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Ireland: Family Self Drive Adventure

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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Price: P.O.A.
Trip Type: Ready to Book
Location: Ireland
Accommodation: Deluxe
Difficulty: Your Own Pace

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Southwest Ireland is home to magnificent scenery, fun experiences and great places to stay. This carefully-crafted self-drive itinerary allows your family to explore Kerry at a leisurely pace and meet people who call this part of Ireland their home. Your family will enjoy once-in-a-lifetime guided experiences – from a private wildlife spotting boat trip past pristine beaches, below sheer cliffs and alongside deserted island to customised hikes away from the crowds in Killarney National Park. You may choose to explore tidal pools with an expert, learning about edible seaweeds and hearing local myths and legends or enjoy a real sea-to-plate experience where you catch and eat your own lunch, with a lesson in making sushi or ceviche.

Explore southwest Ireland at your own pace on this private self drive trip using our insider suggestions of places to stop – we’ll make sure that you get the local perspective. Imagine feeding lambs and watching sheepdogs at work, exploring limestone caves or searching for ancient dinosaur footprints on the seashore – just some of the intriguing stops along the way.

Guided experiences can be catered to suit your family’s abilities, while built-in free time allows you to customise your trip to suit your family’s preferences. At night, stay in comfortable and family-friendly 4 star accommodations, with plenty of time in each place to unpack and opportunities to enjoy the onsite facilities.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the magic of Ireland's southwest by walking empty sandy beaches, exploring rural farmland and meeting local people in the heart of Kerry.
  • Enjoy customised guided activities and experiences - wildlife-spotting boat trips, family hikes and foraging adventures.
  • Stay at unique, family-friendly 4 star accommodations including a beach-side hotel and an authentic castle.
  • Travel at your own pace on this self-drive trip.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Go West

Collecting your rental car today, you will hit the road west, allowing the rolling green hills and picture-perfect pastures of Ireland’s midlands to unfold before you. We’ll recommend plenty of places to stop along the way so that there are lots of opportunities for everyone to stretch their legs. Ireland is “the land of the horse” and we know the perfect stop where you can learn about the country’s equestrian heritage and meet some of the world’s finest racehorses. History lovers will enjoy the Rock of Cashel – an imposing hilltop ruin that was the ancient home to the Kings of Munster. You will spend the next few nights at a coastal hotel that has plenty of onsite activities – paddle out on the in-house kayaks, walk their many trails or relax in the pool and spa.

Overnight: 4 star | Parknasilla Resort | Sneem

Day 2 - South Kerry Adventure

We will arrange a guided adventure for you today. Meeting a local seaweed forager and storyteller for the morning, explore a hidden beach, spotting shrimp and crabs in tidal pools and getting a first-hand introduction to the many edible seaweeds that grow on the wild Kerry coast. Hear stories of hermit monks, smugglers and one of Ireland’s great national heroes, who’s boyhood home is just around the corner. If seaweed isn’t your thing, how about a bit of fishing in the bay and a family cookery lesson where you learn to make your own ceviche and sushi?

Overnight: 4 star | Parknasilla Resort | Sneem (B)


Day 3 - The Skellig Ring

As your hotel is located along the world-famous Ring of Kerry, we can offer our best recommendations of places to visit that are within easy reach of your hotel. Our favourite, however, is the Skellig Ring. This little detour off the tourist route is worth it for the views across to the Skellig Islands where part of the most recent Star Wars trilogy was filmed. If a day trip is the plan, then include a visit to Valentia Island – here you can find dinosaur footprints and explore the lighthouse perched on the edge of a rocky peninsula.

Overnight: 4 star | Parknasilla Resort | Sneem (B)

Day 4 - Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park really is the jewel in Kerry’s crown. Killarney may be a popular spot, but today you will meet one of our guides who will make sure you discover parts of Killarney that most people miss. Your activity will be tailored to your family’s interests and abilities. You could find yourselves in a traditional wooden boat crossing the Lakes of Killarney or in a horse-drawn carriage trotting through the magical valley that is the Gap of Dunloe. One of the best ways to discover Killarney’s secrets is on foot, and your guide can lead you on an off-the-beaten-path hike that takes in lush green valleys and heathery hilltops. Check in at your castle hotel this evening where we’ve arranged a lavish afternoon tea fit for royalty.

Overnight: 4 star | Ballyseede Castle | Tralee (B)

Day 5 - Wildlife Spotting

Dingle is the very best of Ireland distilled into one peninsula – think grazing sheep, golden sand beaches, windswept mountains and crashing ocean waves. This is Europe’s most westerly point and a great place for wildlife spotting. You will head out today in the company of an experienced skipper who will introduce you to some of the coastline’s wildlife. This is one of Ireland’s best whale watching locations – if you’re lucky, you might spot one of the many species of whale that swim these waters. Dolphins and basking sharks are also regular visitors. This evening you have a treat in store – tickets to Ireland’s National Folk Theatre for an evening of traditional Irish music and dance.

Overnight: 4 star | Ballyseede Castle | Tralee (B)

Day 6 - The Dingle Peninsula

After yesterday’s water-based adventure, today you will travel at your own pace or simply relax back at your hotel. We’ll offer our recommendations of places to explore on the Dingle Peninsula. Perhaps you might visit a sheep farm to watch firsthand as the farmer herds their sheep with one of their clever collie dogs – you may even bottle feed a tiny lamb! Visit ancient churches, 5,000 year old tombs and drive some of the most beautiful roads in Ireland as you explore Slea Head. We recommend stopping for some fish ‘n’ chips on the way back to base – cooked using freshly caught fish straight from the boats in Dingle harbour.

Overnight: 4 star | Ballyseede Castle | Tralee (B)

Day 7 - Depart

This morning you can head back to Dublin or onto Shannon Airport or Kerry Airport on the west coast. And of course, we will offer plenty of recommendations to break up your journey. (B)

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Accommodation Read More

On this deluxe trip, you’ll be staying in 4 star hotels, castles, lodges or country houses. Accommodations may include Parknasilla Resort and Ballyseede Castle.

A warm welcome is assured and you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service in these. Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms. Breakfast is included each morning.

Please note that alternative accommodations may be offered when you book if availability at any of these is limited.

Meals Read More

At all stages of your trip you will be able to enjoy the finest of Ireland’s cuisine, enjoying delicious meals prepared from superb local ingredients.

Packed lunches are not included in the trip cost, but will be available from your hotel or a local cafe/deli.

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What’s Included:

  • 6 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotels and a castle in interconnecting rooms
  • Breakfast each day
  • Maps and guide book
  • Recommendations of local activities and places to visit in each location and on transfer days
  • A guided foraging or fishing experience in Kerry
  • A guided day with a Wilderness Ireland guide in Killarney National Park
  • A private wildlife watching boat trip
  • Tickets to a show at The National Folk Theatre
  • Afternoon tea at the castle
  • 24/7 Support

Car rental is not included but can be arranged

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