Visiting Ireland is a wonderful thing, but to really experience it, to discover the Ireland you have been dreaming about, look no further than our private guided tour of South West Ireland. This 5-day tour explores the highlights, the little hidden gems, and more importantly, immerses you in the culture and people of this laid-back and beautiful part of the world.
This unique tour allows complete flexibility, so if you have read about particular places, or want to visit where your ancestors came from, no problem! Our guides know the region inside out and can adapt the tour to meet your requirements and exceed your expectations.
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.
Sample 5 Day Tour of the Southwest of Ireland.
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 before arriving in Kinsale to check into your accommodation.
After a short rest, your Dingle Slea Head Tours driver-guide 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 a tour packed with highlights.
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, formerly known as Queenstown (1850 until 1920) and from where most Irish emigrants departed for America and elsewhere in the world.
Cobh’s attractions focus on the immense maritime and emigration legacy of the town – the Queenstown Story Heritage Centre, the Titanic Experience, the Titanic Trail walking tour, and Cobh Museum are all well worth visiting.
Having enjoyed the beautiful town of Cobh, you will journey to the lovely seaside town of Youghal to view its historic buildings and monuments huddled within the ancient town walls. You will enjoy a wholesome lunch before departing to Midleton and a tour of the Old Midleton Distillery, home of the world-famous Jameson Irish Whiskey.
After a wonderful whiskey tasting experience and immersive tour, your driver will take you back to Kinsale for dinner and an overnight stay. Kinsale is packed with bars filled with Irish traditional music, so don’t worry, if you need a slightly later start, we can sort that out too.
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 most 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 this grand stately home, one of Ireland’s most spectacular!
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 have a wide variety of stunning specimen plants that 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.
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. One of the key areas in the Wild Atlantic Way driving route, the Ring of Kerry will keep your camera finger busy!
Around every bend, a new vista of Kerry opens up and takes your breath away. The scenery, the islands, inlets, historic monuments, beaches, mountain passes, and interesting characters which combine to make this an unforgettable day. Tonight we head back to Killarney to explore some of the food, drink and nightlife of this picturesque town.
Once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth‘ by the National Geographic; voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor; recently recommended by CNN as a very favorable winter destination; listed as one of the top 10 places to be on New Year’s Eve, the Dingle Peninsula is a little slice of heaven on earth.
One cannot visit Ireland without visiting the Dingle Peninsula. Today’s tour leaves your Killarney hotel to take you to the Dingle Peninsula. 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.
From 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 amazing 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.
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 vacation in Ireland.