Villages of the Ring Of Kerry

Ireland is one of the most magical countries in the world with its unique landscape, rugged coastline and quaint colourful towns that dot the county side. The Ring of Kerry is a loop at the heart of County Kerry that flows through many small villages that showcases the uniqueness, Beauty and charm of Ireland. On the third day of the 7 day tour you will get to travel along the world famous Ring of Kerry and stop at the port in Portmagee.  From there we will take a ferry to Skellig Michael, one of Ireland’s holiest places and one of only two UNESCO World heritage sites in Ireland, more on that later! Join us on a blog-tour of the ring of Kerry!

Killarney village

Killarney is where the ring of Kerry begins. In the tourism game for more than 250 years, this gorgeous little town is in the background of one of the largest national parks in Ireland. This town is full to the brim with bars, restaurants, deep history and curious culture. There is something for everyone in Killarney which has a reputation for the most enthusiastic and friendliest people in Kerry. You’ll be in good hands in Killarney! Remember to also have a gaze upon Kerry’s crown jewel:  Ireland’s tallest mountain, Carrauntoohil, at 3,406 feet.

Kenmare village

Kenmare is a picturesque town on the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula, following the ring of Kerry. Bórd Fáilte recognised the historical, cultural and environmental significance of Kenmare by bestowing upon it the title of Kerry’s first Heritage Town. The town’s rugged beauty is beyond compare, traffic is minimal and it abounds with archaeological sites and spectacular views. You’ll be spoiled with the magnificent views you’ll get to experience on your coach ride.

Sneem village

Sneem is a small quiet village further down the ring of Kerry. This town is said to be the easiest to live in. The town has a laid back and comfortable way of living life. The town is located between large gently growing mountains and a rocky cold coast line. It also lies on the estuary of the river ‘Sneem’. It is well worth a visit and makes for some great pictures.

Caherdaniel village

Caherdaniel is a magnificent holiday destination for all. With its colourful landscape and deep waterways it creates a beautiful site on the coast of Kerry. Caherdaniel begins in the wonderful valley of Glenmore with its stunning lakes and rivers and is world famous for fishing. When you drive from Loher Fort and over the Coomakista Pass, you will be blown away by the views overlooking Derrynane Harbour, Scariff and Deenish Islands, Kenmare Bay and the vast Amazing Atlantic Ocean. Complete with sandy white beaches and clear crystal waters, it’s a place you’ll want to stay!

Waterville village

Waterville. As we head closer to the middle of the ring we see the phenomenal Atlantic coastline open up more and more. Watch the water wash and lap on the beautiful sea front and visit the fresh water lake of Lough Currane sits. Waterville is famous for the iconic Charlie Chaplin who used to holiday in Waterville whenever he could. Walk down the sea front promenade and read all about Charlie Chaplin’s history with this sweet little seaside town.

Ballinskelligs is the perfect village to immerse yourself in the traditional Irish culture. Ballinskeilligs is one of the only remaining counties in Ireland that speaks mostly in Gaelic in the small community. This ancient town can date back to the 5th century and the monks. It can be connected to the iconic Skelligs rocks which can be seen in the deep blue horizon! The village has a beautiful Irish charm to it and the white wispy beaches here are just something else!

Portmagee Village, Co. Kerry

Portmagee is definitely one of the highlights on the spectacular ring of Kerry. This town is your stepping stone to the unique and breath-taking Skelligs. On this headland surrounded by winding sea ways and small rocky islands lives this small post card worthy town. The main street of Portmagee is lined with rainbow coloured houses complete with a friendly community spirit. Drop into the Moorings and have a pint in this traditional Kerry pub. Here you can get some scrumptious fresh seafood, a cold pint and learn more about the history behind the Skeilligs and the star wars filming that took place on the Island. Weather permitting we can jump aboard and make our way by boat to these dramatic rock formations. Over 1400 years ago Skellig Michael became home to a small group of men seeking religious solitude and isolation on one of the most extraordinary locations on earth. Climb 600 vertigo-inducing steps that spiral up the rock toward the terraces of the monastery where you can see the still intact beehive huts and experience the views that you’ll remember for a lifetime! You can view the unique flora and fauna that is indigenous to the islands like the world’s second-largest colony of gannets that call little Skeillig home.


Cahersiveen is the next town we visit on our ring of Kerry journey. This lively little town is just outside the gorgeous Valentia Island. It is one of the westernmost towns in Europe. It has remained principally a market town down the centuries and never fully enjoyed the benefits of the tourist industry perhaps making it one of the more original towns on the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy the shops and souvenirs that can be bought here and experience that classic Kerry charm.

kells village Co. Kerry

Kells is a tiny fishing village that is remarkably small and quiet. With a white sandy blue flag beach its perfect for a chilly swim or just a sit down and a fantastic view of the dramatic and vast dingle bay that pans out in front of you.


Glenbeigh is also known as ‘the jewel of Kerry’; I think that statement speaks for itself! Visit the six miles of golden, sandy, blue flag Rossbeigh Beach or the peace and beauty of the rivers and lakes.  Glenbeigh is cosily tucked in to the surrounding horseshoe of hills and Seefin Mountains. The Caragh River and the Behy River flow at either side of the village into Castlemaine Harbour.

Killorglin village of Co Kerry

Killorglin is known as a thriving little village at the end of the ring of Kerry. Killorglin is situated in the heart of Kerry on the River Laune. This town on a hill is best known for one of Ireland’s oldest, longest and unusual festivals, Puck Fair. On the 10th, 11th and 12th of August has its origins in the mists of time, and is Ireland’s oldest street festival. According to the legends it is celebrated because a stampede of wild goats ran through the town warning the residents of the approach of Cromwell’s Army. The town now on these date pay respect to the goat and have it raised on a scaffold for all to worship. This is a quirky cute little town great for a wander. Enjoy some great pubs, renowned restaurants and cosy cafes. It is home to the award winning Killorglin Cheese from Wilma’s Cheese Farm and local honey is made up at Sunhill by the Curran family

Beaufort Co Kerry

Beaufort, last but not least! Rich in heritage, Beaufort holds over 100 historic attractions more notably Old Dunloe Castle and Corr Castle, Churchtown old church ruins, Old Church ruins of St. Gobnait in Kilgobnet, Ogham Stones in Coolmagort, Ardraw Earthern Fort, and many Ring/ Fairy Forts. It is a town that is really steeped in history and tradition. Close by are the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks, one of Kerry’s largest set of mountains. This town is known for its salmon and brown trout fishing in the River Laune. The scenic landscape is breath-taking and is the perfect place to end your ring of Kerry adventure. ‘But what is the Ring of Kerry? Well, it’s a route. A trail. A road. But this is no ordinary road.’ You’ll surely enjoy the coach journey around this iconic trail. The kingdom of Kerry is waiting to be discovered by you on our Wild Atlantic Way-South tour- 7 days.

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Connemara National Park-Experience the beauty of Ireland

Connemara is one of those places that makes you say, wow. It is almost too beautiful for words. It’s wild, desolate and breath-taking. Its patchwork fields and stone walls knit perfectly into the landscape. The old white traditional cottages make you think of old Ireland with farmers in the paddy caps herding their sheep through the fields. It’s a step back in time to the traditional Ireland. The landscape opens up in front of you with bursts of yellow and bright purple flowers complete with the hills rolling up into the misty sky. Something you won’t be forgetting soon!



Head out on our Connemara 7 day Adventure tour to experience all that the west is famous for. This 7 day soft adventure tour includes all accommodation, breakfasts, etc. and, of course, all activities, like sea kayaking, trout fishing and horse riding. All of this with some of the best tour guides in the business.  Surely a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! One of the Highlights on this tour will be the Connemara National Park which features 2,957 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests. On day three of our tour we will bring you to this incredible spot. The Connemara Pony is known worldwide as a breed that is hardy, handsome and strong like the landscape they were born into. You’ll be brought on a pony trek through Connemara’s beautiful countryside. In the afternoon you will be taken to a real working mountain sheep farm. After a tour of the farm, the farmer will give you a sheep dog demonstration. Watch the skill of the farmer, as well as the sheep dog as he rounds the flock up in a matter of minutes. The farmer will then teach you the ancient art of turf cutting.  Turf is a natural fuel source cut from the ground and then dried.

Pony Trek

In the past, the Park lands were used for agriculture, mainly as grazing for cattle and sheep. Vegetables were grown on some of the more fertile lowlands. Today, these areas are easily recognised by the old cultivation ridges and hollows. Several of the bogs in the Park were used extensively as fuel sources, and old turf banks, now disused, are commonly seen.Many remains of human presence can be seen in the Park. The oldest are megalithic court tombs some 4,000 years old. There is also an early 19th century graveyard about which little is known. Also of that period is Tobar Mweelin, a well which was tapped to supply water to Kylemore Castle around 1870 and is still in use today. Stretches of the old Galway road, in use over a century ago, may still be seen in the northern sections of the Park, but other stretches are obscured by vegetation. Ruined houses, a disused lime kiln, old sheep pens, an ice house, drainage systems and old walls in various parts of the Park, are all evidence of a greater population and more extensive use of these lands in the past. The landscape has an abundance of wildlife, history geology and natural wonder.

Connemara scenery

The rocks underlying the National Park are typical of the Twelve Bens area and are termed metamorphic rocks. These rocks derive from sediments deposited in a warm shelf sea between 700 and 550 million years ago. Upheavals in the earth’s crust formed the sediments into crystalline schists within the roots of an elongated mountain belt. Regional uplift and erosion have since brought the rocks to the surface. The mountain tops are mostly of more resistant quartzite, while the flanks consist of less resistant schists and grey marbles. The last Ice – Age, which ended about 10,000 years ago, imposed a final shaping to the landscape and left behind localised deposits of sand and gravel, widespread boulder clay and erratic boulders. These features largely determine the pattern of plant communities in the Park.

Western blanket bog and heathland are the predominant vegetation types to be found in the Park. The boglands, situated in the lowlying areas, are normally very wet, while higher up the mountains, a drier community of mountain blanket bog develops. Heather covers the mountain sides, with ling, cross-leaved heath and bell heather all very common. Probably the most common and most abundant plant in the Park is purple moor grass, responsible for the colour of much of the landscape throughout the year. Insectivorous plants form an integral part of the bog community. Sundews and butterworts trap and digest insects with their leaves to gain nutrients, which are in short supply in the bogs. Rare plant species from the colder areas of Europe and the Arctic may be found high up in the mountains, such as roseroot, purple and starry saxifrages, lesser twayblade, and mountain sorrel. Conversely, plants from Spain and Portugal are also found in the Park, notably pale butterwort, St. Dabeoc’s heath, which is a member of the heather family, and St. Patrick’s Cabbage.


The birdlife of the Park is varied. Meadow pipits, skylarks, stonechats, chaffinches, robins and wrens are just some of the common song-birds within the Park. Birds of prey are sometimes seen, usually kestrel and sparrow hawk, with merlin and peregrine falcon making occasional visits. Winter brings an increase in the numbers in the Park of some species native to Ireland such as woodcock, snipe, starling, song thrush and mistle thrush, augmented by visitors from other parts of Ireland and abroad as well as winter migrants from north Eastern Europe such as redwing and fieldfare. Rabbits, foxes, stoats, shrews, and bats are often observed at night. In recent years both pine marten and non-native mink have been seen, the latter is a threat to native wildlife species. The largest mammal in the Park is the Connemara Pony. Although a domestic animal this pony is very much part of the Connemara countryside. A herd of pure-bred Connemara Ponies was presented to the State by the late President Childers and the current herd in the park are direct descendants of those presented by President Childers. You’ll be brought on a pony trek across the national park to view its beauty and natural splendour.


The tour doesn’t just bring you to the Connemara national park but has many more great highlights. Day 1 you will be heading from Dublin to The west!  First you will visit the colourful town of Galway, and then you will make your way to Roundstone. Once you check into your accommodation and freshen up, we’ll get you on a bike and take in some fresh sea air and beautiful views of the surrounding area.  On your return, you will visit the world famous Bodhran factory. A bodhran is an ancient Irish drum and you can see this age old, handcrafted instrument being made with skilful hands. Day 2 is Inisbofin Island! The drive there is spectacular and the boat ride to the island is even better. After some lunch upon arrival, we’ll begin our hike around the island and view its many birds, wild flowers and seal colonies along the route. The island is 5 miles off the Galway coast and is home to many white sandy beaches and coves. Maybe we’ll take a dip along the way, if it takes our fancy. Day 3 is the magical Connemara Park. Day 4 is the hike up the mountain of Mweelrea. Once you have made the summit, at a height of 814 meters, you will have the best view of Killary Harbour and of the entire Connemara National Park. It is truly a spectacular sight from the top and one that you’ll never forget.


Day 5 is Kylemore Abbey! First you will visit Killary Harbour, you will kayak along the deepest water inlet in Europe, where U-boats used to hide during World War II.  Killary harbour is also one of only two fjords in Ireland, which holds a huge mussel farm industry. Afterwards we will visit Kylemore Abbey, a romantic castle built by Mitchell Henry for his wife in 1867. It sits among a beautiful mountainous landscape on the edge of lake Pollacapaill and presents a fairy-tale sight. Day 6 You will walk through a gap in the mountain range and down to the Inagh Valley, where you will find Inage lodge, a wonderful oasis where you can have some lunch or a pint after your walk. We will stay in Leenane again tonight.

CONNEMARA - Image 4 - Kylemore Abbey

It’s the last day, Day 7. We must head back to the capital today. On the way back, we have one more surprise up our sleeve. The Irish are world famous for our whiskey making.  Whiskey was born in Ireland and Tullamore Dew is one of Ireland’s many world famous brands.  Before we return to Dublin, you will visit their newly refurbished visitor’s centre where you can learn all about the secrets of whiskey making. You will have lasting memories of this glorious Irish landscape of Connemara. So join the adventure today and book your tour with us!

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The Grand and Glorious Glendalough Monastic site: Step into history

Nestled in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is the iconic Glendalough Monastic site which is steeped in ancient history and dramatic beauty that you will remember for a lifetime. The Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Monastic site is the first stop on our impressive Emerald all Ireland 15 day walking tour. After leaving Dublin, you will travel through the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains to our first stop at Glendalough ancient monastic site about 1hr fron Dublin. Glendalough and its surrounding mountains is a magic place and perfect for our first walk which will be about three hours around the valley, you will come back to relax at our comfortable guest house. This blog will give you an insight into al the history behind this Majestic famous Irish site, along with some information about the surrounding mountain and towns.

Glendalough lake

Glendalough, or the Glen of two Lakes, is one of the most important sites of monastic ruins in Ireland. It is also known as the city of the seven Churches. Fourteen centuries have passed since the death of its founder, St. Kevin, when the valley was part of Ireland’s Golden Age. The ‘City’ consists of a number of monastic remains, and the most impressive being the Round Tower which stands 30m high. The main group of monastic buildings lies downstream near the Round Tower. The grounds were entered through the Gateway, which has two round headed granite arches.Beyond St. Mary’s Church is the Priest’s House, a 12th Century building in Romanesque style, with an interesting carving of a much earlier date on the lintel of the doorway.Just beyond the Priest’s House is a large granite cross (sixth or seventh century) and the “Cathedral”, the largest church on the site, with a nave, chancel and sacristy, and St Kevin’s Church. St Kevin’s Church is commonly known as St Kevin’s Kitchen. This is a barrel-vaulted oratory of hard mica schist with a steeply pitched roof and a round tower belfry (12th C).Approx 200m east of the Church of the Rock is a cavity in the cliff which is known as St Kevin’s Bed or Hermitage. At the Glendalough site on the road to Laragh, to the right, stands Trinity Church (11th-12th C). Beyond the river about 1.5km to the east of the Cathedral is St. Saviour’s Priory a church with fine Romanesque carvings on the chancel arch and windows.

Glendalough monastery

The remains of an old stone fort and three stone crosses can be found between the Upper and Lower Lake, and beside the Lower Lake another cross; all four are stations on the pilgrimage route at Glendalough. Near a small bridge by St Kevin’s Bed stands Reefert Church.

The two lakes, which gave the valley its name, came into existence thousands of years ago, after the Ice Age, when great deposits of earth and stone were strewn across the valley in the area where the Round Tower now exists. The mountain streams eventually formed a large lake. The Pollanass River spread alluvial deposits across the centre of the lake and created a divide to form the Upper and Lower Lakes. The Glenealo River flows in from the West into the Upper Lake which is the larger and deepest of the two lakes. Before the arrival of St. Kevin this valley (glen) would have been desolate and remote. It must have been ideal for St Kevin as a retreat and area to be ‘away from it all’. Kevin died in 617 A.D. at the age of 120 years and his name and life’s work is forever entwine with the ruins and the Glendalough Valley.


The most famous person associated with this site is St. Kevin. There are many legends surrounding him and his legacy. The monastery was set up in the 6th century by St. Kevin. Kevin was born in 498 into a noble family living in what is now West Wicklow. He studied for the priesthood in Cill na Manach and after being ordained set out to find his calling. Kevin came to Glendalough to follow his dream which was to find God in solitude and prayer. Kevin wanted full solitude to be closer to god and his prayers so he found a cave away from all civilisations. St. Kevin’s Bed can best be described as a man-made cave cut in the rock face a short distance east of the Church of the Rock. It is very close to the edge of the mountain and it overlooks the upper lake from a height of about 30 odd feet (10 metres). It should not be confused with St. Kevin’s Cell which occupies a site further east. The approach to the cave is very difficult, with access to it is through a rectangular space and a short passageway 3 ft. (1 metre) high and 2½ ft. wide. The inner or main part of the cave is just 4 ft. wide (1.5 metres) and less than 3 ft.(1 metre) high. It is reasonable to assume that the cave could only have been used as a sleeping place, and would have been impossible for an adult to stand upright in it, so it is quite likely that St Kevin only used it as his bed, or a place for pious prayer or meditation. It is not accessible in modern times, as there is barely any path and one would have to scale the mountain above the dark waters of the upper lake to get to it.

Glendalough cross

Along with being a holy site, Glendalough National park offers a mix of natural, historical, archaeological and spiritual riches. The valley is situated in Wicklow Mountains National Park which is home to forests, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Magnificent scenery abounds. Many and varied walking trails can be found to suit all levels of agility. Wherever one looks, beautiful views meet the eye, evoking a sense of peace, tranquillity and wonder. The valley is also a haven for wildlife and their habitats, flora and fauna. Nature conservation and ecological protection are provided by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The geological heritage of Glendalough is highlighted by the remains of two mines found in the Glendalough valley and in the adjacent valley of Glendeasan. Lead, zinc and silver are among the materials mined over a period stretching from the 1790s to 1957. There are many roads and walking trails that wind around the national park from the upper lake, to the lower lake and up to the Spinke, there is a walk for all. Each of the lakes offers spectacular views. Its dark brown waters reflect the dramatic mountains that enclose this valley. Visit the relics, high crosses, ancient churches and high tower that Glendalough is known for. Have a wander around the grounds and take in some the most beautifully natural sites in Ireland.


Surrounding this Monastic site is the remote and desolate landscape of the rolling Wicklow Mountains. The mountains surround you as you look upon this land. Complete with colourful heather on the hills. The highest peak in the range, Lugnaquilla (924m), is really more of a very large hill, but that hardly matters here. This vast granite intrusion, an upwelling of molten rock that solidified some 400 million years ago, was shaped during the ice ages into the schist-capped mountains visible today. The peaks are marvellously desolate and as raw as only nature can be. Between the mountains are a number of deep glacial valleys – most notably Glenmacnass, Glenmalure and Glendalough – while corrie lakes such as Lough Bray Upper and Lower, and Lough Tay, gouged by ice at the head of the glaciers, complete the wild topography.

lakes of Glendalough

The closest town to this site is the small community of Laragh. Here is where you will be staying over the first night and eating out. This little town has a small array of pubs and restaurants, along with a convenience shop. All you need for a small town in Wicklow. If nature and history is for you then Glendalough is the perfect setting for a walk and an explore! Book your all Ireland Emerald tour  with extreme Ireland to explore many important sites in Ireland that will really impress! From historical sites, to the rugged Irish coast, this tour is waiting for you! Join the adventure today.

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Enjoy a Guided tour of Dingle Whiskey Distillery on the Wild Atlantic Way 12 day tour

The Wild Atlantic Way tour will take you along Ireland’s west coast from West Cork in the South to Donegal in the North. The Wild Atlantic Way Tour is a soft adventure tour which will take you on walking trails to some of the country’s most spectacular vistas and dramatic coastlines. Not only this but you will also have the opportunity to experience some of the best outdoor adventure pursuits such as ‘SUP’ which means Stand Up Paddling; surfing; kayaking and much more, including the Dingle Whiskey Distillery which is famed for its hospitality they pride themselves on an excellent tour that brings you into the heart of the distillery.

Right in the heart of this quaint little town lays the distillery. The Dingle peninsula was once cited as the most beautiful place on earth by the National Geographic Society and voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. No better place to be shown the secrets of whiskey making and have the chance to sample a few tipples looking out upon the delightful dingle coast. The small town can be described as a cute, colourful cosmopolitan village that have some of the friendliest people in Kerry. You’ll be in good hands!

The Dingle Whiskey Distillery was crafted and conceived by three independent spirits: Oliver Hughes; Liam LaHart and Peter Mosley. They started out with simple craft beers but wanted to find something more. As they got more experienced to the taste of Earth’s natural ingredients, the attention turned to whiskey and away from craft beer. The Dingle Whiskey Distillery came into being in the winter of 2012. They have always had quality over quantity at the forefront of our thought; they aren’t passionate about bland spirit. They are definitely hugely passionate about flavoursome, well-crafted spirit.
So how is Whiskey Made? First of all the barley must undergo germination and this first part of the process is called malting, the barley needs to have a good percentage of sugar to work properly. After germination it has to be halted quickly and the barely is heated and smoked usually with peat, the amount of smoke used and where it comes from depends on what type of whiskey is being produced. It is ground and then the mashing process begins, this is when the mashed barley is mixed with warm water to extract its sugars. The water used in this process is important to the nature of the whiskey due to the minerals in certain waters. Water can be filtered through granite, marble, peat or other rocks and this determines the type of whiskey. This now malted barley is called ‘wort’
The cooled ‘wort’ is then transported into large tanks for the fermentation process to start; yeast is added in this stage. The yeast turns the sugars that are present into alcohol. As with the barley and water, the distiller will carefully select the strain of yeast that they use and it can also have a small effect on the final flavour of the spirit. The fermentation normally takes around 48 hours to run its natural course. Next they distil the liquid; usually Irish whiskey is distilled 3 times. The liquid is put into copper stills. The liquid is heated and then it evaporates and rises up the still until it reaches the neck, where it condenses. This liquid is called ‘low wines’. The low wines are passed to the second smaller still, called the spirit still. In the spirit still, the alcohol produced is split into three. The middle liquid called ‘the heart’ is the one that is kept and bottled for the maturing process. This ‘heart’ has an alcoholic strength of 65-70% ABV.
The spirit is put into oak casks and stored for at least 3 years to become ‘whiskey’. This process is done because the whiskey needs to develop its unique flavour over time in the oak that surrounds it. These casks are porous and so the environment in which they are stored is also helpful to the flavours. So if the whiskey is stored beside the sea, in the highlands or in places of heat/cold these environments give the whiskey its unique characteristics. The type of whiskey depends on the flavours and depth it develops in the maturing process. Dingle Whiskey has a most unique flavour. Their very special stills are a key part of the Dingle Story. They take the best Irish malted barley and make pure pot still malt whiskey. Then they put it in casks and let the mild, moist, unique Dingle air do the rest. No whiskey in Scotland or Ireland experiences a maturation process like that.
The distillery will also give you some background on a fresh Irish Dingle gin and luxurious Dingle vodka! The gin has won many awards and is one of the most delicious Irish gins on the market! They use botanicals like: rowan berry from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather for a taste of the Kerry landscape. Perfect with a refreshing tonic, ice cubes, aromatic juniper berries and a squeeze of zesty orange. Their vodka is distilled 5 times to really create the finest, purest, grain alcohol with a touch of sweetness and a creamy texture. So good it can be drunk neat!

This is an experience you won’t forget in the perfect setting of the seaside town of Dingle. Learn about the deep history (and flavours) of Irish whiskey as you get a guided tour around the interactive distillery. Whiskey tasting is definitely recommended. What better way to experience the essence of Ireland then to experience Irish whiskey itself! Join us on the Wild Atlantic Way 12 day tour to get your fully guided tour of this incredible distillery.

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Explore The Dolomites

The Dolomites are located in north-east Italy close to the Austrian border. The village of Wolkenstein where our group will have accommodation during the tour is the perfect location to access the most amazing hikes from a 360 degree stand point. You would be excused if you thought that the village was in Germany. You’ll find that the locals are German, the road signs, architecture, beer and everything around you is German. The Dolomite mountain range is nothing short of remarkable. The rock formations are jagged and high which presents spectacular vistas at every corner. Much of the lower lands are covered with alpine covered hills and wonderfully picturesque mountain villages.
We Take our Clients on a 7 day adventure Hiking one of the most spectacular areas in Europe. The Dolomites is perfectly set up to meet the needs of the walker with different levels of difficulty to suit. Our Guides are vastly experienced and we have a working knowledge of the area.


Meet your guides

KEITH McDONNELL : The very experienced Keith McDonnell has been guiding international adventures for many years. Originally from Co. Meath, Keith is a true modern day explorer with many exciting expeditions under his belt including a traverse of South Georgia island in the Antarctic and summiting one of the highest mountains in the world; Aconcagua in Argentina. Keith holds an international mountain leader licence and is a regular visitor to the Italian Dolomites so you’ll be in safe hands.
STEPHEN POWER : A native of Waterford, Stephen is a well seasoned adventurer spending three years exploring the globe solo including Africa, Asia and the Americas. With a love of mountaineering he has reached the summits of Mount Blanc, Grand Paradiso in the Italian Alps and an active volcano; Mount Damavand in Iran. Stephen has spent time hiking the Dolomites and is looking forward to hiking there once again with your group.
TONY CORCORAN : Tony is one of Extreme Ireland Adventures prized guides. From our smallest neighbouring island, the Isle of Man this true Celt is a lover of music and anything outdoors. Tony has hiked far and wide around this planet and the Dolomites has to be one of his favourites. A group leader for many years with vast experience and knowledge, Tony will be there to help you with any issue, big or small while on tour.
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Dublin’s Premier Greenspace: Phoenix Park

All of our day tours begin & end in Dublin so we have decided to tell you a little bit about its largest park. Dublin’s largest park also happens to be the largest urban park in Europe! Established in 1662 at 707 hectares the Phoenix Park was originally supposed to be a royal deer park. However the park went on to play many roles.

The park contains the official home of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin. This was built way back in 1750. It is right beside the United States Ambassador’s residence, which was built in 1774. The Park features numerous walking and cycling trails and is open all year round. About 30% of the park is covered in trees. This makes it a safe home for many animals and a wide range of habitats are in the park.

Wellington Monument

This park has also seen some historic visits including Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1979. Right after the Pope arrived he took a helicopter straight to the park where he gave mass to 1,250,000 people. Today the spot that he performed the mass in is marked by a Papal Cross. The cross is 35 metres tall and can’t be missed.

Other notable attractions in the park include Dublin Zoo. The Zoo is one of Dublin’s main attractions and is the biggest in Ireland. It opened in 1931 making it the 3rd oldest zoo in the world! The zoo houses over 700 animals and tropical birds from around the word.

Finally the Wellington Testimonial is well worth a look. The obelisk is 62 metres tall and commemorates the victory of The Duke of Wellington. It is the largest obelisk in Europe and would be even higher if the public funding had not run out.

As you can see there is plenty to do so make sure you swing by!


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Historic Attractions in Dublin

All of our day tours begin and end in Dublin so we have put together a list of some of the best historic attractions for you to explore once you have finished with us!

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle remains one of the most important buildings in Dublin as it is host to a range of government buildings. The castle used to be the administrative centre for the British government in Ireland. Today it remains an architectural beauty and a must see if you are in Dublin.

Dublin Castle

The G.P.O

Dublin’s general post office played a major role in the 1916 rising. Today it is one of the city’s most recognisable buildings. The building was used as the headquarters for the rebels during the rising. It is also the location of the first reading of the Proclamation of the Republic of Ireland by Padraig Pearse.

St Stephens Green

It’s hard to believe it now but this beautiful city centre park was once used as a base of the Irish Citizens Army. Unfortunately for the Irish a park was not the best place to set up headquarters especially when it was surrounded by tall buildings. The British quickly took over the Shelbourne Hotel which overlooked the park. This gave them a perfect aim on the Irish & bullet holes can still be seen on the arch at the entrance of the park.

St. Stephen's Green

Kilmainham Gaol

This former prison was built in 1796 and closed its doors in 1924. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops. In fact 14 of the 16 Irish soldiers who were executed by British Forces were shot inside the jail. Today the jail functions as a museum which serves to educate visitors of the plight of the Irish revolutionaries.

Kilmainham Gaol

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Blarney Castle: More than a Stone!

Blarney Castle is mainly known for its famous Blarney Stone which is said to grant the gift of the gab to whoever kisses it. The stone often overshadows the other things that can be done at the castle & the line for the stone can be pretty long. With this in mind we have decided to highlight some of the other things that can be done besides waiting in line.

Blarney Castle 1

  1. The Dungeon

Beneath the castle lies a maze of underground passages and chambers dating from various periods in the castle’s history. Although the dungeon is mostly inaccessible nowadays you can still see the chambers where the castle’s prisoners would have been held.

Blarney Dungeon

  1. Wishing Steps

These limestone steps are said to grant wishes if you can perform a certain ritual on them. Apparently if you can walk up and down the steps with your eyes closed whilst only thinking of your wish it will be granted within a year. If you are superstitious enough to try this be careful as the steps can be slippery!

Blarney wishing steps

  1. The North Wall

Blarney Castle sits directly on top of an eight-metre cliff of rock. This rock was used to build the castle. From the North wall you can see exactly how the castle was built in two stages with the right hand part being a tall thin wall. You can also see 3 holes that were used when the maids would have emptied the chamber pots.

  1. The Lake

This lake was once nearly drained by one of the ancestors of the current owner. Why you ask? Well rumour has it that the treasure of the MacCarthys was thrown into the lake but so far nobody has found it.

Blarney Lake

  1. The Gardens

Last but certainly not least is the Blarney Castle Gardens. These gardens bring you on a journey through diverse surroundings.  There are over 60 acres of land featuring gardens, avenues and waterways. They even contain one of the few poison gardens in Ireland where you can look but not touch!


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Killary Fjord Cruise

Killary Fjord is located in the heart of Connemara and it is one of the three glacial fjords in all of Ireland! Once you board the Killary Fjord cruise ship, you will enter a dining area. Sit back and relax as you cruise down the fjord with a warm meal and a drink. Savor the freshest fish and shellfish from the clear water on the fjord. If you are not into seafood, enjoy a crisp salad or a handmade sandwich. The crew will not only accommodate you they will tell you all they can about the wildlife and facts about the fjord, they will also make your choice of drinks from a deep dark Guinness to spirits and even coffees. Take in scenery from the surrounding landscapes, from mountains peaks and green plains to the deep sea while enjoying a brief meal.

Killary Fjord Cruise

After your meal, look out to either side of the ship and see the majestic mountains surrounding the fjord and sheep dotting the green plains. The location of the fjord creates a natural border between Mayo and Galway, and the location also provides a safe haven for a variety bird species such as barnacle goose, ringed plover, tufted duck, mallard duck, mute swan, whooper swan, and even otters and dolphins. If you get lucky, you might have a chance to see dolphins emerge towards the mouth of the fjord! Furthermore, the depth of 45 meters and the mountains in the north and south, create a perfect habitat to farm mussels and catch salmon. You will have a chance to see ropes at several points on the fjord and circular salmon farms. This fjord is teeming with wildlife and fresh ingredients for local farmers to sell around the area. These 16 kilometers is simply a sanctuary for wildlife and you will be in awe of the dramatic scenery.

Killary Fjord Cruise

This cruise is one to remember as you will have a chance to see the incredible panoramic view of the mountains, various wildlife, and ocean life in the same location. Come on the Connemara tour to experience a sight you might never forget!

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Galway City – A vibrant but intimate city

Visit the beautiful Galway city on our Connemara day tour!

Once you arrive in Galway’s City Center, you will have roughly over an hour to explore this beautifully intimate city. Flags from every country in the world were hung, zigzagging the streets above the heads of locals, and tourist. Shrubbery and flower pots were hanging off window ledges adding a certain artisan feel to the yellow, red, blue, and green buildings. Back on the ground, hundreds of people were making their way through the street, passing various street performers dancing on cardboard to singers serenading to onlookers and to people eating fire while juggling knives.

Galway City

Galway is a city that houses many hidden gems with its vibrant buildings, and festival-like decorations. When I visited this city, I casually walked down the street and embracing the unique atmosphere it gives off, and made my way to eat at a small pub in a corner of the street called Tig Coili. The food and drink were amazing, and they played live Irish music at almost all times of the day. My only regret was that I was not able to go to every pub! Although, I did get a chance to walk to South Park.

South Park is a short walk through the city center. It is an open field by the ocean where you can walk along the coast or the pier, take pictures of the view, or even sit on a bench and look out into the sea. I would recommend going there to sit by the coastline and if you have not eaten, it is a perfect place to have a nice picnic. The park is also close to a quaint museum you can visit in the short time you are here. However, due to the time restraint, you might only be able to do one or two things before you will need to head back to the bus.

If you want to experience a cruise along the Killary Fjord, visit Kylemore, and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Galway, book a ticket and anticipate a fulfilling day brimming with adventure.


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