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Highlights:

AUTHENTIC IRELAND

  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Puxley Manor
  • Dursey cable car
  • Seascapes
  • Kilmacalogue harbour
  • Castletownbere fishing village


Interests:

Castles, fishing, scenery & sheep! Lots and lots of sheep.

Approximate Tour Duration:

6-8 hours varied with picture opportunities, visits, and a possible lunch stop. The optimal start time would be between 9 am & 11 am.

Departure from any pick up in the Killarney, Kenmare, or Kerry area. Other locations for pick up are possible. Please check for amended rates

Summary of “The Real Ireland”

Dotted with sparsely populated fishing villages surrounded by bleak moorland, this peninsula is remote. It used to be a refuge for smugglers, with the Irish getting the better deal in their exchange of pilchards for contraband French brandy. The peninsula offers some spectacular scenery and wonderful walking country. From the “Priest’s Leap”, which cuts a jagged path across the spine of the Caha Mountains, there are some fine views of Bantry Bay and the rugged landscape of West Cork.

Surrounded by the Caha and Slieve Miskish Mountains is Castletownbere, the main town on the peninsula, awash with foreign fishing trawlers. From the tip of the peninsula, a cable car travels across to Dursey Island, with its ruined castle and colonies of sea birds. Licensed to carry three passengers and one cow, the cable car swings across the strait, offering views of Bull, Cow and, Calf Islands.

From the headland, the road back to Kenmare passes through the pretty villages of Eyeries, noted for its brightly painted cottages and crafts, and Ardgroom, a centre for mussel farming and a base for exploring the scenic glacial valley around Glenbeg Lough.