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OBrien Coach Tours - Highlights of The Ring of Kerry

O'Brien Coach Tours

Activity Type: Coach tour, sightseeing

Opening Hours: 1st April to 30th September Wed/Fri/Sun ONLY

Arrival Time: departs 09:00, arrival 15mins prior to departure

Departure Location: Opposite Cork City Tourist Office, from bus shelter on Grand Parade

Pickup Option: Yes, from Grand Parade departure location

Minimum number to run: 2 people

Languages Availbale: English

Description: Irelands most famous visitor attrraction, The Ring of Kerry is a panoramic road journey that envelops the Iveragh Peninsula. The loop road leads mostly along the coast through spectacular landscape of rolling hills, rugged peatlands and stunning mountain terrain and of course the patchwork of green fields which are so characteristic of Irish countryside.

Our tour today travels west to County Kerry, crossing over the County Bounds, a wonderful vista of mountains and moorland which seperates the two counties. We continue through Killarney heading for the market town of Killorglin, home to Puck Fair, said to be Irelands oldest and longest running street festival and many believe its origins are assosiated with the Greek god Pan.

Our first stop this morning is The Bog Village (charge) in Glenbeigh. This replicia village offers a fasinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 18-19 century. Located in a vast Bog Land, visitors learn about the bogs, its wildlife and equipment used to cut these bogs (turf). There is also an opportunity to enjoy a mug of coffee or maybe an Irish Coffee at this popular visitor attraction.

Our drive resumes to embrace the magnificent scenery of Dingle Bay, the sand deposits of Inch Strand and the Slieve Mish Mountains as they cast a shadow over the peninsula and must have been as inspiring for Charles Lindburg as he flew overhead on his first solo crossing of the Atlantic in 1928. We drive through Caherciveen, home of The Liberator and hear of the first Transatlatic Cables laid across the Atlantic floor in the 1860s, directly from this part of the West of Ireland. Just off the coast are the Skellig Islands, Skellig Michael is a World Heritage site and home to a an incredible monastic settlement dating to the 7century, nestling 130 meters above the Atlantic swell.

A stop for lunch at Waterville and again at Coomakista for a photograph of the elevated panoramic of the entrance to Kenmare Bay, this medley of colour and contrast captures the essence of the west of Ireland.

With our tour of The Ring drawing to a close, a stop at the charming and colourful village of Sneem is a must. From here we continue to Killarney via Molls Gap and enjoy the glorious landscape of the Black Valley, an old glacial valley which decends through the National Park and embraces the Lakes of Killarney. A stop here at Ladies View for a Photograph of this famous scene. An unforgettable day to mark this visit to the Kingdom of Kerry.

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