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Based on our limited time in Ireland, this was a great experience. Everything was smooth logistically, our tour guide Paddy was very kind. We had a group of 15 people with us. We all rode a train together to Killarney and then switched to a coach bus. Glad someone else was driving b/c some of these roads were pretty narrow and winding. Only real problem I had with the experience is it's very difficult to take good pictures along the drive because of the reflection in the coach windows. Did make at least a dozen stops though to be able to take pictures. Stopped for coffee and sourveniers at a place they chose called the Red Fox Inn. Had lunch at a place they chose called the Ring of Kerry Hotel in Cahersiveen. I got the Lamb Stew and it was very good. Very affordable.
You will see mountains and rivers and roads are narrow for big bus. Most of the time we were in the Bus going through the mountains and winding roads. The scenery was beautiful and our guide told us about the history of the mountains and surrounding area.
Great tour to get a tour via bus ride theough some of the country side on the southwest coast of Ireland.
Long day traveling from Dublin, but it as worth it! It was very foggy so the view wasn't too great, but weather isn't something you can plan! Tour guides were awesome and having escorts on the train make it a fool proof transition... So if you are traveling alone do not be worried!
Weather was great so was Peter our guide. Not a good day for photos. Really enjoyed the dog and sheep hearding show.
Excellent tour, only reason its not geting five stars is we were not given reserved seats on second leg of rail link as described. Other than that minor thing, very scenic tour. This is a long day out of dublin, early to bed the next night. The first leg of the train had good food and a nice bar selection, second leg, onl snacks, no dining car.
Rainy that day so visibility was limited. A portion of the road around the ring was closed so we were unable to see the entire ring.
THE gentlemen on the train were wonderful. The bus driver full of information and very nice. The drive was beautiful but it would have been nice to have a little time in the places we stopped. I realize it is difficult because we travel so many miles but it felt a little rushed. Was disappointed we could not get food on train.
This was a beautiful trip, although we were told to make our own way back by train without a guide or directions...
Dennis was a great tour guide and driver. We had a wonderful time. Georgeous country.
It was a great day and we lucked out having beautiful weather! The bus driver didn't give us much information. the lunch stop was not great. Not enough restaurants open and the ones that were open had poor service. We almost didn't have enough time to order and eat. Stopping to see the sheep dogs was awesome! The scenery was incredible. The train was very nice!
I knew going in that there would be scenic views that we would pass right by, and we did. I knew from our other day trip that taking the driver's recommendation for lunch would mean a long line. We went to the Bay View Bar instead, and were literally the only ones in there. It was perfect. Overall, this was a good trip.
The Ring of Kerry is an absolutely beautiful place! We really enjoyed all the stops along the way, especially the sheep herding demonstration. However, the town that we had lunch didn't have many options, so make sure you bring a snack with you. Definitely worth taking this tour!
A great guide with a good sense of humor. Although the weather was uncooperative, he still stopped at all the best viewing locations to give us a chance to see what we could. Very helpful in getting us back to the station in plenty of time to catch our return train. We were well looked-after.
Guide was fine, connections were OK. Did not think that stopping at two tourist traps and asking for additional fees was reasonable considering cost of the trip
My only disappointment with this trip was the fact that when we arrived at Heuston Station, Irish Rail had not booked us on this trip. They tried to talk us into doing the Cork trip instead. It wasn't until well into the train journey that we were notified that we could do the Kerry trip, which meant we had to put ourselves on and off the trains. Apart from that it was an excellent trip, very scenic, and a superb day weatherwise. Can thoroughly recommend this trip, but check with Irish Rail beforehand.
Long train ride but the tour itself was great. The famine village was not as satisfying as we had hoped but the sheepdog demonstration was outstanding as were the views and the bus tour.
Great tour. I wish I could have gotten out and explored more but you really have to spend a couple of days to do that. Good tour with the time that was given.
The scenery is stunning and we were very happy with the transportation. We were impressed with the driver's skills for navigating the mountains but disappointed with his knowledge of the area. We felt he didn't give much history and didn't notify us of points of interest until we were there and missed picture moments. We would have preferred more time in Killarney as well as the small villages. We were not impressed with the food at the restaurant and the lack of information when entering the facility. Definitely opportunity for improvement but overall we were happy we made the trip.
A great way to see the countryside of southern Ireland!
Long day, but definitely worth it. The tour stopped at all the hot spots of the Ring of Kerry and had time for a nice lunch break in Waterville.