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Kerry Saints and Scholars

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Ireland  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1035 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1035 Euro (EUR)

2011 Tour Dates:
- July: 30
- August: 27.

Tour Highlights:
- The Kerry Way Walking Route– walking through history
- Spectacular coastal walks – along Dingle Bay and Kenmare River/Bay, Derrynane Beach
- Boat trip to World Heritage site, Great Skellig Island (habited 8th century by Irish monks)
- Pass the worlds largest Gannet colony on Little Skellig island
- Killarney National Park – Innisfallen Island & Abbey (6th - 12th century), Muckross Friary (15th century), Muckross House (19th century) and Gardens, habitat of the native Irish Red Deer
- Staigue Stone Fort (circa 1,000 BC)
- Irish music, song and dance.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at accommodation in Glenbeigh. Evening dinner at 18.30 hrs followed by briefing.

Day 2: The Kerry Way (Glenbeigh to Kells). The first day's walking takes you on the early Christian route and medieval coaching road from Glenbeigh to Kells with detours to view archaeological artifacts such as the 4,000 year old Rock Art and Ogham stones of Drunghill and spectacular views across Dingle Bay and out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Distance: 17km / 10.5miles
Ascent: 300m / 1,000ft

Day 3: Knocknadobar. Views of the Atlantic Ocean and Dingle Bay are enlarged on a mountain walk. Knocknadobar (Cnoc na dTobar, the hill of the wells) was a pagan mountain. Now you can follow the Stations of the Cross to the Canon’s Cross near the summit. A spur of the Kerry Way descends to Kells Cove where a refreshing swim could be an appropriate way to end the day. Transfer along the Ring of Kerry to the village of Caherdaniel. Overnight Caherdaniel.

Distance: 10.5km / 6.5miles
Ascent: 700m / 2,300ft

Day 4: Great Skellig Island. The pilgrim theme is continued as we take a boat trip to a World Heritage Site, the monastic island of Sceilg Mhichíl, dedicated like so many other isolated hermitages to Saint Michael. We pass the international gannetry of the Little Skellig. Overnight Caherdaniel.

Distance: 1.6km / 1miles (steep)
Ascent: 180m / 600ft

Day 5: The Kerry Way and Caherdaniel/Derrynane. You can enjoy a choice of walks - on the Blue Flag Derrynane Beach, through Derrynane National Park or the gardens of Derrynane House. A longer walk on a Mass/Smugglers Path allows views from a higher level, as you return to Caherdaniel on the butter road leg of the Kerry Way.

Day 6: The Kerry Way (Caherdaniel to Sneem). You return to walking the old coach road, continuation of the butter route, linking the picturesque villages of Caherdaniel and Sneem. There are spectacular views across the island-studded Kenmare Bay to the Beara peninsula. Pick-up at, the pre-historic stone fort of Staigue (circa 1,000 BC). Transfer along the Ring of Kerry to overnight in Killarney.

Distance: 8km / 5miles
Ascent: 350m / 1,150ft

Day 7: Killarney National Park. A variety of experiences await you on your final day. A walk on Ross Island introduces you to copper mining dating from prehistory. A short boat trip to Innisfallen Island allows exploration of its monastic ruins. The boat drops us near 15th century Muckross Friary, to be explored before a short walk on the Kerry Way to the 19th century Muckross House, its Gardens and Tea Shop. Overnight in Killarney. Farewell Dinner.

Distance: 6km / 3.75miles
Ascent: reasonably level

Day 8: Departure.

Note: We have not included the price of visiting the Skelligs as this is a weather dependent trip. There will be a charge of €45 per person for the trip.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- €1035 p/p sharing
- Single Supplement: €189 for the week (limited availability).

Price Includes:
- Transfer from/to to Kerry and Shannon Airports for a small supplement
- Accommodation based on two adults sharing in Irish Tourist Board approved acc. and quality guesthouses
- Full Irish breakfast on seven days
- Six packed lunches
- Six dinners
- Trained escort/guide throughout itinerary
- Luggage transfers
- Boat Trip to Innisfallen island (Day 7).

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