The South West of Ireland

The tour for lovers of fantastic landscapes and the wild Atlantic Ocean

Breath-taking views of the Atlantic, mountains, lakes and islands, strolling in Killarney and Cork and interesting historical places.

Tour Highlights

  • Wild Atlantic coastal roads of Kerry, Beara and Mizen Head and  Killarney, Kinsale and Cork
  • Garinish Garden Island and Bantry House
  • Boat trip or cable car to Dursey Island
  • South West Point of Ireland – Mizen Head Visitor Center
  • Old Head of Kinsale Museum
  • Titanic Museum Cobh
  • 4 * and 5 * hotels of a special kind

Summary

Would you like to experience the wild Atlantic? Then you will love this tour. We will travel to the south west of Ireland and explore three peninsulas. The famous Ring of Kerry, the lesser known Beara Peninsula and Mizen Head. In addition to fresh ocean air, there is a lot of interesting landscapes and historical places to see, of course you will learn a lot about the maritime history of Ireland, including the Titanic, which was built in the north of the country. We will visit some wonderful towns, Killarney, Kenmare, Skibberreen and Kinsale and of course the city of Cork with its English market and its many church towers. And there is more – oak forests and lakes, boat trips, islands, sheep and dogs, lighthouses and monastery ruins…

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Cork (or Kerry) Airport – Killarney

 Welcome to the south-west of Ireland – I will greet you at the airport today and our journey to the lively town of Killarney will start immediately. We spend the afternoon visiting some of the sights of Killarney, such as the gardens of Muckross House or the church ruins of Aghadoe, from here you have a fabulous view of the mountains, forests and lakes of the national park. You can also take a short walk by the lake. The evening is then at your leisure, maybe you fancy a ‘pub crawl’, Killarney has many nice pubs There is also an Irish dance show ‘Celtic Steps’, we would be happy to organise a visit to the show for you on one of our evenings here.

Overnight stay including breakfast in the 4* Old Weir guest house oder 4 * Great Southern Hotel in Killarney or similar

 

Day 2: Ring of Kerry – Derrynane House – Sheepdogs

All around the Ring of Kerry today we travel today. We start north with Killorglin, the place of the King Puck, the goat king, until we reach the spot with the first breathtaking view of the Atlantic. We then visit Brendan, he will show us how he works with his Border Collies and sheep, because sheep are at home on many farms in this coastal landscape. Onwards we travel around the Iveragh Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, through Waterville, over the Coomakista Pass to Derrynane. Derrynane was the home of one of the most famous figures in Irish history. The house is now a museum and is fantastically located near a white sandy beach, which invites you to take a walk in the fresh sea air. You probably don’t want to leave this place ever. But on our further journey you can expect a few more highlights – the small, colorful town of Sneem, Moll’s Gap and the drive through the oak forests of the national park and the lookout point of Ladies View with a view over the famous lakes of Killarney.

Overnight stay including breakfast in the 4* Old Weir guest house oder 4 * Great Southern Hotel in Killarney or similar

 

Day 3: Killarney – Kenmare – Garinish Island

Look forward to two fantastic narrow mountain passes today. We drive over the Caha Pass from one county to the other, from Kerry to Cork to Kenmare, a beautiful little town that invites you to a stroll. The road over the Healy Pass then brings us to Glengariff . Here we take a boat to the garden island Illnacullin or Garnish, on our crossing we will see many seals and the island itself is a paradise of various landscaped gardens. Today’s excursion ends with a visit to Bantry House, a country estate with an interesting history and wonderful views. Here we can spend the night and spend the evening in the stately rooms. Another option is to stay at the Seaview House Hotel, where you can relax with a seaweed bath.

Overnight stay including breakfast in Maritime Hotel or Bantry House or in the 4 * Seaview House Hotel in Ballylickey or similar

 

Day 4: Ring of Beara Tour – Dursey Island

We spend our day today on the Beara Peninsula, a much less visited area than the Ring of Kerry. The Beara Peninsula is one of the most fascinating and beautiful places in Ireland. The Miskish and Caha Mountains form the rugged backbone of the Beara Peninsula, which juts out into the wild Atlantic Ocean and ensures that the coast is omnipresent. Our journey goes over small streets lined with endless hedges that meander between the cozy, colorful villages and communities of Beara. The peninsula is densely littered with remains from the Bronze Age: wedge graves, stone circles and standing stones. The economic importance of the sea is also evident here, Ireland’s largest fishing fleet is based in Castletownbere. Fish and chips are certainly excellent here.

Overnight stay including breakfast in Maritime Hotel or Bantry House or in the 4 * Seaview House Hotel in Ballylickey or similar

 

Day 5: Mizen Head Tour – Sandy Beach – Skibbereen

All good things come in threes, Ring of Kerry, Ring of Beara and today we drive out to the third peninsula, at the tip of which is Mizen Head, a place in a wild, breath-taking coastal landscape. Here you will feel the power of the Atlantic Ocean. In the visitor center we learn interesting facts about the fascinating history of this place and the views are spectacular, especially from the bridge. Maybe we will see dolphins and whales! From here we head east and can walk (or swim) on one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Ireland. We drive to Kinsale via the towns of Ballydehob and Skibbereen.

Overnight stay including breakfast in Rocklands Guesthouse or 4* Trident Hotel in Kinsale or similar

 

Day 6: Kinsale – Old Head of Kinsale

From Kinsale our journey today takes us along the gentler landscape of the coast, here with small fields and many safe harbours. At the Old Head of Kinsale we have a view of the lighthouse, which here gives the ships safe conduct. A museum shows us the interesting history, here the Lusitania sank in 1915, a significant event in Europe’s history.
We spend the afternoon in Kinsale, which is well known in the culinary world as a small port town. We will explore the interesting history of the place on a tour.

Overnight stay including breakfast in Rocklands Guesthouse or 4* Trident Hotel in Kinsale or similar

 

Day 7: Cork – Titanic Museum Cobh

With all the coastal routes we have taken and the historical places we have seen, we can’t skip over a tragedy that has touched many people and has been a topic of films and books – the Titanic. The last port she stopped at was Cobh, there is a museum here today, which we will visit.
We will spend the afternoon in the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, Cork, on a tour I will tell you many interesting facts about the history of the city on the River Lee and you will have the opportunity to explore the city on your own.

Overnight stay including breakfast in 3* Isaacs Hotel or  5* Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork or similar

 

Day 8: Departure – Cork Airport / Kerry Airport and flight home

The day of farewell has come – unless you want to extend your trip with an extra day in the city of Cork, we would be happy to organize your stay for you.

 

Services included in the tour price:

  • 2x overnight stays including breakfast at the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney or similar
  • 2x overnight stay including breakfast in the Bantry House or in the 4 * Seaview House Hotel in the Bantry area or similar
  • 2x overnight stays including breakfast in the 4 * Trident Hotel in Kinsale or similar
  • 1x overnight stay including breakfast in…. Hotel in Cork
  • Transfer and intercity bus ride on the day of departure
  • German-speaking tour guide and support throughout
  • Round trip according to the program (program changes reserved)
  • All trips take place in a modern minibus
  • Information material about your trip
  • Entrances:
    • Sheep dog demonstration with Brendan
    • Derrynane House
    • Boat trip and entrance to Illnacullin Island
    • Bantry House
    • Dursey Island boat trip or cable car
    • Mizen Head Visitor Center
    • Titanic Museum Cobh

Services not included:
Flights, personal expenses, tips, food and drinks
The journey home is arranged individually

Information on travel price
Travel prices vary depending on accommodation type, please contact us for detailed information.

This tour is available in German on two dates, please check out ‘Der Südwesten’

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Tours with Andrea – why are they unique?

If you prefer to travel in a small group of likeminded people, friends or family, if you are looking for excellent personal service and an easy way to travel while you have the freedom to follow your own interests, I prepared these tours for you.
Together we will explore Ireland, the highlights and the hidden corners. I will introduce you to Ireland’s culture and history and also find you culinary treats and specialities. You will truly discover this beautiful country.

I will personally prepare your travel with you and by the time I meet you at the airport it will be as if we have met before.

Please choose from wonderful tours relating to different themes and a variety of regions. Or contact me about a bespoke individual tour programme.

Insider Tips

You will see hidden places away from mass tourism and you find stops and routes on our itinerary that you will not find on a standard coach tour. I have many contacts all across Ireland to use for any special requests.

I love Ireland

I will show you the genuine Ireland. I live in the country you are visiting. During the Winter time I go and find new ideas and contacts, excellent accommodation and interesting places.

Small Groups

We travel in small groups, meeting local people. We have an abundance of leisure to relax and unwind. We have the time for unplanned detours, should the opportunity arise.

Our Services

We are here

We are at home here, we have the local knowledge and contacts to give you a truly unique experience. If you are not used to driving on the left hand side you will enjoy being chauffeured free of worries. We book your accommodation, events and activities and I am there for you to support you if needed.

Transport

Our vehicle for chauffeured tours is a practically new Volkswagen Transporter for maximum 8 guests, for 2021 we are limiting our guest numbers to 6. Sitting a bit higher than in a limousine you will have a great view and see more of the landscape passing by. For extended tours we have plenty of room for your luggage.

Sustainability and climate change

Environmental awareness is an important part of our travel philosophy. We prioritise partners and businesses who engage themselves in climate protection. The preservation of Ireland's natural habitats and precious historic sites is important to us. To counter CO2 emissions caused by travel we will plant a native Irish tree for each guest on one of our extended tours. Only a small part of Ireland's extensive forests is still existing today, with your help we want to support the natural reforestation of this island. Talk to us to find out more.

Peace of Mind

Andaire is registered with the Irish Tourist board and you will see the white and green logo of the Covid-19-Safety charter on our website which shows you we have been educated in infection control and adhere to strict hygiene measures and are also subject to spot checks. You can find us on the Directory of Covid-19 Compliant Businesses. Our chauffeurs and vehicles are fully licensed and insured.

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