Ireland | Kerry County | Adult Only
How can a country so small have so many different, diverse & dramatic landscapes?
8 days / 7 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.
- Enjoy a beautiful full-service banquet at Bunratty Castle – a 15th-century Irish castle!
- Experience Ireland’s rich history, from hunting lodges to lighthouses.
- Traverse Killarney National Park by horseback, the best way to see Ireland’s beautiful scenery.
- Forage for, and sample, seaweed, Ireland’s newest delicacy.
- Learn the history of Irish whiskey production, and of course, have a few samples.
- With luck, spot some dolphins and whales as they migrate north!
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Fungi: The famed "Dingle Dolphin" who delights many visiting the Dingle Harbor!
Cooking Lessons: Learn to make traditional Irish cuisine from some of the countries best chefs.
Surfing: Believe it or not, you can surf on Ireland's wild coast!
Shannon, Ireland SNN
Shannon, Ireland SNN
Shannon / Bunratty
Arrive at Shannon Airport where you meet your Guide and your holiday begins. Upon arrival at your first night’s accommodation, enjoy a leisurely lunch if you wish, and catch up on sleep after your travels. Around 5:00 PM, your Guide will have a Briefing Meeting with you to discuss your coming days. After that, transfer to Bunratty Castle to enjoy a wonderful Banquet evening – as they would have been celebrated in 15th century Ireland. This is a wonderful introduction to Irish music, song, dance & food. Return to your accommodation afterward for your overnight.
About Shannon’s Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast
Located only 15 minutes away from the Shannon Airport in the heart of the balmy and mystical village of Bunratty, the Courtyard is an ideal base for visiting Bunratty’s variety of old-world pubs, craft shops, restaurants, and eighteenth-century castle and folk park. Tastefully decorated with only twelve rooms, the hosts will welcome you with the Irish hospitality the country is known for.
Bunratty / Killarney / Muckross House
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 Killarney’s Brehon Hotel
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 your 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 / Derrynane National Park / Ring of Kerry
This morning, a one hour drive takes you to the historic Derrynane National Park, once home to the famous “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell. Enjoying a walk around this beautiful coastline with a glorious beach and (tides permitting) walk to Abbey Island is like stepping into a picture postcard as you see some of the most glorious scenery in this part of Ireland. Before moving on you have the opportunity to enjoy some seaweed foraging on this most glorious coastline where your guide will teach you about this wonderful plant and allow you to sample some of the wonderful foods we create using Ireland’s newest delicacy. Today’s trip will take in sections of the famous Ring of Kerry drive, so by the time you return to Killarney, you will have seen an amazing array of sights.
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 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. Arriving in the town of Dingle – you will take to the water & enjoy a wonderful kayak trip into Dingle Harbor – with the possibility of seeing “Fungi” the Dingle Dolphin that has delighted so many people over the years with his amazing curiosity & friendliness. After your kayak, we then continue around Slea Head to the Blasket Islands Visitor Centre. Here you have the opportunity to listen to the Irish language, learn about so many traditions that are typical to this region & get a feeling for life on these islands in days gone by. From here, we then drive back to Dingle for a guided tour of Dingle Distillery. Learn the history of Irish whiskey production from the 6th century monks to present day and of course, taste the “Water of Life” or Uisce Beatha as it’s called in Gaelic.
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.
The Dingle Peninsula
Today we take on the Wild Atlantic Ocean and try our hand at surfing the famous waves of Inch Strand. We consider this one of the country’s most beautiful beaches where the Slieve Mish Mountains rise up above you and the sweeping views of both the Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas surround you. For those who don’t wish to surf, a relaxing stroll on this wonderful beach which stretches for 3 miles across Dingle Bay is the perfect way to spend your time. After an invigorating experience in the water, we will enjoy a lunch of locally sourced ingredients while looking out on the fantastic vistas. We return to Dingle for a chance to learn how to cook your favorite Irish dishes in the company of professional chefs and of course sample your creations.
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 a splendid view 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 to Tralee for your final nights’ accommodation and farewell evening meal.
About Tralee Rose Hotel
Situated a short walk from Tralee town center, The Rose Hotel offers beautifully decorated guest rooms with all of the amenities of a four-star hotel. You’ll find an upscale restaurant, informal bar, fitness center, steam room, sauna, and spa.
Arrival & Departure
You will be met at Shannon Airport on Day 1 in accordance with your flight arrival time. 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 into Shannon for a pre-night stay, your guide will collect you from the reception area in the Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast at 5:00 pm for a briefing meeting and the first night’s medieval banquet celebration at the Bunratty Castle. After breakfast on Day 8, your guide will transfer you two hours from Tralee 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.
Surfing: Half-day beginner surfing excursion with professional surf instructor. Equipment and instruction provided for surfing lessons at the famous waves of Inch Strand. (There is an optional beach walk for those who don’t wish to try surfing).
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 most famous local of the Dingle Peninsula, Fungi the Dingle Dolphin, on a relaxing paddle around Dingle Bay. Visit the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, a lawyer, politician, and statesman whose home displays many relics of O’Connell’s fascinating life and career. Horseback ride among the native oak and yew woods of Killarney National Park while on the lookout for the park’s native red deer. Dine like kings at Bunratty Castle’s medieval banquet dinner. 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 baths.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- All activities, ferry crossings, etc.
- All meals as listed in daily detailed itinerary. Snacks along the route.
- Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Meals not designated in itinerary.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- 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)
Olivia was born and raised in Eastern Montana, but loves to get out and explore outside of her home state. She loves all of Europe but has a special soft spot in her heart for England, where she studied literature while in college. Olivia is always down for an adventure, whether that is solo-backpacking through Europe, or car camping in Bozeman, Montana. Her travel experiences have been life-changing, and she has met many people around the world who she is honored to call her friends. Olivia loves the chance to give others those same, exciting experiences.