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4-Night Coastal B&B Tour

Price: From $598 Per Person
4 Nights

Let yourself be enchanted by the extensive Irish coastline, which winds from imposing, rugged seacliffs and inlets with crashing ocean waves into calm, serene bays adorned by golden sands and emerald waters. Be your own guide and travel at leisure with a rental car with exclusive Reduced Excess insurance and all fees included. Start your tour with a scenic drive down the Ring of Kerry from Killarney, stopping at Kenmare and Glengarriff before arriving in the lovely coastal town of Bantry in West Cork, where you will settle in at Dromcloc House, a unique dairy Farmhouse that overlooks the Bantry Bay, Caha Mountains and Beara Peninsula. On Day Two head to Kinsale for a visit to Charles Fort, a star-shaped military fortress with a rich historic background and incredible views. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing quaint County Cork towns of Skibbereen and Rosscarbery, and the ancient Drombeg stone circle. The next morning, you'll strike North to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park to experience a window on Ireland’s past. Afterwards, depart for your next accommodation at Ballyvaughan Lodge, and visit Adare Heritage Village and the town of Ennis.enroute. Get a good night's rest to prepare for the final day of activities around the Burren's coastal region. Start with a visit to the Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey Centre, where you'll walk through beautiful caverns, marvel at the frozen waterfall and experience one of the most varied collection of Birds of Prey in the Ireland. Next, learn all about the majestic Cliffs of Moher at the Exhibition Centre - and then see them from a unique perspective on a Cliffs of Moher Cruise! Any time you have left you are welcome to spend sightseeing around the Burren, before heading back to your lodge for the final night. If you are interested in a leisurely, self-drive tour that will aquaint you with some of the most naturally beautiful locations in Ireland, this is the itinerary for you!


ACCOMMODATION
  • 4 Nights at Idyllic Coastal B&Bs
TRANSPORTATION
  • Rental Car with Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes
DINING OPTIONS
  • 4 Full Irish Breakfasts - One each day to get you going!

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Admission to Charles Fort in Kinsale
  • Entrance to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Aillwee Cave Tour & Birds of Prey Centre Visit
  • Cliffs of Moher Exhibition Centre
  • Scenic Cruise around the base of the Cliffs of Moher
POINTS OF INTEREST
  • Drive a Portion of the Famous Ring of Kerry
  • Spectacular Scenery & Picturesque Villages in Southern County Cork
  • Travel back in time in Scenic Adare Heritage Village
  • Marvel at Ancient Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Visit Historic Charles Fort
  • The Cliffs of Moher & Natural Wonders of County Clare

Bantry, County Cork

Arrive at

Collect Rental Car from Kerry Airport, County Kerry

Your rental car is scheduled for collection at Kerry Farranfore Airport. Kerry Airport is located just 16 kilometres / 15 minutes north of Killarney Town. A daily bus service (operating 6 times a day) runs between Killarney and Kerry Airport. Alternately, a taxi from Killarney to the airport will cost approximately E 30.00. Please note that if you are collecting your car from Kerry Airport and returning it to a different location, a E 70.00 euro 'drop fee' will apply. This fee is not included in your tour price, but payable locally to Hertz when collecting your rental vehicle.


Accommodation

Dromcloc House - Bantry, County Cork

B&B
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 1.00pm & 6.00pm on your arrival day. If your arrival will be earlier or later, please call the B&B owners in advance on 027 50030.


Enroute Sightseeing

Glengarriff, County Cork

On the Map: Glengariff is located on the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork, in the southwest of Ireland.

The name comes from "An Gleann Garbh" - the rugged glen - which is derived from the rugged beauty of the mountains and wooded valleys surrounding the village. Magnificent views of the Caha Mountains and the bulk of Sugarloaf can be seen from the numerous viewpoints along the roads which hug the coastline or wind along the steep sided valleys. No introduction to Glengarriff would be complete without mention of Garnish Island -   Ireland's most outstanding garden island with its internationally famous collection of plants and world-renowned for its Italian Gardens. Whilst making the short crossing of the placid waters of the inner bay, the visitor is rewarded by further views of the mainland, and a host of walks, from strolls in the forest with its rivers and glades of oak, to more ambitious treks up the peaks. As well as abundant natural beauty and an inherent "old world charm, Glengarriff makes an ideal centre for exploring further afield. The wild scenery of the Beara Peninsula starts here, whilst the peace and beauty of the Lakes of Inchigeela, Gougane Barra and the Borlin Valley are only a short drive away.


Enroute Sightseeing

Kenmare, County Kerry

On the Map: Kenmare is located in scenic County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects the cities of Killarney (to the north) & Glengarriff (to the south).

Kenmare, with its pastel coloured houses, is along with Killarney, a usual starting point for the Ring of Kerry round trip. The small charming town, founded by a handful of Englishmen in 1670, has every tourist convenience imaginable, including 2 of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland, both of which have been awarded much coveted Michelin stars: The Park Hotel and Sheen Falls Lodge. Kenmare boasts a remarkable number of excellent restaurants and quality pubs for a town of its size, and has garnered a fantastic reputation as a gourmet destination in recent years. Owing to its enviable location adjacent to Kenmare Bay and the River Finnehy, all set against the backdrop of the Kerry Mountains, Kenmare's picturesque aspect is hard to match.


Enroute Sightseeing

Killarney to Kenmare, County Kerry

We appreciate that your time in Ireland is precious, and you simply won't be able to do absolutely everything. Completing the 110 mile Ring of Kerry, for example, might be a stretch on this tour. We do however highly recommend that you at least drive the section from Killarney to Kenmare (or vice-versa), which forms a portion of the Ring. It's only 30 kilometres/ 30 minutes each way on a narrow, winding road, but you are scenically rewarded at almost every turn. Highlights include 'Ladies View', so named for the excitement the vista illicited from Queen Victoria's Ladies-in-Waiting, during her famous 1861 visit. There's a little cafe and plenty of spots to pull in and admire the view that so stimulated the Royal Entourage 150 years ago! A little further along the road, you'll arrive at Moll's Gap. Set high on a rocky ridge, The Gap overlooks mountains, rivers, lush countryside and the famous Lakes of Killarney, with truly breathtaking views - Carrauntoohill, Ireland's highest mountain to one side, the Gap of Dunloe to the other. There's also an Avoca Store & Cafe at The Gap, selling the finest of Irish goods and souvenirs.


Overnight Location

Bantry, County Cork

On the Map: Bantry is located in the southwest of Ireland in west County Cork. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects Cork City (to the east) & Kenmare, County Kerry (to the north).

Bantry is surrounded by a region of lush vegetation, palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. Hemmed in by high mountain ridges, an azure blue sea and cascading mountain streams, it is a place of unparalled beauty where the landscape changes with every mood of wind and sky.  Also resident in this pretty coastal town is Bantry House, the ancestral house to the Earls of Bantry.  A proud resident here since the 17th Century,  this wonderful house contains an important collection of furniture, tapestries and objets d'art which is open to the public to view.  It was the first Earl of Bantrys son, Viscount Berehaven who traveled extensively and amassed an eclectic collection of tapestries, paintings, furniture and artifacts.  The gardens of this house are also a spectacular sight, resembling the“palazzo” style most seen on the continent.  All in all, well worth a visit.


Bantry, County Cork

Accommodation

Dromcloc House - Bantry, County Cork

B&B
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 1.00pm & 6.00pm on your arrival day. If your arrival will be earlier or later, please call the B&B owners in advance on 027 50030.


Included Experiences

Charles Fort

Kinsale, County Cork

Perched on the water's edge, Charles Fort  is located just 3km east of Kinsale town. The Fort occupies a mysterious & romantic position and is often used as a dramatic photo-shoot backdrop for local weddings. A classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort, William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23. Charles Fort was declared a National Monument in 1973. Across the estuary is James Fort designed by Paul Ive in 1602. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Enroute Sightseeing

Rosscarbery, County Cork

Rosscarbery is a town in County Cork, Ireland. The town is on a shallow estuary, which opens onto Rosscarbery Bay. The area has been occupied from very early times, as is evidenced by the Neolithic remains (pre 2000 BC) such as Portal Dolmens. The area is very strong in Bronze Age remains - including a number of Stone Circles. There are also two Inscribed Stones in Burgatia. The number of Ring Forts and Holy Wells witnesses the Iron Age and transition from the Old to the New (Christian) God. Rosscarbery was home to the School of Ross, a major centre of learning, at one time being a university town, and one of the major cities in Europe, around the 6th century. Today, there is still a cathedral in the town - an unusual feature for what now would be considered a sleepy country town! Rosscarbery is a popular tourist destination in the summertime, being in proximity to at least three fine beaches. The nearest of these, the "Warren Beach", is about a mile from the village, and is designated a blue flag beach.


Must-See Sites

Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork

On The Map: Drombeg Stone Circle is located in County Cork on the south coast of Ireland. Drombeg is accessed via the R597 road, which intersects with the larger N71 road (connecting Clonakilty to the east, and Skibbereen to the west).

This lovely recumbent stone circle is locally known as The Druid's Altar, and is located on the edge of a rocky terrace with fine views to the sea about a mile away. The word Drombeg means 'the small ridge'. The circle consists of seventeen pillar stones that are graded from the two large portal stones, each 2 metres high, at the north-east towards the recumbent stone. The pillar stones are local sandstone and the recumbent has two cup marks and what looks like an axe -carving on it's upper surface. The midpoint of the recumbent stone was set in line with the winter soltice sunset viewed in a conspicuous notch in the distant hills. The best time time visit Drombeg is probably early morning, as there is an almost continuous flow of visitors to the site.


Skibbereen, County Cork

On the Map: Skibbereen is located in County Cork, in the southwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects the cities of Cork (to the northeast) & Kenmare, County Kerry (to the northwest).

This thriving town is the 'capital' of West Cork, and centre for all the agricultural, industrial and tourist activities of the region. Its streets are full of life and character and it is an ideal base from which to discover the delights of West Cork. You could easily spend days or weeks exploring West Cork, wandering up and down its lovely quiet roads. Although popular, it is never crowded like Kerry, and there are always delightful places to discover. Around each western headland, the unsuspecting visitor will discover coastlines dominated by scenic harbors and colorful fishing villages such as Glandore, Baltimore and Schull, secluded beaches and dozens of sparsely populated islands such as Sherkin and Cape Clear. These islands, which were once populated with Gaelic speaking colonies, now offer the visitor endless hours of exploring an old-world traditional Ireland.


Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Accommodation

Ballyvaughan Lodge - Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Guesthouse
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 2:00pm & 7:00pm on your day of arrival. If you expect to arrive outside these hours, please contact the B&B owners in advance on 065 707 7292.


Included Experiences

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Bunratty, County Clare

Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art, which capture the mood of those times. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country. Within the 26 acre grounds of Bunratty Castle, lies Bunratty Folk Park, where 19th century life is vividly recreated. The houses and cottages of the Folk Park spread-out from the foot of the castle's massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher, who give the site its sparkle during the summer months. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Enroute Sightseeing

Ennis, County Clare

On the Map: Ennis is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland, only 20 minutes from Shannon Airport. Ennis lies just off the major N18/M18 motorway that connects the cities of Limerick (to the south) & Galway (to the north).

Ennis is the county town of Clare and is always pleasantly busy. It takes its name from the Irish word “inis” (island) as it is virtually surrounded by the River Fergus on which it sits. Its streets are narrow and attractive, many of them pedestrianized. The Friary at the bottom of Abbey Street, was founded by the O’Briens in the 13th century. Many of its original features survive and it’s well worth visiting. But the main attraction in Ennis is the locals' obvious love of traditional music. Every May the town hosts Fleadh Nua, an international celebration of Irish culture, while in November, the Ennis Trad Festival is held. But traditional Irish music of the very highest quality is on display in the pubs of Ennis throughout the year. It often seems that those in the town that can't sing or play an instrument are very much in the minority! The person who recently labeled Ennis the Nashville of traditional Irish music wasn't far wrong!


Enroute Sightseeing

Adare Heritage Village, County Limerick

On the Map: Adare is located just 20km southwest of Limerick City / 43km south of Shannon Airport. The main N21 road (connecting the cities of Limerick & Tralee/Killarney) passes right through the centre of the village.

Adare is a quaint picturesque place, lined with traditional thatched-roof cottages. Snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting, Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most unique village. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon river, Adare (Gaelic name: "Ath Dara" - the "ford of the oak" - from the combination of water and woodland) dates back, at least, to the early 13th century. Adare village has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of world famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village's broad main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins. Situated in the centre of County Limerick, with just 15 minutes from Limerick City and 45 minutes from Shannon Airport, Adare Village is an ideal base from which to explore County Limerick's many visitor attractions such as Lough Gur and King John's Castle.


Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Accommodation

Ballyvaughan Lodge - Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Guesthouse
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 2:00pm & 7:00pm on your day of arrival. If you expect to arrive outside these hours, please contact the B&B owners in advance on 065 707 7292.


Included Experiences

Birds of Prey at Aillwee Caves

Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Today you'll visit The Birds of Prey Centre at Aillwee Cave, which opened its doors 2008. The centre allows visitors a rare glimpse at these magnificent animals, some of which are endangered. Hawks, falcons, vultures, owls and eagles all feature in this most wonderful of settings.  The Centre offers dynamic flying displays, where the visitor can interact and get up close and personal to the birds. The Centre is a home to Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, and Owls from all over the world. On-site  information boards provide a deep insight into all aspect of Birds of Prey. Receive an education on the amazing world of Raptors, their biology, conservation and the ancient art of Falconry, as well as an awareness of Raptor conservation both in Ireland and internationally. Fund raising at the Centre enables skilled staff members to assist with a variety of raptor monitoring programmes.


Cliffs of Moher Exhibition Centre

Doolin, County Clare

The Cliffs of Moher stand at 214m (700 ft) tall at their highest point and range for 8 kilometres (5 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. On a clear day, one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins & Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The state-of-the-art Atlantic Edge Interpretive Centre is an exciting and recent development at the cliffs. Housed at the centre of the underground building is a huge domed cave containing images, exhibits, displays & experiences that will delight young and old alike. Visitors enter via a viewing ramp which provides access for all to the main dome. You will 'walk on water' as you enter and follow the bird’s feet from there. The dome is organised into four principal themed areas exploring different elements of the mighty Cliffs of Moher: OCEAN, ROCK, NATURE and MAN. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Doolin, County Clare

The world-famous Cliffs of Moher are the crowning glory of County Clare's spectacular coastline. The cliffs provide an unrivalled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean - a world unchanged since the pre-Celtic masters of magic - the Tuatha Dé Danann, ruled Ireland. The Cliffs span 8km / 5 miles, varying in height from 400 to 700 feet. From Doolin Pier take a cruise under the cliffs and enjoy viewing them from a completely different perspective. The Cliffs of Moher are home to Ireland’s largest seabird colony, and have been designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the European Union. They are home to about 30,000 birds. The most famous seabirds are the Atlantic Puffins, which live in large colonies on isolated and grassy parts of the cliffs - you may see some of these on your cruise!


Overnight Location

Ballyvaughan, County Clare

On the Map: Ballyvaughan village is situated in northern County Clare, in the heart of the Burren Region, and close to Ireland's west coast. The village is accessed via the N67 road that connects the cities of Lisdoonvarna (to the west) & Kinvara (to the east).

Ballyvaughan is the ideal place for almost everybody: those who look for peace and tranquility in their holidays, those who look for traditional music and old pubs, for archaeologists, botanists and fishermen. Families will enjoy the safety of the beach in Bishopsquarter, surfers will love the waves in Fanore. Hillwalking and cycling are among the most popular pastimes among locals and tourists alike. It is also a great base for exploring some of the best known landmarks of Ireland - The Cliffs of Moher, Poulnabrone Dolmen and Alliwee Caves to name but a few.


Must-See Sites

The Burren, County Clare

On the Map: The Burren is located in the north of County Clare in Ireland's west. The closest town is Ballyvaughan to the north, but the Burren is also easily accessible from Doolin, Lisdoonvarna (to the west) and Ennis (to the south).

The Burren, or Boireann, meaning Great Rock, is in County Clare. It is, without dispute, one of the most unique - and strangest - landscapes in Europe.  The Burren occupiues approximately 250 square kilometers. Bounded by the Atlantic on the west and rocked by Galway Bay to the north, it is a multi-layered landscape where rare and delicate plants have adapted in order to thrive and flourish between harsh crevices. Stroll the meadows, be astonished by the boulders, and read the trail marks and footprints that the ice age and volcanoes left behind. The Burren is littered with ancient and megalithic sites. The most dramatic of these is the Poulnabrone Dolmen, an impressive 5,000 year old portal tomb. Poulnabrone is one of the most famous megalithic monuments in Ireland. Just how the people of the time managed to get the truly massive capstone in place, is a mystery which continues to baffle archaeologists.


Depart From

Depart from Shannon Airport, County Clare

Return to Shannon Airport three hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. Shannon is a small, convenient airport, so this will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Shannon Airport.
Shannon is proud of its 'Duty Free' shops, and it should be: The concept of Duty-Free shopping was invented at Shannon in 1947!


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NO TOURS$598$698

Your Price Includes:


ACCOMMODATION
  • 4 Nights at Idyllic Coastal B&Bs
TRANSPORTATION
  • Rental Car with Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes
DINING OPTIONS
  • 4 Full Irish Breakfasts - One each day to get you going!

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Admission to Charles Fort in Kinsale
  • Entrance to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Aillwee Cave Tour & Birds of Prey Centre Visit
  • Cliffs of Moher Exhibition Centre
  • Scenic Cruise around the base of the Cliffs of Moher
POINTS OF INTEREST
  • Drive a Portion of the Famous Ring of Kerry
  • Spectacular Scenery & Picturesque Villages in Southern County Cork
  • Travel back in time in Scenic Adare Heritage Village
  • Marvel at Ancient Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Visit Historic Charles Fort
  • The Cliffs of Moher & Natural Wonders of County Clare

Prices Based On:

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single Supplement Price Available for Solo Travelers
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

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