Kingdom of Kerry with Private Transportation
On this half day tour with private transportation, you will be picked up at port in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and see the highlights of Ireland's second largest city, Cork. Then you will be whisked away to Muckross House and Gardens, where you will enjoy the freedom to explore the impressive estate on your own.
After departing the ship in Cobh, you will drive to the city of Cork where you will have a driving orientation tour to view the main highlights of the city including the University, the City Hall and the South Mall. From Cork, you will drive west passing through the Irish market town of Macroom and on to the Gaeltacht village of Ballyvourney.
Continue towards Killarney Town where, upon arrival, you will visit Muckross House and Gardens, which has a beautiful location on Muckross Lake, (second largest of Killarney's three lakes) & wonderful views of the Kerry Mountains as a backdrop. Muckross House is a 19th century manor house and has two main themes, the environment of the National Park and the folklore of County Kerry in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Skilled craft workers carry on some of the traditional crafts of Kerry as their predecessors did in bygone days. The gardens informal in size, are noted for their fine collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, extensive water gardens and an outstanding rock garden of natural limestone. After visiting Muckross House you will proceed to Killarney where you will have free time to purchase lunch on your own in the town.
Following the break, you will drive up to Aghadoe Heights to view the Lakes of Killarney and the mountains in the distance. From here, you will begin the drive back to Cobh through the country roads of County Cork.
Please Note: The tour of the Muckross House is provided by Muckross staff. Private guides are not permitted in the estate.