Dingle and the Southwest

Celtic winds sweep across rich, green moors, the weather intertwining with Ireland’s mythical ancient history. We walk the rugged coast, lush moorlands, and ancient ruins of Ireland’s impressive Southwest. Brightly painted fishing boats and traditional rowing skiffs line Dingle Harbor. Crooked streets reveal charming shops where we can watch craftspeople knit the finest sweaters, throw earthenware pots and weave traditional textiles.

We leave Dingletown to discover the 7000 year-old remains of ancient Gaelic and Celtic settlements hiding amidst windswept grasses. We climb Mount Eagle on the renowned Sliabh an Iolair trail, and visit Slea Head, Europe’s western most point. We spend the evening in Dingle, enjoying traditional music and local fare, welcomed with warm hearts and open arms by locals in every pub and along every path.

The next day we view sacred Mount Brandon from the 3000 year-old trails that cross Connor Pass, before departing for the Ring of Kerry, well known for its charming picturesque village set in a beautiful, rugged landscape.

We walk a leg of the Kerry Way on an old coaching road. Dramatic coastal views of Kenmare Bay and the Beara peninsula line our route to Staigue Stone Fort, dating from 1000 BC.  As we head into the Lakeland of the Killarney National Park along Old Kenmare Road, we pass through the ancient oakwoods of Derrycunnihy and the moorland of Eshknamucky.  Finally, we follow Torc Waterfall to the formal gardens of Muckross House, an Elizabethan style mansion on the shores of Muckross Lake.

We finish with a short voyage on a traditional, wooden, twelve-passenger boat through the Three Lakes of Killarney, and a six mile walk through the ice-carved valley of the Gap of Dunloe. 

Days/Nights:   8D/7N    

Meeting/Ending Location: Shannon Airport            

Comfort notes: 3 star country inns and Bed and Breakfasts

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