Ring of Kerry
Ireland’s Kingdom County | Wild Atlantic Way adventure | Star Wars wonders
Our blockbuster tour, the Ring of Kerry trip will take you on a magical journey through Ireland’s famous Kingdom. You’ll experience the extremes of the Wild Atlantic Way, the epic beauty of Ireland’s highest mountain ranges and the vibrant buzz of bustling Killarney town.
When: Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays | Duration: 9am to 6:30pm
Start point: Cork City
Our tour begins on Patrick’s Quay in the heart of Cork City. From there we venture deep into the West Cork countryside where life slows down with every passing mile. Look out for signs for An Gaeltacht, the traditional Irish-speaking area of Ballyvourney. Your driver will be happy to teach you a cúpla focail (a few words)! Crossing the county border, the fairytale mountains of County Kerry soon surround you. You’ll soon see why they call Kerry, The Kingdom!
Stop 1: The Bog Village, Glenbeigh
Ready to step back in time? First stop on our route is the Kerry Bog Village, a super photogenic folk village showcasing traditional Irish rural life. Here, you can wander through postcard thatched cottages, visit a replica traditional farmstead or even meet the village’s resident Irish wolfhounds! Also, we know it’s only 11am but it’s probably whiskey o’clock somewhere in the world – why not indulge in a delicious Irish coffee next door at the Red Fox Inn?
Stop 2: Wild Atlantic Way
From Glenbeigh, we wind around the fringe of the Iveragh Peninsula, kissing the coast of Ireland’s most beautiful coastline. Here, you’ll feel like you’re on the edge of Europe…and you really are! Our next stops come at Waterville and Coomakista, two of Kerry’s most scenic spots (don’t believe us?), where panoramic views stretch from the mountains to the sea. Zoom out to the ocean and you’ll see the Skellig Islands, bursting out of the Atlantic like Celtic pyramids. The islands famously featured in the recent Star Wars movie: this is a real case of lights, camera, Instagram!
Stop 3: Sneem
Back on the coach, our journey leaves the crashing Atlantic towards the sheltered waters of Kenmare Bay. The gorgeous village and foodie heaven of Sneem is our next pitstop for a delicious local lunch. Fancy a taste of Kerry? How about some traditional bacon and cabbage from D O’Shea’s traditional pub or some fresh fish and chips from The Village Kitchen?
Stop 4: Killarney
From Sneem, buckle up and prepare yourself for one of the most dramatic drives in Europe. Verging deep into the MacGillycuddy’s Reek mountains and the moody Black Valley, myriad scenic viewpoints dot our route: there’s Moll’s Gap mountain pass, Ladies View lookout (a favourite spot of Queen Victoria) and yes, even a Leprechaun crossing.
Along the shores of Lough Leane, we’ll drive through a real-life emerald forest as the woodlands of Ireland’s last native oak trees filter past us. Finally, we arrive in Ireland’s capital of the great outdoors, stunning Killarney! The clip clop of traditional jarveys (horses and carts) and live music echo around as you get the chance to wander the town’s lively streets. Maybe grab a gelato from Murphy’s Ice-cream or dust off your Mastercard at the woollen mills!
End point: Cork City
We leave the Kingdom and cross the county border, returning back to Cork City in the evening. We know you’ll have had a day to remember. If you’re hungry for more adventure, be sure to ask our driver about one of our other bus tours!
Optional extras: Kerry Bog Village (€5); food and drink en route.
Instagram Bucket List
Traditional cottages ✔️ Irish Coffee ✔️
Wild goats ✔️ Bacon & Cabbage ✔️
Coomakista Panorama ✔️ D O’ Sheas pub ✔️
Wild Atlantic Way sign ✔️ Cork Tours Bus ✔️
Moll’s Gap ✔️ Killarney Jarvey Horses ✔️
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Nature lovers: mountain sheep, wild goats, white-tailed eagle, seals, dolphins, oak forests.
History buffs: Irish famine history, Charles Lindburg’s Atlantic flight path, Early-Christian Skelligs history.
Foodies: Murphy’s ice-cream, traditional pub grub, Irish coffees, tea and scones.
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