Kent & King Ireland Adventure Final Information

Jamie, Michelle, Christine & Frank

Sunday 4th August – Sunday 11th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights


Travel along Ireland’s southern and western coasts, getting under the skin of Ireland while taking in some of the famous historic sites and highlights along the way. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring Ireland’s famous and off the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and ancient interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner and music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.


  • Enjoy a unique foraging and picnic experience in Kinsale
  • Boat along the Lakes of Killarney
  • Delight in authentic Irish food

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 4th August - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into your 5 star hotel in the city centre. Check-in is at 3pm however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat. Head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to the Georgian to the modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion
Room Type: Superior King x2
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Dublin Chauffeurs
Pick Up Location: Arrivals Hall, Dublin Airport | Pick Up Time: 05:00 | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Your transfer will meet you in the arrivals hall, they will have a sign with your name on it. They have your flight details so please don’t be alarmed if you are delayed.

Day 1 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend grabbing lunch at your hotel before your walking tour. Alternatively, try Bunsen (there will be a queue) or Bloom Brasserie.

Day 1 - Historical Walking Tour Read More +

Activity: Historical Walking Tour
Guide: TBC
Start Location: The lobby of your hotel | Start Time: 16:00 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Your guide’s name and number will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Winding StairSole Seafood & Grill, or The Boxty House (a modern take on traditional Irish food).

For pubs, we recommend Doheny & Nesbitt’sThe Hairy Lemon, Toners or No Name.

Day 2 - Monday 5th August - Rock of Cashel & Cork

Your private guide will meet you in your hotel lobby this morning, and after introductions you will begin your journey into the countryside travelling through Ireland’s hidden heartlands. Dive right into wonder of ancient Ireland with a stop at the Rock of Cashel, an immaculately preserved cathedral overlooking the sweeping landscape below. After lunch it’s only an hour drive to your boutique luxury hotel, nestled within beautiful walled gardens. This evening your guide will join you for a welcome dinner and the chance to discuss the week to come.

Overnight: Cork | Hayfield Manor
Room Type: Superior Room x2
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 - Guide Details - Jacquie Read More +

Name: Jacquie
Contact Number: +353 87 665 8537
Meeting Place: The Merrion | Meeting Time: 09:00

Jacquie will meet you in the lobby of your hotel.

Day 2 - The Rock of Cashel Read More +

Activity: The Rock of Cashel
| Start Time: 12:00 | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Perrotts Garden Bistro | Location: Hayfield Manor
Reservation Time: 17:30

Day 3 - Tuesday 6th August - Kinsale Food Tour

After breakfast, you’ll make your way to the bright coastal town of Kinsale. Historically a medieval fishing port, its spectacular waterfront setting and candy-coloured houses, shops and restaurants, make it a glorious blend of old and the new. Here you’ll embark on a delightful culinary journey where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and local flavour. As your local guide regales you with stories of the town, enjoy fresh seafood, artisan cheeses, and vibrant produce sourced from nearby farms. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through the village and a browse in the stores before heading back to your accommodation. Tonight, we recommend a wander around Cork city and dinner in one of its many award winning restaurants.

Overnight: Cork | Hayfield Manor
Room Type: Superior Room x2
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Kinsale Food Tour Read More +

Activity: Kinsale Food Tour
| Start Time: 11:00 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Isaac’s Restaurant (fine dining), Elbow Lane (modern) or Paradiso (vegetarian). We also recommend stopping in Mutton Lane Inn for a pre or post-dinner drink.

Day 4 - Wednesday 7th August - Blarney Castle & Killarney

Checking out of your hotel this morning, say goodbye to Cork as you make your way further north to Killarney. Before doing so, the first port of call is Blarney where you will visit the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. Continue on after lunch to check in to your accommodation, nestled on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park. Enjoy some free time to explore the colourful Killarney town this afternoon, known for its bustling atmosphere and traditional Irish pubs. Finish the day listening to some tunes by an open fire.

Overnight: Killarney | Cahernane House
Room Type: Superior Double x2
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Blarney Castle & Gardens Read More +

Activity: Blarney Castle & Gardens
| Start Time: 10:30 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Bricin or Celtic Whiskey Bar.

Day 5 - Thursday 8th August - Killarney National Park & Boat Tour

Enjoy a day of exploration in Killarney National Park – the jewel in the county’s crown and the largest of Ireland’s National Parks. Today the park encompasses 26,000 acres of mountains, woodlands, lakes, waterfalls and history. Historic manor houses and abbeys make for an interesting visit but Killarney is best explored via the water with a private boat trip across the lake. After your invigorating boat tour, your guide will lead you through the grounds and gardens of Muckross House, a 19th century mansion set upon the shores of the glistening lake. Time and energy levels allowing, it’s only a short walk up to the base of the serpentine Torc Waterfall winding its way from the mountainside and into the lush canopy of trees.

Overnight: Killarney | Cahernane House
Room Type: Superior Double x2
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Private Boat Tour Read More +

Activity: Private Boat Tour
| Start Time: 09:30 | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Day 5 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Cronin’s or The Tan Yard.

Day 6 - Friday 9th August - Adare and The Cliffs of Moher

Leaving the Kingdom of Kerry behind this morning, make your way into the neighbouring counties of Limerick and Clare. Your first stop this morning is into the buzzing village of Adare, where you can stretch your legs with a wander between its traditional thatched-roof cottages, local art galleries, and warming cafes. Further up on your drive north, the real treat for the day is to see the famous Cliffs of Moher up close. Dropping some 700 feet below to the sea, the Cliffs are set among a jaw-dropping landscape with the cobalt waters swirling below and rolling green sheep-laden fields toward the land. Retire for the evening in Galway city, the unofficial capital of Ireland’s west coast with a rich history and strong culture which we will explore more tomorrow.

Overnight: Galway | Glenlo Abbey
Room Type: Garden Deluxe x2
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - The Cliffs of Moher Read More +

Activity: The Cliffs of Moher
| Start Time: 14:30 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at your accommodation tonight. The Pullman Restaurant is a unique dining experience.

Day 7 - Saturday 10th August - Galway Food Tour

Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful store fronts is vibrant, fun and cosmopolitan. What better way to spend an afternoon here than a delectable food tour? Stop off in the city and tantalise your taste buds with a delightful journey through Galway’s culinary scene. From artisanal cheeses, craft beers, to handcrafted chocolate, this will be a true feast for the senses. To top off the day and to celebrate your final night in Ireland, we have organised an intimate performance of Irish dance in one of the oldest pubs in Galway. Soak up the wonderful atmosphere, music and dance unique to this island while enjoying a glass of uisce beatha. Your guide will join you for a farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: Galway | Glenlo Abbey
Room Type: Garden Deluxe x2
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Galway Food Tour & Irish Dancing Read More +

Activity: Galway Food Tour & Irish Dancing
| Start Time: 11:30 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Please wear comfortable walking shoes

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Ard Bia | Location: Galway
Reservation Time: 19:00

Day 8 - Sunday 11th August - Heading Home

This morning, your guide will drop you to Dublin airport as its time to say farewell to Ireland. We do hope your time here has been memorable and we once again have the opportunity to welcome to our shores.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Transfer to Dublin Airport Read More +

Activity: Transfer to Dublin Airport

Your guide will discuss what time to leave the night before.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 8
  • Most meals as indicated above – breakfast each morning, 6 lunch and 2 dinner
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 2 to Day 8
  • Ground transportation from Day 2 to Day 8
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
  • Private airport transfer on Day 1
  • Private historical walking tour of Dublin
  • Entry to the Rock of Cashel
  • Private food tour of Kinsale
  • Entry to the Blarney Stone
  • Private boat tour along the Lakes of Killarney
  • Private Galway food tour and Irish dancing experience
  • Gratuities for experiences, accommodations & included meals
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
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Get in Touch


The Merrion Hotel

Upper Merrion Street | Dublin | Co. Dublin |
D02 KF79 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 603 0600

Hayfield Manor

Perrott Avenue, College Road | Cork | Co. Cork |
T12 HT97 | Ireland
Phone: +353 21 4845900

Cahernane House Hotel

Muckross Road | Killarney | Kerry |
Phone: +353 (0)64 663 1895

Glenlo Abbey

Bushypark | Co. Galway |
H91 XD8K | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)91 519 600

Meet Your Guide

Jacquie Lynskey

Contact Number: +353 87 665 8537

I can remember as a child always looking up at the hills and mountains and wanting to be “up there,” as walking seems to be in my soul! Thankfully, during my entire adult life, I have been an active walker, swimmer, cyclist, orienteer, and runner and have thoroughly enjoyed being in the great outdoors across Ireland and many other countries. Having raised a wonderful family and stewarded a vital charity in Galway for the past 25 years, I am now feeling really privileged to share my love of the great outdoors and wonderful country with all who visit. I am Canadian-born with a beautiful Mammy who came from a small town in Ontario called Harrow, where I have lots of relations. My Dad is a wealth of information about Irish genealogy. And my husband runs a Christmas Tree Farm!