Talking Blarney in Bantry & Killarney


We explore the highlights of County Cork and Kerry on this tour - we visit Blarney Castle and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, ride around Killarney National Park in a horse-drawn jaunting car, enjoy a tour at the Killarney Brewing Company and follow the Wild Atlantic Way to beautiful Bantry, taking in the warmth and spirit of this lovely corner of Ireland on the way!


Guy says…
“The Oriel House Hotel is a fabulous alternative for anyone looking for a fresh approach to the South West of Ireland. It is a spacious, elegant 4 star property with attractive public areas and lovely bedrooms, good food and service. It is close to the city of Cork and offers great day trips in all directions, including Killarney.”

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Bantry House
This morning, we travel along parts of the Wild Atlantic Way en route to beautiful Bantry House & Garden, a family home for the past 300 years. We have free time to explore the house and its stunning formal gardens before enjoying a homemade lunch in the tearoom. We spend the rest of our day in the stunning bay of Bantry, home to semi-tropical flowers, palm trees, high mountain ridges and cascading mountain streams leading to an azure blue sea.

Day 3 Blarney Castle & Fota House & Gardens
We begin our day at Blarney Castle, where millions have visited the castle in order to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone. The grounds of the castle are incredibly beautiful and believed by some to have a genuinely mystical quality - decide for yourself after exploring the bewitching themed gardens, herbaceous borders and woodland walks.
In the afternoon, we visit Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, where we enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of the house. We discover the grand décor of the main rooms and the beautifully preserved kitchens, where we can experience what life was like for the servants who supported the “upstairs” lavish lifestyle.

Day 4 Killarney Jaunting Cars & Brewing Company
This morning, we combine a craft brewery visit with a jaunting car ramble through the magnificent scenery of Killarney National Park. We enjoy a guided tour of the Killarney Brewing Company and sample the handcrafted beers before our tour continues with a jaunting car ride through the beautiful Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. We spend the rest of the day at leisure in Killarney town centre.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

With Oriel House located in the west of Cork, it makes Killarney an ideal day excursion and an alternative base, without paying Killarney prices.

Oriel House Hotel

Ballincollig, Co. Cork
AAAA Excellent Touring Location
Located a short walk into Ballincollig town centre and the west side of Cork is an ideal base for exploring. The 99 comfortable bedrooms are finished to a high-end standard, a good size and well equipped. Each bedroom has air conditioning, a hairdryer, safe, TV as well as free WiFi. The groups’ dine in the stylish and contemporary Oriel restaurant, before retiring to the large bar or outdoor covered courtyard to enjoy a drink. The hotel also boats a 25m indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym.

Oriel House Hotel

Ballincollig, County Cork
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £399pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £115

• Return ferry crossing Pembroke - Rosslare
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Bantry House & Garden
• Entrance to Blarney Castle
• Guided tour of Fota House
• Guided tour of the Killarney Brewing Company
• Killarney Jaunting Car Ride
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£399 for 5 days

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