Our Family Active Tour is an independent tour of self guided walking, cycling, horse riding, a boat day trip and bus tour of Dingle Peninsula.
Two days self guided walking, one on the Kerry Way and the other a coastal walk on one of Ireland’s most spectacular blue flag beaches. An option day allows you to partake in sightseeing, visit Killarneys craft and book shops, play golf/pitch & putt, fish in the local rivers and lakes or relax in a local spa. Cycle (up to 32 km/20 miles) for a day around Killarney’s Lakes and Fells, with a choice of route descriptions and maps. Discover the Dingle peninsula by bus. Finish your week with a wonderful boat trip through the famous Lakes of Killarney followed by a trip on a horse jaunting car through the Gap of Dunloe.
Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland has some of the most spectacular and awe dropping scenery in Ireland. It’s location and diversity enables us offer you something for everyone within close proximity. If you are looking to satisfy and combine a number of interests with
a variety of activities and are up for trying something new then sign up to one of our multi Activity holidays. With a different activity each day our tours are designed to suit the needs of everyone involved and takes you to areas not accessible to everybody. Conquer your more adventurous side and join us on some of the most exciting activities Go Visit Ireland can offer.
Day 1 -Arrival Day
Welcome to Glenbeigh & your Active Family self-guided holiday. On arrival you may have some time to wander around the village or have a magical walk in the Fairy Forest or wet your toes in Rossbeigh beach. Settle into your accommodation and relax and take time to read through your holiday pack, notes and maps for your week ahead. Overnight Glenbeigh.
Day 2 –Walk The Kerry Way: Glenbeigh-Glencar Distance: 13km/ 8miles Ascent 350m/1,150ft
Today you walk on the Kerry Way from your accommodation, through the Windy Gap and downwards into the wooded valley of the Caragh River and storied Glencar. Tales of Fianna warrior bands and of Oisín’s return route from Tír na nÓg echo through today’s walk before finishing at The Climbers Inn for a well-earned drink. You will then be collected and brought back to your B&B
Day 3 – Walk & Horseride on Rossbeigh Beach
In the morning you do a circular walk from your guesthouse up Rossbeigh Hill and along the golden miles of Rossbeigh beach (award winning blue flag beach). Pass the site of Tonn Toime, which according to old Irish legend, the magic wave that allowed Oisin and Niamh of the Golden Hair to travel on water to Tir na nOg, the land of everlasting youth.
In the afternoon experience the fresh Atlantic air while riding along Rossbeigh beach with great views of the Dingle Peninsula and Atlantic Ocean. Also option of going for a cycle for those who do not want to horse ride.
Day 4 – Transfer /Option day
Transfer to Killarney which is renowned for its world-famous lakes, combined with the rugged beauty of it’s valleys and mountains, and its extraordinary wealth of trees and rare flowering-plants.
Options: Doing other activities, eg golf, pitch & putt, spend the afternoon in one of the many leisure centres and spas or just spend the day rambling through the many craft shops in the town.
Day 5 – Cycle through Killarney National Park
Today is a day of exploration. Enjoy as much or as little as you please! Collect your bike this morning close to your accommodation and test it out before setting off. Cycle on traffic free trails through Killarney National Park, shared only with pedestrians and jaunting cars. Dramatically weathered limestone crags and lush vegetation surround the beautiful lakes. You can stop at the medieval Abbey at Muckross (15th C) or at Dinis cottage for some tea. Quaint stone bridges are crossed to bring you to the spectacular Torc waterfall (12 miles/19 km)
Finish the afternoon at Muckross Traditional Farms where you can stroll down memory lane and visit Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s. This was a period before the widespread use of electricity, when all work was carried out using traditional methods.
You will visit three separate working farms (small , medium and large), each complete with animals, poultry and horse drawn farm machinery. You will also visit a labourer’s cottage, a carpenter’s workshop, a harness maker and a blacksmith’s forge
Day 6 – Discover the Dingle Peninsula.
Today you take a bus tour of the Dingle Peninsula. There is no other place in Ireland with such a concentration of historical monuments, Gaelic culture and literature. The history of the town dates back to 1257. It was here that Ryans Daughter was filmed in the early 1970s. The scenery is spectacular along the Slea Head region where you have great views of the Blasket Islands.
Day 7 – Lakes of Killarney Boat Trip
Today, you can enjoy a breathtaking boat trip through the famous Three Lakes of Killarney. Enjoy lunch at Lord Brandons Cottage before you choose to either walk, go on horseback or in a jaunting car through the Gap of Dunloe (7 miles). The tour starts at Ross Castle (15th century) and ends at the renowned 19th century Kate Kearney’s Cottage where you can enjoy an Irish coffee before being transferred back to Killarney.
Day 8 – Departure