Tour Code: 3544P5
Duration: 6 hours
Most amazing and best part of Wild Atlantic Way Route - Ring of Kerry Coach Tour.
Major sites to be seen - Iveragh Peninsula - Dingle Bay - Glenbeigh - Caherciveen - Waterville - Derrynane Bay - Sneem - Molls Gap - Ladies View and Killarney National Park.
Optional visits to Bog Village - Famine Village - Sheep Dog Show (Seasonal only) - extra charges.
Priority Seats (Front Row and wider seats) available subject to availability - extra charge paid locally.
Nearest car park is at Beech Road, Killarney, 2 minutes walk from pick up point.
Undoubtedly Ireland's most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry is the name for the small highway that skirts the edge of the Iveragh Peninsula, passing along the way a panorama of rugged coastline.This 110 miles tour travels from one scenic wonder to the next.
The first stop will be at The Bog Village. This cluster of thatched-roof cottages do an effective job of demonstrating what life was like in Kerry in the early 1800s. The museum village (additional small charge, optional) has a blacksmith’s forge & house, turf cutter’s house, laborer’s cottage, thatcher’s dwelling & tradesmans’s house. Stacks of cut turf are piled by the road. There is also an old Irish pub where an early drink or morning coffee and scones may be enjoyed.
We continue through the village of Glenbeigh and a sight of Rossbeigh Beach, and a wonderful view of the hilly backs of the Iveragh.
Onwards to Waterville passing, Caherviveen, birthplace of Daniel O Connell (1775-1847) who was one of the most important political figures in 19th century Ireland. He earned the nickname "The Liberator" by leading impoverished Roman Catholics towards emancipation.
We arrive in Waterville, an idyllic beach resort between Lough Currane and Ballinskelligs Bay. For years it was a favorite retreat of Charlie Chaplin.
Lunch stop varies from day to day please check with driver.
After lunch the tour continues through Derrynane, the former seat of the O’Connell clan and home to Daniel O’Connell.
The next village is Sneem, another pretty but untypical village laid out English-style around a village green beneath a semi-circle of low mountains. Sneem marks the start of the most sheltered part of the Ring of Kerry's coast. Here you will see lush, subtropical growth - wild rhododendrons, azaleas - evidence of the benign effect of The Gulf Stream.
Leaving Sneem, we travel through very rugged landscape and arrive at Molls Gap, where the viewing point at the gap affords sweeping views of Macgillycuddy's Reeks and Ireland's highest mountain, Carrantuohill - 3,414 feet high.
Continuing from Molls Gap to Killarney, we experience far-reaching views over the broad valley of the Killarney Lakes. Queen Victoria and her ladies-in-waiting were so enthralled by this view that it was promptly named in their honor: “Ladies View”. Between Ladies View and Killarney, the coach will pass through National Park and return between 5:00-5.30pm.