- Pub evening of traditional Irish music and dance
- See a Druids' stone circle and mystic Ogham Stone
- Ride by horse and cart to the Torc Falls
- Sample local cheese at a remote farmhouse
- Watch a sheep dog at work
The mystical Ring of Kerry, with its emerald hills and clear blue waters, provides us with an insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland.
Meeting in the town of Killarney, we discover a land of forests and lakes, of Franciscan abbeys and Druidic stone circles. We visit the Torc waterfalls and examine Celtic writings on an ancient Ogham stone, before sampling the famous Irish craic in traditional lakeside inns.
Highlights of our trip include traditional Irish music and dancing, local folklore, and meeting a local farmer on the hills above Caragh Lake who explains the traditional methods for cutting turf.
Sunday Overnight: Randles Court Hotel
Monday Overnight: Park Hotel Kenmare
Walk along forest and lakeside trails leading to the ruins of a Franciscan abbey, scene of secret midnight weddings in Elizabethan times, followed by lunch in the grounds of Muckross House and Park. After crossing the famous lakes of Killarney by boat, we take a horse and cart ride to the spectacular Torc Falls and walk a 16th-century track to the lively little town of Kenmare. Optional afternoon guided tour of Muckross House.
Tuesday Overnight: Park Hotel Kenmare
Wednesday Overnight: The Butler Arms Hotel
We begin at the 2,000-year-old Staigue Fort where we learn about Celtic folklore and follow the Kerry Way to enjoy Atlantic Ocean vistas. We continue across pastures and lanes, pausing to examine the ancient Celtic writings on an Ogham Stone, then crossing the white sands of Derrynane Bay to visit the home of 'The Liberator', Irish patriot Daniel O'Connell. We transfer to our next hotel in Waterville for dinner and overnight.
Thursday Overnight: Carrig Country House & Restaurant
Friday Overnight: Carrig Country House & Restaurant
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Departure: Killarney Rail Station
Hotels - Where we stay
Randles Court Hotel
Killarney's famous mountain scenes provide a truly magnificent backdrop for the Randles Court Hotel which has been welcoming guests since 1906. Conveniently located only 5 minutes walk from Killarney town, this elegant 4 star hotel prides itself on first class comfort & service whilst retaining the friendliness & intimacy of a family run hotel. All rooms are individually designed in country house style, with modern comforts as standtard. Each bedroom has phone, satellite TV & CD player and the en-suite bathroom is well equipped with bath/shower, hairdryer and marbled vanity unit. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Guests can de-stress, unwind or simply indulge in the Zen Day Spa and luxurious treatments can be pre-booked directly with the hotel via email or phone. Please refer to the hotel's website for more details about treatments.
Park Hotel Kenmare
The Butler Arms Hotel
The warmest of Irish hospitality welcomes you at this hotel. The well-known Butler Arms, run by the same family for four generations, is treasured for its air of luxury combined with a homely, intimate atmosphere. The unique climate of Waterville is aided by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and this enables visitors to enjoy the region all year round. Bedooms are impeccably furnished to be a comfortable home from home with full ensuite facilities. The restaurant offers a varied menu, specialising in a variety of fresh seafood & local meats and all of the seafood is caught daily by local fishermen in the waters of the south-west coast.
Carrig Country House
This charming and meticulously restored Victorian residence is situated on the shores of Lake Carragh. Originally built in 1850 as a hunting lodge, the property is set in four acres of private grounds, surrounded by beautiful gardens and natural woodlands. It has spectacular views across the waters of the lake to the wildness of the MacGillycuddy Reeks. All bedrooms are ensuite with period style decor and antique furnishings and provide most of the usual modern facilities. However, in-keeping with it being a peaceful hideaway, there are no TVs in the bedrooms but there is a TV in the comfortable hotel lounge. Internet access is not available in this hotel. Good food and wine is all part of 'The Carrig Experience' and the team are very proud of their culinerary achievements and award-winning restaurant. The cooking style is modern Irish and European with a French Country House influence. Meat & vegetables are carefully sourced from local markets and fresh fish are caught in the nearby Atlantic ocean.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants