Experience one of Ireland's most iconic tours along the Wild Atlantic Way
It is no surprise that visitors have been attracted to this dramatic and beautiful part of Ireland since Victorian times. The Ring of Kerry winds its way along 179km / 112 miles of scenic coastline and countryside. The Skellig Ring, described by Lonely Planet as "Ireland's most charismatically wild and emerald stretch of coastline" is a must do for 'Star Wars' fans.
Skirting the McGillycuddy Reeks, home to Ireland's highest mountain, the route passes through charming slate-roofed fishing villages. It is a natural wonderland of ruined castles, mysterious Iron Age stone forts, soft blanket bogs, as well as panoramic views of the Atlantic, where the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael soars from the ocean.
The view from the top of Coomakista Pass overlooks Derrynane Harbour, Scariff and Deenish Islands, Kenmare Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the return journey we drive through the 26, 000 acre Killarney National Park, Irelands's oldest park, where glacially sculped mountains cradle three large lakes.
From Killarney we head for Killorglin, famous for its 400-year-old Puck Fair festival. Options for site visits include Kerry Bog Museum for a tour of a replica 18th century famine village; or visit a Sheep dog demonstration.
A scenic drive on The Wild Atlantic Way brings us to the 1000 year old Iron Age stone forts outside the town of Caherciveen. Here we leave the main Ring of Kerry for a tour of The Skellig Ring, voted one of Lonely Planet's top places to visit in 2017. This Ring includes a visit to peaceful Valentia Island, The Kerry Cliffs, close up views of Skellig Michael - more famous as a Star Wars movies location, a chocolate factory and much more, before heading back onto the main Ring of Kerry and the photogenic Coomakista Pass, and panoramic views of Kenmare Harbour.
The colourful village of Sneem affords you a welcome rest stop, before heading back to Killarney over 'Molls Gap' mountain pass and through the 26, 000 acre Killarney National Park, taking in the world famous 'Ladies View'.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel or accommodation in Killarney.
Note: An extra cost for travel will apply if collection from a cruise terminal or an airport is required. Please contact me for these details before booking.
End location: Back at your hotel / accommodation in Killarney.
Duration: 9 hours
Due to weather or traffic conditions, the length of the tour may vary slightly.
2015 Ford Tourneo Custom luxury air-conditioned 9 seater minibus with leather seating. To ensure the maximum comfort we recommend a maximum of 6 guests.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 EUR - Entrance fee to Kerry bog museum / Sheep dog trials (optional)
Lunch / coffee stops
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Anne and Dave were welcoming, informative, and extremely helpful the entire day. They put us at ease immediately and by the end of the day we had new friends. All that and through the day Anne gave us local color, history and a some wonderful pictures to go along with the lore. 9 hours is a long day and if you spend it with Anne and Dave the day just flies by. THANK YOU!!!