If you are looking for the ultimate private driver tour of Kerry, VIP Chauffeur has over 30 years experience of chauffeur tours of the Kerry region of Ireland.
One of Ireland’s most visited areas has to be the county of Kerry. The wildness of the landscape and the unmistakable green countryside make it an unmissable destination on your journey around the emerald isle.
Killarney is arguably one of Ireland’s most famous and most visited towns in the west and it’s easy to see why. The winding streets are full of quaint cafes and restaurants as well as traditional pubs where you can while away a few hours enjoying local music and chats with the locals.
The surrounding countryside is what makes this destination so loved, however. The lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park are some of the most wonderful examples of Ireland’s lush green countryside. Just minutes from the town and resting on the banks of the lakes is Ross Castle. This 15th-century castle is in excellent condition offering a look into Ireland in the Middle Ages. The drive around the lakes is an unmissable experience that should be on everyone’s itinerary during their tour of Ireland. Another great stop along the way is Moll’s Gap, offering breathtaking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, the highest mountain range in the country. Journey through the Black Valley and see the Gap of Dunloe, an 11km route which passes five lakes: Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough. Torc Waterfall is also worth the stop to see the beauty of the water cascading down the foothills of Torc mountain. Ladies View offers stunning views across the lakes, well worth the stop to get some photos. In the heart of Killarney National Park stands Muckross House, the 19th-century Victorian mansion. Visited recently by Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, the house hosted Queen Victoria and her family in 1861. Today, the house is one of the most visited points in Killarney National Park. You can see master weavers at work in the craft workshop or visit the traditional farms to see what life was like in rural Ireland in the 1920s and 30s. The gardens and grounds of the house are well maintained and perfect for an afternoon stroll.
The road itself can be challenging at times so why not take the pressure off and allow our experienced team to take over the driving responsibility with professionalism and care so that you are free to really soak up the experience and enjoy the ride.
Just south of Killarney, the small town of Kenmare is well worth a visit on your tour of Kerry. This charming town nestled in Kenmare Bay is perfect for a lunch stop or to while away an afternoon. Home to some small art galleries as well as excellent restaurants showcasing local producers, it’s a lovely pitstop to make while on the Ring of Kerry.
Experience some of Ireland’s amazing coastline on the Skellig Ring Drive. Stop into the chocolate factory where the popular Skellig’s chocolate is made, a perfect souvenir. St Finian’s Bay, located along this drive, is an idyllic example of the beautiful beaches Ireland has to offer. Valentia Island is along this route also, where you can see authentic island life and the natural beauty of the coastline. For any Star Wars fans, the island of Skellig Michael, made famous in the last installment, is located nearby.
If you fancy a beach walk with a difference, the best one on offer has to be Rossbeigh beach. Stretching for a glorious seven kilometres, this unspoiled white sand beach is sure to blow the cobwebs off and offer stunning views of the Dingle mountains as well as Inch beach across the bay.
Further north, the Slea Head drive located along the Dingle peninsula is breathtaking. This drive is in the heart of the Gaeltacht region, where the everyday language is Gaeilge. Journey along the coastline from the picturesque Dingle town to the Blasket Islands. These islands were home for many people through the ages but the harsh conditions forced the largest island’s last twenty-two residents inland in 1953. The Gallarus Oratory is well worth a stop along the way. This corbel-vaulted structure is made of locally sourced stone and is thought to have been built in the 11th or 12th century. Similar structures can be found in the distinctive beehive huts along this coastline, or Clocháin in the local language. These fascinating small round buildings are mysterious in their origin and have been well kept in their original condition by locals who still use some of them as farm outhouses. The beaches along the Slea Head drive are spectacular. Be sure to stop off and take in the beauty of Ventry, Dunquin or Brandon Bay. On the way back, you’ll be able to enjoy views from Ireland’s highest mountain pass, the Conor Pass. The scenery below of the glaciated landscape is unmatched anywhere else in the country. Dingle town at the end of the route offers delightful cafes, restaurants and Irish gift shops to peruse the local handmade crafts. Dingle Harbour is also the home of Fungie the wild bottlenose dolphin. Dolphin watching tours are available from the harbour to see the schools of dolphins that live just off the bay.
If you would like to experience a private driver, chauffeur tour of Kerry, contact Tom or Laura from VIP Chauffeur today to take you on an unforgettable trip around the most famous driving route in Ireland.
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