Scotland and Ireland Adventure
From Edinburgh to Cork and beyond, discover historic towns and beautiful national parks
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private transfers
- All tours specified in the itinerary
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
On this luxurious 14-day trip across Scotland and Ireland you will get to explore some of the most fascinating sites and regions the two countries have to offer. From breathtaking forests and lochs to quaint coastal towns and atmospheric cathedrals – every day holds something new and exciting.
Your adventure begins in the vibrant city of Edinburgh where you will have some time to get to know the historic old town before heading out on a decadent foodie tour. From there, you’ll head into the Scottish Highlands, discovering Fife and visiting the ancestral home of the Clan Murray, Blair Castle. There are few better ways to experience the remote natural beauty of Cairngorms National Park than on a leisurely off-road tour. And of course there’ll be time set aside to learn about and sample some of the finest whisky produced in Speyside. The final part of the Scottish leg of your trip will take you west where you’ll discover the beautiful highland glen of Glencoe and take a scenic rail journey over Rannoch Moor. Then you will get to enjoy some of the country’s most magnificent scenery in Trossachs National Park and marvel at the famous freshwater Loch Lomond.
A quick flight over to Ireland and you’ll begin this part of your adventure with a walking tour of Dublin, stopping in at Trinity College where you can see the Book of Kells exhibition and St Patrick’s Cathedral. And then of course, you’ll take an interesting tour of the Guinness Storehouse. There will also be an entire day set aside for enjoying the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin. Discover the well-known walking trail the Wicklow Way, visit Glendalough, and admire the gorgeous gardens at Powerscourt. You’ll also get to enjoy a sheepdog demonstration and head out on a musical pub crawl in Dublin.
Next, you will head towards Cork, stopping off at Kilkenny’s Rothe House and Garden, Kilkenny castle and the medieval Rock of Cashel on the way. Your time in Cork will be spent discovering the city, wandering around n English market that has been operation since 1788, exploring the yachting town of Kinsale and admiring the views from the 17th-century Charles Fort.
The next destination is Kerry, and on the way there you will visit the town of Killarney, stroll through the pretty streets of Kenmare and go cycling in Killarney National Park. Your final stop before you head homewards will be to explore the famous Ring of Kerry, a 179km circuit that takes you past ancient ruins, beautiful beaches and ever-changing views of the island off the coast. There are opportunities to explore a little more off the beaten track on foot or bicycle.
Example Trip Itinerary
Airside meet and greet at Edinburgh airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Edinburgh
Accommodation in Edinburgh
- 167 rooms
- 20 suites
- Michelin-starred restaurant
Standing proudly at No 1 Princes Street, this grand building, which started out as a railway hotel, blends the best of Scottish tradition and design with five-star contemporary luxury. The 167 charming rooms feature warm, welcoming hues and modern decor, while the 20 suites are spacious and stylish. Settle into a cosy turret alcove in one of the Grand Suites and gaze out at the historic city, or lose yourself in the lavishly furnished Scone and Crombie signature suite. When it comes to light lunches and dinner, book a table at Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux for sublime French cooking made with the finest Scottish produce. Or treat yourself to an extravagant gourmet adventure at the Michelin-starred Number One. This is modern Scottish cuisine at its finest. Find inner-city harmony at the award-winning Balmoral Spa. With five treatment rooms, an indoor pool, Finnish sauna, steam room and fully-equipped gym, it’s the perfect place to rejuvenate body and soul.
- 240 rooms and suites
- Coffee shop
With five Georgian townhouses dating back to 1775 at its heart, The Principal Edinburgh on George Street has been carefully restored to create a well-appointed hotel which retains its local and historic charm. The 240 rooms and suites have been refurbished to reflect the heritage of the building, with luxurious materials like oak, leather, brass, and marble. The colour scheme was inspired by the works of the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters. The period features, combined with stylish lighting and intuitive technology, make for a comfortable and convenient retreat. One of the townhouses, which was home to novelist Susan Ferrier, is now The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, where you can feast on modern Scottish cooking. The late-night bar serves up a variety of single malts, as well as local spirits like Edinburgh gin and Scottish vodka. Grab a fresh cuppa as Burr & Co, the hotel’s popular coffee shop.
- 199 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, The Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel comprises of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the the city’s New Town. 199 rooms and suites are eclectically styled and cleverly detailed, with a modern take on Scottish hospitality mixed with a curated collection of art and retro pieces found throughout. The beautiful glass-roofed internal courtyard, The Garden, is open from breakfast through to the wee hours and you can enjoy the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean at the fabulous BABA restaurant.
Explore Scotland's beautiful capital, winding your way through the cobbled streets of the old town; delving into its history at Edinburgh Castle; exploring the Walter Scott monument; and heading down to the waterside at Leith. Head to Calton Hill or climb Arthur's Seat for the best views of the city.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and nicknamed the Athens of the North for its grand Georgian architecture. It’s the New Town that earned the city this sobriquet: its elegant neoclassical terraces were inspired by the buildings of Ancient Greece and though it’s called the New Town, this neighbourhood is already nearly 300 years old.
Edinburgh’s Old Town dominates the city from atop a volcanic outcrop and Edinburgh Castle balances perilously on the edge. The Royal Mile runs down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland. The Windsor connections can be seen at a hidden location in the district of Leith, where the Queen’s Royal Yacht Britannia is now docked. Explore Edinburgh’s highlights with your expert guide and discover what makes this city perennially popular.
Scotland’s deserved reputation as a foodie destination is testament to its unique local dishes and delicious fresh produce. Join an expert guide on a private tour around some of Edinburgh’s top eateries to sample a series of tasting plates that showcase the best of Scottish gastronomy.
Private transfer to your hotel in the Scottish Highlands
Accommodation in Scottish Highlands
- 46 rooms and suites
- Two bars
This lovingly restored and refurbished hotel within the Cairngorms National Park in Braemar has been designed to feel like a welcoming country house, while retaining the property’s sense of grandeur and history. Each of the 46 rooms and suites has been individually decorated and furnished. There are six room types to choose from, with each fitting a meticulously researched theme or dedicated to a local person, place or event. The Royal Suites, with views out over the surrounding landscape, have been inspired by some of the noble visitors who visited Braemar in the past. Furnishings are rich, with carefully-chosen antiques, artworks and even some items that once belonged to some of the historic figures themselves. Reflecting the hotel’s history as a 19th-century coaching inn, the Victoriana Suites boast period wallpaper and have views over Braemar. In turn, the Scottish Culture Rooms have been inspired by some of Scotland’s leading figures in literature, astronomy, engineering and exploration. In the Nature and Poetry Rooms, natural materials like heather, wood and tweed feature in the decor along with beautiful headboards engraved with the words of poet Alec Finlay. When it comes to dining, expect menus which make full use of the finest Scottish seasonal produce. From fresh seafood and game to local whiskies and spirits, many of the ingredients used in the kitchens and bars will be sourced from local suppliers, gamekeepers and farmers. Enjoy a selection of ales and whiskies at The Flying Stag, take a table in The Clunie Dining Room and allow executive chef Robert Cameron to impress with Scottish cuisine, and enjoy a nightcap at the beautiful art deco cocktail bar Elsa’s.
The Scottish Highlands is a sublime landscape of lochs, stark mountains, forest and a winding coastline dotted with empty beaches and remote fishing villages. For many, the Highlands is the most beautiful region of the British Isles.
It is a wild place with the lowest population density in Europe, but the Highlanders you’ll encounter here are proud, warm and welcoming, with a strong, independent heritage that stretches back centuries.
More than just whisky, fairy tale castles and sprawling stalking estates - though it certainly has those in spades - it is where the modern face of Scotland can be seen in juxtaposition with long held tradition. Re-emerging wildlife, endless opportunity for adventure and incredible local produce make the Highlands a fine destination to explore.
Fife is a little-visited corner of Scotland, but has some of its most interesting sites. Falkland Castle was a residence of the Stuart monarchs and its majestic state rooms can be appreciated in full today. The quirky tennis court is the oldest royal tennis court in Britain and was built for King James V. The area of East Neuk has some of the prettiest fishing villages in Scotland, nestled along the coast of the North Sea.
Blair Castle is unlike any other castle in Scotland. Its baronial architecture and beautiful setting in wooded grounds with mountainous backdrop are typical enough, but a couple of accidents of history have set Blair Castle apart. In 1844 Queen Victoria spent three weeks at Blair and during her stay granted the Duke a private army, the Atholl Highlanders, today the only private army in Europe. In more recent times, the castle passed to a branch of the family currently residing in South Africa.
The Cairngorms are blessed with some of Scotland’s best scenery. Over 55 Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet), incredible wildlife and native woodland, such as the Abernethy Forest with its original Caledonian pines, are just some of the reasons it is widely considered one of the UK’s best national parks.
Go on an offroad tour on private hill roads into the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. On the tour, you will have a good chance of seeing red deer, golden eagles, red and black grouse, red squirrels and mountain hares. You will discover a landscape steeped in history and folklore, learn about land management and the diversity of flora and fauna, absorb our breathtaking views. The tour is done at a leisurely pace to give you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the remote and dramatic landscape.
The Speyside Cooperage stands as one of the last remaining cooperages in Scotland. Still made by hand using traditional methods, the casks are an essential part of the whisky-making process and making them is a skill passed down through generations. An experienced former cooper will guide you through the cooperage and take you down to the workshop floor. The atmosphere here is loud, frantic and full of energy. The coopers are paid for each cask they make and repair, so they're working against the clock. Mind where you step, as this is still a working environment. You'll have the chance to see the vast yard at the back of the cooperage, where casks are piled to the sky, row upon row. It's an awesome sight and sets some context for the scale of Scotland's whisky industry. As well as being a key visit for understanding Scotland's whisky tradition, this is also a fascinating insight into local crafts and how they're kept alive today.
Whisky is one of Scotland’s most successful exports and with good reason: this famous beverage evokes the spirit of Scotland and nowhere is more intrinsically linked to it than the region of Speyside. Barley is distilled in fresh Highland water, and the region in which it is grown gives a different taste to the final product. In Speyside the whiskies have either a light and grassy or rich and sweet palette and the region has no shortage of producers with largest concentration of distilleries in Scotland based here. Join your guide to learn more about one of Scotland’s finest products.
Private transfer to your hotel in West Coast and Islands
Accommodation near Fort William
- 17 rooms
- Fine dining restaurant
- Extensive whisky library
- Full-sized snooker table
- Extensive landscaped gardens and private loch
Backed Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and reflected in its own loch, the setting of Inverlochy Castle is more than matched by the great house’s grandeur. Built 1863, a visiting Queen Victoria commented, ‘I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’, and it is certainly as impressive today. Arrive to an aristocratic welcome, perhaps after pulling up in the hotel’s Rolls Royce, and step into the aptly named Grand Hall. This is a place that has unashamedly stuck to its guns décor-wise, an eclectic mix of opulent 19th century styles, and it is all the better for it. Combined with the surroundings and impeccable service, it simply feels ‘right’. There are 17 unique rooms in the main house, all spacious and thoroughly comfortable with unobtrusive modern features and delightful bathrooms. Dining is a full country house experience, starting with a drink by the fire, followed by a multi-course dinner courtesy of Albert and Michel Roux Jr celebrating modern British cuisine with French influences, perhaps ending sampling some of the extensive whisky collection. Spend your days here walking in the surrounding hills, fishing on the loch or enjoying afternoon tea. The array of outdoor activities in the Fort William area are within also all easy reach such as pony trekking, golf, mountain biking, climbing and white-water rafting.
The stretch of coastline between Cape Wrath and Loch Linnhe is likely the most beautiful landscape in Britain. Sparse granite mountains are blanketed with heathland dotted with hill lochs, while winding single track roads skirt fjords and azure watered sand beaches each more beautiful than the last. The Inner Hebrides, off the west coast, comprise of 35 inhabited, 44 uninhabited islands and many more islets. The largest and most famous is Skye, with its fabulously dramatic mountain scenery. The Inner Hebrides is also where you’ll find the islands of Mull, Islay and Jura, home to wonderful beaches, smokey whisky distilleries and welcoming villages.
The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, are a chain of islands sat west of the Inner Hebrides. The largest is the isle of Lewis and Harris, whose landscape is nothing short of spectacular. Its white sandy beaches and turquoise water looks more suited to the Caribbean than Scotland while the rocky north of Harris is how you might imagine parts of space to look. The island is something of a birder’s paradise and there are few better ways to spend an evening than watching the colonies of seals splash around the sparkling waters of the bays.
Glencoe is undoubtedly one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the whole of Scotland. Site of the 1692 Massacre of Glencoe, today it is a hauntingly beautiful Highland glen which evokes the spirit of the clans who ruled this land for centuries.
The West Highland Line is one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world, linking Glasgow with the West Coast of Scotland. It's part of the national network and is a little glimpse into Highland life. The stretch over Rannoch Moor is a particularly splendid part of the line. The Moor is inaccessible by road and its wild beauty gives a strong sense of the remoteness of the place. What makes it special for rail fans, however, are the construction techniques of the Victoria navvies, who "floated" the line over a bed of earth and wood to stop the metal rails from sinking into the bog. Your guide will drop you off at the station and pick you up at the other end so you will enjoy this scenic journey in the company of other passengers.
The Trossachs National Park covers some of the most magnificent scenery in Scotland. Coming from the South and East, the sense of arrival in the Highlands is an awesome experience. A series of lochs, including the famous Loch Lomond, complete the landscape.
Made famous by the song The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond, this freshwater loch is one of Scotland’s most evocative sites. The loch marks the beginning of the Highlands and the magnificent scenery of the Trossachs forms the backdrop to this spectacular location.
Private transfer to Glasgow airport
Flight from Glasgow to Dublin
Private transfer to your hotel in Dublin
Accommodation in Dublin
- 205 rooms and suites
- 1930s-style bar
- Fitness suite
The Westbury enjoys a prime location in the heart of Dublin, just moments from the pedestrianised hub of Grafton Street, Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green. Decor is contemporary and chic but original paintings by Sir John Lavery and Louis le Brocquy ensure there is a nod to Irish history and culture. There are 205 rooms and suites, elegant and contemporary in design with a soft neutral colour scheme. The hotel restaurant WILDE is a beautiful 1930s-inspired space with huge windows and an abundance of greenery. The menu celebrates the finest Irish produce and combines much-loved local dishes with cuisine from around the world. Guests can also enjoy afternoon tea at The Gallery, enjoying views over Grafton Street as you tuck into delectable pastries and savouries. Grab at a drink at the Sidecar cocktail bar, then head next door to the Balfes Bar and Brasserie, an all-day bistro where the vibe is trendy New York eatery meets high-end Parisian brasserie.
- 142 rooms and suites
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
- Garden terrace
- Cocktial bar
- Swimming pool
The Merrion is a beautiful hotel located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the museums, galleries and shops of Grafton Street. The hotel occupies four Georgian townhouses which have been sensitively renovated so as not to detract from the heritage of the original buildings. There are 142 rooms and suites, light and airy and decorated with colours and fabrics chosen from a subtle palette inspired by Paul Henry’s paintings of the Irish landscape – one of these beautiful paintings hangs at the foot of the Merrion’s main staircase. The hotel has strong culinary credentials with Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud the only restaurant in Ireland to hold two Michelin stars. The Cellar Bar, located in the original 18th-century wine vaults, and the Garden Room offer a more casual dining experience. In spring and summer guests can dine on the terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens, while the drawing room with its open log fire is the perfect place to hole up with a drink or enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea. The No.23 cocktail bar has the feel of a private lounge with pieces of art from the Merrion’s private collection on the racing green walls. Here you can enjoy a glass of champage or Irish whisky. At the hotel spa you’ll find an indoor swimming pool, steam room, private treatment rooms and a fitness centre.
Both the Republic of Ireland’s capital and largest city, Dublin is truly larger than life. A kaleidoscope of history and modernity, it is generous in its architectural and cultural offerings. Just a quick turn down a cosy laneway could lead you to the bustling restaurants and pubs of Temple Bar, or towards the ancient, yet indominable walls of Dublin Castle. For a city so rich in historic treasures, its bold spirit has not been left in the past. Internationally renowned for their lively spirit and fun-loving attitude, Dubliners certainly know how to grab the present moment with both hands.
Trinity College’s Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition is a must see for all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring you back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland's history and culture for over 800 years. For centuries it was the largest enclosed space on the island and it remains the largest cathedral in the country. It has been visited by some of Irish history's most influential individuals from Cromwell, William of Orange and King James I, to Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. We can organise a private vergers tour with behind-the-scenes access.
The highlight of a trip to Dublin is a visit to the home of the 'black stuff'. Arthur Guinness founded the family business in 1759 at St. James's Gate. The Storehouse, impressively built in 1904 as a fermentation plant, is now an interactive museum on several floors, detailing how four simple ingredients are blended to create the famous stout. Finally, pull yourself up to the almighty Gravity Bar on the 7th floor for the most scenic complimentary pint in Dublin. The 360-degree windows afford exceptional views of the city.
Just south of Dublin, County Wicklow is the capital's favourite playground, a wild pleasure garden of coastline, woodland and daunting mountains through which runs the country's most popular walking trail. Stretching 127km from Dublin's southern suburbs to the rolling fields of County Carlow, the Wicklow Way leads walkers along disused military supply lines, old bog roads and forest trails. Along the way, you can explore monastic ruins, handsome gardens and some magnificent 18th-century mansions.
Glendalough gets its name from 'Gleann dá locha' which translates to ‘Glen of the two lakes' in the traditional Irish language. Situated right in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough harbours one of Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic sites. Established by St Kevin in the 6th century, the settlement was attacked time and again by the Vikings, but nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.
Powerscourt Estate is one of the most beautiful country demesnes in Ireland. Dramatically situated among Wicklow's mountains on 1000 acres (404 hectares), it was originally an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the 12th century. The gardens are among the most beautiful in Ireland, covering 47 acres (19 hectares) laid out in the 18th and the 19th centuries. At the Powerscourt there is an Avoca store and café with a breath-taking view of the gardens. Spread over several interconnecting rooms and backing out onto a wide terrace café, this is another jewel in the Avoca crown.
A renowned sheepdog handler will offer you a memorable experience of seeing working border collies in action. The beautiful views and vibrant scenery of Annamoe create the perfect backdrop and a genuine atmosphere where you will be engrossed in the Irish countryside. You will get the chance to see the Wicklow cheviot sheep being managed by expertly trained sheepdogs.
Dublin’s musical pub crawl takes participants to two city centre pubs where musicians, also acting as your guides along the route, demonstrate their Irish traditional instruments and tell the story of Irish music. This is a great way to participate in some Irish ‘craic’ (fun), song and a couple of pints.
Your driver will take you south to Cork with a few stops along the way. Built from dark grey limestone flecked with fossil seashells, Kilkenny is also known as 'the marble city'. Its unique medieval mile of narrow lanes and historic buildings strung between castle and cathedral along the banks of the River Nore is one of the southeast's biggest draws. Then, nestled in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, you'll discover Rothe House and Garden, one of Kilkenny’s hidden gems. Built between 1594 and 1610 this was the home of the mayor of Kilkenny city, John Rothe Fitz Piers, his wife Rose Archer, and their eleven children. You will also have the chance to explore one of the most recognisable buildings in Ireland. Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, also known as Strongbow, constructed the first castle in the 12th century.
Then the final stop before your reach Cork will be at the Rock of Cashel. A collection of medieval ecclesiastical buildings set on an outcrop of limestone. The 12th-century round tower is of the oldest surviving building on the Rock, but there is also a high cross, and the ruins of a Romanesque chapel, a 13th-century Gothic cathedral and a 15th-century castle. The Hall of the Vicars is the entry point to the ecclesiastical enclosure and houses the museum where the original Cross of St. Patrick can be found.
Accommodation in Cork
- 88 rooms
- Two restaurants
- Wine cellar and bar
- Indoor pool
Set on two acres of beautiful leafy grounds and nestled within peaceful walled gardens, family-owned Hayfield Manor offers guests all the tranquillity of a country escape while still within strolling distance of the heart of Cork. There are 88 rooms, including three grand and one master suite, that combine grandeur of life in a manor house with comfort and modern amenities. Each room features antique furnishings and luxurious fabrics, retaining all the charm of an elegant home. Opulent gold trimming and lush textures make the rooms inviting spaces in which to fully relax and feel pampered. Take a table at Hayfield Manor’s signature fine dining restaurant Orchids, which overlooks the private gardens. Contemporary Irish cuisine is created using the freshest local ingredients. For a slightly more casual dining experience Perrotts Garden Bistro offers a regularly-changing menu inspired by the latest global food trends. Full of sophisticated charm, The Manor Bar, is the perfect spot for morning coffee, afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks. And The Vine wine cellar is not only stocked with some fabulous bottles, but also offers Irish whisky and wine tastings. Be sure to set aside time to relax your body and mind at the Beautique Spa where there is a full treatment menu to choose from, as well as private leisure facilities like an indoor pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna.
- 108 rooms
- Bar and lounge
- Indoor pool
- Fitness centre
Just a short stroll from many of Cork’s highlights, with views out over the city, this beautifully refurbished boutique hotel offers guests a stylish haven to call home while exploring the area. There are 108 rooms to choose from, with clean, modern design. Decor throughout the hotel is plush and the lighting warm and inviting, with subtle colour accents adding to the contemporary feel. At Panorama Bistro & Terrace you can not only savour the delectable dishes the team of chefs create, but you can also enjoy uninterrupted views out over the River Lee and the city as you dine. The menus are inspired by the region and its fresh, seasonal produce. There’s also an enticing cocktail menu to discover at the bar. The Montenotte Hotel also specialises in lavish afternoon teas and Sunday brunches. When you’re not out exploring, set aside some time for pampering at the Bellevue Spa, swim a few laps in the pool, or settle in for a film in the intimate Cameo Cinema.
Ireland's second city is first in every important respect, at least according to the locals, who cheerfully refer to it as the 'real capital of Ireland'. It's a liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan place, busily reinventing itself with spruced-up streets, revitalised stretches of waterfront, and an artisan coffee bar on every corner. There's a bit of a hipster scene, but the best of the city is still happily traditional; snug pubs with live music sessions, restaurants dishing up top-quality local produce, and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals.
Dating to 1788, this is one of the oldest covered markets of its kind known to exist in the world with a great selection of delicious Irish produce. Although it might not be the largest, it is a bustling and pretty place. Lunch is available in the upstairs café and restaurant.
The unique yachting harbour of Kinsale is one of many colourful gems strung along the coastline of County Cork. Narrow, winding streets lined with a fantastic range of top quality shops and boutiques with many unique designs and great gift ideas, galleries, lively bars and superb restaurants, and a handsome natural harbour filled with yachts and guarded by a huge 17th-century fortress make it an engrossing place to visit.
This vast 17th-century fortification would be worth a visit for its spectacular views alone, but there's much more here. The 18th- and 19th-century ruins inside the walls make for some fascinating wandering. It's 3km southeast of Kinsale along the minor road through Scilly; if you have time, hike there along the lovely coastal Scilly Walk.
On the way to Kerry you'll make a few stops, the first being in Killarney. In the tourism game for more than 250 years, Killarney is a well-oiled machine set in the midst of sublime scenery spanning lakes, waterfalls and woodland spreading beneath a skyline of 1000m-plus peaks. Competition keeps standards high and visitors can expect to find good restaurants and great pubs.
Kenmare (Neidin, meaning 'little nest' in Irish) is a pretty spot with a neat triangle of streets lined with craft shops, galleries, cafes and good-quality restaurants. One of the few planned towns in Ireland, Kenmare was laid out on an X-shaped street plan in the late 18th century by the marquis of Lansdowne as the showpiece of his Kerry estates. It earned its living as a market town and fishing port. The Market House and the Lansdowne Arms Hotel still survive from this period.
Then you will also get to explore Killarney National Park on a cycling tour. Let the guide take you on a magical journey through some of the park's most beautiful and iconic locations. As you delve further inland, you will encounter majestic waterfalls that flow into the glacier shaped lakes of Killarney for an experience you will never forget.
Accommodation in Kenmare
- Two AA Rosette restaurant, The Falls
- Indoor heated pool
Set upon the backdrop of Kenmare Bay and overlooking the picturesque Sheen Falls, this five-star Relais & Chateaux hotel is renowned for its tranquil beauty and just a short drive will lead you to the quaint Irish town of Kenmare. Found within each of its rooms is luxury and comfort at every turn. Some feature open fireplaces and serene views over either Kenmare Bay or the cascading Sheen Waterfalls, providing the perfect haven in which to unwind. Food lovers rejoice, for one of the most renowned features of the hotel is the elegant, two AA Rosette restaurant, The Falls. Here you can indulge in dishes of the highest calibre using local ingredients like home-smoked salmon caught on the estate and organic vegetables grown in the surrounding area. For a more casual experience and to delight a sweet tooth, head over to the Sun Lounge for afternoon tea or enjoy a glass or two at the stylish cocktail bar which boasts the largest wine cellar in Ireland. The 300-acre estate lends itself to a plethora of exciting outdoor activities. Go salmon fishing on the River Sheen or enjoy a round on the nearby golf courses. Meandering walks are a must, and complimentary hotel bicycles allow for riverside cycles. For a more exhilarating experience, ride horseback across the dramatic landscapes of the countryside, or kayak in the surrounding waters. Falconry, clay pigeon shooting, hill walking, and tennis are also on the extensive list. After a long day of exploration, relaxation awaits in the serene and stylish spa. Soak the day away in the Jacuzzi or indoor heated pool, while the sauna and steam rooms provide the perfect place to unwind.
This 179km circuit winds past pristine beaches, medieval ruins, mountains and loughs, with ever-changing views of the island-dotted Atlantic, particularly between Waterville and Caherdaniel in the peninsula's spectacular southwest. If you want to get further off the beaten track, explore the interior of the peninsula on foot, along the eastern section of the Kerry Way from Killarney to Glenbeigh, or by car or bike on the minor roads that cut through the hills, notably the Ballaghisheen Pass or the Ballaghbeama Gap!
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