The Kingdom of Kerry
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Approximately 8¼ Hours
After tendering ashore to the picturesque village of Bantry, you will board a waiting motorcoach. In the company of your local guide, set out for a tour of Ireland's world-renowned beauty spot -- the Ring of Kerry.
Travel the winding roads of West Cork, through the Caha Mountains, to Kenmare. This heritage town nestles on the shore of Kenmare Bay. You'll stop here later but, for now, you'll turn north and travel through Moll's Gap to Killarney. Take photos at Ladies' View -- the best place from which to photograph the beautiful Lakes of Killarney.
You will visit Muckross House and take a guided tour of this magnificent Victorian mansion. It is one of Ireland's leading stately homes and is located within Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyle of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement, you'll find a stark contrast among the working conditions of the servants that were once employed here.
Travel the short distance to the heart of Killarney town and stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will have some free time to explore the charming village. Killarney is the touchstone against which all other beautiful landmarks in Ireland are popularly measured. It is an idyllic landscape of lakes and wooded vales, rolling sandstone hills and rich, green pastures. Monarchs, poets, artists, writers and composers have visited, and been inspired by, the unsurpassed beauty of the region.
On the return journey, you'll have some free time in Kenmare to explore this pretty Irish village.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.