Kerry & Cork Discovery Tour

Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £1,469pp with flights

The vibrant town of Kenmare is an ideal base from which to explore magical southwest Ireland. Experience spectacular landscapes, taking in the Beara Peninsula, Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Bantry Bay on this Kerry & Cork Discovery Tour.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful coastline of the Dingle Peninsula.
  • Discover the lakes and waterfalls of Kilarney National Park.
  • Enjoy the scenic ring of Kerry, with views across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Sail to Garinish Island and explore its unique sub-tropical gardens.

What’s included

  • Half-Board en-suite accommodation.
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays leader.
  • Full day excursions with all essential transport. 
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers.

Trip Notes

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We explore the delightful Beara Peninsula, stopping en route to marvel at the great collection of tree ferns at Derreen Gardens, the pretty painted town of Eyeries and Allihies with its incredible sea views. In the afternoon we visit the bustling little town of Castletownbere before heading off for the spectacularly beautiful Healy Pass.

A visit to Kerry wouldn’t be complete without this fascinating and scenic drive. We join the Skellig Ring at Portmagee before continuing down this little-travelled route for lovely views of Valentina Island and the Skellig Islands. Later we’ll arrive at Waterville with its dramatic Atlantic seascapes before arriving at Derrynane House, former home of Irish politician and statesman Daniel O'Connell, now an Irish National Monument. Our final stop is at Sneen, with its stunning Sculpture Park and Garden of the Senses.

This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently. 

Today we drive to Killarney for a short stop at this delightful and historic town, followed by a visit Muckross House, the 19th-century Victorian mansion, set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. Muckross stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty.

This morning is given over to Bantry House, a stunning stately home set directly beside Bantry Bay. There’s plenty to discover both in the house and gardens. In the afternoon, our adventures take us across the water to Garinish Island (Ilnacullin). Warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, this island and its unique gardens enjoys a climate that is almost sub-tropical, making it possible for beautiful ornamental plants from many parts of the world to flourish.  

The colourful fishing town of Dingle awaits us today. This ‘capital’ of the Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) is known for its rugged scenery and sandy beaches and has lots to see and do. Later in the day, we’ll enjoy the beautiful views at Clogher Head – we may even spot seals! Time permitting, we stop to view Galarus Oratory, a tiny 1200-year-old church on our way home.

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Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort - Kerry & Cork

The 3-star Kenmare Bay Hotel sits on the edge of the pretty little town of Kenmare, facing the hills of the Kerry Way. The hotel has a pleasant restaurant, cosy bar with outside seating, and a large indoor swimming pool with sauna and spa pool.


The hotel has 127 bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms, all with:

  • Direct dial telephone
  • Flat screen TV
  • Hairdryer


The hotel has a range of facilities including the Courtyard Bar, which has a cosy atmosphere. The courtyard terrace is a decked area off the bar where you can relax with a drink. 

There is also the Bay Health Club, which includes a spa pool and swimming pool, gymnasium and extensive selection of beauty and holistic treatments available (payable locally).

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Kenmare are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and your evening meal. Two of your evening meals will be taken in local restaurants.


The hotel offers a self-service buffet breakfast each morning with tea, coffee and toast served at the table.

A typical Irish breakfast includes sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, black & white pudding and soda bread. Should you prefer something a little lighter, you can choose from a selection of fresh fruit, croissants, cereal, and fruit juice. 

Lunch (payable locally)

You can buy packed lunches from the hotel (order the night before). Alternatively ingredients for your picnic lunch can be bought from local shops; your leaders will advise you of the options.

Evening meal

Dinner is served in the Bay Restaurant, which focuses on local Kerry produce combined with fine wines and attentive service whilst enjoying views of the Kerry Mountains. For vegetarian option and any other special dietary requirements we recommend that you spend a few minutes discussing these with the hotel staff. 

On two evenings, meals will be taken in local restaurants. One entertains our guests with storytelling and traditional Irish dancing and the other serves sumptuous dishes. 


The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

Each evening your leaders will tell you about the next day's activities and answer any questions you may have.

During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised activity, such as a quiz.

Pictured at the Kenmare Bay Wedding on Sunday were from left,
Picture by Don MacMonagle

free pic from kenmare bay hotel

Getting to Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort - Kerry & Cork

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What to Bring

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery Tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing.
You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, camera, sun protection, drinks (at least 2 litres) etc during the day. A money belt is always a good idea.

You’ll also need to bring your:

  • Booking confirmation
  • Travel insurance cover note and contact details
  • European Health Insurance Card (if applicable)
  • Completed guest registration form
  • Photocopy of photo page of passport
  • Sunhat, sun cream and sunglasses
  • Medication: If you require any medication, please take adequate supplies for the duration of your holiday. It’s advisable to carry your medication in your hand luggage instead of packing it in your suitcase

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
12 Jul - 19 Jul 2019 Itinerary £1,469 Available Book Now
30 Aug - 06 Sep 2019 Itinerary £1,469 Available Book Now
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22 Sep - 29 Sep 2019 Itinerary £999 Unavailable
12 Jul - 19 Jul 2019 Itinerary £1,199 Available Book Now
30 Aug - 06 Sep 2019 Itinerary £1,199 Available Book Now

Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £21 per night 
  • With flight holidays include flights from London Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester & Birmingham: £80
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort. Price per taxi: from Cork, £140 single; from Kerry, £75 single; from Shannon, £184 single.
  • Independant travellers can join our transfer from Cork airport: £25 single.
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