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Killarney & the Ring of Kerry
Join us on a wonderful new holiday amid some of the Emerald Isle's finest scenery and based in the subtropical 'oasis' of Glengarriff on Cork's Beara Peninsula. Crammed full of breathtaking highlights, this break includes four unforgettable excursions and half-board accommodation in a welcoming hotel overlooking stunning Bantry Bay.
- Return flights from your local airport to Ireland
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff
- A half-day tour of the Beara peninsula
- A full-day excursion to West Cork
- A full-day excursion to Killarney National Park
- A full-day coach tour around the 'Ring of Kerry'
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Cork Airport, meet your Tour Manager and enjoy the scenic transfer west to Glengarriff and your hotel (transfer time approximately two hours). After checking in, and depending on the time of your flight, you're free to spend the rest of the day exploring the village.
Discover the wild and remote Beara Peninsula on this morning's excursion. Tiny islets dot the water, while the great fishing port of Castletownbere and fantastic views from the road that winds westwards add to the scenic appeal. This afternoon, enjoy Glengarriff and its surroundings, perhaps taking a boat across to Garinish Island and its horticultural treasures.
Today you'll explore delightful West Cork. Visit famous Kinsale, in its glorious setting at the mouth of the Bandon River, and enjoy gourmet treats at one of the many vibrant quayside cafes. You'll also visit tiny Clonakilty, birthplace of Irish hero Michael Collins, and historic, bustling regional centre Skibbereen, as well as journeying along the spectacular Atlantic coastline.
Travel north from Glengarriff into County Kerry, where the Killarney National Park is home to spectacular lakeland scenery overlooked by famous Macgillycuddy's Reeks. Discover Lakes Leane, Muckross and Upper, explore Killarney town with its great St Mary's Cathedral, and visit Muckross House - one of Ireland's finest stately homes - and its ancient friary.
Our final excursion is to the fabled 'Ring of Kerry', the sublimely beautiful lakes and mountains paradise of the Iveragh Peninsula. You'll cross the magnificent Coomakista Pass, with its views of the Kenmare River, catch sight of Macgillycuddy's Reeks from Molls Gap, and explore places like genteel Waterville and rugged Cahersiveen, before returning to the hotel.
Bid farewell to Glengarriff, boarding the coach for the transfer back to Cork Airport and your flight home.
The grand and exclusive Eccles Hotel, the very first hotel in County Cork (founded in 1745) is located in the centre of Glengarriff. Marvel at the incredible panoramic views that the hotel provides across Glengarriff Bay and the historic Garnish Island. The journey time from Cork to the hotel is approximately three hours, while the transfer from the hotel to Reen Pier for the marine excursions takes around 50 minutes.
The hotel has a formal restaurant, and a bar serving snacks.Recently refurbished, the bedrooms have a delightful, up-to-date feel, and all have en-suite facilities.
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