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Ireland: Dingle and the Ring of Kerry

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Fly into: Cork City Fly out of: Limerick City
Total Duration: 8 Days

Most visitors come to Ireland for the green, the lush rolling hills, and the shimmering sea. This route, which starts along the Ring Of Kerry and winds up on the Dingle Peninsula, offers up some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland, from picturesque villages and rugged cliffs to charming little towns where you can curl up in front of a fire and hear authentic Irish music.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Great Drive
  • History
Day 1
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1 Cork City

Irish Warmth and Fun

  • Start your visit at the Cork Vision Centre to learn about the city
  • Ireland's second largest city is a spirited place, with a great pub culture and off- beat cafes
  • Food lovers should head to English Market, with over 140 stalls selling gourmet food
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
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Days 2-3
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Cork Kerry Tourism

2 Killarney

Romantic Lakes and Mountains

  • Killarney National Park is famous for its abundance of red deer, yews, and walking trails
  • Explore Muckross House, an excellent example of an Elizabethan-style manor
  • Travel the narrow Gap of Dunloe for spectacular views of the lake and purple mountains
  • Natural Beauty
  • Architecture
  • Great Drive
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Days 4-5
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3 Ring of Kerry Drive/Skellig Rocks

Spectacular Scenery

  • Start at Killorglin and follow the circular Ring of Kerry to take in the sea and cliff views
  • The dramatic Skellig Rocks hover just off shore the Ring of Kerry
  • Admire the view on horseback, from a fishing boat, or by hiking
  • Natural Beauty
  • Great Drive
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Days 6-7
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4 Dingle Peninsula/Blasket Islands and Tralee

A Taste of Old Ireland

  • The Dingle Peninsula is famous for its rugged mountains, cliffs, and prehistoric ruins
  • Take your pick of the Blasket Islands, known for their literary heritage
  • County Kerry's capital, Tralee, has plenty of spirited pubs
  • Natural Beauty
  • Great Drive
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Day 8
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5 Adare/Limerick City

Ireland Lost in Time

  • The little village of Adare is known as one of the prettiest in Ireland
  • Stroll around Adare to see the thatch-roofed cottages and ancient churches
  • Loved Angela's Ashes? Visit Limerick City, where author Frank McCourt lived
  • History
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