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5 Day Kilkee to Kenmare | Wild Atlantic Way

Program Includes

Accommodation

  • Dingle Benners Hotel (2 nights)
  • B&B Kenmare (2 nights)

Breakfast each morning except day of arrival

Transport

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)

Other Inclusions

  • Travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
  • Expert travel assistance throughout.

Optional Extras

  • 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.

5 Days / 4 Nights
Start at Shannon Airport / Ends at Shannon Airport

Highlights

Ring of Kerry

Skellig & Blasket Islands

Picturesque Kenmare

Scenic Dingle Peninsula

Loop Head and Foynes

Inch Beach & Killarney

 

Picturesque peninsulas, the home of Irish Coffee & stunning sea-views

This leg of the Wild Atlantic Way is possibly one of the most interesting as it contains both hidden gems and busy tourist locations. Dingle is the only town on the Peninsula of the same name and is often skipped by tourists in favor of its more famous neighbor on the edge of the Ring of Kerry. Dingle - and the peninsula it resides on - is home to some of the most stunning scenery on the entire island, from the Conor Pass (only for the brave) to Inch Beach and the deserted Blasket Islands.

Kenmare sits on the edge of the Ring of Kerry and is hidden is plain sight in many respects. A more cosy version of Killarney, it is a vibrant small town full of life, color and incredible food. Nestled nicely on the edge of both the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, it is the ideal location to explore the south west.

Killkee to Kenmare 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 peninsulato Inch Beach - three miles of beautiful white sandy beach that isperfect for a mid morning stroll. Stop off in Killarney for a couple ofhours. The incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside makes Killarney avery special place. Explore Killarney National Park, the focal point ofwhich is Muckross House and Gardens. The house is presented as a late19th century mansion featuring all the necessary furnishings andartifacts of the period. For the active, walking and cycling are thebest ways to see the National Park. There is a network of surfacedtracks in the Muckross, Knockreer and Ross Island areas of the parkwhich are ideal for both cyclists and walkers.

After some time inKillarney, 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 morecosy Killarney. Framed by beautiful estate hotels, and with a livelyatmosphere throughout the year, Kenmare is a great place to linger for afew 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: Return Home or Next Stage

This is the last day of this stage. Go to the airport after breakfast or continue on to the next stage.


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