Day Trips

There are so many great sightseeing trips available throughout Kerry and Ireland's south west.  Spend more time enjoying the scenery and less time worrying about traffic and directions by taking a guided tour with gosneem kerry tours.  We can tailor any trip to suit you but below we have listed some of our most popular suggestions.

 

West Cork Historical Homes and Gardens Tour

This tour will take you to Garnish Island in Glengariff Harbour via a ferry shuttle service from Glengariff. The unique micro climate of the area has allowed an amazing range of exotic species flourish on the island and structures on the island include Grecian and Italian temples and a Martello Tower dating back to 1805. Next on the itinerary is Bantry House and Garden overlooking Bantry Bay. The house was the historical home of the Earls of Bantry and dates back to 1739. There is a Tea Room on the grounds and extensive gardens to explore. Finally, the tour brings you to Clonakilty. Michael Collins, an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician, was born at Woodfield, just outside the town and you have the opportunity to view his family home and the museum dedicated to this great man.

Garnish Island Ilnacullin on Garnish Island in Glengariff Harbour.
Bantry House An aerial view of Bantry House and Gardens and Bantry Bay.

Kerry Historical Homes and Gardens Tour

This tour takes you to Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms.  The House is a Victorian mansion on the shores of the Lakes of Killarney and dates back to the early 1840. The site is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions and the gardens are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Further along the Ring of Kerry is Kells Bay House and Gardens where the six gardens include: The Ladies Walled Garden, The Primeval Forest, The Bamboo Glade, River Walk, The Cliff Walk, Bog Walk, The Palm and Succulent Garden. Further along the Ring we visit the ruins of Ballycarbery Castle dating back to the 14th century before heading to Derrynane House and National Historic Park covering 300 acres and the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman, and one of the great figures in modern Irish history.

Muckross House A view of Muckross House from the garden.
Kells Bay Gardens The waterfall at Kells Bay Gardens.

Michael Collins Tour

Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician.  He was leading figure in Irish history and Hollywood actor Liam Neeson starred in a film about him.    There are several places of interest where visitors to the south-west can gain an insight into this great man. 

Michael Collins was born at Woodfield, near Clonakilty in West Cork.  There are statues paying tribute to him in both locations.

On 22 August 1922 he was ambushed and assassinated outside the village of Béal na Bláth in County Cork.  Today the site is a leading local attraction as Irish and foreign visitor pass by to pay their respects to the man who was a leading historical figure.


Skellig Ring with views of Skellig Michael from the mainland

Visit the coastal towns and villages including Waterville, Valentia Island, Portmagee, Balligskelligs and Derrynane.  Also enjoy The Skellg Experience -  an audio visual exhibition about the monastic settlement and bird sanctuary on the Skellig Islands which are visible 12 kilometres off the coast.


Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is undoubtedly the most famous touring route in Kerry.  If you view the route on a map it literally forms a ring around most of the county taking in the towns of Killarney, Killorglin, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare along with many delights in between.


The Dingle Ring

A drive around the Dingle pennisula will take you through the towns of Ventry, Dunquin, Ballyferriter, Ballydavid and of course Dingle - home of Fungie the Dolphin.  The scenery and views of the Atlantic Ocean round Slea Head are breathtaking.


Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Cill Rialaig art gallery and Valentia Island

Visit the tetrapod trackway where you will see the footprints of a prehistoric animal which walked the land before the Ice Age - 375 million years ago. Call to the Skellig Experience - an audio visual exhibition about the monastic settlement and bird sanctuary on the Skellig Islands which are visible 12 kilometres off the coast.

Puffin A puffin bird on Skellig Michael.

Beara Penisula and Dursey Island

Visit the attractive unspoilt villages of Ardgroom, Eyeries, Allihies - see the old copper mines, Dursey - take the cable car over Dursey Sound, (priority is given to locals and animals crossing!) and explore this small island, Castletownbere - Ireland's largest white fishing port, Adrigole, Glengarrif, Kenmare and back to Sneem.


The Dingle Peninsula

Visit Gallarus Abbey; An Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) - the location of the filming of 'Ryan's Daughter'; Ventry; Inch; and Annascaul - home to Tom Crean, Artic Explorer; and of course Dingle town.


We can also take you to anywhere you wish in Ireland including: the Blarney Stone,  the Cliffs Of Moher, the Rock Of Cashel, the Connemara Coast, Cong and Ashford Castle where the film 'The Quiet Man’ was recorded starring John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara.