Ireland | Killarney National Park | Family Vacation
Discover the diverse & dramatic landscapes of Kerry Country on this incredible trip to Ireland
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
How can a country so small have so many different, diverse & dramatic landscapes? This is a question you will find yourself asking about Ireland. From the rolling, soft Wicklow Hills in the East to the dramatic & mountainous coastline of the West; from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher to the awe-inspiring Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland offers delightful scenery, culture, history, warmth & splendor. To really experience Ireland you need to feel it. Feel its land, its rain, its temperate climate & most of all, its soul. This is a country that cannot be rushed, and exploring it on foot is one of the best ways to experience it. This allows you the opportunity to meet the “locals,” come face to face with thousands of years of history, and see what it is that makes Irish people so unique.
- Learn more about Ireland’s rich culture, from history to food to music and dancing
- Explore Killarney National Park by horseback
- Kayak the calm harbor of Dingle harbor, known for its friendly dolphin population
- Stand on the Western edge of Europe, watching the waves crash into the cliffs below
- Explore the rocks and tidepools on a day of “Coasteering” along Ireland’s beautiful western shores.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Explore the beautiful terrain of Ireland on a horse back ride through Killarney National park!
Coasteering: Breathe in that fresh sea air as you explore one of Ireland's most beautiful coasts!
The coastal views of Brandon bay on Irelands wild Atlantic coastline.
Shannon, Ireland SNN
Shannon, Ireland SNN
Arrival / Killarney / Muckross House
For guests arriving in Shannon for a pre-night stay, your guide will collect you from the reception area in the Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast at 9:00 am. Others will be met after they arrive at Shannon Airport (please arrive before 10:00 am) then Shuttle to Killarney, the heart of County Kerry, where you have a wonderful opportunity to get your bodies moving as you cycle around the middle lake of the famous “Three Lakes of Killarney”. This beautiful cycle route takes you from the famous Muckross House with its glorious gardens, around Muckross Lake, over the beautiful Brickeen Bridge to Dinis Cottage – an old Hunting Lodge dating back to the 1700s. After optional light refreshments here, you continue along a track through the famous Oakwood’s to return to our starting point. You have the option of a visit to Muckross traditional farms where the traditional ways of Bygone farming days are brought to life.
About Brehon Hotel – Killarney
The Brehon, Killarney is a luxurious hotel of unique grace and elegance set amidst Killarney’s breathtaking landscape, overlooking Killarney National Park. The Brehon & Angsana Spa luxurious accommodation in Killarney is designed with every requirement in mind. The soaring expanse of Killarney’s dramatic skyline is reflected in each of the spacious rooms at the hotel. Their simple, yet luxurious décor works to highlight the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape while subtle, thoughtful features ensure a restful stay.
Killarney / Irish Coastline
Being an island people, the Irish are inextricably linked to the sea and we have the best way for you to experience the Irish Coastline. Most people stand on the shore admiring the beauty of the sea from above, but we are going to experience it from within on a day of coasteering. You will explore the Coastline by scrambling up rocks, jumping off sea stacks, and allowing the tidal movements to guide you around specially selected sections of coastline. All of this takes place in the company of highly trained guides who ensure your safety while you have an adrenaline-filled, wonderful experience. Return to Killarney overnight.
Killarney / Killarney National Park
Today we get to see the best of Killarney National Park by horseback. A two-hour trek through the park will leave you in awe of Ireland’s most beautiful landscape filled with views of Ireland’s highest mountain and crystal clear lakes sparkling in the sunlight. Following your trek, you have your afternoon and evening at your leisure to explore Killarney town and enjoy one of the many great restaurants for your evening meal.
Killarney / The Dingle Peninsula
Your destination today is The Dingle Peninsula – made famous by the filming of Ryan’s Daughter. This super location is filled with traditions long gone in many other parts of Ireland. West of Dingle town is the region called Slea Head and it is the epitome of West coast Ireland with patchwork green fields framed by small stone walls and dotted with curious sheep. We will take a short hike here and then continue on a very scenic 1.5-hour drive before finishing in Dingle town. After ample time to check in to your accommodation, you will take to the water & enjoy a wonderful kayak trip in the sheltered waters of Dingle Harbor You then have the evening to explore this vibrant seaside town which is home to some of Irelands finest seafood restaurants and our favorite handmade ice cream shop.
About Dingle Skellig Hotel
Upon your arrival at the Dingle Skellig Hotel, the friendly staff will welcome you and make you feel right at home. The hotel features stunning views over Dingle Harbor and Dingle Bay and is a place of retreat where mind and body can soak up the ambiance of the surrounding natural areas. The stylish and elegant rooms will leave you fully rested for your adventurous days ahead.
Cloghane / Tralee
The beautiful village of Cloghane is our destination today for a hike which takes you to the end of the land and as far west as it is possible to travel in Ireland. Standing on the Western edge of Europe with the Wild Atlantic crashing against the cliffs gives you the perfect memories to end your holiday. This great hike allows for splendid views of the Seacliff’s and Brandon bay as it sweeps away to the North. With some luck, you may spot some Dolphins or migrating Whales as they glide by on route to Summer feeding grounds further north. Following lunch in the village, you will be transferred back to Dingle for your final nights’ accommodation and farewell evening meal.
Arrival & Departure
You will be met at Shannon Airport on Day 1 in accordance with your flight arrival time, please arrive before 10:00 am. We strongly recommend you arrive a day in advance to be fresh for your day 1 activities. Your guide will have an Austin Adventures signboard and will be waiting for you in the lobby arrivals area. It is a small airport, so your guide will be easy to find. For guests arriving in Shannon for a pre-night stay, your guide will collect you from the reception area in the Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast at 9:00 am. After breakfast on Day 6, your guide will transfer you from Dingle to the Shannon Airport, where you will arrive at least three hours prior to your departure time. Please make flights out of Shannon for 1:00 PM or later.
Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 1 to 5 miles along beaches or grassy tracks (which can get muddy).
Biking: Easy to moderately strenuous cycling routes ranging from 10 to 15 miles along quiet country roads or bike paths. Ireland WHB utilizes a fleet of hybrid, flat bar bicycles designed so you can ride faster on longer rides with stability and comfort.
Horseback Riding: Two-hour beginner horseback ride with professional guides who will provide instruction, safety tips, and riding techniques.
Kayaking: Three-hour kayak trip on the calm, flat waters of Dingle Bay. Equipment and instruction provided by your guides.
Coasteering: Half a day of scrambling up rocks, jumping off sea stacks, and allowing the tidal movements to guide you around a specially selected section of coastline. Highly trained guides ensure your safety throughout.
From rural villages and breathtaking landscapes to buzzing urban hubs and warm hospitality, Ireland is a country begging to be explored. Experience the untamed west coast of Ireland while journeying around the Dingle Peninsula or venturing into Kerry’s lush vistas. Take in the charming towns, wild landscapes, and Victorian mansions on a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile touring route that evokes scenes from Lord of the Rings. Get to know the friendly local dolphin population, on a relaxing paddle around Dingle Bay. Horseback ride among the native oak and yew woods of Killarney National Park while on the lookout for the park’s native red deer. Come discover the exciting country of Ireland with the leaders in adventure travel!
Ireland Walk Hike Bike guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire, and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in the Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private
- All meals as listed in daily detailed itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes, helmets, and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags, and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities, and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- Meals as not designated in the daily itinerary.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
After moving to a new neighborhood at age five, Adam took off on his bike in search of new friends in Minnesota. More than thirty years later Adam still enjoys making friends on his bike while cycling around Europe. Adam has lived the life of a nomad, having taught English in China, managed a beach resort in Mexico, and now lives in the Netherlands with his wife since 2011, where they raise their daughter in the continued family tradition getting to know the world on the seat of a bicycle. Adam enjoys playing on local sports teams, adventure travel with the family, and continually learning new things from whichever culture he might be living or traveling in.