Fantastic Day Trips
GLIN CASTLE DAY TRIPS
Day Trip 1:
Cultural Day in Limerick City and County
Morning Itinerary: Limerick City
Meet private Limerick City Trust guide at the Bishop’s Palace and visit St. John’s Castle , St. Mary’s Cathedral , and the Hunt Museum . Lunch at No 1 Pery Square Hotel in the heart of Georgian Limerick with a member of the Irish Georgian Society to give a brief history of this historic area and its 18th century architecture.
Afternoon: Limerick County
Private guide for tour of Lough Gur, €12 per person, duration 1½ hours (loughgur.ie). Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important Neolithic architectural sites. The nearby stone circle at Grange is the largest in Ireland.
Day Trip 2:
Car Ferry from Tarbert to Clare - €29 Return
Lough Avalla Farm Loop Walk. An enchanting walk in the Burren with flowers and wildlife aplenty. Distance 6 km.
Lunch at Burren Perfumery Restaurant (burrenperfumery.com)
Cliffs of Moher. Cruise to the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin harbour - €15 per person. (doolin2aranferries.rezgo.com) Duration I hour.
Day Trip 3:
Ring of Kerry
Full Day: Kerry is renowned for its beautiful wild mountains and stunning landscapes. From the Ring of Kerry you will see, 12km off the coast, Skellig Michael, the spectacular site of a 6th – 8th century gaelic Christian monastery (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skellig_Michael).**
Picnic lunch provided by Glin Castle at Derrynane Bay near Derrynane House, the birthplace of one of Ireland’s most famous historical figures, Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847). The gardens laid out in the 18th and 19th century are well worth a visit.
Day Trip 4:
Killarney Lakes & Muckross House and Gardens
Full Day: Boat Hire €300. Picnic provided by Glin Castle. Private charter boat cruise on the lake and picnic lunch on Inisfallen Island, site of the remains of a medieval monastery.
After lunch: Visit Muckross House and Gardens (muckross-house.ie).
Day Trip 5:
Wild Water Adventures in North Kerry
Half Day: Coasteering Swimming Tour. €40 per person.
Coasteering tours take place at Meenogahahane pier. This is a working pier where lobster fishermen work from small curraghs (traditional boats). Coasteering is a fantastic new tour that explores the coastline in a unique way. An unforgettable experience, proving very popular with all age groups. Wetsuits are provided.
Day Trip 6:
Walking Tour with the option of a Wild Swim
Full Day: €70 per person. Packed lunch provided by Glin Castle.
This is a beautiful gentle walk to the loch at Duin Valley that sits in the shadow of the Connor Pass. This pass is rich in beauty, archeology and history. Numerous historical sites, some of which date from 2300 BC. A wedge tomb, stone beehive huts and standing stones are among the wonders to be viewed. The loch is a beautiful spot for a wild swim where you can submerge yourself in nature, a tranquil wellness treat.
Day Trip 7:
Full Day: This is another beautiful, scenic drive in Kerry. Drive to Dingle town taking in the Connor Pass. Before arriving in Dingle you pass the Dingle distillery. (http://www.dingledistillery.ie). If you wish to visit the distillery, tours are on the hour and cost €15 per person. (No children under 10). The Dingle peninsula is recognised as a bastion of Irish language and culture. Dingle town is renowned for traditional music. Pubs to try are Currants, Foxy Johns and Dick Max. A must for lunch is Ashe’s seafood restaurant (ashesbar.ie).
Day Trip 7 Afternoon: Boat Tour (weather permitting) to see Fungie the famous Dingle dolphin. From Dingle pier. Duration 1 hour. €16 per person. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungie)
Return to Glin via Annascaul and vist the South Pole Inn. This pub was owned by the late, great Tom Crean. Antarctic explorer from Annascaul who played a major role in three Antarctic expeditions, with both Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton. Our local publican in Glin, Thomas O’Shaughnessy, is a Tom Crean expert. He had a set of Tom Crean’s snowshoes on display in the bar until the National Museum of Ireland advised that they should be kept in a safer place!
** A ferry trip (weather permitting) to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael can be arranged. It is a magnificent experience but the ferry departure point is approximately a 2½ hour drive from Glin and the round trip to the island is 4/5 hours.