Tours & Sightseeing

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Killarney is known as the gateway to the Southwest and it is the perfect base to enjoy all the pleasures of such a naturally beautiful place. The wild and rugged terrain that is Kerry has been enjoyed for its natural beauty for centuries. Here is a sample of the abundance of pursuits that  are on offer close to Killarney Manor House.

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  • The Gap of Dunloe is a magnificent defile running four miles between the McGillycuddy Reeks and the Purple mountain group. At the entrance to the gap is a famous cottage, named after a woman called Kate Kearney who died in childbirth at the age of 102!

    Dunloe GAP

    Having arrived at the cottage you commence the seven mile journey through the Gap to Lord Brandon’s cottage by trap, pony or on foot, where a light lunch can be obtained. There is much evidence of glacial action in the Gap, in striae and ice-moulded rocks.

    The towering summits of the Reeks, the changing shadows on the Purple and Tomies mountains, the silence and solitude of the rugged glen – all combine to make an unforgettable impression upon the visitor. A boat then departs from Brandon Cottage and arrives later in the afternoon at Ross Castle having come through the three lakes of Killarney. On this section of the tour you will be enchanted by the stories and folklore of the boatmen. 

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    To obtain a really panoramic view of Kerry’s most outstanding scenery, this tour is a must. Extending for 179.20km (112 miles) and done in an anti-clockwise direction, it follows the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula, along the banks of the river Laune to Killorglin, via Glenbeigh, along the southern shores of Dingle Bay to Kells and Caherciveen where Valentia Island comes into view. The tour continues to Waterville and along the coast via Coomakista Pass, Derrynane and onto Sneem. From here to Moll’s Gap and the then down the mountain road to Ladies View and back to Killarney.


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    The drive from Killarney to Dingle via Inch (this was the setting for the movie "Ryan Daughter”) allows for breath-taking views of Ireland’s southwest coastal areas. The Slea Head drive provides more of these scenic opportunities which include Bee Hive huts of the early Monks who inhabited them thousands of years ago and the famous Gallarus Oratory (dry-stone early Christian Church) dating back to the 6 or 7th century. Dingle is known widely for its splendid cuisine and fresh fish that can be experience in many of its cafes and restaurants.


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    Cork City was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and is bursting with history. The  island is packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces such as the opera house.  was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the famous stone, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.


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