Luxury 16 seat bus tours of The Ring of Kerry
An essential part of any visit to the Emerald Isle is a tour of the world famous Ring of Kerry. Take our luxury 16 seat bus on a 180km circuit of the county.
Our experienced guides will be delighted to show you the unrivalled beauty County Kerry has to offer. Whether you’re looking for an insight into Irish history, a sample of our famous local wit or simply a great photo opportunity, the Ring of Kerry Tour is exactly what you require.
Ring of Kerry Tour Itinerary
Operates April 1st – November 30th
9.00am: Depart Gleneagle Hotel (Muckross Road) Car Park
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9.10am: Depart Holiday Inn (Muckross Road) Car Park
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9.30am: (Sharp) Depart Lewis Road Coach Park
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We depart Killarney and head northwest towards Killorglin. On our left will be the famous Gap of Dunloe, the McGillicuddy Reeks mountain range and, of course, Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil.
Killorglin is situated in the heart of Kerry on the River Laune. This lively town on a hill is best known for one of Ireland’s oldest, longest and most unusual festivals, Puck Fair. This annual event, during which a goat is crowned ‘King Puck’ is celebrated on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August and has its origins in the mists of time. It is Ireland’s oldest street festival.
Stop at Kerry Bog Village** and Red Fox Inn
The Kerry Bog Village gives you a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 18th century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe and is one of Kerry’s leading tourist attractions.
** Optional (There is a separate charge to tour the village.)
The Red Fox Inn is situated beside the Kerry Bog Village. Their Irish coffees are world-famous and a discount is available to visitors who purchase a ticket for the village.
From here we continue southwest and pass through the village of Glenbeigh. Soon we catch our first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged Kerry coastline. Weather permitting your driver/guide will stop for photos along the way.
Stop at Kerry Sheep Centre***
Brendan trains border collies in the art of sheepherding and his wonderfully unique skills are on show here. See how his dogs respond to his every command. We watch as Brendan instructs his dogs to gather, move and sort the sheep according to his specific instructions.
*** Optional (There is a separate charge for demonstration. Subject to availability.)
Stop in Cahersiveen****
We stop in the town of Cahersiveen which is one of the westernmost towns in Ireland and, therefore, in Europe. It has remained principally a market town throughout the centuries and has never been truly affected by the tourist industry, so it remains one of the more original towns along the Ring of Kerry. One of its many attractions is the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, named for one of Ireland’s most important historical figures. O’Connell, often referred to as The Liberator, was born just outside the town in 1775.
**** This is our usual stop for lunch.
Stop in Waterville
We make a brief stop in the beautiful village of Waterville which is stunningly situated between the wild Atlantic Ocean and Lough Currane. Uniquely, this is the only village on the Ring of Kerry that is actually right on the coast. Enjoy a walk along the seafront or “Promenade” as the locals call it, where you can taste the salt water in the air.
Stop at Coomakista Pass
A stop at the Coomakista Pass is a must. This is one of the most photographed panoramas on the Ring of Kerry and for good reason. Here you will be over 215 metres (700 feet) above the sea with stunning views over Kenmare Bay, Abbey Island, Deenish Island, Scariff Island and much more.
Stop in Sneem
We enjoy a brief stop in the picturesque village of Sneem which is immaculately kept with its traditional buildings, pubs, restaurants and craft shops all painted in an array of beautiful colours. Little wonder it is a past winner of the ‘Tidy Towns of Ireland’ award. A peaceful idyll where no hustle or bustle is allowed.
Stop at Ladies View
Situated in the Killarney National Park, Ladies View is one of Ireland’s best-known and loved panoramas. Enjoy the magnificent view of the valleys, lakes and mountains, including the Black Valley, Upper and Lower Lakes and some of the Killarney National Park.
Arrive Gleneagle Hotel (Muckross Road) Car Park
Arrive Holiday Inn (Muckross Road) Car Park
16.15pm: Arrive Lewis Road Coach Park
Tour returns to Killarney at 4.30pm – 5.00pm approx.
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