Stunning coastal cliffs, medieval castles, Hollywood movie sets – The Ring of Kerry has it all! Located in the Irish speaking region (Gaeltacht ) of west Kerry, this private tour will immerse you in history, flora and fauna, culture, food and music in one of the most visited tourist destinations in Ireland.
Skellig Michael Island
Dating back to 600AD, The largest of the Skelligs is Skellig Michael (Sceilg Mhichil) and was once home to one of the earliest monastic settlements in Ireland. During the time of the Penal Laws, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig became a safe haven for Catholics whose beliefs and rights were being suppressed. In 2014, scenes from Star Wars (Episode VII) “The Force Awakens” were filmed at the islands.
The Blue Flag Inch Beach stretches for 5 kilometres and is the perfect place providing a safe environment for all types of water sports including Surfing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Kite Surfing, Hangliding and Fishing. The area is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. In 1970, Inch Beach & Dingle were introduced to the world through the film Ryans Daughter. To this day film fans from all over the world flock to the area every year.
Killarney National Park
Ireland’s oldest National Park formed in 1932 when Senator Arthur Vincent and his family entrusted Muckross House & Estate into the care of the Irish State. Today, it’s the focal point for many visitors to Killarney, Muckross House & Gardens has been entertaining as a 19th-century mansion, containing all original pieces of furniture, artwork, trophies and many other furnishings from that period.
The world-famous Dingle is a small port town on southwest Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. Known for its rugged scenery, trails and sandy beaches, it’s the home of harbour resident Fungie the dolphin is by the waterfront. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium has penguins, otters and sharks. To the northwest, Gallarus Oratory is an ancient dry-stone church with sloping sides. Clifftop Dún Beag is a prehistoric promontory fort to the southwest.
Slea Head Drive
Located on Ireland’s western-most edge, Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula boasts a cluster of ancient sites, cozy villages, and breathtaking scenery. This quintessential Irish circular driving route starts and ends in the town of Dingle, where pubs, music, shopping have charmed generations of visitors.
The 1845-built Famine Cottages, once the home of the Kavanagh family, contains the primitive furniture and cooking utensils evoke the hardship of the famine in Ireland.
Fahan Beehive Huts
These ancient houses stand as humble testaments to the island’s medieval stonemasons. The exact age of the houses is uncertain, historians place them anywhere from the 8th to 12th centuries AD. At one point in history, more than 400 of these intriguing abodes dotted the hillside. While many have vanished over time, a significant number of them are still standing.
The Conor Pass
The Conor Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of crossing from the north to south coast of the Dingle Peninsula. This narrow, twisting road runs for 12kms between the town of Dingle on the south and Kilmore Cross on the north of the peninsula, where roads fork to Cloghane/Brandon or Castlegregory. The views from the road are breathtaking, with a glaciated landscape of mountains, corrie lakes and a broad sweeping valley spread out below.