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1-Hour Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

1. 1-Hour Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

Discover the lakes of Killarney on this magnificent 1-hour cruise Cruise on Killarney's largest lake, Lough Léin (the lake of learning) in the comfort and safety of a modern glass-covered boat. Drift through the islands on board the MV The Lily of Killarney watercoach cruiser and relax in the beauty and splendor that surrounds you. You also may be fortunate to see the magnificent Red Deer herds that roam the Killarney valley, and the elusive White Tailed Eagle which resides in the region. Throughout your tour, your captain will share his insight and knowledge of the flora, fauna and history of the area. Recorded tours in French and German are available upon request.

Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

2. Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

The Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into Ireland’s ancient past. See the stone forts, standing stones, and a landscape carved out of rock by the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago. Detailed Itinerary Sneem: Make a stop in one of Ireland's most colorful and charming villages. You’ll see 2 village squares and a beautiful bridge in the village center. This is where the River Sneem meets the currents of Kenmare Bay. Killorglin: Pass through Killorglin, the home of the ancient Celtic festival known as the Puck Fair. Dating back to 1613, this is one of the oldest festivals in the world, and where a goat is crowned king of the village! Dingle Bay: Take in the amazing views of Dingle Bay, famous Inch Beach, and on a clear day, possibly even the Blasket Islands off the wild Atlantic coast. Waterville: Admire this picturesque little village that sits overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay and the Skellig Rocks with their early Christian monastery. Charlie Chaplin loved Watereville and was a frequent visitor. See the statue in his honor, unveiled in 1998. Killarney National Park: See what is probably the most beautiful and admired national park in Ireland, and take in the views of the Lakes of Killarney and the Black Valley during stops at Molls Gap and Leprechaun Crossing. Torc Waterfall: Stop at the lovely 18-meter-high waterfall that cascades through the wooded Friar's Glenn, and admire this site of natural beauty. Killarney: Take some time to relax in Killarney and grab some refreshments before departing for Cork.

Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Killarney

3. Ring of Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Killarney

Spend the day in one of Europe’s finest coastal areas on a full-day tour of the Ring of Kerry. Travel in an air-conditioned coach and discover sweeping panoramic views, strolls around enchanting villages, and historic sights.  Depart Killarney in a spacious coach and drive to the Iveragh Peninsula, the official name for the Ring of Kerry. Get insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland from your guide along the way. See stone forts and standing stones in a landscape that was sculpted from rock in the Ice Age. Drive through the home town of the Puck Fair, an ancient Celtic festival which is held in the charming town of Killorglin. Take in panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Inch Beach. Weather permitting, see the Atlantic waves crashing on the shores of the Blasket Islands.  Head to the picturesque village of Waterville which overlooks Ballinskelligs Bay. See the misty Skellig Rocks which are known for their early Christian monastery. Find out why there is a statue of Charlie Chaplin in the village.  Stop in the charming village of Sneem, one of Ireland's most colorful villages. Explore its 2 squares and a beautiful bridge where the River Sneem meets the currents of Kenmare Bay. Enter Killarney National Park. Admire magnificent views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley from the stops at Molls Gap and Ladies View (Leprechaun Crossing). Marvel at the cascades of the Torc Waterfall in the woods of Friers Glenn.

Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

4. Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass situated between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry. It spans 11 kilometers from north to south and consists of 5 lakes. Take a guided tour through the narrow and winding path, and discover a terrain formed by glaciers. Marvel at the towering summits of the Reeks, the changing shadows on the Purple Mountains, and the silence and solitude of the rugged glen. After being transported by coach, arrive at the famous cottage marking the entrance to the Gap. The cottage is named after Kate Kearney who is reported to have died of childbirth here at the ripe old age of 102! An unlikely story! Embark on a 7-mile journey to Lord Brandon’s cottage by either trap, pony, or foot. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch at Brandon Cottage. Afterwards board a boat to Ross Castle, traveling through the 3 of the 5 lakes of Killarney. Be enchanted by the stories and folklore of the boatmen. As the tour draws to a close you will be transported back to Killarney by motor coach.

Dingle & Slea Head Peninsula Day Tour

5. Dingle & Slea Head Peninsula Day Tour

This spectacular tour departs at 10:30 AM and returns at 5:00 PM. The tour will pass through small towns like Milltown and Castlemaine before reaching your first stop at Inch Beach. Inch has provided shooting locations for several Hollywood films including the epic Ryan’s Daughter. Then, travel to Dingle town, a beautiful harbor town where the fishing boats unload the daily catch of fish throughout the day. Continue to Slea Head Drive, a scenic circle loop of 26 miles (41 kilometers), and travel through Ventry, Dunquin and Ballyferriter. Rounding the head of the peninsula, there are magnificent views of the seven rocky Blasket Islands, spectacular cliffs and idyllic beaches. This is the edge of Europe and history is everywhere - Iron Age forts, beehive huts, early-Christian churches, 19th-century cottages and picturesque stone houses set against a patchwork of fields. The town of Dingle is rich in culture, traditional music, great pubs and restaurants. There will be a stop here for lunch and a walk around the town at your leisure. After lunch, the bus will return to Killarney town center via Camp and Tralee (home of Rose of Tralee Festival).

From Killarney: 'Ring of Kerry' Mountain Road 1-Day Bus Tour

6. From Killarney: 'Ring of Kerry' Mountain Road 1-Day Bus Tour

Sit back and relax on this bus tour of the beautiful Iveragh peninsula. Learn about its history, geography, culture, stories and folklore. And discover Ireland’s most spectacular mountain road – the Ring of Kerry. This tour of the Ring of Kerry takes you along the banks of the River Laune, then through rural towns and villages to the southern shores of Dingle Bay. Then the tour continues along the coast, finally traveling up the mountain road to amazing views at Molls Gap and Ladies’ View before returning to Killarney. In addition to stopping at all points of interest en route, you’ll also have an hour stop at lunchtime. Then in the afternoon you’ll stop for refreshments. You’ll find your guides knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to share a joke with you, so don’t miss out this memorable experience.

Ireland: Dingle Peninsula Day Tour

7. Ireland: Dingle Peninsula Day Tour

The Dingle peninsula in south-west Ireland stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean, and attracts visitors for its mountainous and coastal scenery as well as its antiquities. You’ll visit the major attractions of this spectacular region on a 6.5-hour tour from Killarney. From Slea Head you can see the Blasket Islands, which are the last outposts of Europe and are known as the next parish to America. They are famous for the literary and linguistic heritage of the former inhabitants. These remote islands have been uninhabited since the 1950s. The western end of the peninsula is a Gaeltacht area that has produced a number of nationally notable authors and poets, including O’Siochfhradha and Peig Sayers among others. Being an Irish-speaking district traditional customs are still very much alive. A band of sandstone forms the Slieve Mish mountain range at the neck of the peninsula in the east, and the unnamed central mountain range further to the west. Ireland’s highest mountain other than Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Mount Brandon, reaches 951 meters and forms part of a high ridge that boasts stunning views over the peninsula and northern county Kerry. The Dingle peninsula is named after the town of Dingle, derived from the Corco Dhuibhne who occupied the peninsula in the Middle Ages and who also held a number of territories in the south and east of county Kerry. Dingle was Kerry’s chief port in the old Spanish trading days and in the reign of Queen Elizabeth was important enough to be a walled town. The peninsula is the location of numerous prehistoric and early medieval remains. The Gallarus Oratory, for example, is located in the very west of the peninsula near the village of Baile an Fheirtearaigh in Ard na Caithe.

Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

8. Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

Get the full Killarney experience on this comprehensive tour. Visit the verdant lake district where you will find Kate Kearney's cottage. Then hop on a pony and continue on through the Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy lunch and a ride in a traditional open boat. Your 14-mile voyage goes across all 3 of Killarney’s lakes with a pony and trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure and the ultimate Killarney experience. The journey begins mid-morning at the world-renowned Kate Kearney’s cottage. Here you take a 7-mile jaunt on a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe where you can view a spectacular glaciated valley. Your pony and trap ride ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a light snack (not included in the price). After lunch, get into a traditional open boat for an approximately 2-hour tour of the three lakes of Killarney. Pass by Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, Colleen Bawn Rock, Torc Mountain, Old Weir Bridge, the meetings of the waters, and more, ending at the 15th-century Ross Castle. The tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and scenery Killarney has to offer. Your tour will end in the mid-afternoon.

Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

9. Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

This full-day tour from Dublin to Kerry takes you to a mystical and unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. The region boasts some of the finest coastal scenery in Europe. You’ll discover quaint towns and enjoy panoramic views of a landscape that was carved out of rock during the last Ice Age. Detailed Itinerary Adare On the way to Kerry you’ll stop at one of Ireland's most picturesque villages. Adare’s thatched cottages and lovely stone buildings line the village's broad main street. You’ll see medieval monasteries and ruins as well. Killarney National Park This is probably the most beautiful and admired national parks in the world. Admire the stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley at stops in Aghadoe and at Torc Waterfall. Enjoy a stroll by the lakes of Killarney. Town of Killarney Killarney is the best-known town in County Kerry and the gateway to the region. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, it’s easy to see why it has often been voted the best place to visit in Ireland. Take some time to explore the town. Torc Waterfall See this 18-meter-high waterfall that cascades through Friars Glen. Take a walk through the wooded area and enjoy the tranquility. Killorglin You’ll pass through Killorglin, home of the Puck Fair, an ancient Celtic festival where a goat is crowned king of the village. Dating back to 1613, this is one of the oldest festivals in the world. You’ll also see part of the famed Ring of Kerry on this part of the tour. Dingle Bay Enjoy a panoramic drive along the famous Dingle Peninsula. Stop to take in amazing views of Dingle Bay, and enjoy a visit to famed Inch beach, where the wild Atlantic hugs the Celtic shores. Wild Atlantic Way Your drive along Dingle Bay and the Atlantic Coast continues with even more breathtaking views. You’ll also drive along the well-known Wild Atlantic Way, and head to the other side of the Dingle Peninsula, where you’ll have spectacular views of Tralee Bay and the remote landscapes of the Dingle area. Inch Beach Inch Beach, stretching along the Atlantic coast for miles, is one of the most famous beaches in Ireland. Stop for a walk on the sand and admire the views of a site that has appeared in many movies.

Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

10. Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

The tour begins with a coach journey to Kate Kearney's Cottage. On arrival, you can arrange to take a jaunting cart ride through the six mile pass. This traditional Irish horse and cart ride will incur an additional cost which can be paid on the day. Alternatively, you can hike the six mile pass and enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Once through the gap, boats will be waiting on the Gearhameen River for the homeward journey via the enchanting upper, middle and lower lakes. On-board the boat, enjoy beautiful views of the national park and discover the famous Old Weir Bridge. Travel to the historic Ross Castle where coaches will be waiting to take you back to Killarney. Ross Castle is a 30 to 40 minute walk from the town center so there is an option of staying at Ross Castle after the boat trip and making your own way back to Killarney. 

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What people are saying about Killarney

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based on 2,266 reviews

Stephen was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We have been touring Ireland in our own car so taking a commercial tour was a nice break from driving. All the stops were nice. Very picturesque. The bus fit about 18 or 20 passengers so it was not one of the really big buses. Really liked that. In Cahersiveen it was a Sunday and shops and the like we're closed so we strolled to the marina and enjoyed a snack we brought with. We did not get to actually stop at Ladies View because it was very busy and very little parking for buses. We stopped shortly before and had great views from there. We did get to stop at Torc Waterfalls which was very nice. The sky cleared up and we had the sunniest day in weeks so we thoroughly enjoyed all of our stops.

Great to be driven around the Ring of Kerry. Not sure I’d be keen to drive myself .. to distracted by the scenery. Driver explained history, local sights, day was long but well spaced with stops and venues. We had a ckk look eat day and saw heaps … Irish luck!

Absolutely fantastic, couldn't recommend it enough. Guide was lovely, the trip itself was serene

Very informative. Learned a lot during the boat ride. He went over and beyond.

Very friendly crew, excellent quality commentary with very knowledgeable local