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The South of Ireland is home to some of the country’s most dramatic scenery. Explore the craggy hillsides of the Wild Atlantic Way, quaint villages in Country Clare and mountain-views from Killarney National Park. Then settle down in region’s grand hotels. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit if you’re looking for an adventure in this wild corner of the world.
This incredible two-hour tour will get you up close and personal with the magnificent landscapes of the Wild Atlantic Way. After boarding a custom-built sea safari boat, you’ll be whisked through Valentia Harbour as your guide runs you through its fascinating history, including the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable that was laid between the harbour and Canada in 1866. You’ll then travel back to the Viking era as you move on to Beginish Island, learning about the impact of the invasion on the area. Keep an eye out for seals as you travel past a 15th-century fort on your way back to the mainland.
Embrace a slower pace of life on this tour, where you’ll be transported around Killarney National Park on a carriage pulled by an Irish Gypsy Vanner Horse. Travelling along routes that aren’t accessible by car, this private tour will take you to corners of the park that not many get to see. Take in the breathtaking views over the mountains and lakes of Killarney, spotting the resident deer as you go. You’ll also stop at the Ross Castle, where you’ll have the chance to explore the grounds and take in this incredible 15th-century structure.