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Ireland Family Vacation - Dingle 7 Nights
Overview For the Family Tour of Ireland – Dingle Base
During this Family Vacation around Ireland you will spend your time exploring this magical land using Dingle in County Kerry as your base location. The Dingle Peninsula offers some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery from the Brandon Mountains to the spectacular seascapes of Dingle Bay. A drive around the Dingle Peninsula will leave you and your family with memories of Iron Age forts, early Christian monasteries and remarkable intact traditional Irish culture. Gaelic is still spoken in many parts of the peninsula and can still be heard by passers-by on the quaint and colourful streets.
Other highlights for this Ireland family Vacation include visiting some of Ireland top tourist attractions from the stunning Ring of Kerry, the rugged Cliffs of Moher, the unique Burren, journey deep underground at Ailwee Caves and Kiss the blarney stone at Blarney Castle.
Your Accommodation while Touring the South West of Ireland: Dingle Skellig Hotel
While on your family vacation of Ireland, we understand that it is sometimes difficult for families to move from hotel to hotel so our Ireland with Kids tours are ‘one-centred’ and planned in such a way as you would just collect your rental car, drive to your hotel base and check in for the duration of your vacation. When you confirm your tour with us you will receive a comprehensive tour pack which will include numerous day tours that you can chose to take from your base location. You may decide to take all of the day tours, some of them or you may simply choose to enjoy the great family facilities of your hotel and its surroundings.
Thank you for all the arrangements and your efforts to make our visit to Ireland memorable. I just want to share some photos with you
After arriving in Ireland we went to the Hertz office to pick up the rental car. The staff was very helpful and at last we were on our way to the Hotel in Kilkenny. We arrived at about 16h00 and had a warm welcome. The ladies at reception made us feel very welcome. Our room was pretty and neat and clean and we had a good night’s sleep after the long flight and drive from the airport. Breakfast was great. Our waiter, Michael, (very friendly and helpful) even taught us how to say “hello “and “goodbye” in Irish. We left at about 11h00 and visited the Kilkenny Castle and gardens and explored the area.
After that we left for the Country House Hotel near Killarney. I do not have words to describe this charming, stunning and beautiful hotel. Everything was just perfect (it scores 10/10 with me). We got lost on the way and arrived late but we received a warm welcome and with such hospitality, it made us feel like royalty. Gerard made us feel at home and attended to our every need. Our host arranged for us to go on the Ring of Kerry trip and the scenery was absolutely stunning. We also got the opportunity to see the sheep dog demonstration and this is a must see for everyone taking the trip. We also stopped at the beach (unfortunately I cannot remember the name) and even ‘met” Charlie Chaplin.
After this stop over, we left for one of the highlights of our visit, The Cliffs of Mohr, whaohhhh, what an awesome experience this was, what an emotional moment when I first laid eyes on the cliffs, the beauty of it all, mother nature at one of her best (Thank you God for the eyes I have to see the beautiful things You have made)
We climed 166 steps to the top to O’ Brien’s Tower – what natural beauty………….amazing! We also did part of the Burran Way….. sjoe, what narrow pathways, my mom had more courage than me I think, but we did it anyway.
On the second day of our stay in Galway, we took the driving route through the Connemara Region. We saw Lough Corrib, the Twelve Pins Mountain. On our way to Clifden, we stopped at the beautiful Kylemore Abbey with its tranquil surroundings. Then we left for Roundstone Village where we enjoyed lunch and then headed back to the hotel.
Eventually we reached Dublin and returned the hired car. We covered a distance of almost 1400 km in the seven days we had the car.
In Dublin, we booked a trip to see the Giants Causeway, another highlight for me. We stopped at the Carrick-a-Rhede rope bridge and what an adrenalin experience it was to climb that bridge, but all worth it when you got to the other side.
Then came the best best, THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY. This was so exciting for me and I will treasure every moment I spent there
Even if we didn’t get to see everything that we would have liked to see, what we saw was enough to make us fall in love with Ireland for ever. Thank you for helping me and my brothers make our mom’s dream come true. Now we understand why Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, it was like the green, green grass of home…………
Till next time Debbie……………… (there definitely will be a next time God willing). I will surely recommend Irish Tourism to anyone who intends to visit the beautiful Emerald Isle with its magnificent scenery.
Take care & God bless
Erika Fortuin, Paarl, South Africa