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wild atlantic way specials


Where history comes alive

in a timeless landscape

Where you’ll stay…

Situated in the beautiful seaside town of Ballybunion, County Kerry, The Promenade Hotel is an excellent, two-star boutique hotel that caters for guests with professionalism and gracious hospitality.

The Promenade’s rooms are designed to help guests relax and leave their troubles behind them. Each room is furnished with telephone, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, ironing facilities and work desk.

While staying at The Promenade, visitors can enjoy quality cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant. With seafood, steaks, poultry, pasta, risotto and desserts, as well as traditional Irish dishes there is something for every palate. There is also an on-site bar with a range of food and drinks served.

Your adventure begins here…

Pony trek golden shores where the wild Atlantic meets the wide majestic Shannon river

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

An Eco trek through the Irish ages

This Ecotrek tour is as much about exploring north Kerry’s natural heritage as its historical and mythological legacies. Cycling along the wide and slow moving Cashen River you will get a chance to observe the natural protected habitats of a wide range of wildlife in a serene setting.

Our next port of call is the North Kerry Heritage Museum where exhibits range right from the dawn of time, here you will be able to see dinosaur eggs, trilobyte fossils and megladon shark teeth. There are plenty other artifacts to be found here, right from prehistoric times to modern times, it’s all at the North Kerry Museum. Here too you will learn about famous figures from Irish history, figures who fought for Ireland’s independence from British rule.

Then it is on to see the Rattoo Round Tower, the  only complete Round Tower in Kerry, which dates back to the sixth century. The round tower is almost a uniquely Irish structure,  and, despite centuries of research the purpose of these structures remains a mystery to historians.  While most towers of this type in Ireland lay in ruins the structure that stands at Rattoo today remains one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved round towers.

Then, with the Atlantic horizon to your left, the mighty Shannon Estuary up ahead  and miles of sky in between you’ll take the cycle back into Ballybunion, along with your local guide, stopping at both historical and natural points of interest on the way home.

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

Discover a lost island at north Kerry’s own wonder of the world

Bromore Cliffs rise spectacularly from the Atlantic, a myriad of sea stacks, sea arches and caves are found here with names such as The Last Steps and The Devil’s Castle.

The history of Bromore Cliffs stretches back thousands of years, a history manifested in forts, ring forts right up to the ship wreck sites that dot its coastline today.

In Cill Stoheen (Church of the Waves) stand the last remnants of a lost island, chartered on old maps as enchanted ground. Tradition even tells of The Last Steps as the grisly setting for punishment and sacrifice. Then there is the Pigs Jump, just one of the waterfalls that rise up to 180ft above the wild Atlantic waves below.

The cliffs thrive with all manner of flora and fauna including a family of cliff face dwelling foxes, and Peregrine falcons ,who can be seen on the Devil’s Castle, while out in the water resides dolphins  and sea otters. Seals and seal pups can also be seen on the rocky shores during low tide.