1st April – 30th September 2017 Wednesday, Friday & Sunday Ireland’s most famous visitor attraction, The Ring of Kerry is a panoramic road journey that envelops the Iveragh Peninsula. The loop road leads mostly along the coast through spectacular landscape of rolling hills, rugged peatlands and stunning mountain terrain and of course the patchwork of green fields which are so characteristic of Irish countryside. Our tour today travels west to County Kerry, crossing over the County Bounds, a wonderful vista of mountains and moorland which separates the two counties. We continue through Killarney heading for the market town of Killorglin, home to Puck Fair, said to be Irelands oldest and longest running street festival and many believe its origins are associated with the Greek god Pan. Our first stop this morning is The Bog Village (charge) in Glenbeigh. This replica village offers a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 18-19 century. Located in a vast Bog Land, visitors learn about the bogs, its wildlife and equipment used to cut these bogs (turf). There is also an opportunity to enjoy a mug of coffee or maybe an Irish Coffee at this popular visitor attraction. Our drive resumes to embrace the magnificent scenery of Dingle Bay, the sand deposits of Inch Strand and the Slieve Mish Mountains as they cast a shadow over the peninsula and must have been as inspiring for Charles Lindburg as he flew overhead on his first solo crossing of the Atlantic in 1928. We drive through Caherciveen, home of The Liberator and hear of the first Transatlantic Cables laid across the Atlantic floor in the 1860s, directly from this part of the West of Ireland. Just off the coast are the Skellig Islands, Skellig Michael is a World Heritage site and home to a an incredible monastic settlement dating to the 7century, nestling 130 meters above the Atlantic swell.
A quick stop at Waterville and again at Coomakista for a photograph of the magnificent panoramic entrance to Kenmare Bay. A beautiful medley of colour and contrast capture the essence of this part of the West of Ireland. After a busy morning we stop for lunch at Sneem, a very popular stop along the Ring, afterwards a relaxing drive to Killarney via Molls Gap and enjoy the glorious landscape of the Black Valley. This is an old glacial valley which decends through the National Park and embraces the Lakes of Killarney. This area captures the post-card image of winding roads and a patchwork of green fields, so many of us imagine to be so typical of the West of Ireland. A stop in Killarney marks this unforgettable visit to the Kingdom of Kerry. We expect to be back into Cork City for approx 6.30pm-7.00pm.
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