Guided Tours of Ireland
Dingle Slea Head Tours offer visitors an unique experience of history, scenery and adventure. This example of a 5-day tour of the South West of Ireland will give you an indication what can be experienced by the most discerning tourist.
If you are interested in planning your trip to Ireland with Dingle Slea Head Tours, please do not hesitate to contact us. Let us help you plan your visit to Ireland and make your holiday an experience to remember forever.
Here is an example of what you can hope to see and do within a 5-day period. Flexibility and tailoring a tour to suit your requirements is the aim of our company. So, activities and extra nights can be added to suit your needs.
Sample 5 Day Tour of the Southwest of Ireland.
Sunset over Blasket Islands, Kerry
Day 1: Kinsale, South-west Cork
Early arrival at Shannon Airport where you will receive a warm welcome from your Dingle Slea Head Tours driver. On route to your first destination, Kinsale, in South-west Cork, we can stop for some light refreshments along the way. On arrival in Kinsale you will check into your accommodation. After a short rest, your Dingle Slea Head Tours driver guide will meet you after lunch and will take you on a tour of Kinsale, taking in its many attractions such as Kinsale’s Charles Fort with its spectacular views overlooking Kinsale town. After your first day, you can relax and enjoy dinner at one of Kinsale’s outstanding restaurants before having a good rest to be ready for the remainder of your tour.
Slea Head Drive County Kerry
Day 2: Tour of Cobh, East Cork
After a full Irish breakfast your driver will take you from Kinsale to enjoy a day tour of east Cork. Our first visit will be to Cobh, formally known as Queenstown (1850 until 1920) and from where most Irish emigrants departed for America and elsewhere in the world. Tourist attractions will focus on the immense maritime and emigration legacy of the town – the Queenstown Story Heritage Centre, the Titanic Experience, the Titanic Trail walking tour, Cobh Museum. Having enjoyed the beautiful town of Cobh, you will journey to the lovely sea side town of Youghal to view its historic buildings and monuments within its ancient town walls. You will enjoy a wholesome lunch before departing to Midleton and a tour of the Old Midleton Distillery, home of the worlds famous Jameson Irish Whiskey. Here, you will also enjoy a wonderful whiskey tasting experience. Our driver will then take you back to Kinsale for dinner and an overnight stay. Enjoy bars Irish traditional music.
Tours in Ireland Muckross Park
Day 3: Day Tour to Killarney
After enjoying your morning breakfast, you will check out and journey westwards towards the beautiful town of Killarney. This is a scenic drive so sit back and relax as your driver takes you past ruined abbeys, ancient stone circles at Drombeg and along the route to Bantry. Mizen Head, one of Ireland’s must southerly points is well worth a visit along the way. After arriving in Bantry we will have lunch in Bantry House and enjoy a tour of one of Ireland’s most spectacular houses. After lunch, we will head towards Glengarriff and enjoy the views of Garnish Island. Garnish Island is renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in our climate. After leaving Glengarriff, we will head over the mountain pass towards the colorful town of Kenmare and onto Molls GAP through Killarney National Park and to your accommodation for the evening. Dinner locally evening entertainment.
Visit Riasc Stone County Kerry
DAY 4: THE RING OF KERRY
Today might be called ‘scenery day as the Tour will bring you on the stunning drive around the Ring of Kerry – with its magnificent scenery. Around every bend a new vista of Kerry opens up and take your breath away. The scenery, the islands, inlets, historic monuments, beaches, mountain passes and interesting characters which combine to make this an unforgettable day. Back to Killarney.
DAY 5: DINGLE PENNINSULA
“Once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth‘ by the National Geographic; was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor; CNN recently recommended it as a very favourable winter destination; it is listed as one of the top 10 places to be on New Year’s Eve – all of these accolades refer to County Kerry’s stunningly beautiful Dingle Peninsula.”
One cannot visit Ireland without visiting the Dingle Peninsula. Today’s tour leaves your Killarney hotel to take you to the Dingle Peninsula, with an overnight stay in Dingle. On route we will stop at the 3 mile sandy beach of Inch – a playground for swimmers, surfers, beach anglers and walkers. Four miles onwards and we visit Annascaul village, home to the famous Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean (1877-1938), who was a stalwart of the Shackleton and Scott Expedition. Leaving Annascaul we head towards Dingle/ Daingean Uí Chúis (fort of Ó Cúis). Dingle is the capital of the Kerry Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) where students come to learn and improve their Irish. In Dingle you will experience great pubs, shops and seafood restaurants. Dingle is renowned for its culture, beauty but most of all for Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin, who has made Dingle his home for over 30 years. After a bite to eat you will be taken around the world famous Slea Head Drive (as seen in our video clip). Along the Slea Head Drive you will experience some breath-taking views of Ventry Harbour, the Blasket Islands and west Kerry’s rugged coastline. You will also visit some Pre-historic Forts and Beehive Huts dating back to the Iron Age (800BC – AD400). After your wonderful day touring the Dingle Peninsula you can relax with Dinner at one of Dingle’s wonderful restaurants before exploring the town’s pub life and taste the beauty of Irish traditional music.
Day 6: Depart for Shannon Airport
Leaving your accommodation today, we take the last lap of a packed 5 days. We drive to Shannon Airport to check in for your flight. Time permitting; there are a number of interesting places to visit along the way – the quaint and lovely thatched village of Adare or, perhaps, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. You will be assisted, as usual, by our guide/driver in checking in to Shannon before bidding farewell to Ireland.
This is just a sample of what you might like to enjoy in a Tour In Ireland. We would be delighted to help you to plan a tour of your own design and we would be more than happy to discuss the great possibilities that we can offer. We can furnish you with information about any places you would like to consider and, hopefully, put you in charge of the kind of Tour you would like to make. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you plan your dream holiday with Tour in Ireland. We will also furnish you with a quote to suit your itinerary and budget.
Rory & Eibhls.
Within the 5-day tour
If you prefer to spend more time outdoors there is a day tour based in Killarney and in Dingle which is just for you.
Day tour in Killkarney:
Killarney has been an Irish tourist destination for centuries. We would like to take you on a trip back in time which starts and ends in Killarney. We can travel through the National Park and visit Kate Kearney’s Cottage where you can even take a horse and cart through the glaciated valley of the Gap of Dunloe down to Lord Brandons Cottage, where you can have a light lunch before moving on to Ross Castle where your driver will meet you again.
If possible and time permits, we can organise a boat trip to the Great Blasket Island – “The Blaskets, situated off the western end of the peninsula, near Dún Chaoin, have a remarkable literary heritage, with the works of Toms Criomhthain and Peig Sayers, chronicling their life on the Great Blasket, regarded as classics.”