PreBEX Tours 10/2

Killarney: The Gap of Dunloe – Water, Bike & Music

Date and Time: October 2nd, 8:45 am – 4 pm
Number of Participants:  20 (lunch is self-hosted)
Meeting Location: INEC Coach Park (return to INEC Coach Park)

Description: We begin our day with a guided boat tour across the lakes of Killarney, we will set sail from Ross Castle, a 15th-century keep which sits on the eastern shore of the Lough Leane lake, north of the Ross Island peninsula.

We will then arrive at Lord Brandon’s Cottage for a brief visit to this 19th century hunting lodge before beginning our guided bike tour through the famous Gap of Dunloe. (12km cycle)

The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of County Kerry and indeed Ireland. Stretching through the MacGuillicuddy Reeks mountain range, this beautiful glacial valley simply must be experienced to be appreciated.

We will then reach our next destination which is our lunch-stop at the Heather restaurant. We’ll enjoy lunch here before boarding our coach and making a short journey to the village of Beaufort. Here we will take a well-earned break and enjoy some traditional Irish music in the historic Beaufort Bar which first opened its doors in 1841 before returning to Killarney town.

Following this visit we will return to Killarney to the INEC coach park.

 

 

 

Killarney: Water & Walking in Killarney National Park

Date and Time: October 2nd, 8:45 am – 4 pm
Number of Participants:  20 (lunch is self-hosted)
Meeting Location: INEC Coach Park (return to INEC Coach Park)

Description: This tour will begin on the shores of Ross Castle where you will explore the Lakes of Killarney via a guided Kayak tour.

On this tour you will discover the hidden beauty of the Lakes of Killarney with a gentle kayak adventure which will explore the incredible history of Ross Castle and experiencing the lakes unique wild nature. This mesmerizing kayak tour is one of the best ways to experience the Lakes of Killarney and offers you a real unique insight into the historical importance of Ross Castle, while delving into how its surrounding landscape was formed.

Following your Kayak tour next up is a departure to the 5 star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa which is situated at the entrance to the National Park.

On arrival you will be shown around the hotel and then enjoy a light lunch. The Muckross Park Hotel and Spa is uniquely located in the heart of Killarney’s National Park, yet is only a five minute drive from Killarney town. Muckross Park Hotel and Spa is one of oldest hotels in Killarney. It opened its doors as The Herbert Arms in 1795 and was part of the original Muckross Estate. Throughout its history, it has hosted many prominent guests, including Queen Victoria, George Bernard Shaw and Daniel O’Connell.

After lunch we will travel to the Torc Waterfall for a guided walk through the National Park.  Here you will enjoy a beautiful walk around Killarney National Park beginning at the beautiful Torc Waterfall. From the start to the end of our walk, the views around Killarney are wonderful and have plenty of stories & tales to tell – your guide will keep you fascinated as you walk.

Following our walk we will return to the INEC coach park.

 

 

North Kerry: Ballybunion & Listowel – “A Stroll & a Sup”

Date and Time: October 2nd, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Number of Participants:  20 (lunch is self-hosted)
Meeting Location: INEC Coach Park (return to INEC Coach Park)

Description: With our departure from Killarney we will travel north along the Wild Atlantic Way to the coastal town of Ballybunion. Here we will meet local historian and musician Danny Houlihan for a walk around Ballybunion’s famous Cliff Path Walk. This walk has been used by visitors for the last hundred years. The scenic cliff offers views of natural formations such as sea stacks and sea arches which adorn the coast.  The cliffs are alive with sea birds and you will hear the mighty Atlantic Ocean crash upon the beach below. Your walk will take you into secret places of escape, history all while you learn about the culture, myths, legends and romantic tales of forgotten Kings and Chiefs, spanning well over 1000 years.

Following our walk we will depart for the “Literary Capital of Ireland” the nearby town of Listowel.  Listowel has been home to a number of internationally known playwrights and authors, including Bryan MacMahon and John B. Keane. The latter home we will visit on our visit.

On arrival into Listowel we will first stop for a light lunch in Lizzy’s Little Kitchen.

Lizzy’s Little Kitchen serves up nutritious, tasty dishes using locally sourced foods.

After lunch we make the short walk to the nearby pub “John B Keanes”. This is the former home of the renowned Playwright and Novelist and is currently being run by his son Billy. John B Keanes is known as a talking pub, where the television is very rarely turned on and you never know who you will bump into, be it a local farmer or a Prime Minister! In the bar you will get the chance to pull your own “Pint” while John B. Keane’s son Billy will regale you with a story or two.

Following this we will return to the INEC coach park.

 

 

 

The Dingle Peninsula

Date and Time: October 2nd, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Number of Participants: 20 (lunch is self-hosted)
Meeting Location: INEC Coach Park (return to INEC Coach Park)

Description: Focusing today on the western tip of this most northerly peninsula, we will hike over Mount Eagle which stands at the very end of the Peninsula and is one of the great coastal hill-walks on Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard, overlooking archipelagos, cliff-lined coasts and lands upon which the richest archaeological landscape in Europe holds field monuments dating to the Mesolithic.  The lofty situation of this place and its vast panoramas of the Atlantic bays of the region, local headlands, mountains and islands, along with the “story” of this place shared by our guides makes this hike as good as it gets! (Hike details: 8 kms / 5 miles distant with 450 / 1600 ft. of ascent over rough trails and open hillsides)

We will have lunch out west near the furthest tip of the peninsula, calling on a handful of the spectacular archaeological sites.

Following our lunch we will visit the colourful town of Dingle which is nestled between the Atlantic Dingle Bay and the foothills of sacred Mount Brandon.   It is home to an eclectic community of farmers, fishermen, artists, among them some of the finest traditional musicians and restaurateurs.

Also on this visit we will pass through the town of Annascaul home of the famous Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. You will hear the amazing history of this unassuming Kerryman whose extraordinary exploits made him appear as nearly indestructible as any human can be. With his Antarctic expeditions Tom had crammed more excitement and danger into a few years than most people could manage in a lifetime and we might just enjoy a glass of local beer which is named after him.

Following this we will return to Killarney to the INEC coach park.