks & Wildlife Services and the Trustees of Muckross House, Killarney.

The extent of the park’s range and rugged landscape is 26,000 acres, encompassing the infamous McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range which includes Ireland’s highest Mountain, Carrauntoohill standing at over 1,000 meters.

The extent of the park’s range and rugged landscape is 26,000 acres, encompassing the infamous McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range which includes Ireland’s highest Mountain, Carrauntoohill standing at over 1,000 meters.

These mountains have known millions of footsteps over the years; other famous mountains include Torc (Waterfall), Mangerton, Purple and Tomies Woodland along with endless exploring of looped and park walks. Nestled within the woodlands and at the foot of these glorious mountains are the three world famous Killarney Lakes; Upper, Muckross and Lough Leane. The lakes, woodlands, waterfalls and living history are the ingredients that make Killarney National Park so unique, particularly when coupled with the ever changing light and skies that share in Killarney’s breathtaking scenery.

Included

  • Transport from Dublin (Return)
  • Accommodation - Hostel (Shared Room)
  • Breackfast
  • English Guide

Not Included

  • Tickets for attractions
  • Ross Castle (3 Euro)
  • Fungie Experience (16 Euro)

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Total115 EUR

Trip Facts

  • Comfortable coaches & Minibuses
  • 33-53 Passengers
  • 2 days 1 night
  • Not Included
  • Tickets to main attractions not included
  • 7 am - From Parnell Street - In front of Cineworld
  • Dingle Peninsula + Killarney
  • Included - Shared Room
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