Dingle, Killarney & the Wild Atlantic Way
3 day tour

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Combine serene spiritual locations with wild natural landscapes on this journey to the western edge of Ireland.

Tour map

Highlights

Gaelic Culture
Cathedrals
National Parks
Mountains
Beaches
Waterfalls

Places you explore


Dingle Peninsula - Glorious beaches merge with traditional Irish scenery in this land of Gaelic myths and magic.

Torc Waterfall - Learn about the ancient curse that formed this waterfall and admire its impressive cascade.

Killarney – This bustling, lakeside town is packed full of lovely views and tasty restaurants.

Rock of Cashel - This religious site defies any simple definition. It’s a castle, a Neolithic site, a chapel, and an incredible view.

Glendalough - Discover a hidden-away abbey in a soul-stirringly beautiful valley.

Wicklow Mountains - These majestic mountains are as beautiful as they are historically fascinating.


Your journey


Jagged rocks jut out of the wild Atlantic Ocean; winding roads weave by beaches, pubs, and prehistoric remains; and a dolphin is the most famous resident of a quaint little village.

This is the south-western edge of Ireland, where every horizon hides something curiously beautiful.

On this tour, you discover the best of this famous area.

But that’s not all.

On the way to and from this region, you get to experience two of Ireland’s most spiritual locations. You visit the monastic site of Glendalough concealed within a peaceful valley. And you survey the views from the Rock of Cashel, a ruined cathedral-fortress steeped in stories of St. Patrick.

Join this journey and discover the wild landscapes and sensational legends of South West Ireland.


Tour Details

Starts
08:30 - Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
Finishes (approx.)
19:00
Luggage
You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
Tour inclusions
  • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Admire the mountains, lakes, and ancient spiritual structures in Glendalough
  • Amble through ‘Ireland’s Prettiest Village’, Adare

Heading south of Dublin, we travel through the Wicklow Mountains to our first stop at the famous Glendalough. Here you have time to take a pilgrimage to the lovely lakes, praise the history at a visitor centre, and bask in the serenity of the monastic city ruins.

Continuing our quest to the West, we journey to the traditional market town of Kilcullen for a lunch break.

You travel to the Rock of Dunamase and the ruins of Dunamase Castle that sit in a defensive location surveying the ancient plains of County Laois.

Later, we cross the peat bogs and go to ‘Ireland’s Prettiest Village’, Adare. This quaint spot has a superb collection of thatched cottages and old structures, including the ruins of a 15th-century Franciscan Monastery.

We then head for County Kerry and the windswept Dingle Peninsula, one of the nation’s strongholds of Irish language and culture. We stay in the town of Dingle for the next two nights.

Day 2

  • Find out why the Wild Atlantic Way is known as one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world in the Dingle Peninsula
  • Delve into the past as you look at the strange traditional ‘Beehive Huts’

Today, we’re right in the heartland of the Gaeltacht, the areas within Ireland where the Irish language is the principal tongue of the local people. The culture, history, and heritage of the Dingle Peninsula is fiercely protected and warmly shared with visitors.

Your driver-guide will use their local knowledge to show you the best of the peninsula including highlights such as Conor Pass, Tóchar Maothaithe, the Beehive Huts, Slea Head, and Gallarus Oratory.

After a day full of natural splendour, you spend the night in Dingle.

Day 3

  • See the land of Ireland’s tallest peaks in the Killarney National Park
  • Learn about St. Patrick’s encounter with the devil at the Rock of Cashel

Before leaving the Dingle Peninsula, we make a stop at Inch Beach. This is a wide stretch of sand that faces a beautiful view of our next destination, the Kerry mountains and the Killarney National Park.

We head via a few lakes and take a short walk to the Torc Waterfall, a 20m high cascade of water that originates high in the mountains.

There are plenty of choices for lunch in the lively town of Killarney. This thriving town welcomes visitors all year round and should not be missed on any visit to County Kerry.

This afternoon, we slowly make our way across country to Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone. You have time to explore its Round Tower, High Cross and Gothic Cathedral.

From here, it’s a relaxing drive with time to reflect on the past three days as you make your way back to Dublin for the early evening.

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Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Dingle.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Plans can change, so we let you alter your accommodation choices for free within the first 48 hours of booking. After this time, amendments aren't guaranteed and carry a surcharge. Please contact rooms@rabbies.com if you have any questions.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is €35 - €42.50 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single standard room is €50 - €65 per night.

B&B En suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is €45 - €60 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is €65 - €80 per night.

Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price.

  • Hotel 3 star - €75 - €90 per person per night based on shared accommodation
  • Hotel 4 star - €100+ per person per night based on shared accommodation
  • A single room at a 3 star hotel is €90 - €130 per night
  • A single room at a 4 star hotel is €150+

Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is €22 - €30 per person per night.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .

4 reasons to choose Rabbie's

Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or fewer

You'll have a guaranteed experience, or your money back

Guaranteed departures: you book, you go

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