Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 110 miles, approximately 4 hours. Walking approximately 3 miles, periods of standing; varied terrain including grassy flat areas, gravel paths, and rugged hilly trails; some low entrances to ancient buildings. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.
In the hotel dining room, we’ll have a full Irish breakfast buffet. Choices vary but will include a variety of eggs, breakfast meats, tomato, potatoes, cereals, fruit, toast, pastries and jams, plus juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll gather at the hotel for a lecture on Ireland’s history, delivered by a local expert. After the lecture, we will take a motorcoach to the Dingle Peninsula to explore the area’s rich archaeological heritage and unique culture. Once cited as “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic magazine, much of the peninsula is a Gaeltacht – an area where the Irish language is widely spoken at home, in the workplace, and at school. As we ride along narrow country roads, enjoying spectacular sea views, our Group Leader will explain the ways in which governments and communities have made efforts to preserve the Irish Gaelic language since the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s. Along the way, we’ll make a stop in Dingle Town, where we’ll have the opportunity for independent exploration.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
We’ll be joined by a local expert to continue our exploration of the Dingle Peninsula, whose Slea Head is the westerly part of Ireland. The sandstone of the rugged peninsula has been a rich resource for builders through the ages, and ancient stone structures abound in the landscape. Our local expert will explain the significance of these prehistoric and medieval constructions. Some of the most distinctive, which we’ll explore during our field trip, are the beehive huts (clocháns) and the mysterious Gallarus Oratory. Our local expert will also give us a history and a firsthand account of life on the peninsula, including changes that have taken place here in recent decades. We’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach after our field trip, and the remainder of the afternoon is free.
Plated hotel meal.
At leisure. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions should you wish to further explore Killarney.