Highlights
  • Enjoy daily, expert-led walks through luminous green valleys, rock-studded mountains and colorful seafaring villages.
  • Discover the pastoral landscape of Killarney National Park, where oak and yew woodlands stretch for miles.
  • Hike through secluded moorlands and green meadows in Gleninchaquin.

Grab your shillelagh and learn about Ireland the best way possible — on walks along quiet country lanes and centuries-old footpaths. Home for the week is the small town of Kenmare, situated on the beautiful Beara Peninsula. It’s the ideal base to discover prehistoric tombs, remote islands, timeless villages and serene nature preserves along the southwest Irish coast. Join us on some of the most glorious walks in the country, with plenty of time to fortify yourself with a pint or cup of tea and an Irish scone.

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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Kenmare

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

Activity note: Approximate transfer time is 4 hours. Hotel check-in is at 2:00 PM.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Transfers will take approximately 4 hours. On the way to the hotel, enjoy an overview of Ireland and its history. Attend an orientation at the hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel. Water is included in the program cost at all meals. Unless otherwise noted, dinners on this program are typically a three course set menu.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 3: Beara Peninsula, Kenmare

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

Activity note: Up to 3 miles of walking for 3 hours on rocky trails and through town.

Breakfast: At the hotel. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: The Beara Peninsula is the most impressive of Cork's western outliers. It is a beautiful place of green valleys, rock-studded mountains, and peppered with prehistoric stone circles. Your walk begins at Eyeries, a village of brightly colored houses overlooking Coulagh Bay where you can enjoy an Irish coffee.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic en route.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon ambling through the fishing village of Castletownbeare and take in a lecture about fishing in Ireland.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 4: Hiking the Ring of Kerry, Kenmare

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

Activity note: Up to 6 miles of walking for 3.5 hours on paved roads with 2 miles on paved roads, 3 of those miles on soft, boggy ground which can be uneven underfoot, and 1 mile of beach walking.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Travel by private coach to Derrynane on the southwestern tip of the Ring of Kerry peninsula. Our beautiful walk starts from the impressive Derrynane House and Gardens, situated in a magnificent national historic park. From here, you continue along the idyllic Derrynane beach & visit an ancient ecclesiastical site. This is a glorious walk with spectacular views over the western tip of the Ring of Kerry with wonderful views across the Beara Peninsula and west out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue the walk and at the end of the hike, there is a lovely cafe where everyone can enjoy refreshments before boarding a private coach. There is also an opportunity to learn more about Derrynane House, once home to Daniel O'Connell – famed for Catholic Emancipation in Ireland and known as our "Liberator."

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 5: Killarney National Park, Kenmare

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

Activity note: Up to 3 miles of walking for 2 hour on trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Explore the pastoral landscape of Killarney National Park. Oak and yew woodlands stretch for miles. Take in a lecture about the flora and fauna of Killarney National Park.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Take in the scenery while sailing on Muckross Lake.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Sheep's Head Peninsula, Kenmare

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

Activity note: Up to 3 miles of walking for 3 hours on trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This peninsula has a rare charm all its own. Walk the loop road which runs close to the sea. Appreciate the wonderful seascapes, its rich vegetation, and the many sheep.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue your walk and enjoy a cup of tea and an Irish scone. Transfer by private coach back to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Garinish Island, Shannon

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation:  Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, travel by private coach to the botanical paradise on Garinish Island. With luck, you may also discover some inquisitive sea lions. Take in a lecture focusing on the botanical garden.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. In the late afternoon, transfer to Kenmare by private coach.

Dinner: Farewell reception and dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 8: Natural Preserve Gleninchaquin, Transfer to Shannon

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport

Activity note: Up to 3 miles of walking for 2.5 hours on trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, departure to the Natural Preserve of Gleninchaquin via private coach. Hike through secluded moorlands, green meadows, and take in beautiful views of the rugged coastline of the Kenmare River.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to Shannon (approximately 3 hours) and then check in to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: Departures

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: After breakfast, walk to your departure terminal, a 5 minute walk. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.

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Price Per Day:

$ 232 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 7 nights of accommodations
  • 4 expert-led lectures
  • 8 expert-led field trips
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Internal airfare and ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Accomodations

Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort: 6 nights  Kenmare

The Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort offers the perfect base for exploring the Southwest of Ireland, the picturesque Ring of Kerry, and the Beara Peninsula. The hotel is located near many local amenities and attractions. 

 

Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport: 1 night  Shannon

The Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport is conveniently located on the grounds of the Shannon International Airport. The airport terminals are only a two minute walk from the hotel.       

Start City
Kenmare
End City
Shannon
Guides

Paul Howley

Paul grew up in Glencar, County Sligo, Ireland. From a young age, he was enamored by nature and spent more time camping in the mountains than in a bed! He studied real-estate finance and marketing and worked in New York before realizing his suit and tie could never replace his backpack. He took a job leading people through the Guatemalan Highlands to raise funds for a local school. Now back in Ireland, Paul looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion of Ireland with visitors.

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