Tour Code: 8962P19
Duration: 11 hours
From rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages to green pastures, it's easy to see why the Ring of Kerry is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world. On this day trip from Cork, discover it for yourself as you admire scenery such as peat bogs, mountain ranges, ancient stone forts, landscapes carved out of rock from the Ice Age, lakes, and winding mountain passes. If you're looking for one experience that encompasses Ireland's beauty, a Ring of Kerry tour is the way to go.
Your Ring of Kerry day trip begins as you depart Cork for Sneem, a colorful village with two squares and a beautiful bridge where the River Sneem meets the currents of Kenmare Bay.
From Sneem, pass through Killorglin, home of the Puck Fair, an ancient Celtic festival dating back to 1613; one of the oldest festivals in the world, it crowns a goat as king of the village. Continue to Dingle Bay where you have the chance to enjoy spectacular views, and see Inch Beach and possibly the Blasket Islands, where the wild Atlantic hugs the Celtic shores. From the Dingle Peninsula, proceed to the picturesque village of Waterville, which overlooks Ballinskelligs Bay, made famous by the Skellig Rocks' early Christian monastery. Charlie Chaplin loved Waterville so much and was such a regular visitor that the village unveiled a statue in his honor in 1998.
Head to Killarney National Park for views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley, making stops at Molls Gap and Ladies View (Leprechaun Crossing). Visit the Torc falls, a 59-foot-high (18-meter) waterfall that cascades through the wooded Friers Glenn, and then end your tour with some time to relax in Killarney and grab some refreshments (own expense) before the drive back to Cork.