Bus Tours

Many of the tours listed here can be booked through the Killarney Tourist Office.

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 includes a coach or vintage bus and boat trip; you can add on a horse-drawn jaunting car 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; 066/716–4700; 064/663–0011; From €25.

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," "highways and byways," and "flying boats, monks, and dolphins." 086/811–6258; From €16.

Special-Interest Tours

Adams & Butler. This company provides customized self-driven or chauffeur-driven group tours with accommodations in private country houses and castles. It also conducts special-interest tours on themes like gardens, architecture, ghosts, and golf. 01/288–9355; Prices on request.

Go Visit Ireland. This Killorglin-based company offers comprehensive packages (including accommodations and meals) for walking, cycling, fishing, and golfing holidays on the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula with experienced local guides. Killorglin, Co. Kerry. 066/976–2094; From €710.

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. Co. Kerry. 087/221–4002; Prices on request.

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