Regions

Southwest

Starting Point

Shannon, Cork

Best time to travel

March - October

Recommended Length

3 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Adventure Getaway

Activity Level **

4/5

The Southwest of Ireland is often considered one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland. Here you will find rugged coastlines, high mountains, lush green meadows and magical valleys. The area in also a heaven for outdoor adventurers and offers plenty of choices for hiking, cycling, kayaking and much more. This adventure getaway is tailored to make the most of limited time in Ireland and to enjoy its fantastic nature and the friendly atmosphere around Killarney to the fullest.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ climb Ireland's highest mountain Carrauntoohil in the Killarney national Park
✓ enjoy a days cycling and boat tour through the beautiful Gap of Dunloe and the Black Valley
✓ kayak between mountain on the calm waters of the Lakes of Killarney
✓ enjoy the buzzing craic in Killarney and visit a local brewery

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival and transfer to Killarney - overnight in Killarney
Day 2 - climbing Ireland's highest mountain Carrauntoohil - overnight in Killarney
Day 3 - kayaking on the Killarney lakes - visit to a local artisan beer brewery - overnight in Killarney
Day 4 - cycling and boat tour through the Gap of Dunloe - overnight in Killarney
Day 5 - departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Welcome to Ireland. Transfer to Killarney, where you will have the rest of the day to stroll through the busy streets and visit the lively traditional pubs.
Overnight in Killarney.

DAY 2 - CLIMBING CARRAUNTOOHIL
Carrauntoohil in Co. Kerry stands at a height of 1,039m, making it the highest mountain in Ireland. The mountain is part of the MacGillyCuddy Reeks, which includes the only three Irish peaks reaching more then 1,000m. There is a good choice of routes taking you to the summit, which all require a good level of fitness and the walk takes 6 - 7 hours in total. Escorted by a local mountain guide, you will enjoy listening to local stories and will learn about the geology of the area and once at the top, you will be able to take in the breath-taking views over the mountain range and the National Park on a clear day.
Overnight in Killarney.

DAY 3 - KAYAKING ON THE KILLARNEY LAKES - VISIT TO A LOCAL BEER BREWERY
You will take to the waters of the Lakes of Killarney at Ross Castle in the morning to enjoy a guided kayaking tour on the calm waters surrounded by the beautiful peaks of the Killarney National Park. Learn about the history of the castle and the incredible geology of the lakes while enjoying the fantastic views over the lakes and the National Park.
You will have the afternoon to rest your legs and to enjoy the buzzing craic in Killarney before visiting a local beer brewery in the afternoon.
Overnight in the Killarney National Park area.

DAY 4 - CYCLING AND BOAT TOUR THROUGH THE GAP OF DUNLOE
Today's cycling and boat tour will take you through the beautiful Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass between the MacGillyCuddy Mountains and the Purple Mountains range. You will follow along the ringroad leading you along the Ring of Kerry for the first stretch before taking the turn to Dunloe and Kate Kearney's Cottage at Fossa. Cycling along the mountain ranges, across bridges and streams, you will cross the Gap of Dunloe and the Black Valley while taking in the stunning views. The cycling tour will finish at Lord Brandon's Cottage, where you can stop for a bite to eat and a refreshing pint before boarding the boat taking you across the Lakes of Killarney to Roos Castle and Muckross Park.
Overnight in Killarney.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE
You will say goodbye to beautiful Killarney and make your way back home.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
With its mild climate and its easy access, Ireland is a country that can be visited all year round. The most popular time to travel is between May and September with July and August being by far the busiest months.
Ireland's eastern coast tends to be drier and warmer than the western part, where, especially over the winter months, the conditions can be stormy, cold and wet. Temperatures all over Ireland hardly ever fall below 0 degrees though. From late October to mid March, the days tend to be quite short, so if you are looking at touring, the longer days of the year would be more suitable.
Ireland usually sees the driest and warmest season in May and June, making the time perfect for outdoor activities all across Ireland when the often boggy underground has dried up. While there is a chance of storms due to the hurricane season across the Atlantic, September can bring some lovely late summer weather with mild and sunny days, especially on the east coast.

How to travel
With an annual passenger volume of almost 33 mio in 2019, Dublin airport is by far the busiest airport in Ireland. To compare, Shannon Airport in the west saw around 1,7 mio passengers while Cork airport saw just under 300,000 passengers over the same period.
Dublin serves an extensive network of destinations and airlines, connecting Ireland to mainland Europe and North America. Direct routes are also operated to the UAE and Asia. The best European hubs to connect to Dublin are London Heathrow, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
In Ireland, the easiest way to get around is by rental car. The bus network is extensive and connections are frequent, but public transport mainly connects the main centers and it can be challenging to travel in rural areas or off the beaten track. The Irish train operates a centralized system through Dublin, so depending where you want to go, the journey might be intricating due to the detour to Dublin.

Travelling with children
The wealth of exciting ancient history, outdoor opportunities and fantastic scenery makes Ireland a great destination to visit with the whole family. The country is not large and a good road network makes it easy and reasonably fast to travel across the country.
Though Ireland would not be considered to be a beach destination by many, Ireland offers some extraordinary long sandy beaches with calm waters, which are perfect for swimming, surfing or watersports. Further, Ireland has some exciting marine wildlife and it is possible in many places to spot seals, dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.
Ireland’s rich cultural and historical heritage includes ancient castles, vibrant cities and fabled creatures. Many sights exploring the mythical world are laid out for kids and offer great entertainment for old and young.
Hotels and B&Bs offer family accommodation with family rooms or separate lodges to house larger family groups. Restaurants nearly always offer a kids menu or will prepare smaller portions. It is always possible to request a cot or high chair for small kids.

What to bring
It is not a myth that it rains a lot in Ireland, so whenever you travel, the most important thing to bring is a waterproof jacket. Umbrellas might be used in urban areas, though rain is often accompanied by strong winds, making the use of umbrellas often challenging.
Comfortable and decent shoes are essential as no matter where you go or what you plan to do, you should prepare to walk quite a bit, also in the cities. If you are planning on hiking, waterproof hiking shoes or boots are advisable as trails are not always well maintained and often lead through boggy and wet terrain.
Even though people tend to be obsessed with the weather, temperatures are moderate and never get extremely low or high. Warm evenings are rare, even at the height of summer, so always prepare for chilly evenings with a warmer jumper, cardigan and jacket.
The sun gets surprisingly strong over the summer months, so sun lotion, a sun hat and sunglasses are recommendable. A small backpack or handbag will be perfect to carry your belongings when out and about.
While people enjoy a casual style in their routine or when outdoors, especially the younger generations love to dress up in the evening, so you should also pack a nice outfit if you plan to hit the town in the evenings.

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to Ireland, please visit our Useful Information on Ireland page.

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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