Guided hiking tour – English speaking guide

This holiday is based in the “Kingdom” of County Kerry, in the vibrant scenic town of  Killarney and the traditional friendly market town of Caherciveen.  It offers you an easy and gentle walking program combined with the best of ancient and modern Ireland  and some very unique and memorable activities.  Imagine combining the stunning lake, mountain and Atlantic scenery of the South West of Ireland with Irish Music, ancient castles and manor houses, Irish farming traditions, learning to play the Bodhran, a magical evening walk to a prehistoric Ring Fort, an island walk and an Irish set dancing session!  All this, and more, is combined with traditional Irish hospitality, good food and friendly people to make this an unforgettable week, ideal for people seeking a real Irish experience.  This is a gentle walking program  combined with wonderful Celtic cultural  activities. Discover Killarney – a well-known, scenic, vibrant town in the heart of the Killarney National Park, enjoy a visit of 19th century Muckross House, Gardens, Traditional Farms and Abbey , make a boat trip through the three Lakes of Killarney and take pleasure in spectacular coastal and inland walks.
Day 1: Killarney 19.00 hrs. Dinner and welcome briefing with guide at Dromhall hotel in Killarney.  Possibility to ask for an optional airport transfer from Shannon or Kerry airports (price on request). Day 2:  Killarney National Park    +0m , 10 km/6 mi An introductory gentle walk through Killarney National Park allows you to experience the stunning lake and mountain scenery as well as the historical aspect of the Park, with a visit of 19th century Muckross House, the Gardens, the Traditional Farms- where guests walk back in time to a working 1930’s farm. On our walk back to the hotel we also pass by the 15th century Muckross Abbey. After dinner you may like to head into Killarney town to one of its traditional Irish pubs for a celebration of Irish Music! Day 3: Ring of Kerry, Torc Waterfall After a short morning walk in Killarney National Park to Torc Waterfall we transfer along the famous Ring of Kerry route to the coastal village of Caherdaniel.  We visit Derrynane National Park and House, home of Daniel O’Connell The Liberator. Walk along the Mass Path with beautiful views of the beaches, visit a 12th Century abbey on Abbey Island. Walk the blue flag Derrynane beach or if you are brave enough, a swim in the Atlantic Ocean!  Picnic lunch on beach or Abbey Island before continuing onto Cahersiveen for the next couple of days. Day 4 Art and Music, Irish Chocolates and Skellig Experience & Boat cruise Today we have a leisurely day and start off on a musical note and learn how to play the ancient Irish drum - the Bodhran - in a friendly and informal session with our Master Bohdran player. Afterwards we make a welcome stop at the Skellig Chocolate factory to give into those ‘sweet tooth’ cravings before continuing to Valentia Island. In the afternoon we visit THE SKELLIG EXPERIENCE VISITOR CENTRE where we experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry. Weather permitting after lunch we take a boat trip around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the monastic island of Sceilg Mhichíl (Great Skellig Island) which was inhabited in the 6th – 12th centuries by Irish monks and more recently was a filming location for Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’.  We will also pass the world’s largest Gannet colony on Little Skellig Island. Please note: For anyone who may like to land on and walk Great Skellig, it may be possible to negotiate. Extra charges will apply. Day 5: Treasure Island & evening walk to prehistoric Ring Fort   5 km/3 miles, +12m/370ft Today we tour Valentia Island giving superb views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dingle Bay and Peninsula as well as the Skellig Islands.  Valentia Island is rich in wild and marine life, standing stones, sub-tropical flora & also the location of the first transatlantic cable. Visits include Valentia Slate Quarry & Grott.Tetrapod Tracks (250m years old), landing site of the Transatlantic cable (1860s). We walk to Bray Head (Napoleonic signal Tower and WWII lookout post). A gentle but satisfying day. After dinner in your guesthouse, we invite you to a magical late evening visit to a prehistoric Ring Fort. The magical sounds of an Irish harp await you in the stillness of the Ring Fort (weather permitting). Simply unforgettable… Day 6: Atlantic Beach walk, Sheep Dog Trials and free time  3 km/2 miles (weather dependent) Today we set off and continue our journey along the Ring to Kerry returning to Killarney where we will stay for the last two nights.  See real live sheep dog trials in Kells en-route. Completely rejuvenate your spirit as you walk along the award winning blue flag beach of Rossbeigh.  Enjoy a free afternoon and evening discovering Killarney’s craft, book & coffee shops, visit a spa or walk in the National Park, adjacent to the town. Day 7: Boat Trip  Lakes of Killarney & Walk through the Gap of Dunloe   11km/7 miles, +215m/ 700 ft Saving the best walk for last, this morning we depart from Ross Castle to enjoy one of Ireland’s best day trips on an open top boat through the three Lakes of Killarney to Lord Brandons cottage. After lunch we undertake a wonderful walk through the Gap of Dunloe to Kate Kearneys Cottage where you may like to treat yourself to an Irish Coffee at the end. Non walkers have the option of hopping on a horse drawn jaunting car (supplement of €20-30 per person).  This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner & Irish night where you can celebrate and reflect on the wonderful walks, sights, sound and tastes of Ireland you have experienced throughout the week. Day 8     Departure Departure after a hot cooked Irish breakfast.  Check below if the Go Visit Ireland Airport transfers to Kerry (closest airport) or Shannon airport suit.
Terrain:  easy and short hiking stages  on mostly flat terrain (only few little ascent), paths, beach paths; Guide: local guide English speaking Participants: min.  6 pax Luggage transport: yes Sugegsted for children: from 16 yo

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Departures: 2017:   13/05 – 17/06 –  08/07 – 26/08 –  23/09

Individual price
Basic price doulbe room 1220
Suppl. July and August 60
Suppl. single room* 250
* This can be avoided entirely if singles are willing to share a room with someone of the same sex. We will try our utmost to match those singles willing to share. Included: 4 nights in Irish Tourist Board 4* hotel  and 3 nights in Irish Tourist Board approved guesthouse based on two adults sharing with private bathroom;  7 full Irish breakfasts + 6 packed lunches + 6  dinners; traditional Irish music, entrance to Muckross House and Muckross Traditional Farms and Derrynane House; boat trip through 3 Lakes of Killarney (*Cruise around the UNESCO world heritage site of Skelling Islands; visit of pre-historic ring fort with *Irish harp playing; bodhran Session (learning to play traditional Irish drum); Sheep dog trials; transfers to and from walks each day; experienced local guide throughout itinerary; health-medical insurance EuropAssistance 24/24. *these activities are weather dependent Not included: individual journey to/from Ireland; 1 dinner and 2 lunches; drinks; any transfer not mentioned in the program; entrance fees, extra and everything not listed as Included.
By plane: Kerry is the nearest airport , 16 km far from Killarney ( Aer Arann from Dublin twice a day  www.aerarann.com ; pay attention to luggage limitation according to airline you choose. By train and bus: from Kerry public bus to  Killarney, see  www.buseireann.ie ; from Dublin  Heuston Trail Station train ride, see www.irishtrail.ie . Possible private transfers on request. By car: for itineraries www.google.it/maps.
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