Leap into summer by discovering and wild roving in South West Ireland.
Playing golf at a national park, castles and natural wonders on the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.
|Date||Length of stay||Group size (min-max)|
|28 May - 4 June 2018||8 days/7 nights||9-12 persons|
We arrive at the small airport of County Kerry following a flight change in Dublin. After a 15-minute private transfer, we reach our accommodation in Killarney, the gateway to Killarney National Park, with its lakes, mountains, castles and stately homes. Upon arrival, we take some free time to unpack, have dinner in the nearby pub and spend the rest of the night playing fun games and getting to know each other, preferably in English. :)
In the morning we welcome a local Irish musician in our cottages who will introduce us to Irish culture and history. We learn how to greet each other in Irish, what topics Irish folk songs are about, and get acquainted with the milestones of Ireland’s history. Following our cultural session, we set out on an interactive sightseeing tour of Killarney. We start exploring the town by doing exciting tasks in small teams, giving everybody the chance to use their English and interact with the locals, who are all called O’Sullivan or O’Shea. :) Find out where our dinner is served.
We take a full day excursion on the Ring of Kerry, the mystical and unspoilt Atlantic way of Ireland, where we can’t get enough of magnificent seaside rocks, emerald green islands, hills and colourful little towns. While taking the scenic drive, we listen to authentic stories from our driver guide, look at the idyllic bayside town of Kenmare, have lunch at Sneem’s pink pub and drink a cocktail at Ireland’s only beach bar. After visiting Chaplin in Waterville and taking our panoramic photos from the best spots, we have a rest by the fireplace in our cottages.
We put on our hiking shoes in the morning and travel to one of the most spectacular excursion sites in Ireland, the Gap of Dunloe. The narrow glacial valley starts at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, leading through little lakes linked together by a river. Kate was a well known beauty in Ireland who distilled her famous ”Mountain Dew” and sold it illegally to travellers in the 19th century.
Our walk ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a snack lunch before touring the three Lakes of Killarney by boat. During the boat trip, you will be told the history and legends of the area by the local boatmen before reaching Ross Castle, the ancient seat of the O’Donoghue Clan.
Our destination for today is the Dingle Peninsula, stretching 50 kilometres into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south west coast. The peninsula is renowned for both its natural beauty and historical sites. We taste Irish whisky at a distillery, eat fresh fish at its only town and get amazed by the view of Blasket Islands. Don’t be surprised if you find it difficult to pronounce names or understand the locals, as the Dingle Peninsula is a Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking area where Gaelic, the Celtic language of the British Isles, is still widely spoken.
Today we explore the Muckross Estate, hidden deep within Killarney National Park. Muckross House, the nineteenth century Victorian mansion, was built for Henry Arthur Herbert, a Member of Parliament, whose extensive garden works in preparation for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1861 resulted in the breathtaking park we can stroll through today. In the afternoon our lunch break is spent on the terrace or in the conservatory of the restaurant before visiting the majestic ruins of Muckross Abbey. We return to our accommodation and wind down with a pint of beer and a fun barbecue party.
Today we can either cycle around the National Park or share a very special experience and go to a golf club to try a 9-hole course, following training with a native speaker professional. After these excitements, we will have the chance to enjoy some free shopping time in town, or relax at our accommodation. Our farewell dinner will take place at a popular restaurant with live Irish music!
On our last day, en-route to Budapest, we pay a quick visit to Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. We take some time to reflect on the past week by either buying Irish goods on Grafton Street or listening to folk music at Brazen Head, the oldest pub of Ireland. After returning to the airport, we fly home to Budapest in the evening hours.
Our Kerry accommodation is located 10 minutes from the centre of Killarney, which is the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and also within easy reach of the Dingle Peninsula.
The traditional thatched cottages offer modern facilities, cosy bedrooms, a spacious living room, dining room, and a fully-equipped kitchen.