Ireland Family Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

From $5,149 - $5,399 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Ireland Family Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jun-Aug 2025: Jun-Aug

From $5,149 - $5,399 /person

Cork, Killarney & Ancient Celtic Wonders

Appreciate the artistry of a stone wall. The warmth of a wool sweater. The magic of a centuries-old footpath. The delight of an afternoon pint. The laughter of strangers. The drama of a seanachie's story. Discover that a beautiful day can be cloudy with a chance of rain. And that fantastic family vacations don't need to be measured in tan lines. Find your bliss in Ireland. 

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Highlights

  • Revel in the renowned beauty of the Emerald Isle on treks through varied landscapes, from dramatic coastline to country lands 
  • Meet our amazing local guide who brings stories of the region to life 
  • Enjoy a private whiskey tasting with a local expert and an evening listening to yarns spun by a well-known Irish storyteller 
  • Witness the dramatic peaks, scintillating lakes, green hills and vast gorges in wild and scenic Killarney National Park 
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Ireland

Start/End Cork

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Days 1-2

Description

Take in Ireland’s spectacular natural beauty during country road rambles and coastal cliff walks • Walk in the Gap of Dunloe—a striking glaciated valley • After a climb, arrive at a viewpoint over verdant Kerry farmlands and the mountain ranges of MacGillycuddy's Reeks, home to some of Ireland's highest peaks • Witness the inspiring panorama of Caragh Lake and Dingle Bay from the top of aptly named Windy Gap • Delight in the art of storytelling as a local seanachie spins enchanting tales • Victorian décor charms at our lakeside Ring of Kerry lodge. 

Accommodations

Nights 1-2

Carrig Country House
Caragh Lake
Premiere Hotel

Enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Slattery family at this restored Victorian gem—originally a hunting lodge—set on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry. 

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Day 3

Description

Our local guide shares secrets of Muckross Estate, its ruined abbey and Torc Waterfall • Trek to 15th-century Ross Castle on the shore of Lower Lake and tour its restored tower • Visit historic Killarney's craft shops, boutiques and lively pubs.

Accommodations

Night 3

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
Killarney
Premiere Hotel

A luxurious modern hotel set amid lush countryside, with panoramic lake and mountain views. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

Alongside our local expert, hike in wild Killarney National Park, with windswept mountains, deep lakes and gorges • Climb Torc Mountain for 360-degree views before arriving in charming Kenmare, where rows of houses sport cheerfully painted façades • Treat yourself at our hotel's state-of-the-art spa • On the rugged Beara Peninsula, hike over Mount Knockagarrane, taking in awe-inspiring views of lakes and mountains • The undeveloped peninsula probably looks today like it did to the ancient Celts • Test your palate at a private whiskey tasting with aficionado John Moriarty • Peaceful paths lead past old-growth trees and saltwater marshes to one of County Kerry's largest stone circles, a Druid site dating from 2000 BC. 

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Park Hotel Kenmare
Kenmare​
Premiere Hotel

It's just a short walk to the pubs and shops from this regal Victorian estate, nestled amid magnificent parkland on Kenmare Bay. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa) 

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Air-Conditioning

Carrig Country House and Park Hotel Kenmare are Premiere Hotels. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

From $5,149 - $5,399 /person

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Nights 1-2

Carrig Country House
Caragh Lake

Premiere Hotel

Enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Slattery family at this restored Victorian gem—originally a hunting lodge—set on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry. 

Night 3

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
Killarney

Premiere Hotel

A luxurious modern hotel set amid lush countryside, with panoramic lake and mountain views. (pool, spa)

Nights 4-5

Park Hotel Kenmare
Kenmare​

Premiere Hotel

It's just a short walk to the pubs and shops from this regal Victorian estate, nestled amid magnificent parkland on Kenmare Bay. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa) 

From $5,149 - $5,399 /person

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