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Killarney Day Tour

Killarney, Ireland
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About Killarney Day Tour
The oldest tourist excursion in Ireland. The O'Donoghue family have been running tours of Killarney National Park for over 250 years. The Killarney Day Tour or the Gap of Dunloe Tour is a trip that encompasses the entire National Park.
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TP4725 wrote a review Aug 2020
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Booked the Killarney Lakes boat tour in conjunction with bike hire to cycle through Gap of Dunloe and back to Killarney. It was an exceptional tour, highly enjoyable and the best part of our 3 days in Killarney. Upon booking we had been concerned that the two hour boat journey would be too long and we might find it boring but nothing could be further from the truth. Our tour guide, Donal, was outstanding. He had so much interesting information and history with lots of great stories about the nature, wildlife, life on and around the lakes. his love and passion for the area really shone through. It is definitely the best way to fully appreciate the outstanding natural beauty of this area. We even stopped off at an uninhabited island in the lake along the way. Unmissable if in Killarney but I would caution that it may be less enjoyable in poor weather conditions.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Gitte S wrote a review Jul 2019
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Lovely boat ride from Ross Castle to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, beautiful scenery and a really great and informative boatsman/guide - all his stories and jokes made us forget the lousy weather. We had our rented bicycles along with us on the boat and cycled back to Killarney through the amazing Gap of Dunloe. A really great way to spend a day in Killarney!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Warners1 wrote a review Jun 2019
Lake Macquarie, Australia1,185 contributions179 helpful votes
Absolutely fab day. Collected at Lodge Weir Hotel, taken to Ross Castle. There were 8 in our particular group. We boarded the boat (2 hour through three lakes). It was stunning - no rain! We were given the choice of walking 10 klms or riding with a horse and trap. We chose the walk and so glad we did as you get to see so much of the lovely scenery, passing sheep, farms etc. Although it is quite steep in a few sections, we managed fine (we are in our late 60’s). Great to finish off with a Guinness at Kate Kearney’s cottage.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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22polly22 wrote a review Apr 2019
London, United Kingdom18 contributions28 helpful votes
We unfortunately chose to book with Killarney day tours. Firstly the boat trip at 2pm was superb with a great, witty guide and a lovely 1 and a half hour trip across the lakes which we adored so definitely do book just their boat ride. We paid 35 euros each for the coach which was misguided and such a huge regret from our trip to Killarney! We woke up and arrived at old weir lodge at 9.40, 20 minutes before a bus was supposed to collect us and take us straight to Kate Kearney’s cottage. Old weir lodge is a ten minute walk out of town so we set off before 9.30 to make sure we were there in plenty time. After 10am a coach arrived and we were frantically bundled on to this (although it was almost entirely full). This then set off in the wrong direction towards Killarney (where we had just come from!) instead of Kate Kearney’s. We then stopped in town and were all told to get off the bus where a man ran us a couple of minutes (we had to speed walk) to keep up and were dropped off at Deros tour office who are a different company. It was absolute chaos, no guidance and loads of people all who had booked on different tours. Somebody finally told us to wait in an alleyway where we waited for thirty minutes outside. We then finally were met, had to walk five minutes to a coach which finally took us to Kate Kearney’s (Via 1 lucky family’s hotel) and we arrived after 11am. It was incredibly stressful and took more than triple the time of getting any other form of transport. All in all this was an absolute rip off/ daylight robbery and unbelievably bad service - please get a taxi / horse / shuttle / use another tour company or somehow make your way to Kate Kearney’s!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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yvr2010-06 wrote a review Sep 2018
Vancouver, Canada175 contributions64 helpful votes
One of the best highlights of our trip to Ireland was biking to the Gap of Dunloe. We began our day by booking a boat tour with the Killarney Day Tour. I had been in touch with them prior to leaving on our trip and they were ever so helpful from the beginning. Very friendly and easy to deal with. Our day started with us renting bikes from a local shop by the Tourism centre and then biking down to Ross Castle. We were then met by our great guide where all the boats are docked. I wish I got his name - he was Charlie the dogs owner. He took care of loading the bikes onto the boat and he was super informative about the surrounding areas of our boat trip. It was just a wonderful start to our day. Our boat trip was approximately 90 minutes with some stops along the way for photo opportunities. Many could walk or take a horse carriage to the Gap of Dunloe as well so don't feel you will be limited to just bike riding to the Gap of Dunloe. We landed at Lord Brandon's cottage and then were on our way for our bike trip portion. The scenery on the boat portion is breathtaking so if you were even just interested in this then I would highly recommend Killarney Day Tour who will take good care of your during your journey.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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