Southwest Ireland: Kerry, Cork & Kinsale

  • Overview
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    9 days

    Activity Level


    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.

    7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

    Set off to the Emerald Isle for an exciting family vacation! The Southwest of the country is famous for many things, from the calm and scenic sailing waters rich with marine life, to the rolling green hills of the country side, and your family will experience it all.

    Recommended Age: 8+

    Travel the Countryside of County Cork

    Each day will bring a new adventure and incredible and calming views of the dramatic coastline, cute seaside towns, and rolling green hills that seem to go on forever.

    Learn to Sail in Kinsale

    Kinsale is famous for its sailing culture and heritage. For centuries, sailors would dock in Kinsale harbor as a place to rest after days out at sea.

    Stay in a Castle

    Your family will be treated like royalty while staying in a 16th century castle and have fun exploring the old halls and manicured grounds.

    Set Sail on a Sea Safari

    The small coastal fishing village of Baltimore is quaint and its waters are home to over 20 species of whale and dolphin.

    Explore Vast National Parks

    Ride bikes through the Gap of Dunloe, hike in the Slieve Mish Mountains, ride horses down rugged pathways, and relax in quintessentially Irish pubs for tea and snacks.

    Extension: Spend Time in Dublin

    See the Book of Kells, take a Viking Splash Tour, and explore the city of Dublin!



  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Ireland

    Days 2-4

    Tralee, County Kerry

    Bunratty Castle

    Begin your Ireland adventure at Bunratty Castle, a 15th-century tower house that’s the country’s most complete, authentic medieval fortress. Naughty kids beware: We’re visiting the dungeon!

    Tea and Scones

    Get settled into our very own castle, where tea, scones, and relaxation await us.

    Friends Across Borders: Irish Step Dancing

    Meet local Irish children and learn traditional step dancing and words to an Irish song, a fun and exciting insight into the country’s traditional folk culture.

    Slieve Mish Mountain Horseback Ride

    Explore the Slieve Mish Mountain range on a leisurely horseback ride through the countryside.

    Hike the Dingle Peninsula

    Hike into Irish history, journeying along the magnificent shores of Ventry Bay toward ancient ruins and beehive huts. We’ll also stop for a “spot of tea” at the Stone Cottage Café.

    Days 5-6


    Local Sheep Farm

    Watch as sheep dogs run through the fields and keep the herd of sheep together. The way that the farmers and dogs work as a unit puts precision on display.

    Cycle Through the Black Valley

    Starting from the picturesque Molls Gap, enjoy a downhill bike ride into the Black Valley through the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, the park’s most visually striking mountain range.

    Horse-Drawn Carriage Through the Gap of Dunloe

    From the lakeshore, we’ll climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage to ride through the narrow pass of the famous Gap of Dunloe. Disembark at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150-year old quaint pub.

    Sea Safari

    Head to the fabled Irish waters to see whales and dolphins up close, one of the most exhilarating experiences a family vacation can offer!

    Cape Clear

    Stop at the tiny, Irish-speaking Island of Cape Clear, rich in cultural heritage including megalithic standing stones, church ruins, and a 14th-century castle.

    Days 7-8


    Sea Kayaking Along the West Cork Coastline

    Get an intimate look of the West Cork coastline in a kayak, admiring its plentiful cliffs, coves, and sea birds. Look for edible seaweed—maybe even save some for a nighttime snack.

    Kinsale Ghost Tour

    Walk through the old fishing village and hear tales of the spirits that still roam the streets. Accompanied by local actors, this is street theatre that’s sure to make you jump and giggle while learning a little along the way.

    Introduction to Sailing Option

    We’ll enjoy an epic family adventure, hopping on a boat to learn the basics of sailing in one of the most famous harbors in the world.

    Archery and Climbing Option

    Learn how to handle a bow and arrow with an archery lesson in the Irish countryside, and get an introduction to climbing!

    Day 9

    Depart / Arrive Home

  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    Adult $5390
    Teen $5390
    Child $5190


    Adult $5390
    Teen $5390
    Child $5190

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount

    $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

  • Hotels

    Ballyseede Castle

    With a history dating back to the 16th century, Ballyseede Castle has not lost any of its historic or royal charm. Set in the heart of beautifully well-manicured grounds with ivy climbing the outer walls, everyday feels like living in a dream. Adorable donkeys and the property manager Mr. Higgins, the Irish Wolfhound, are playful and known to make kids giddy with excitement. This family friendly hotel offers free Wi-Fi, comfortable and spacious rooms, an attentive staff, a restaurant and bar, and a welcoming environment that will quickly get your family used to life in a castle!

    Casey's of Baltimore

    Casey’s of Baltimore, located in West Cork, overlooks the natural harbor and Ilen River estuary. Each of the 14 rooms has cheerful décor and en suite bathrooms. Amenities include on site bar and seafood restaurant.

    Actons Hotel

    The oldest hotel in Kinsale, Actons sits in the middle of the colorful and historic town. The boutique hotel overlooks Kinsale Harbor and has become famous for its renowned cuisine. The hotel includes all of the services to make this feel like a home away from home! Your family will be able to enjoy the outdoor patio, pool, children’s pool, steam room, fitness center, and Wi-Fi. The large comfortable rooms and an attentive staff will ensure a lovely stay.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler; from Travel Protection to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

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Starts at



9 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
Starts at



9 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.