Kerry & Cork Discovery Tour
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Hills & moorland
The pretty little town of Kenmare is an ideal base from which to explore the magic of southwest Ireland.
- The beautiful coastline of the Dingle Peninsula
- The lakes and waterfalls of the Killarney National Park
- The Ring of Kerry – colourful villages, green hillsides, glorious beaches and ancient history
- Bantry Bay with its bustling fishing port and historic mansion
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: all prices include Half Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full day excursions, with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 2½ miles
- Knowledgeable leader: learn more about the culture and history of southwest Ireland from your expert leader
- Accommodation: enjoy 3-star accommodation on the outskirts of Kenmare, facing the hills of the Kerry Way
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays – explore together, eat together, relax together
Kenmare Bay Hotel
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.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Silver Award for Dining.
The hotel has 127 bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms, all with direct dial telephone, flat screen TV, and 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).
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 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.
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 sumptious dishes.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
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.
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.
During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. This is the proposed programme, but your HF Holidays leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.
The Beara Peninsula
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. This afternoon we visit the bustling little town of Castletownbere before heading off for the spectacularly beautiful Healy Pass.
Ring of Kerry
A visit to Kerry wouldn’t be complete without this fascinating drive. Our scenic route begins with Portmagee and the Skellig ring for lovely views of Valentina Island and Skellig Islands. We then survey the dramatic Atlantic Ocean from Waterville, which takes its name from the Irish An Coireán, meaning "the crescent". Later we explore Derrynane House, former home of Irish politician and statesman, Daniel O'Connel and now an Irish National Monument. Our final stop is at Sneen, with its stunning Sculpture Park and Garden of the Senses.
Killarney and Muckross House
Today we drive to Killarney for a short walking tour and some free to time to explore this delightful historic town. Afterwards we visit Muckross House, the 19th century Victorian mansion which is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park and stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty.
Bantry House, Glengarriff and Garinish Island
This morning we visit historic Bantry House, before stopping on for lunch in the lovely town of Glengarriff. This afternoon we catch the ferry to Garinish Island. 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.
Today we have time to soak up the atmosphere in the colourful fishing town of Dingle, ‘capital’ of the Dingle Peninsula. Afterwards we enjoy the beautiful views (and possibly some sightings of seals!) at Clogher Head. Time permitting, we stop to view Galarus Oratory, a tiny 1200 year old church on our way home.
All transport relevant to the itinerary (hired minibus or local transport) is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances, or optional cable car rides (allow €34 per person).
Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.
Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.
The "Emerald Isle" offers a multitude of interests for the visitor. If you are fascinated by ancient relics and their accompanying legends of fairies and leprechauns, or looking to uncover the past history of your ancestors, this is the place to visit. The countryside is green and lush and the area we visit is the home to the famous circular tourist trail; the Ring of Kerry.
The counties of Kerry and Cork are located on the wild southwest tip of Ireland and has an abundance of lakes and mountains creating a beautiful landscape to explore.
Kenmare: Kenmare is located between the Kerry Way and the Beara Peninsula and is a friendly town, full of colourful shops and pubs. The town is full of cultural interests making it worth exploring.
Seafari: There is a seal watching cruise that goes from Kenmare pier with the commentary of a marine biologist, a 2 hour cruise. There are complimentary hot drinks and cookies.
Gardens of Derreen: One of Ireland’s oldest and most established gardens, Derreen is regarded as one of the ten best gardens in Ireland. The gardens are full of rare and exotic plants many of which were brought back from hunting expeditions in the Himalayas and beyond.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham flights to Cork airport.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel.
The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour 30 Minutes to the Kenmare Bay Hotel.
For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
- We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Cork airport.
This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £25.00.
- Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £120.00 per single taxi journey?
- If it would be more convenient we can also arrange transfers from Shannon and Kerry airport.
Shannon taxi transfer: £200.00 per single journey.
Kerry taxi transfer: £70.00 per single transfer.
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.
Ian is a retired accountant living in Denham Village, Bucks. He has been leading Walking and Leisure Activity holidays in the UK and Europe for over five years. Ian was born in rural Herefordshire and has retained his love of the countryside. He has a particular interest in trees and country folklore and is currently writing a guide book on European trees.
He has also developed a love of European history and enjoys researching the places where he leads.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £14 per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person