Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Kinsale
The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland's most famously scenic drives. It's unspoiled beauty is legendary among travelers, and on this 9-hour, private tour from Kinsale, your private guide will take you through villages with simple, thatched-roof homes, and drive you out to the village of Waterville to stroll the sandy beaches. See the mountainous viewpoints and vistas along "Wild Atlantic Way"— a 112-mile (180 kilometer), spectacular drive full of unforgettable sights.
Your tour begins at 9am at your Kinsale accommodation, where your private driver will pick you up for this full-day Kerry adventure. The Ring of Kerry is without a doubt one of Ireland's most scenic drives, although before you even reach the famous road along the coast, you'll pass through villages where the Irish language is spoken on a daily basis.
You'll then pass up and over the mountains to where the "Ring of Kerry" begins, and your driver will tell you the fascinating history behind the area's towns. One such example is the town of Killorgin, which is home to the curious "Puck Fair." Regarded as Ireland's oldest festival, the fair features a male goat that's placed on a 40-foot (12-meter) platform, where he is then declared the "King" of the town and the villagers drink beer for 3 days.
From here you'll stop for an Irish coffee at a traditional Irish pub, and see the Bog Village—an award-winning replica of a traditional famine village. You'll next head into coastal Waterville where Charlie Chaplin would holiday, before driving to the top of "Comnakiste" for views of the Beara Peninsula. Weave throughout the mountains of the "Macgillicuddy Reeks" range, where Carrauntoohil—the tallest mountain in Ireland—rises off to the left, and visit "Ladies View" in Killarney National Park, which was named by Queen Victoria. From here you'll admire the Lakes of Killarney, and after visiting Torc Waterfall—which spills 60 feet (18 meters) through the forest—you'll stop in Killarney before being dropped at the door of your Kinsale hotel.