Superior Hotels in Historical buildings or grand houses, in beautiful locations and with excellent service.Some have a gym and/or pool attached. Please advise us if this is essential to you or if you wish to have a spa session booked for you. In many cases they have a well known restaurant attached. Please advise us if you would like a meal booked.
This type of property could be a hotel without the charm of the superior property or be a Bed and Breakfast in a family home. This is the basic rate for all packages and the superior accommodation is charged at a higher rate.
In some places and for larger numbers of people we can arrange self-catering. For walkers we can offer camping pods on a farm adjacent to a walking route or for those who would like more comfort the superior self catering property can be booked with breakfast included, often in scenic areas.
Activities which include walking are graded into 5 categories based on fitness level needed for that activity. These are the grades determined by the Irish National Trails Office. Please confirm you have attained that level of fitness before booking an activity.
1 Multi Access
Flat smooth trails suitable for all people, including those with reduced mobility, wheelchair users, older people, visually impaired and those on crutches.
Generally flat trails with a smooth surfaces and some gentle slopes or shallow steps. Generally suitable for family groups including children and the elderly. Footwear must be enclosed outdoor footwear.
These may have some climbs and an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. They are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended.
Physically demanding trails which have some steep climbs for long periods (over 1 hour) while the going underfoot can be extremely rough including many obstacles. Suitable for people used to walking on rough ground and with a high level of fitness. Outdoor walking footwear and clothing is required.
5 Very Difficult
These routes are mainly in remote upland areas. They typically include steep slopes and very variable and rough underfoot conditions on trails which may be indistinct. Suitable only for very fit and competent mountain walkers with experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required.
Collect your car from Cork or Shannon Airport and drive to spend your first night in the town of Killarney, set amongst some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Soak up the atmosphere of this lively town. Take a walk in the national park or maybe a ride in a horse drawn jaunting car. If you are flying into Cork call to Blarney Castle with its famous kissing stone on your way to Killarney
Drive via the Lakes of Killarney along the scenic Ring of Kerry to the colourful village of Waterville where Charlie Chaplin used to spend his vacations. Enjoy the views of the island known as Skellig Rock island, famous from The Force Awakens, as you approach Ballinskelligs Bay. Embark on a boat trip around the Skellig Rock. The Rock has 900 steps to the top, no toilets and is hazardous to get onto in poor weather so we go around it in a fast boat. This 2.5 hour trip will give you amazing views of the island and its resident puffins and other seabirds. This guarantees that you see the full majesty of the rock. This trip is weather dependant and is best taken between mid May and mid September for the best conditions. Stay overnight in the area where the film crew stayed and have a drink in the pub where Luke Skywalker learned to pull a pint.
Enjoy a day to relax as you drive further along the scenic Ring of Kerry to Killorglin and on to the town of Dingle for your next two nights. There are many places you could call to such as Valentia Island’s Skellig Centre, Kell’s Bay with its beautiful garden or Inch Beach where scenes from Ryan’s Daughter were filmed-you could even take a surfing lesson there. Stay in Dingle town and stroll the colourful lanes with many pubs, restaurants and craft shops. Enjoy a guided evening walking tour of the town
Take a guided trip around Slea Head where most of the scenes for the new Star Wars movie were filmed in 2016. See the original stone beehive huts which were the inspiration for those used in the movies then walk the lane to the headland where filming took place. You have the option to spend time walking the hills and soaking up the atmosphere of this unique area with a local guide. Return to Dingle where you have an optional rowing trip around the harbour in a traditional boat (Naomhog) with the local club.
Return to your departure airport of Shannon, Cork or Dublin. We can recommend activities for you to do on the way, if time allows.
Dingle is 3 hours drive from Cork or Shannon and 5 hours drive to Dublin Airport.