South West


South West: Two-Day Tour

Start: Cork  Finish: Cork

Recommended Length: 2 days

Total distance:  681km / 423mls

Day One: Cork to Killarney

Distance: 359 km, 223 mls

1  Take the 10-minute drive from Cork City to Blarney Castle, with its famous stone of eloquence. Visit the castle to kiss the stone before driving southwest to the coastal town of Kinsale for an early lunch at one of the seafood restaurants dotted around the harbour.

2  Continue this exceptionally beautiful drive through Ballydehob and head out via Schull to Mizen Head, the most southerly point of mainland Ireland.

3  Drive to Glengarriff and take the Tunnel Road to Kenmare. Drive around the breathtaking Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry, through Waterville, Cahirciveen, and Killorglin before arriving at Killarney.

Day Two: Killarney to Cork

Distance: 322 km, 200 mls

1  From Killarney either drive directly to Tralee or, alternatively, explore the rugged beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. Places of interest along the route are Inch, Dingle, and the inspiring views at Slea Head and Camp. 

2  From Tralee, drive north towards the historic city of Limerick, taking in the windswept coast and the world famous golf course at Ballybunion.

3  Head back to Cork via Tipperary and Cashel, visiting the magnificent ruins of the Rock of Cashel while you’re at it. 

4  Enjoy the mountain views on the way to Cahir and into Cork via the Knockmealdown Mountains.


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