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Ring-of-Kerry to West Cork

Today, we explore the spectacular coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry, taking one of the most scenic walks in Ireland along the old Mass Path, which forms part of the Kerry Way. The path brings us out on the sand dunes above Derrynane beach. Here, on a fine day, you can take a dip in the Irish Atlantic, or, if the tide is out, you'll be able to cross over the beach to Abbey Island, where you’ll find the remains of a 10th century abbey and the local cemetery. We continue on to the heritage town of Kenmare for lunch, with time to explore the colourful market town and the nearby Bronze Age stone circle. In the afternoon, we discover the art of Irish cheese making traditions at Manning’s Emporium and sample some local cottage varieties, before heading out onto Sheep’s Head, where, without a doubt, sheep outnumber people on this secluded peninsula. One of the quietest and most remote parts of Ireland, Sheep’s Head possesses a tranquil beauty where we can enjoy our trails in picturesque solitude. When the sun sets, you have the option to join us on a starlight kayaking trip, where, if we’re lucky, we may experience the beauty of bio-luminescence around us while we paddle, marvelling as the waters glow with a thousand tiny lights!

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