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Ring of Kerry

Best of Ireland – No-fly Self-drive

8-day no-fly self-drive from £1,455 pp


Short description

A scenic self-drive to some of Ireland's highlights, from fair Dublin to the Ring of Kerry


  • Discover Dublin's historic charms
  • Stay in a luxury manor in Cork
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Drive the spectacular Ring of Kerry route
  • Stay in a spa hotel on the shores of Killarney's lakes

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Dublin
  • 2 Nights Cork
  • 1 Night Killarney
  • 2 Nights Adare


Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | No-fly | Self-drive

You'll skip the airport with return ferry transfers from the UK to Dublin, followed by a scenic road trip through some of Ireland's most loved towns and cities. Explore the lively streets of Dublin before driving through the Garden of Ireland to Cork. Drive the Ring of Kerry and stay on the shores of Killarney's pretty lakes, kiss the Blarney Stone and taste local brews in traditional Irish pubs. And, along the way, you'll stay in a series of luxury manor houses and stunning spa hotels.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
UK to Dublin

Today you'll depart the UK via ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, enjoying the comfort of your spacious ensuite cabin and Club Class lounge access as you avoid the airport queues. On arrival in Ireland's capital, you'll check into your luxury accommodation in the heart of the city, minutes away from the highlights. Make sure you visit one of the many traditional pubs for a pint or perhaps even tour the Guinness brewery, before losing yourself among the city's medieval architecture and world-class galleries – including Trinity College and the National Gallery.

Stay: Dylan Hotel, Dublin (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 3-4

After two days in Dublin, you'll collect your hire car and head out, driving through the rolling Irish countryside via the Wicklow Mountains. After a brief stop in Waterford – Ireland's oldest city and home of the world's most famous crystal-ware – you'll arrive at a picturesque manor house in Cork. Spend two days enjoying the city's lively music scene, traditional pubs and cafes and narrow laneways, calling in to kiss the Blarney stone and perhaps visiting nearby Cobh, the Titanic's final port of call. Each night, you'll relax in the comfort of your room, all antique furnishings, exquisite fabrics and elegant marble bathrooms.

Stay: Hayfield Manor, Cork (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 5
Cork to Killarney

Today you'll drive towards Ireland's wild western coastline, exploring some of the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's most spectacular driving routes. You'll wind your way past old-growth forests, pretty salmon rivers and dramatic coastal scenery en route to Killarnet. On arrival, you'll check in to your luxury spa accommodation, right on the shores of Lough Lein, and surrounded by hiking trails, scenic waterfalls and lush woodlands waiting to be explored. In town, the 15th-century Ross Castle and Roman Catholic Cathedral are highlights, as are the food and drink.

Stay: Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 6-7
Killarney to Adare

Today, you'll have time this morning to explore the Ring of Kerry before driving north through more emerald countryside to County Clare. You'll stay in a traditional Irish guesthouse that's been converted into a spa retreat, complete with elegant afternoon teas and a charming piano bar. The village of Adare, famed for its beauty, is a haven of boutique shops and delightful restaurants, while nearby you'll find world-class golf courses and plenty of hiking trails.

Stay: Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Adare (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 8
Return to the UK

This morning, take a leisurely drive through central Ireland back to Dublin. You'll return your hire car and catch your ferry transfer back to the UK.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

8-day no-fly self-drive from £1,455 pp


Low Season

from £1,455 pp.

High Season

from £1,760 pp.

Validity : April to November


  • Return ferry crossings departing from Holyhead to Dublin
  • 2 bed Window Suite en-suite cabin with spacious lounge area, TV and Tea and Coffee making facilities
  • Club Class Stena Line lounge access
  • 7 nights accommodation on a BB basis
  • 6 days car hire in and Economy vehicle

If you would like to take your own vehicle to Ireland, please ask your Wexas consultant to arrange your return ferry crossing between Holyhead and Dublin Port or from other UK departure ports

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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