Ring of Kerry, Killarney & Cork
4 day tour

  • Killarney
  • Cork City
  • Birr Castle
  • Adare

Savour the true tastes of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Tour map

Highlights

Castles
Monasteries
Mountains
Beaches
Waterfalls
Boat Cruises

Places you'll explore


Birr Castle and Gardens - Explore the lush gardens and discover one of the 19th century's greatest scientific instruments, The ‘Great Telescope’.

The Village of Adare - ‘Ireland’s Prettiest Village’, a stunning ‘chocolate box’ collection of thatched houses and historic buildings.

Killarney - You’ll have a merry time in this bustling town of great bars and local music.

The Ring of Kerry - Indulge your senses on this classic route through 100 miles of beauty and intrigue.

The Caha Pass on the edge of the Beara Peninsula - Ireland’s unexplored secrets await you in this stunningly beautiful and isolated peninsula.

Glengariff and Garinish Island - Sail serenely from the picturesque village of Glengariff to the scenic woodlands of Garinish.

West Cork villages - Enjoy the delicacies of market fairs and delightful village views in these famously cultured communities.

Kinsale - Enjoy fine food and drink in Kinsale’s renowned restaurants and bars.

Cork City and the English Market - Roam over the city’s beautiful bridges and capture their panoramic views.

Rock of Cashel - See the superb vistas of this historic fortress, home to some of Ireland’s most iconic views.


Your journey


This four day tour focuses on the wildest part of Ireland.

A region where the rugged coast deserves to win every beauty pageant there is. Where the local pubs are boisterous from noon until midnight. And where the castles look strong enough to fend off an entire empire.

But it’s not all completely wild. More and more people are coming here because of the fantastic seafood, milder climate, and exceptional quality of life.

So join this tour and experience the wild part of 'off the beaten' track Ireland.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
Returns
19.00 approx
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
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Explore the lush gardens and discover one of the 19th century's greatest scientific instruments, The ‘Great Telescope’
  • Discover “Ireland’s Prettiest Village” and snap a photo or two amongst the thatched roofs and ancient stone buildings
  • Feast on the tastes and sights of Killarney’s excellent pubs and restaurants

Departing Dublin, you travel west through the Midlands and into the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

You arrive at Birr Castle and Gardens, a private home with extensive and beautiful grounds open to the public. Here you can learn about the bygone age of scientific discovery at the “Great Telescope”, the largest in the world for over 70 years.

As you say goodbye to Birr, the tour continues to “Ireland’s Prettiest Village”, Adare. This quaint spot has a superb collection of thatched cottages and ancient structures, including the ruins of a 15th century Franciscan Monastery, and Desmond Castle. From here, you drive to Killarney, your home for two nights. Tonight you can relax and enjoy top quality restaurants and local music in the vibrant bars.

Day 2

  • Travel the famed Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s most incredible touring routes
  • See the ancient ring forts and houses amongst the fishing villages and picturesque beaches

Today you explore the sights of the Ring of Kerry, 100 miles of remarkable coastal scenery.

You depart Killarney and pass Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Joining the coast road offers plenty of photo stops, with spectacular views across the Dingle Peninsula.

Your guide will make the most of your time today so may stop at either Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace or Cahergal Ring Fort. After your historical excursion you lunch in the small fishing village of Portmagee. This spot is as beautiful as it is tasty. You can sample the fantastic local seafood or head to the island of Valentia, where you take the Skellig Experience.

In the afternoon, you stop for photos in Waterville, then make your way to Coonmakista Pass for one of the most superb views in Ireland.

The road then takes you down to sea level for a chance to see the home of Daniel O’Connell, Derryanne House. This stop gives you a chance to explore fine gardens and beaches, as well as the house the famous O’Connells lived in.

The tour continues around the Ring, stopping at Moll’s Gap and the Ladies View. You stroll along to the striking Torc Waterfall before arriving back in Killarney for the night.

Day 3

  • Travel south to the Beara Peninsula’s gateway towns, Kenmare and Glengarriff, and follow the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Tour Bantry Bay and the delightful coastal villages of West Cork
  • Sample the delights of Kinsale, known as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”

Your morning starts with journey south through Kenmare and over the dramatic Caha Pass. You descend from the mountains to the myth-strewn waters of Bantry Bay.

The tour curves along the shore line to the village of Glengarriff, where you can take a quick boat trip past a large seal colony to Garinish Island. Here you can explore the immaculate gardens and woodland trails at your leisure.

In the afternoon, you follow the West Cork coastal route through Clonakilty and Timoleague before arriving in Kinsale for the night. This harbour town has an excellent reputation for food and drink: a perfect way to finish off a good day of exploring.

Day 4

  • Enjoy Cork’s rich culture and delve into its rebellious history
  • Visit the Rock of Cashel and its fortified 13th century Gothic cathedral

After a relaxed start, you depart from cosy Kinsale towards Cork. This city is cheerfully called ‘Ireland’s real capital’ and is built on an island in the River Lee. You can browse the English Market and its stalls, marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Fin Barre's Cathedral or ring the magnificent Shandon Bells in the 300 year old tower of St. Anne’s Church.

In the afternoon, you begin your return journey to Dublin, stopping en route at the impressive Rock of Cashel. This geological wonder boasts an impressive medieval monastery complex sitting up on it. The limestone outcrops and superb architecture contribute to a real sense of awe. You set off from here and arrive back in Dublin in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Second Rabbies tour

nml Posted on 29/06/2017

Just wanted to say that a friend and I just did this tour, shortly after doing one in Scotland and we were pretty disappointed after having such a terrific time on the Isle of Skye tour. Our driver Tony was an all right guy. Funny but not knowledgeable about the van at all. We were there for the heat wave and he could not work the air conditioning and the speaker system. It was truly uncomfortable riding around in a tin can on the plus 28/29 days with no air. This tour also was just not what we were expecting after the Scotland tour. We really did not much walking and exploring. It was really more for the elderly or people who have mobility issues. I wish we would have known that before we went. The scenery was beautiful and we did enjoy the ring of Kerry, just after the best tour in Scotland it didnt live up to it. Rabbies is a great company though, and will probably use them again, especially in Scotland

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Killarney and one night in Kinsale.


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?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


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.You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


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 and what do they cost?

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 between €30.00 - €65.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between €40.00 – €50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between €45 - €60 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel is between €55 - €65 per person per night.


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 is between €20 - €25 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


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.

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. You can click here for excellent rates.

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.

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