- Great Skellig
- Muckross House
- Picturesquely positioned Ross Castle
- Ring of Kerry
- Rose Hotel
Kerry, Dingle and Killarney
- Half board
Immerse yourself in County Kerry’s beauty
County Kerry’s emerald green landscapes and offshore islands are waiting to be explored. Offering a half-board stay for its duration is the 4-star The Rose Hotel, traditionally decorated throughout and located a short walk from the centre of Tralee.
Included in your stay is a cruise around Great Skellig Island, once home to a monastic retreat and recognised by UNESCO for its outstanding national value. You will also take a tour of the Dingle Distillery, located on a peninsula once described by National Geographic Magazine as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’. Explore the 19th-century splendour of Muckross House and navigate the picturesque Ring of Kerry on this exploration of County Kerry.
7 nights at your hotel
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Dedicated Saga Host
- Return flights and transfers
- Cancellation rights
- Hosted drinks reception
- Free hotel Wi-Fi and safe
- Hotel porterage
- Tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
Included excursions and visits
- Ring of Kerry (full day)
- Lough Leane cruise and Muckross House (full day)
- Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Distillery (three-quarter day)
- Skellig Island boat tour (three-quarter day)
Day 1 Tralee
Arrive at your hotel - following a two-hour transfer from Cork - and settle in. Join your host for a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Ring of Kerry coach tour
Streams, stone bridges and plenty of flora and fauna are all waiting to be seen during your panoramic drive along the Ring of Kerry, a looping road following the contours of Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. The drive will take approximately three and a half hours with additional time for lunch at your own expense.
From Coomakesta Pass you will enjoy views of Derrynane Bay and Abbey Island while a stop at Sneem Village might provide an opportunity to take a stroll, purchase a trinket or enjoy a pint of Guinness in this colourful village.
Make your way over the famous Molls Gap to Ladies View, with its panoramic views across the lakes of Killarney. B, D
Day 3 At leisure
Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Perhaps visit the Kerry County Museum, located in Tralee, or take a trip to Killarney National Park, offering some excellent hiking opportunities. B, D
Day 4 Lough Leane cruise, Muckross House visit and free time in Killarney
Begin your day with a cruise on Lough Leane. The name belonging to this picturesque body of water means ‘Lake of Learning’, owing to the monastery built on Innisfallen, one of the lake’s islands. During your cruise you will also pass Ross Island, upon which stands a 15th-century castle with the same name. Lough Leane is fringed by thickly wooded slopes and punctuated by curious uninhabited islands.
Having disembarked from the boat, you will have some free time in Killarney to purchase lunch. The town is home to St Mary’s Cathedral, completed in the mid-19th century and certainly worthy of a visit. Leaving Killarney behind, you will then make the short journey to Muckross House, an estate measuring 13,000 acres and dating back to the 17th century. The house by which you will be met was completed in 1843 and features furniture and artefacts dating from the 19th century. B, L, D
Day 5 Skellig Islands tour and free time in Portmagee
Take to the water and seek out the Skellig Islands, the larger of which - Great Skellig - was a centre of monastic learning and prayer for over 500 years.
During your boat tour around Great Skellig, you will gaze up at this towering sea crag that was recognised by UNESCO for its outstanding national value. Hear its history and keep your camera to hand before returning to dry land. Spend time in Portmagee, the main street of which is filled with colourful houses overlooked by rolling hills. B, D
Day 6 At leisure
Today provides an opportunity to take a breath, look over the photos taken of south-west Ireland’s pretty scenery and perhaps explore County Kerry a little more. You can also join a walk from Tralee itself. B, D
Day 7 Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Distillery
Journey out along Dingle peninsula, once described by National Geographic as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’. Carpeting the peninsula are green fields which roll down towards dramatic rock formations that are bashed and beaten by the constant Atlantic waves. Following the Slea Head route brings you along the peninsula to Ventry a charming village with a beautiful beach before winding onwards to Dunbeg Fort and the Fahan group of Clocháns or Beehive huts. On a clear day you can see the island of Skellig Michael as a silhouette on the southern horizon.
The drive continues with a sheer cliff on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. During your drive, you will stop for a tour of Dingle Distillery, an artisanal distillery that always puts quality before quantity and has won a multitude of awards for their whiskey, gin and vodka as a result. During your tour of the whiskey distillery, your guide will explain the site’s history - started by the three founders of Porterhouse Brewing Company - and showcase the unique equipment used to bring out the spirit’s flavour.
At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste a dram of whiskey to experience the excellence first-hand. B, D
Day 8 Farewell
Check out of your hotel and make your way home. B
During your tour, you will have two days at leisure to explore independently and visit some of the area’s most notable attractions and landmarks. The town of Tralee was largely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s army during the 17th century, however, much of its history is preserved in the Kerry County Museum, located in the town’s green leafy park. Step into a typical street scene from AD 1450 in the museum’s Medieval Experience and wander through Archaeology Hall, offering visitors an insight into some of the techniques and tools used by those who uncover the past. If you’re feeling a little more active, consider digging out your walking boots and exploring Killarney National Park.
A ten-minute walk through Tralee Town Park is the 4-star The Rose Hotel, set against a dramatic backdrop provided by the Slieve Mish Mountains. Each of the hotel’s 161 traditionally decorated rooms come with all of the amenities that you might expect. You will be invited to dine in the hotel’s welcoming restaurant and make use of each room’s complimentary Wi-Fi, television, air conditioning and tea & coffee-making facilities.
Tralee itself was founded by the Normans during the 13th century, however much of its history - including a medieval castle - was lost during Cromwellian raids. To step back in time, stroll along Denny Street, flanked by Georgian buildings.
The Skellig Island boat tour is subject to weather conditions and may change days accordingly. In 2021, the Dingle Distillery visit is replaced with a sheep dog demonstration due to Dingle Peninsula closure.