5 must-do activities in Shannon
Killarney National Park cycle tour
A three-hour tour in the breathtakingly beautiful Killarney National Park will be a guaranteed highlight of your trip. The trip takes you on winding roads, through dense forests and even through a cave. Learn about local myths and legends as you ride past stunning views of the lakes of Killarney, explore ancient woodland on the way up to Torc Waterfall and visit the 15th century Muckross Abbey. This is the Ring of Kerry at its best. Bicycle, helmet and guide are all included.
Discover Ireland Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Join the medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle
This enchanting evening takes you back in time! Join the Earl of Thomond for a glorious medieval banquet at the majestic 15th century Bunratty Castle. The four-course dinner is served with fine wines and honey mead, while the ladies of the castle entertain you, accompanied by Irish harps and fiddles. Enjoy a superb selection of Irish medieval and traditional songs and instrumental music. The banquet runs nightly all year around. Reservation are necessary.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Horseback riding on Ventry Beach
To gallop through the surf on a white sandy beach is on every horse-lover’s bucket list. Whether you’re a first-time rider, or have years of experience, Long’s family-run center, located in Ventry Village, 6 km from Dingle town, provides lessons, treks and horses to suit everyone. And there’s no better place to enjoy riding than on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, surrounded by rugged mountainous countryside and miles of sandy beaches.
Slea Head Drive, Ventry
Take a breathtaking walk on Kelkee Cliffs
Stop at the West End of Kilkee to experience a Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point and a hidden gem. The 30 minute, 5km walk will be the highlight of your journey and the view over the Atlantic as the waves come crashing up onto the black cliffs is worth every step of the journey here. Take the cliff path along the outstanding coastline, past the Pollock Holes, the quartz-filled Diamond Rocks and a natural stone amphitheater formed by the waves. After your hike, enjoy a well-deserved coffee and dessert stop at the Diamond Rocks Café (W End, Kilkee Upper). Try the delicious banana-toffee-whipped-cream-cake – and don’t expect to be hungry any time soon.
Kilkee Cliff Walk, West End, Kilkee
Cruise around the Skelligs Islands
Depart from the charming little fishing village of Portmagee for a spectacular cruise around the Skelligs – where the closing scene of the Star Wars film The Force Awakens, was shot. The cruise takes you out around Little Skellig and Skellig Michael, teaches you about the native bird life here and offers stunning views up to the 6th century monastery where monks lived 1 400 years ago, on what was called the island at the edge of the world – one of the most extraordinary locations on earth. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see bottlenose dolphins, mink whales, or basking sharks. Book on the day you want to take the tour, as much depends on the sea report each morning. Runs April – September.
The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre, Valentia Island, Portmagee
Text: Sofia Zetterman