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Bus Éireann offers a range of daylong and half-day guided tours from June to September. You can book them at the bus station in Killarney, or at any tourist office. A full-day tour costs about €30, half-day €15. The memorable Gap of Dunloe Tour (at €25) includes a coach or vintage bus and boat trip. Add €20 for a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Gap. There are three companies offering this tour, which can be booked through the Killarney Tourist Office. More conventional day trips can also be made to the Ring of Kerry, An Daingean (Dingle), and Ceann Sleibne (Slea Head), and to Caragh Lake and Rossbeigh. A full-day (10:30–5) tour costs from €20 to €30 per person, excluding lunch and refreshments. These can be booked through the Killarney TIO. Keating Coaches offers day trips and half-day tours of the Shannon region from Limerick City (book in advance). Themes include "castles and gardens"; "waterways, highways, and byways"; and "flying boats, monks, and dolphins."

Bus Tour Companies

Bus Éireann. A range of daylong and half-day guided tours are offered from June to September. You can book them at the bus station in Killarney, or at any tourist office. The memorable Gap of Dunloe Tour (at €25) includes a coach or vintage bus and boat trip; add €20 for a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Gap. More conventional day trips can also be made to the Ring of Kerry, An Daingean (Dingle), and Ceann Sléibhe (Slea Head), and to Caragh Lake and Rossbeigh. Full-day tours depart at 10:30 am and return at 5 pm, and the price does not include lunch and refreshments. 061/313–333 in Limerick; 066/716–4700 in Tralee; 064/663–0011 in Killarney. www.buseireann.ie. Full day tour around €30; half day from €15.

Keating Coaches. Day trips and half-day tours of the Shannon region from Limerick City (book in advance; minimum of four people required) include themes such as "castles and gardens"; "waterways, highways, and byways"; and "flying boats, monks, and dolphins." 069/68201. www.limericktours.com. Call for details.

Special-Interest Tours

Adams and Butler organizes self-driven or chauffeur-driven group tours with accommodations in private country houses and castles. It also conducts special-interest tours, including gardens, architecture, ghosts, and golf, while Killorglin-based Go Ireland offers comprehensive packages for walking, cycling, fishing, golfing, and equestrian holidays on the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula with experienced local guides.

Hidden Ireland Tours has two knowledgeable Irish-based guides, Con Moriarty of Killarney and Ann Curran of Dingle, who will tailor a package to suit your interests, catering for groups of 2 to 16 people, and upwards. Consider an eight-day walking tour with bases in Killarney and Dingle, or a luxurious car tour staying in some of the region's best country-house hotels. Slow Food, painting, literary tours, or antiques tours can also be arranged.

Tour Companies

Adams & Butler. This company provides self-driven or chauffeur-driven group tours with accommodations in private country houses and castles. It also conducts special-interest tours, including gardens, architecture, ghosts, and golf. 01/288–9355. www.adamsandbutler.com. Call for details.

Go Visit Ireland. This Killorglin-based company offers comprehensive packages (including accommodations and meals) for walking, cycling, fishing, golfing, and equestrian holidays on the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula with experienced local guides. 066/976–2094. www.govisitireland.com. From €650 per week.

Hidden Ireland Tours. Two knowledgeable Ireland-based guides, Con Moriarty of Killarney and Ann Curran of Dingle, will tailor a package to suit your interests for groups of 2 to 16 people, and upward. Consider an eight-day walking tour with bases in Killarney and Dingle, or a luxurious car tour staying in some of the region's best country-house hotels. Slow food, painting, literary tours, or antiques tours can also be arranged. 087/258–1966. www.hiddenirelandtours.com. Call for details.

Walking Tours

SouthWestWalks Ireland has a variety of walks on the Ring of Kerry and around Killarney; some include accommodations and evening meals. Activity Ireland organizes customized walking and climbing tours on the Ring of Kerry. Outdoors Ireland offers hill walking and rock climbing in the Kerry hills. Irish Ways Walking Tours organizes walking tours for two or more in Dingle, Killarney, and Ring of Kerry. Richard Clancy, a noted historian, offers a two-hour guided walk (€9) in Killarney National Park daily at 11 am; departures are from O'Sullivan's Bike Shop on Lower New Street in Killarney; book early for November–April. Limerick City Tours has city walks June to September; they can be booked at the Tourist Office. St. Mary's Action Centre has an Angela's Ashes Tour on request (book in advance).

Tour Information

Outdoors Ireland. Hill walking and rock climbing in the Kerry hills are the specialty of this tour company based in Beaufort, Killarney. They also lead tours of the Kerry Way. 086/860–4563. www.outdoorsireland.com.

Irish Ways Walking Tours. Customized walking tours for two or more can explore Dingle, Killarney, and the Ring of Kerry. 01/260–0749. www.irishways.com.

Limerick City Tours. City walks are available from June to September, and can be booked at the tourist office. 087/235–1339.

Killarney Guided Walks. Run by Richard Clancy, a noted historian, these tours feature a two-hour walk in Killarney National Park daily at 11 am; departures are from O'Sullivan's Bike Shop opposite the cathedral in Killarney; book early for November–April. 087/639–4362. www.killarneyguidedwalks.com. €9.

Angela's Ashes Tour. St. Mary's Action Centre offers a tour (on request, with advance booking) encompassing places in the city associated with Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. 061/318–106. www.iol.ie/~smidp/.

SouthWestWalks Ireland. A variety of walks on the Ring of Kerry and around Killarney are available through this company; some include accommodations and evening meals. 066/718–6181. www.southwestwalksireland.com.

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