If Ireland is the Emerald Isle, then counties Kerry and Cork are surely its crowning jewels. With landmark sites like the Killarney National Park and the famed Ring of Kerry, there is plenty to check off one’s bucket list, but off the beaten path there is much more to be explored. For outdoor and cultural enthusiasts alike, the region is a paradise: the otherworldly beauty of Kerry’s rugged landscapes are complemented by its fascinating ancient sites and charming coastal villages; while Cork’s lesser-visited peninsulas, Beara and Sheep’s Head, rival the natural attributes of their neighbours to the north without all the crowds. Ireland’s “second city”, Cork, is arguably the country’s most vibrant with a thriving foodie scene, arts scene and all of the snug pubs and traditional music one would expect. Authenticity abounds so grab a pint and hold on!
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You'll be met at the airport and driven to the stunning Cromane Peninsula in County Kerry, home to the largest mussel bed in Ireland. After lunch at a local seafood spot, you'll walk to the windswept dunes at Glenbeigh or Rossbeigh Beach, depending on how much ground you’d like to cover.
This morning you’ll explore the Dingle Peninsula, where you'll walk along the Cosán na Naomh (Saint’s Road), one of Ireland’s most fascinating and beautiful old pilgrimage trails. Lunch will be in Dingle itself, with time to meander the charming town.
Today you'll venture to the sprawling Killarney National Park where you'll have a choice of walks from the spectacular Torc Waterfalls. We'll refuel with a lunch then drive to your luxury hotel in Kenmare.
Today you'll meet our friends John and Kerryann Fitzgerald for seaweed foraging in Caherdaniel. After a sea vegetable feast, you’ll hitch your heels to the Kerry Way for a gorgeous coastal walk before returning to the hotel. Tonight you’ll venture out in town for a taste of traditional live music.
This morning you'll visit the Beara Peninsula, a fantastic walking spot with over 500 designated historic sites. Before lunch you’ll make a stop at an Irish farmhouse cheese-mongers. Later we'll head to Cork, where you can check out the famous 18th century English Market before your final night’s dinner at your leisure in town.
Depending on your departure time, you’ll be driven to Cork Airport for your departure flight or will have the option for a half-day trip down to Kinsale, 30-minutes drive away. It’s a historical port and fishing town with colourful winding streets lined with galleries and shops.VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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