- Dingle Benners Hotel (2 nights)
- B&B Kenmare (3 nights)
- Casey's of Baltimore (2 nights)
- Trident Hotel Kinsale (2 nights)
Breakfast each morning except day of arrival
Hertz manual compact car with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)
- Travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
- Expert travel assistance throughout.
- Visitor Attractions
- Room Upgrades
- Car Upgrade
- Chauffeur Driver
- City Tours
Price is per person based on double occupancy during low season and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
10 Days / 9 Nights
Start at Shannon Airport / Ends at Shannon Airport
Ring of Kerry
Scenic Dingle Peninsula
Loop Head and Foynes
Kilkee to Kinsale Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Ferry, Foynes & Fenit
From Shannon Airport (or your accommodation), make your way all the way out to Loop Head. Stand in the shadow of its famous lighthouse as you gaze out at the angry Atlantic lashing against the cliffs below. On the way back to Kilrush and Killimer where you will take the ferry, stop off at Kilkee Cliffs and the Bridges of Ross (this is a little out of the way but will not disappoint). The ferry will take you across the Shannon Estuary into County Kerry where you will continue your coastal journey - but not before taking a detour to Foynes for a lesson in the history of aviation and an Irish coffee in the place it was invented.
From Foynes, head due west to Fenit. Along the way, you can enjoy the golden beaches and stunning cliff walks at Ballybunion. In Fenit, explore the story of one of the most famous Kerrymen: Saint Brendan the Navigator whose story encompasses encounters with sea monsters and devils. It has been a long day at this point so make your way to Dingle and settle in to your accommodation for the evening.
Day 2: Dingle, Dunquin & the Conor Pass
Blessed with an arty bohemian vibe (local weavers, cheesemakers, potters and jewellers call the town home), Dingle at the same time maintains a traditional heart that never seems to erode - unparalleled traditional pubs and friendly locals speaking beautiful Irish are two of Dingle’s claims to fame. Stay on the peninsula today or take a boat from Dunquin out to the Great Blasket - the biggest of the deserted Blasket Islands - and explore immaculate, sandy beaches.
Back on the mainland, creep along the north of the peninsula, before winding through the stunning Conor Pass road. The views along the Conor Pass are arguably without equal in Kerry, but some narrow passages will require strict concentration. Return to Dingle after a stop at The South Pole Inn, home of the Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean.
Day 3: Inch Beach, Killarney & Kenmare
Leave Dingle today and journey along the south coast of the peninsula to Inch Beach - three miles of beautiful white sandy beach that is perfect for a mid morning stroll. Stop off in Killarney for a couple of hours. The incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside makes Killarney a very special place. Explore Killarney National Park, the focal point of which is Muckross House and Gardens. The house is presented as a late 19th century mansion featuring all the necessary furnishings and artifacts of the period. For the active, walking and cycling are the best ways to see the National Park. There is a network of surfaced tracks in the Muckross, Knockreer and Ross Island areas of the park which are ideal for both cyclists and walkers.
After some time in Killarney, make your way to Kenmare where you will stay tonight. Kenmare's vibrant streets are lined with colorful knitwear shops, delis, cafés, pubs, and a gourmet fish and chip shop and is essentially a more cosy Killarney. Framed by beautiful estate hotels, and with a lively atmosphere throughout the year, Kenmare is a great place to linger for a few days.
Day 4: Ring of Kerry
Follow the twisting, turning Ring of Kerry through Sneem with its two picture-postcard little village squares. Your next stop is Derrynane and the ancestral home of lawyer, statesman and “The Emancipator” Daniel O’Connell, Derrynane House. Derrynane’s effortless beauty will lull you into wanting to stay around, maybe even forever. Continue along the peninsula towards Ballinskelligs Bay and the village of Waterville, where you’ll come across a bronze statue of Charlie Chaplin. The cinema legend enjoyed countless summers here with his family.
The next port of call is the Skellig Islands. The story of the monks who made Skellig Michael their home is engagingly told at the Skellig Experience on Valentia Island (connected via a bridge to the mainland) where exhibitions unravel the mystery of the monastery as well as introducing some of the island’s winged residents. You can take a boat to the Skelligs from Portmagee, but it’s always weather dependent due to the rocky nature of where you dock on the island. Return to Kenmare for the night.
Day 5: Kenmare
Take a lazy day today and really get to know the immediate area. Enjoy some traditional gourmet dishes and afterwards take a walk around Reenagross park, a unique natural heritage area. For a more adventure filled day, visit one of the many equestrian centers located in the Kenmare Bay area and enjoy the scenic views around Kenmare on horse-back. Connect to the Past with Kenmare's Historical attractions such as Kenmare Suspension Bridge, Kenmare Stone Circle and Dromore Castle.
Day 6: Beara Peninsula, Allihies village and Dursey Island
With an early start to the day, follow the road as it entwines and dips along one of the wildest but beautiful stretches of coastline – the Beara Peninsula. Stop off for some mid-day lunch in the colorful village of Allihies and even enjoy a pint of Guinness in one of its lively pubs. Visit Dursey Island which plays host to Ireland’s only cable car. Sit back and relax in the moment while taking in the scenic views and listen to the ruffling of the Atlantic Ocean. After a peaceful and relaxing day, a well deserved evening meal can be enjoyed in the maritime port village of Baltimore.
Day 7: Breath-taking Baltimore, Magical Mizen and The Sheep's Head Way
Enjoy the glorious, breathtaking scenic views of Baltimore. Activities such as fishing, sailing and sea-angling can be enjoyed. Take a stroll around this charming village or take the ferry to Cape Clear Island or Sherkin Island, only a short distance away. To experience a further insight into the deep South West Peninsula, travel to Ireland's most southerly point, Mizen Head. The magic of Mizen includes the contrasting beauty of sharp cliffs, jagged rock and a romantically located signal station. Take a walk across the Mizen head foot bridge and treat yourself to a well deserved cup of tea in the local Mizen cafe.
If you have taken a particular interest in the beauty of the South-West Atlantic peninsulas, take a trip to the neighboring Sheep's Head Peninsula. Awarded European Destination of Excellence, this jutting land is a spectacular vision and is a part of the sprawling collection of seascapes along the sheep's head way walking route. A second night in the beautiful Baltimore gives you time to unwind and recharge for a further leg of the South West coastal drive.
Day 8: Skibereen and Clonakilty
From Baltimore, set a course east along the Wild Atlantic Way. This route is dotted with beautiful, quaint little towns and villages which offer fine cuisine and many arts and crafts visitor centers. The market town of Skibereen, the most southerly town in Ireland is one such town with its world class food, unique shops and live traditional Irish Music. If the sun is shining, Inchydoney Island is also en route which hosts a beautiful Blue Flag beach, or stop off at the bustling town of Clonakilty, famous for its unique cuisine using its own traditional brand of pork sausage and pudding. The headland at the Old Head of Kinsale is as dramatic as they come and is recognized as one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s standout views. Arrive in Kinsale for the final leg of the South-West Wild Atlantic Way route.
Day 9: The Old Head of Kinsale
Explore what Kinsale has to offer and enjoy some of its historical sights with many guided tours on offer. Known for its exceptional culinary cuisine enjoy a hearty bowl of local seafood chowder from the highly recommended Fishy Fishy Cafe. If one is feeling extremely energized take a trip to neighboring Cork city which is known for its high-street fashion retail stores. The city also offers many historical sights worth visiting. Enjoy the last night and unwind in the beautiful town of Kinsale and listen to some Irish traditional music and a take pleasure in drinking a fine pint of Irish Guinness.
Day 10: Homeward bound
Feeling well rested and completely fulfilled, having explored the deep South-West Wild Atlantic strip, its time to head back to the airport having had a truly replenishing and enjoyable experience.