6 Day Southern Ireland Tour
- Car rental CAT F (Ford Focus or similar) with automatic transmission for 5 days
- Car hire is based on inclusive rate (includes CDW & Theft)
- Elegant Centrally Located Hotel Accommodation for 5 Nights
- Full Irish breakfast daily
- Local Taxes
- Journey Through Ireland booking assistance
- Journey Through Ireland emergency contact available while in Ireland
- Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
- Blasket Island Centre
- Gallarus Oratory
- Muckross House
- Blarney Castle
- Cobh Hertiage Centre
- Rock of Cashel
Clare Welcome to Ireland! On arrival into Shannon Airport, collect your car rental to start your tour of Ireland. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Visit Bunratty Folk Park, a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Roam through the park and see the rural farmhouses, village shops and streets which have been recreated and furnished to a time that once was. Visit Bunratty Woollen Shop for your last chance to pick up some gifts. Afterwards you might like to visit ‘Durty Nelly’s traditional Irish pub for refreshments. Adare Travel to Adare Village, known as The Prettiest Village in Ireland, where traditional thatched cottages and ancient stone walls preserve the spirit of an unspoiled Ireland the very definition of postcard perfection, Adare is a picturesque oasis. Take an afternoon to explore the mysterious ruins and churches which surround the village and whisper of its rich history. With antiques shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes, sit side by side. Make sure to make time for a wander around this magical village, pause in a cosy pub for a well-earned pint, taste the food and see why ‘a hundred-thousand welcomes’ is actually an understatement. Continue to Killarney in Co. Kerry for your overnight stay. Accommodation: Killarney Hotel – 3 Nights
Gallarus Oratory & Blasket Islands Interpretative Centre
Slea Head is Europe’s most westerly point and its outlying historic Blasket Islands are known locally as the ‘next parish to America.’ The unsurpassed beauty of its rugged coastline and landscape inspired the famous film director David Lean to shoot his epic film ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ on location in the Dingle Peninsula. The landscape is dotted with ancient historic sites and early Christian dwellings such as the Gallarus Oratory [9th century Christian Oratory], Beehive Huts (early Christian Monks dwellings) and the Blasket Islands Interpretative Centre. The route passes through Milltown and Castlemaine before arriving at the beautiful fishing harbor town of Dingle, home of Dingle Oceanworld and Ireland’s favorite dolphin – ‘Fungi’. Return to Killarney to enjoy your evening.
**Optional Extra** Celtic Steps The Show
As this is a seasonal activity please check for availability**
This evening you might like to enjoy Ireland's top traditional Irish Music, Song & Irish Dance Show which features seventeen World Irish Dancing Championship titles between the current cast of dancers and All-Ireland Champion singers and musicians. The show aims to provide a magical evening, taking its guests on a journey through the nation’s colourful past and history to present day Ireland through the language of music, song and of course, dance.
Visit Muckross House, once visited by Queen Victoria, is situated on the shores of Muckross Lake within the stunning surroundings of Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement you can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the House back in the day. You might enjoy a visit to the stunning Torc Waterfall which is well worth a look. If you enjoy walking, there are walking trails mapped out beside the Waterfall which are most enjoyable. Also you have options such as taking a lake cruise, taking a jaunting car ride through the national park or visiting Ross Castle.
Ring of Kerry
Today you will take on the stunning Ring of Kerry drive. It is the most renowned Day Tour in Ireland. Throughout its 110 miles, you will travel around the MacGillicuddy Reeks and the Iveragh Peninsula, along the breath-taking Atlantic Coast, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay, returning to Killarney through the famed Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park. En route are the lovely coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and the thriving market towns of Killorglin and Caherciveen. The Ring embraces many points of historic and archaeological interest.
This morning you will depart Kerry and travel to Cork and visit Blarney where Blarney Castle, a 15th century McCarthy Castle, is legend. You will enjoy a stroll through the estate to the castle and then climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. It is said that you will obtain the gift of eloquent speech by kissing the stone, otherwise known as ‘The Gift of the Gab!’ A visit to the Blarney Woollen Mills is also highly recommended, with its fantastic variety of Irish crafts available for sale and its wonderful restaurant. Alternatively, head across Blarney square and stop at the Muskerry Arms Bar, where you’re guaranteed to get a traditional Irish meal and a chat with the locals.
Continue to the quaint harbor town of Kinsale, known as the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland.’ Marvel at the colored houses dotted on the landscape and explore the boutiques, shops, restaurants and pubs. You will discover Kinsale’s historic buildings, narrow streets, shops and galleries and activities on sea and land. It owes its unique character to the fact that it was a garrison town and significant port for over 300 years, hence it's magnificent Georgian houses and the Dutch architectural influence.
Accommodation: Kinsale Hotel, – 1 Night
Cobh Hertiage Centre
This morning, you might enjoy a visit to Cobh. Cobh was one of the major embarkation points of emigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries and also the last port of call for the Titanic before she sank on her maiden voyage. Situated in one of the world’s finest natural harbors, you will see a view of coloured houses which dot the landscape. You will learn of the origins, history and legacy of Cobh. Cobh’s history tells a fantastic story which is emulated by the architecture of the brightly colored buildings and the many monuments to emigrants and maritime tragedies. Take some time to relax on the docks and take in the scenery.
Rock of Cashel
Enjoy a tour to the town of Cashel. The impressive Rock of Cashel looms up in front of you as you approach the town. This cathedral-fortress dates to the time of St. Patrick when he used the shamrock as the symbol of the Holy Trinity as he converted the King of Munster to Christianity.A spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.
**Optional Extra** Bunratty Banquet
As this is a seasonal activity please check for availability**
Join the Earl of Thomond for a glorious banquet at this majestic 15th century Bunratty Castle. The Earl’s Butler welcomes guests from the four corners of the world toasting an era of great Irish taste with excellent food, fine wine and honey mead.
Accommodation: Shannon Airport Hotel – 1 Night
Today you will make your way to Shannon Airport in time to return your rental car and check in for your return flight home.
We look forward to having you visit us again soon!
Slan go Fhoill (Goodbye For Now!)