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Ring of Kerry Self-Drive Tours in Ireland

Come admire and experience all the highlights of the superb Ring of Kerry. Visit Ireland and this renown peninsula with a flexible and tailor-made itinerary crafted by the experts at Nordic Visitor.

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About Your Ring of Kerry Driving Tour

Interested in a Ring of Kerry self-drive tour? Look no further!

The Ring of Kerry, located in the southwest of Ireland, is a must-see peninsula and must-do drive for visitors to the Emerald Isle. This is thanks to its fantastic sea views, high peaks, quaint villages, and fun outdoor activities.

The best way to see it at your own pace is by taking a scenic road trip. You can drive from Dublin and across the green countryside of Ireland to reach this stunning and rugged region.

When you book a trip with Nordic Visitor, you get handpicked accommodation, transportation reservations, access to our 24/7 helpline, and many other benefits as part of the package. You’ll also enjoy the personal service of your own dedicated travel consultant.

Get in touch via our toll-free numbers or live chat and we'll happily plan your Ireland adventure.

 

— WHY US?

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Specialists in Ireland self-drive holidays
  • Flexible and customisable tour options
  • Experienced travel agency that takes care of all the details for you
  • Dedicated to providing personalised, quality service

VISIT IRELAND ON A WEEK-LONG GETAWAY

Immerse yourself in Irish history with a 6 to 8-day itinerary around the country. See Dublin before travelling to the west coast to explore the Ring of Kerry. These packages include comfortable accommodation, a rental car, and more.

Ireland
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Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
4.9
Apr - Oct

Scenic Ireland

1758EUR

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8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

1758EUR

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Ireland
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

Northern Ireland Road Trip

1475EUR

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7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

1475EUR

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Ireland
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

Express Ireland

1565EUR

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7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

1565EUR

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STAY LONGER & VISIT SCOTLAND TOO

Stay for 10 days or more to explore Ireland at a leisurely pace. Or combine your Irish adventure with a journey around Scotland. Choose from these extended tour packages to delve deeper into the Celtic countries.

Ireland
Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Ireland at Leisure

3016EUR

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

3016EUR

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Ireland
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Scenic Ireland & The South Coast

2183EUR

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

2183EUR

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Ireland
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Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Ireland

3081EUR

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

3081EUR

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Ireland
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Self-drive
17 days / 16 nights
4.6
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Ireland

3818EUR

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17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

3818EUR

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Ireland Travel Experts

As a travel agency based in Northern Europe, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Ireland. We offer a variety of self-drive and guided tours that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Ireland travel experts. 

To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you – accommodations, activities, local transportation, ferries, and other services.

We can also customise your chosen tour to your needs and tastes. If you decide you want to add extra nights at a certain location, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

Customer Experiences Of Ireland Tours

Don’t just imagine your visit to Ireland - read what our amazing guests have to say!

Ann, United States
Classic Ireland, October 2023

So happy I found Nordic Visitor!

I'm so happy I found Nordic Visitor! Our 10-day self-drive tour of Ireland made our trip feel like a carefree vacation. The accommodation were outstanding, and finding ourselves within walking distance of city centres was wonderful. Our hotels/inns offered lovely breakfasts and some had excellent evening dining on-site. The Nordic Visitor travel guide was a pleasure to follow, filled with many choices to plan our daily excursions. Nordic Visitor is highly professional and thorough, from website to bookings. We appreciate all the planning Chris put into creating a fantastic itinerary for us!

John, United States
Scenic Ireland, July 2023

Top notch

This was excellent. We truly enjoyed our experience. We accomplished about 90% of the suggested sites. They were all top notch. Hotels and accommodation were all great. I would recommend to anyone going to visit Ireland and I will use them again when we go to Scotland.

Suzanne, United States
Scenic Ireland, October 2023

Extremely helpful

Nordic Visitor offers a package for every type of traveller. Travel consultants are extremely helpful and steer travellers to the perfect package to meet their interests.

Barbara, United States
Express Scotland & Ireland, July 2023

Truly enjoyed our trip

Truly enjoyed our trip to Scotland and Ireland and the ease in travel. The itinerary booklets and maps were essential and used daily during our trip. We loved our trip and have shared your website with several friends already. We have 2 sets of friends looking at doing the same trip next year and one considering your Iceland package. Look forward to booking with you again!

Pamela, United States
Wonders of Ireland, August 2023

The best trip I've ever been on

This was a great tour, well laid out and hitting the highlights. Touring with a small group is always much smoother and more amicable and our group became fast friends. I can't say enough about our tour guide Brian. He brought a wealth of knowledge, not only about our destinations, but also local history, geography, language, customs as well as funny anecdotes. My daughter-in-law said "This was the best trip I've ever been on".

Caitlin, United States
Wonders of Ireland, July 2023

So grateful we went with Nordic Visitor

We had such an amazing experience with Nordic Visitor who hosted the "Wonders of Ireland" 8-day tour. The group was small, 16 people, so we could use a large van rather than the huge buses that take forever for people to load/unload at each stop. The hotels were top notch, the sites we visited were diverse and enjoyable (distilleries, castles, gardens, waterfalls). Our tour guide Brian was truly incredible. He had a wealth of knowledge about the history, music and folklore of Ireland. He made the trip both informative and fun, and helped the group come together with his warm and engaging personality. Melissa our driver was also fantastic - kind, helpful and chatty. They both went above and beyond to ensure everyone was cared for and enjoyed the journey. I was torn about which company to use, and am so grateful we went with Nordic Visitor.

Jean, United States
Classic Ireland - Private, August 2023

I will use Nordic Visitor again!

We toured the highlights of Ireland via private vehicle and guide. All of our accommodation were very nice and what we requested. Our guide/driver was excellent! He went the extra mile for us in every way. The Nordic Visitor representative listened to what we wanted for our trip and delivered a great package. I was sent in depth details of the sites we could see at each stop and suggestions as to their top three choices. All the information provided was very helpful. I will use this company again!

Alistair, New Zealand
Scenic Ireland - Private, June 2023

First-rate

Nordic Visitor's website and logistics were first-rate. Overall we had a wonderful time getting to see Scotland and Ireland, connecting with ancestry and generally enjoying all the arrangements made for us.

Getting to Ireland

Ireland has 10 airports, with the three main international ports being: Dublin, Cork and Shannon. Unless customised to begin elsewhere, all Nordic Visitor tours in Ireland start and end in Dublin, the capital city.

Flight times to Ireland are, for example, 6 hours from New York City or Boston and 1.5 hours from London. Major international airlines with flights to Ireland include (but are not limited to) Aer Lingus, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Ryanair, and KLM.

The Republic of Ireland is on GMT time. If your journey involves one or more connecting flights, or if you're crossing several time zones to get here, your dedicated Nordic Visitor travel consultant can add extra nights in Dublin to your package so you can rest up after arrival.

Please note that your flights to Ireland are not included in Nordic Visitor packages. However, if you have booked a combination tour of Scotland and Ireland, we include flight costs between the two countries in the package price.

IRELAND PACKAGES BY LOCAL TRAVEL SPECIALISTS

What would you like to experience in Ireland? Our Ireland travel experts have created thrilling tour packages for your dream Irish road trip.

IDEAS FOR A RING OF KERRY ROAD TRIP

Imagine yourself walking along rugged sea cliffs and taking in the sweeping views of the Ring of Kerry. You could also wander through ancient Celtic monuments, walk along green hills, and sail to remote islands. Sit in a typical pub tasting the local brew and listen to live Irish music.

Pick one of our tailor-made tours of Ireland to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and historic sights. The ideal Irish holiday consists of exploring the cities as well as the countryside, to take in the culture, history and beauty of the Emerald Isle.

Good to know: All of Nordic Visitor’s Ireland self-drive tour packages can be tailored by our regional experts. They can add extra nights at select locations or modify the driving routes if you have any particular attractions in mind. Just ask!

What is the Ring of Kerry and its points of interest?

Located in the southwest of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry drive refers to the scenic tourist trail around the Iveragh Peninsula. It is part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way along the west coast and is one of Ireland’s most spectacular road trips.

The route is 111 miles (179 kilometres) long and starts in Killarney. It follows the N71 road down to Kenmare, then across to Cahersiveen, up to Glenbeigh and back to Killarney. While most drive the ring clockwise, we recommend going counterclockwise to avoid the tour buses and other tourist traffic.

You can make this journey in a day, or take longer to explore as much as you wish.

Driving the Ring of Kerry will allow you to witness plenty of breathtaking landscapes. The sights will include high mountain passes, stunning sandy beaches, pristine lakes and plenty of wildlife.

Here are the top 10 things to do during your Ring of Kerry drive:

  • Wander through the lush Killarney National Park and visit Ross Castle
  • Sail to Skellig Michael to see the out-of-this-world Star Wars filming location
  • Explore the ancient stone forts of Caherdaniel and Staigue
  • Hike along Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks
  • Photograph the picturesque Torc Waterfall
  • Visit historical sites, such as Muckross House and its nearby abbey
  • Follow the Skellig Ring to admire the views of the Kerry coastline from Valentia Island
  • Take a horse and carriage ride along the impressive Gap of Dunloe
  • Stop by Ladies View for an excellent vantage point on the landscape
  • Spend a sunny day at Derrynane Bay and visit the nearby Derrynane House


Want to go on a Ring of Kerry and Ireland road trip?

Did we tickle your curiosity with all these fun highlights? Ireland is ripe with them! There are so many areas to discover and scenic drives to experience. For a round trip around the country, we recommend at least 6 to 8 days to make the most of your time here.

Here’s an example of a one-week Ireland road trip itinerary, including the Ring of Kerry:

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin.
  • Day 2 – Pick up your rental car and drive to the west coast. Spend the night in Galway.
  • Day 3 – Explore Connemara or the Aran Islands. Overnight in Galway.
  • Day 4 – See the Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Killarney.
  • Day 5 – Take the whole day to discover the Ring of Kerry. Overnight in Killarney.
  • Day 6 – Visit historic sites and drop off your rental car. Spend your last night in Dublin.
  • Day 7 – Depart from Dublin Airport.


The best part? You won’t have to worry about where you’re going or sleeping. Your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will reserve your accommodation, rent a car, and book activities to fill your days with adventures.

We cater to all tastes, whether you want to visit a whiskey distillery, go hiking in the national parks, or sail to the windswept Skellig Islands.

Not only that, but with our Ireland holiday packages you get many benefits that we know you will love.

All our tours start with a private transfer from Dublin Airport to your accommodation upon your arrival for ease and convenience. You’ll receive a detailed itinerary and personalised map of Ireland with your route, accommodations and highlights. We also throw in a Heritage Island touring guide and discount pass.

And did you know we create our own travel guides? You’ll receive the Nordic Visitor Ireland Travel Guide with all the highlights, tips for shopping, packing and more. We want to make sure you enjoy your tour of the Emerald Isle as much as possible!

You can also rest assured that we’re with you every step of the way. Call us on our 24/7 emergency helpline should you need support at any point.



Want to stay for a longer period of time?

If you want to slow down the pace and take in more Irish attractions, we highly recommend extending your Ireland holiday to at least 10 days.

With our flexible itineraries, it’s easy to start planning your tour now. Pick the amount of time you want to stay in Dublin. And then you can choose how far and how long you want to spend driving around the island.

The possibilities are endless when you visit Ireland. With 10 days or longer, you could explore the capital and countryside in more depth.

Follow the Wild Atlantic Way route to admire the sea cliffs, feel the Atlantic wind in your hair, and taste delicious seafood. Visit historic sights such as the Victorian Kylemore Abbey, tour the Dingle Peninsula, or spend some time in Cork, Ireland’s second largest city.

If you prefer to spend more time in one city than another or want to add another town to your trip, it’s no problem. Just ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant for advice.

Interested in visiting Northern Ireland?

As you may already know, the island of Ireland is separated in 2 entities. The Republic of Ireland, which is an independent nation, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom (along with England, Scotland and Wales).

While they are two different countries, they share many similarities in their history, culture and, of course, their geography. For a complete tour of the island, we recommend including Northern Ireland in your itinerary. This way you could get to know the Emerald Isle and see all its beauty in depth.

In Northern Ireland, you won’t want to miss the capital Belfast, the Antrim Coast, and the Giant’s Causeway.

When is the best time to visit Ireland?

Ireland is a beautiful country all year long. This means you can’t go wrong when you book your Irish getaway. That said, we recommend the summertime or its shoulder months for the best experience.

The summer, consisting of the months of June, July and August, is the high season. It is marked by long daylight hours and the best (and most stable) weather of the year. Attractions also operate under longer hours and more availability than in winter.

All of this means you can discover Ireland to your heart’s content.

However, you may find that top attractions are very popular at this time. Indeed, Ireland attracts visitors from around the world especially in summer.

If you would rather have a quieter holiday, visit during the spring or autumn. These shoulder months include April, May, September and October. During this time, you’ll find the best of both worlds: quieter attractions but plenty of good weather and daylight to explore.



Are you interested in exploring Scotland too?

Combine a tour of Ireland with a road trip around Scotland for an epic Celtic itinerary. We recommend a minimum of 10 days for this, so you can have enough time to have a taste of both countries.

Spend the first 4 to 10 days driving around the rugged Highlands and islands of Scotland. Then follow that up with another road trip around Ireland to take in all the jaw-dropping coastal landscapes and historic landmarks.

The bonus? All these tours include the Ring of Kerry!

Scotland is a great destination to complement a tour to Ireland. Their cultures and history are so closely linked and you’ll be able to meet the locals and get immersed in both.



Scroll down to learn more about Nordic Visitor’s services.

 

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Ireland Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Irish adventure.

Our Services

On your Ireland Nordic Visitor package, you will receive personalised service from a designated travel consultant and high-quality travel documents. What's more, all clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines the route, overnights and highlights along the way. Travel with ease knowing that Nordic Visitor has close professional relationships with local service providers, which are carefully selected by our staff for their consistently high standards.

Book with Confidence

  • Protect your money & plans with our flexible booking terms  .
  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • We work closely with trusted, high-quality suppliers.
  • Enjoy personal service from Ireland travel experts.
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Contact us

Whether you’re looking to book your dream Ireland trip, want to add an extra night in Dublin, or have questions about your tour, we’re happy to help. Get in touch with our friendly team to answer any of your travel queries.

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