Day 1: Arrival. Optional complimentary transfer from Kerry or Shannon Airports. Arrive in your friendly family run guesthouse in the vibrant town of Killarney set in the heart of the National Park in Kerry in South West Ireland. Meet your guided at 7:00 pm for a welcome briefing and your first home cooked meal together in your guesthouse.
Day 2: Muckross - Killarney National Park. Today's walking will take you into the magnificent Killarney National Park to visit 19th century Muckross House, 15th century Muckross Abbey and the Muckross Traditional Farms, where old farming traditions have been brought back to life. Then transfer back to your guesthouse by traditional horse drawn carriage. Evening in an old traditional Killarney pub starting with an Irish Whiskey Tasting to discover and savor some excellent Irish Whiskeys. Lots of Irish stories and Irish toasts guaranteed! Then enjoy an excellent meal in your pub and an evening of traditional Irish music.
Day 3: Ross Castle - Killarney Town. 15th century Ross Castle, majestically set on the shores of the Killarney Lakes is your first stop this morning. After your visit, take a guided walk around the old mining trail of Ross Island for some magnificent views over the lakes and the Killarney mountains. A welcome picnic lunch and then the afternoon is yours to make the most of the vibrant streets, tourist attractions and many shops in Killarney. You will also enjoy a free evening to discover for yourself the many excellent restaurants in the town, before returning to your guesthouse for your final night in Killarney.
Day 4: Glenbeigh - Majestic Atlantic Ocean. After your Irish Breakfast, transfer along the Ring of Kerry route to Rossbeigh Beach for a gentle walk along the beach and magnificent Atlantic Coastline. After your picnic lunch, a choice of activities await you: horseriding on the beach, finding your way through an old fashioned maze or a game of crazy golf, swimming on Rossbeigh Beach or a guided walk with your guide to Ross Behy Hill. Before transferring to Cahersiveen you will visit a small working Irish farm. In Cahersiveen, a small friendly market town on the Ring of Kerry, your hosts await you in their family run guesthouse with some good home cooked food and that famous Irish hospitality.
Day 5: A water diviner awaits you to show you the age-old skill of water divining. You will try your hand at this ancient skill with a divining rod and then walk to an Irish Holy Well to practice your skills. After your picnic lunch, transfer to meet a local potter and the opportunity to admire his craft and maybe try your hand at some pottery. Dinner awaits you in your guesthouse and then a truly magical evening. An evening walk to an ancient Irish Ring Fort where an Irish harpist awaits you.
Day 6: Irish Art and Music. Your morning's walk will take you along a peaceful country lane to two beautiful Irish cottages, homes of two artists who have revived the art of Bog Sculptures and Felting Textile Design. Their craft is truly unique and beautiful. After your picnic lunch, transfer back to Cahersiveen Town to meet a Master Bohdran Player. The Bohdran is the ancient Irish drum and this afternoon you will learn how to play this instrument in a fun and informal session. After dinner in your guesthouse, we offer you the option to join in a traditional Irish music and set dancing session in one of the pubs.
Day 7: Valentia Island. Today you have the option of a guided walk or self-guided cycle around Valentia Island, known locally as Treasure Island. Rich in wild and marine life, standing stones, sub-tropical flora, this island will offer you a journey of discovery. Cyclists may opt to cycle all around the island (approx. 25 km/16 miles), while walkers will enjoy some spectacular walks along the coastal and inland paths. Your final night in Ireland will be spent in an excellent restaurant in Cahersiveen for a memorable farewell gourmet dinner.
Day 8: Departure. After your final Irish breakfast in your guesthouse, optional complimentary transfer to either Kerry or Shannon Airports.
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