The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park

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An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks, running through its many passes and valleys along the shore of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay. Your Driver/Guide is one of the locals and Highly Rated Driver/Guide.

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At this photo stop one can see Dingle Bay. On a clear day sights like The Great Blasket Island,Inch Beach and Rossbeigh Beach can be seen. The famous movie Ryan's Daughter was made on Inch Beach.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kerry Bog Village Museum

The Kerry Bog Village, located on the beautiful Ring of Kerry gives you a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the late 19th Century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe and is one of Kerry’s leading tourist attractions. Ideal for families and tourists with spacious parking. Step back in time and take a wonderful look at Ireland’s rural history, heritage and lifestyle. Visitors will experience the culture, customs and living conditions of our great ancestors through the famine years, and late 19th century. The village has period thatched cottages, fully furnished with authentic antiques, complete with sound effects and figurines. Outdoors, we display a fabulous array of rural farm equipment, used by turf cutters and farmers of the time period. This stop is also used for a Morning Coffee/Restroom stop Time also for a walk in the area if one did not want to visit the Village. Entrance to The Famine Village (admission extra) is an optional.

Duration: 35 minutes

Pass By: Daniel O'Connell's Birth Place

Daniel O'Connell was a famous Irishman who lived during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. He helped Catholics win the right to become Members of Parliament. He also wanted Ireland to have its own parliament. He became known as the “Liberator” because he looked for rights for Irish people In 1823, with the help of others, Daniel set up the Catholic Association. Large numbers of people in Ireland joined the Association for Catholic Emancipation Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847), lawyer, politician and one of the most important figures in Irish history. He was named 'The Liberator' because of his successful campaign for equal rights for Irish people. O’Connell was an excellent speaker and almost one million people attended one of his meetings in Tara, Co. Meath! Daniel O Connell's dying wish was granted - "My body to Ireland, my heart to Rome, my soul to God," Daniel O'Connell said on his deathbed in Genoa in 1847. Place of burial: Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

Pass By:

Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church is in the centre of Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. It is one of the few catholic churches in the world dedicated to a layperson. The construction is interesting in that the granite comes from Northern Ireland & the marble slab / cornerstone was sourced from the catacombs in Rome

Pass By: Cahersiveen

The tour will drive through Caherciveen which is a very picturesque and typical Irish Town. Cahersiveen was where the first shots of the Fenian Rising were fired in 1867.

Stop At: Waterville

Waterville is the only seafront village on the famous Ring of Kerry in Southwest Ireland which boasts of a world-class golf course. Waterville is unique in the fact that it is the only village on the Ring of Kerry that is actually right on the coast (you can taste the salt water on the main street on a calm day) and sandwiched on a strip of ground between lake and ocean The town was a favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin and his family who used to stay in The Butler Arms Hotel. They first visited the town in 1959 and came back every year for over ten years. There is a statue of him in the centre of the village in his memory. The community has also obtained permission from the Charlie Chaplin estate to hold an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival in the spirit of Charlie Chaplin, the first festival was held in 2011. The festival is usually held in August each year.

Duration: 15 minutes

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One of our lunch stops will be at The Scarriff Inn which is a family run Restaurant under the new ownership of David and Katie Farrell and their family. The Scarriff Inn takes it’s name from Scarriff Island one of the many islands which it is overlooks. It is famous for overlooking 'the best view in Ireland' with views of Kenmare Bay and Bantry Bay and of Derrynane and it’s beautiful beaches and park. Patrons are treated to this view from every seat in the bar and restaurant. We have a few options for lunch and The Scarriff Inn would be the main lunch stop but depending on the time of year we may stop at a similar Restaurant in the vicinity.

Duration: 40 minutes

Pass By:

Caherdaniel is located on the Iveragh peninsula on the Ring of Kerry. It is on the southwestern side of the peninsula, facing onto Derrynane Bay.

Stop At: Sneem

Sneem - An tSnaidhm - "the knot" in the Ring of Kerry, a colourful charming village surrounded by stunning scenery which provides a warm welcome to all. Sneem is perfectly situated on each of The Wild Atlantic Way, and The Ring of Kerry as well as The Kerry Way which is one of Ireland's longest and most popular signposted walking trails. The village itself is famed for its colourful houses and characters and has won many Tidy Towns Awards Sneem is a colourful village in South west Kerry, blessed with exquisite scenery, wild landscapes and imposing Kerry mountains. One of the most popular stores Quills have a wonderful store in Sneem with great bargains. Time in Sneem for Ice Cream or Afternoon Tea or maybe a Guinness.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Moll's Gap

Moll's Gap or Céim an Daimh, is a mountain pass on the N71 road from Kenmare to Killarney in Kerry, Ireland. Moll's Gap is on the Ring of Kerry route, and offers views of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountains, and is a popular tourist location Moll's Gap is named after Moll Kissane, landlady of an infamous shebeen — that's a small, unlicensed pub — known across the land for her homemade poitin.

Pass By: Ladies' View

Ladies View is one of Killarney's and indeed Ireland's best known scenic viewing points. ... It is named after Queen Victoria's Ladies in Waiting who were part of her entourage during her visit to Killarney in 1861. Ladies View is one of Killarney's and indeed Ireland's best known scenic viewing points. There are spectacular views of the meandering waters of The Long Range that make their way into the main Middle and Lower Lakes.

Pass By: Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park, was the first national park in Ireland, created when the Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish Free State in 1932 and is Ireland’s oldest National Park .Senator Arthur Vincent and his family entrusted Muckross House & Estate into the care of the Irish State. The Park is currently managed jointly by the National Parks & Wildlife Services and the Trustees of Muckross House, Killarney. The extent of the park’s range and rugged landscape is 26,000 acres, encompassing the infamous McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range which includes Ireland’s highest Mountain, Carrauntoohill standing at over 1,000 meters. More recently, a former resident was re-introduced into the Park – The White Tailed Sea Eagle. Once plentiful around Killarney this magnificent bird of prey became extinct in the early part of the 20th century and now thanks to a joint venture between National Parks and the Golden Eagle Trust, it is being gradually re-introduced.
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