in kings footsteps

wild atlantic way specials

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Experience the rich history

of our rugged coast

Where you’ll stay…

This package includes three nights accommodation at Ballybunion Holiday Cottages. Ballybunion Holiday Cottages are ideally located just minutes walk from the bustling seaside town of Ballybunion. Well maintained and decorated with bright furnishings, comfortable sofas and pine kitchen and bedroom furniture, each cottage can sleep up to six people comfortably and are ideal for families, couples and groups.

Each cottage comes with one double bedroom and two twin bedrooms, a family bathroom and a shower room. There is a large open plan living / kitchen / dining room with patio doors which leads onto a private patio area with garden furniture.

Your adventure begins here…

Walk where some of Ireland’s greatest writing was inspired

On this guided tour you will take in all the majesty of north Kerry from one of its highest vantage points, Knockanore Hill. Knockanore Hill is steeped in legend and mythology as the place where the great Irish hero of folklore Fionn MacCumhnaill, took on the leader of the World.

The tour route you will follow is one of great contrasts:  between the lush, green rolling Irish countryside and rugged coastal scenery. Alongside your Ecotrek tour guide this cycle tour will encompass just over 40 kilometres, taking in historic sites along the way including the last Gaelic castle of the King of Kerry which dates back to the 1400’s.

Culminating atop the great Knockanore Hill, you will be able to gaze down on the north Kerry countryside stretching out to the Atlantic on the horizon, a landscape which has inspired some of Ireland’s greatest writers.

And given that it will be the brisk Atlantic air you’ll be facing, along the way we’ll be stopping for sandwiches and a warming cup of authentic traditional Irish vegetable soup, made with all local ingredients of course.

Allow up to six hours for tour duration. Please bring suitable trail footwear and warm clothing for the tour. For more information go to http://dannyhoulihan.wix.com/ecotrek-ballybunion

Pony trek along five miles of serene beach

Littor beach, the meeting point between the River Shannon, Ireland’s largest river, and the Atlantic is the setting for this most unforgettable of experiences. On white sands, under miles of wild Atlantic sky you can take things at your own speed: a slow trail or a gallop along eight kilometers of serene beach.

As an experience, perhaps this trek’s greatest testament remains in the growing numbers who keep coming back every year from right around the globe. Their testimonials speak for themselves:

“Takes your breath away”

“Absolutely amazing”

“An unbelievable place, with amazing people”

Your hosts, Littor Beach Stables are a friendly family run trek company based on Littor beach.  They cater for all capabilities on the treks, including those who have never been on a horse or pony before. They have a choice of Irish Hunter horses or Connemara ponies to pick from.  For more information you can email: littorbeachstables@gmail.com

Retrace the Route of the Kings

Ecotrek Tours, an Eco Tourism Ireland certified tour company can offer visitors to the north Kerry coast a unique and local insight into what sets north Kerry apart. Not only is the Ecotrek eco tour experience a two wheel tour of the scenic highlights of our coastline, you’ll also see the archaeological wonders of our past unearthed – the historic sites and monuments of ancient Irish rulers. All in all a truly Irish experience and celebration of the magic, both historic and mythical of both our coast and our countryside.

On this tour, titled the Route of the Kings, your local guide will help you retrace the steps of the ancient kings of the O’Connor clan, rulers of the kingdom of Kerry over a thousand years ago,  you’ll hear how the clan once built a fleet of ships right in the heart of the north Kerry countryside before heaving them on wheels all the way down to the banks of Lough Lein in Killarney for an almighty battle.

You’ll visit the strongholds of their power skirting the spectacular north Kerry coastline and countryside. In all you’ll see the best north Kerry’s coast has to offer, including scenery, history and mythology.

To warm you for your cycle through the brisk Atlantic air we will be stopping for traditional Irish soup and some sandwiches.

Allow up to five hours for tour duration. Please wear warm clothing for the tour. For further information go to http://dannyhoulihan.wix.com/ecotrek-ballybunion

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