Southern Ireland Tours
This quiet & relaxing trip takes you off the beaten track to experience some genuine culture and regional food. Contact us to discover a beautiful part of the country. See also our Ireland Food Tour for southern Ireland tour itineraries.
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin, settle into your Dublin city hotel
Day 2 - Dublin city sightseeing day
Day 3 - Cork to Kinsale - Blarney Castle, Jameson Experience, Titanic Experience, Charlesfort and Kinsale.
Day 4 – Cork City sightseeing day
Day 5 - Kinsale to Baltimore –Wild Atlantic Way coastal drive.
Day 6 – Baltimore village, whale watching boat trip, craft beer tasting, pirates & Irish history.
Day 7 – Baltimore to Kerry - Drive over the cork & Kerry mountains
Day 8 – Killarney National Park
Day 9 – Ring of Kerry
Day 10 – Dingle Peninsula.
Day 11 – Kerry to Dublin via Bunratty castle.
Day 12 - Home
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Arrive in Dublin
Our transfer will meet you at arrivals and take you to your luxury hotel and relax after your flight. Stretch your legs and get to know your surroundings by exploring Dublin’s city centre. Our local guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you on a private walking tour of the city centre. Enjoy the sights and local history and get to know Dublin, Ireland's vibrant capital city.
Dublin City Day
Your second day in Dublin you should enjoy some sightseeing in Ireland’s capital city. Don’t miss the Guinness Store house for the history of the famous pint of stout, Trinity College to visit the Old library that shows the ancient manuscript called the Book of Kells. Take our private Whiskey pub tour of Temple bar and the oldest part of the city. Experience the Jameson Distillery and taste the famous whiskey or visit Christchurch and Dublinia museum for the history of the Vikings in Dublin. We can arrange traditional Irish evening entertainment, purchase your River Dance Tickets or make dinner reservations in a great restaurant.
Cork to Kinsale
Get to know the surrounding sights. Meet your driver guide or collect your car hire and take the day touring. Kiss the stone at the famous Blarney Castle and enjoy some shopping in Blarney woollen mills. Depending on your interests you could visit the Jameson Experience Irish Whiskey distillery in Middleton and partake in some whiskey tasting or head to Cobh to the Titanic Experience and discover what life was like on-board the famous vessel. Continue back to the beautiful seaside town of Kinsale for a night in a luxury townhouse accommodation. Eat tonight in a seafood restaurant or choose from the wonderful selection of places to eat. Kinsale is a foodie’s heaven!
Cork City Sightseeing Day
Really get to know Cork city today and perhaps take the open top city tour or simply discover for yourself the churches and museums the city is famous for. The highlights include the Cork City Gaol, Butter museum, the gothic St. Fin Barr’s Cathedral and the beautiful University College Cork. Don’t miss the English Market where you will see the local food produce being sold in Cork’s traditional food market.
Kinsale to Baltimore
Explore the picturesque town this morning or go for a coastal walk before heading back into the car for the first leg of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal drive. Visit Charlesfort a waterside stone military fort built to protect Kinsale in the 1680s and lean about how pivotal the fortress was in Ireland’s history. Head along the coast and enjoy the small villages and coastal views along the way. See the picturesque Castletownsend or Glandore for tea and stop in the market town of Skibbereen and visit the Heritage Centre where you can learn of the Irish Famine which hit the hardest in this region. On to the tiny fishing village of Baltimore and settle into your cosy hotel. Eat in one of the excellent restaurants all serving local freshly caught seafood and local organic produce.
Explore Baltimore today. Depending on your interests, there is a lot to offer. Try a whale watching boat trip and see these magnificent creatures as they migrate past the coast. Take a ferry to one of the remote islands and take a peaceful walk and a pint of Guinness in a local pub. Back in Baltimore visit Baltimore Castle and learn about piracy and clan warfare that populated the coastline. Or simply sit and watch the sailing boats over a shellfish platter.
Baltimore to Kerry
Make an early start today and head along the coast to the small traditional seaside towns of Ballydehob and Schull. Head along the peninsula on towards the most southwestern tip of the country – the Mizen Head. The visitor’s centre explains how this was the spot were the first transatlantic telegraph transmissions were made, and the views are spectacular! Take a walk on barley cove beach on your way back towards Bantry town and visit the ancestral home of the Earl of Bantry. Moving towards Kerry make the journey over the Cork and Kerry Mountains. The views of the coast and landscape are spectacular! Head on to your luxury Kerry accommodation and rest after a long day.
Killarney National Park
Relax today and make a slow start. Go for a swim or spa and unwind. Take a stroll through Killarney town or visit the world famous Killarney national park on a horse and buggy. A visit to Ross Castle and a short boat trip on the lakes are all a must do. Take the guided tour of Muckross house, all very near your hotel and no long drives.
Ring of Kerry
Today drive the world famous Ring of Kerry. Experience the raw beauty of 179kms (111 miles) of the country’s most scenic peninsula routes round the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. The combination of rugged sea, spectacular mountains and small traditional villages will not fail to impress. Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, is a must see. We will arrange your place on one of the few licenced ferries making the landings on the Skelligs. Take two and a half hours to scale the 600 stone cut steps to the stunning beehive stone huts built by the monks on the edge of the island. The spectacular views are world famous and used as a film location set for Star Wars in the two most recent films.
Day 10 - Dingle Peninsula
The second of the Kerry peninsulas, this day drive is beautiful. See the stunning beaches, the film location of the movie Ryan's Daughter. This remote place is steeped in history and the sightseeing is stunning. The area is a “Gaeltacht” region where the people speak the Irish language as their first language. Famous for the stunning sea views and remote landscape, the winding roads and huge beaches are stunning. Stop in the lovely Dingle town for a fish lunch and some shopping or stay a few nights and enjoy the lively pubs and atmosphere.
Day 11 – Kerry to Dublin
On you way back to Dublin today, make the trip to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Experience what life was like in Medieval Ireland in this beautifully restored castle and historical village. We also recommend fitting in one of Ireland's most visited sites, the Cliffs of Moher. Huge and awesome, this stunning site must be visited on your trip to Ireland. Make you way back to your hotel for a good rest before your flight home.
Day 12 – Home.
Make the 40 min drive to Dublin Airport for your journey home.