ADVENTURE WEEK IN KERRY AND WEST CORK

Regions

Southwest

Starting Point

Cork, Dublin, Shannon

Best time to travel

All year

Recommended Length

10 - 12 days

Minimum Age*

Outdoor Adventure

Activity Level **

3/5

Beautiful, mountainous landscapes, a romantic rugged coastline with cozy bays and golden beaches and traditional towns full of life and heritage, Southwest Ireland is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. This adventure tour takes you to West Cork and Kerry, where you will enjoy the great outdoors while hiking, cycling or kayaking and experience local traditions and cuisine on some specialized visits. After enjoying a local food tour in Kinsale, you will travel from Beara and Bantry in Western Cork, follow along the Ring of Kerry and through the Killarney National Park and discover some secrets along the beautiful Dingle peninsula.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ explore the Wild Atlantic Way in southwest Ireland
✓ hike and cycle in beautiful unspoiled nature on the Beara, Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas
✓ discover the dramatic scenery in the Killarney National Park and along the Killarney Lakes
✓ sea kayaking adventure between peninsulas in the beautiful Kenmare Bay
✓ lean about Irish artisan food, beer and whiskey
✓ wildlife eco-boat tour around Europe's most western point on the Dingle peninsula

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Bantry
Day 2 - Hiking the Sheep's Head way - overnight in Bantry (80km)
Day 3 - Cycling around the Beara peninsula - overnight in Kenmare/Killarney(130km)
Day 4 - Hiking and boat tour in the Killarney National Park - overnight in Kenmare/Killarney (80km)
Day 5 - Sea kayaking in the Kenmare Bay - overnight in Kenmare/Killarney
Day 6 - Ring of Kerry - overnight in Dingle (180km)
Day 7 - Eco Boat tour in the Dingle Bay and to the Blasket Islands - overnight in Dingle (40km)
Day 8 - Hiking on the Dingle peninsula - visit to an artisan Whiskey distillery - overnight in Dingle (60km)
Day 9 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO IRELAND
Cead Mile Failte - a hundred thousands welcomes to Ireland. Transfer to West Cork, where you will spend the first couple of nights around the beautiful Bantry Bay, known for its Mediterranean vegetation and delicious seafood.
Overnight in the Bantry area.

DAY 2 - HIKING ON THE SHEEPS HEAD WAY
The stunning Sheep's Head peninsula lays between Bantry and Dunmanus Bay and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way running along the western coast of Ireland. Todays hiking tour will take you along renowned coastlines, idyllic views and hidden gems on this peaceful and unspoiled peninsula.
Overnight in the Bantry area.

DAY 3 - CYCLING AROUND THE BEARA PENINSULA
You are in for another day of stunning scenery as a cycling tour will take you to the most beautiful corners of the Beara peninsula. Your tour will take you from the small fishing town of Castletownbere out to Dursey Sound along stunning views over the coast and Black Ball Head before continuing through the charming village of Allihies and along the beautiful Ballydonegan and Kenmare Bay.
Overnight in the Killarney National Park area.

DAY 4 - KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK BY FOOT AND BOAT
Killarney National Park is home to the highest mountains of Ireland and its foot nestle on the beautiful Lakes of Killarney. A hiking tour will take you through the stunning landscape made of mountains, lakes, forests and waterfalls as you will hike from the beautiful Torc Waterfall up to the iconic Ladies View offering some of the best views over the Upper Lakes before descending to Lord Brandon's Cottage and travelling to Killarney by boat taking in the stunning views of the National Park from a different perspective. Enjoy some free time in Killarney in the afternoon to visit some of the buzzing traditional Irish pubs, stroll along the shores of the Killarney Lakes or visit the elegant Muckross House and Gardens.
Overnight in the Killarney National Park area.

DAY 5 - SEA KAYAKING AT KENMARE BAY
Enjoy the morning at your own pace to relax at your hotel or stroll through the bustling streets of Kenmare or Killarney. In the afternoon, you will head off to explore some hidden places in the Kenmare Bay that can only be reached by kayak. Meet the local seal colony and other wildlife while quietly moving through the calm waters and soaking up the breath-taking panoramic views of the Beara and Iveragh peninsulas.
Overnight in the Killarney National Park area.

DAY 6 - HIDDEN GEMS ON THE RING OF KERRY
Often named one of the finest ring roads in Europe, a visit to Ireland is simply not complete without the Ring of Kerry. Discover picturesque villages and historic artefacts as you travel along a rugged coastline, golden sandy beaches and spectacular mountain ranges. Enjoy a tasty treat and learn about the art of traditional fine chocolate making at a small local chocolate factory before continuing to Dingle town.
Overnight in Dingle town.

DAY 7 - ECO BOAT TOUR AT THE WESTERN END OF EUROPE
You will discover the dramatic beauty at the end of Europe today as your tour will take you around Slea Head, the most western point of Ireland and Europe. You will truly enjoy the beautiful drive and fantastic views over the coastline and offshore islands. A local skipper will take you on an eco boat tour around the Blasket Islands off the Dingle coast. Learn more about the islands history and traditions and spot some of the local wildlife, including whales, dolphins, seals and nesting seabirds over the summer months while enjoying the stunning panoramic views of Slea Head and the deserted islands.
Overnight in Dingle town.

DAY 8 - HIKING THE DINGLE PENINSULA - DINGLE WHISKEY
Enjoy more of the breath-taking scenery of the peninsula on a guided hiking tour on the far western end of the Dingle peninsula, taking you along beautiful headlands, peninsulas, secluded coves and small historical sites. A visit to the Dingle Whiskey Distillery will give you an introduction to Irish Whiskey and the young local artisan distillery before sampling some of the unique matured whiskies at a tutored tasting. Free time in Dingle for the rest of the afternoon.
Overnight in Dingle town.

DAY 9 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels 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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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.

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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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