Southwest Ireland

Dingle – Killarney – Cork

Southwest Ireland

Welcome to Ireland!

Highlights

Make it Yours

Our Southwest Ireland Tour is ideal for those looking to spend a week in Ireland’s most popular region.  From the rugged and picturesque Dingle Peninsula, through the buzzing town of Killarney, and ending in Ireland’s unofficial capital city of Cork, you’ll have a taste of what the Irish countryside has to offer!  This itinerary option is a wonderful opportunity for an Ireland self drive tour, or a privately chauffeured Ireland tour!

Above all, consult with your Destination Specialist. We will ensure that the highlights of your trip are booked in advance so you won’t miss out on the fun!  Lots of time at leisure will be built in so you can explore on your own, and at your own pace. Let the journey guide you.

  • Accommodation – Ireland offers a wide range of accommodation styles including boutique hotels, charming B&B’s, and luxurious castle hotels.  Juniper Tours will select where you stay based on your preferences.
  • Transportation – All of the dots will be connected based on your preferences and budget.  The description of this itinerary includes a private driver, however it would be a great option for a self drive Ireland tour. Airport transfers, car rentals, train passes, even private chauffeurs!
  • Day tours and entrance tickets – pre-scheduled tours and experiences for a seamless and enriching travel experience!
Map route of southwest Ireland tour

Southwest Ireland Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dingle

Welcome to Ireland! As you arrive, a private driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your first stop in the Southwest of the country, Dingle. Check into your hotel and spend the evening relaxing before a busy day of sightseeing tomorrow.

Overnight in Dingle

Day 2: Dingle

When visiting Dingle it is a must to take a tour boat to see the rich blue waters and hilly and rugged geography of this storybook peninsula. Spend your morning wandering the colorful town visiting local cheese shops and the afternoon watching the waves crash onto the shore.

Overnight in Dingle

Day 3: Dingle to Killarney

Today a private driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to Killarney. Once at your new accommodations, leave your bags, put on your walking shoes and begin a day of sightseeing.  Your private driver will take you to Killarney National Park to see the beautiful Torc Waterfalls. These waterfalls are a short walk away from the car lot but if you’re feeling up for it continue onto a harder hike with even better views.

Overnight in Killarney

Day 4: Killarney to Cork

A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to your final destination, Cork. We suggest taking a longer, but scenic route detouring through the famous Ring of Kerry.  

Overnight in Cork

Day 5: Cork

Spend the day sightseeing Cork. In the morning, your private driver will take you on a trip to see Blarney castle. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of Cork City Museum.

Overnight in Cork

Day 6: Cork

Enjoy a day to experience Cork at your leisure. We recommend taking a trip to Jameson Distillery or Spike Island. Whatever you decide to do, your destination specialist will be there to guide you.

Overnight in Cork

Day 7: Depart for Home

As you begin to say farewell to your time in Southwest Ireland, a private driver will pick you up at a pre-arranged time to take you to the airport departure hall.

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Your Southwest Ireland Tour at a glance:

Southwest Ireland Highlights:

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Why We Love this Tour

Your Self Drive Tour of Ireland is the perfect introductory tour of the Emerald Isle.  It offers the freedom and flexibility of a chauffeured experience with a price point closer to a group guided tour. You and your loved ones can have the best of Ireland!

We love this itinerary because it allows you to see the highlights of Ireland as a first-time visitor. Or you can relive the best of Ireland if you’ve been before.  By staying in Dublin, swinging down to Kilkenny, then continuing to the beloved County Kerry you’ll have many sightseeing and touring opportunities.

Why We Love Dublin

Ireland’s capital city of Dublin blends modern amenities with charming historic neighborhoods. A flourishing food scene for everyone to enjoy. Explore the iconic sites such as the Guinness Storehouse, the Glasnevin Cemetery, and the Kilmainham Gaol.  Enjoy a pint and live music in a pub in the famous Temple Bar neighborhood. Join a walking tour about the Easter Rising or Ireland’s rich literature, or take a day trip up to Belfast for a bit of Northern Ireland.

Why We Love Kilkenny 

Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, dating as far back as the 6th century.  On the way there take some time to hike the stunning Wicklow Mountains. Then visit Powerscourt Estate to see the impressive house and manicured gardens.

Why We Love Country Kerry

County Kerry is ideal for those partaking in a self-drive tour of Ireland.  The rambling roadways of County Kerry cut through patchwork fields. Drive alongside the dramatic and rocky coastline. It’s home to some of the most striking castle ruins and charming villages Ireland has to offer.
Make this independent adventure yours!  

Nights can be added or reduced, your route can be changed. Tours and activity options can be selected based on your interests and purpose of travel.  Having a rental car allows you to visit the pockets of Ireland that the train doesn’t reach. All of this without the expense of constraints of a private chauffeur.  Come and go as you please. You never know what you’ll discover when you’re exploring this special country at your own pace!

Your Destination Specialist knows Ireland and will take the time to learn what’s important to you.  Your itinerary will be designed just for you, to make the most of your time and experience in the Emerald Isle!

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