Welcome to Cahersiveen


But the last few years have seen a determined effort to reinvent the town as a tourism centre. The main street and waterfront areas have been spruced up, the former barracks has been beautifully restored as a museum, there are some excellent places to stay and eat, and the surrounding countryside is a delight to explore.

The town is indelibly linked with the fight for Irish independence – it was the birthplace of Daniel O'Connell, 'the Great Liberator', and was where the first shots of the 1867 Fenian Rising were fired.


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$60.16 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Ring of Kerry from Killarney

The "Ring of Kerry" is a spectacular scenic route in south west Ireland. A private tour is the best way to enjoy all the sights and scenery the route has to offer. You can fully be in charge of the itinerary. Compared with coach tours, we can make more stops (of your choice) and travel to places where buses have no access.The Ring of Kerry is a world-famous route following the N70, N71 and R562 roads in a circular direction around the Iveragh peninsula. The route starts in the town Killarney and passes through the towns and villages of (in order): Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare, and finally back to Killarney.A private tour of the Ring of Kerry has great advantages. Of course you can visit the well known places of interest (for example: Muckross House and Gardens, Coomakista Pass, Kerry Bog Village and the Torc Waterfalls). In addition, we can show you lesser known places that are equally impressive. These lesser know areas are; Cromwell's Bridge is a mysterious bridge in the center of Kenmare. Folklore goes it does not get its name from Oliver Cromwell but is named after the Irish word croimeal - which means mustache! The Stone Circle in Kenmare is the largest of its kind in south-western Ireland. The Skelligs Ring boasts panoramic views of massive cliffs. The Skellig Islands can be seen in the distance. On Valentia Island, humans have been active from at least 4,560 B.C. Along with stunning scenery, Valentia Island is home to the Skellig Experience and Valentia Heritage Museum. At the Valentia Slate Quarry, to this day slate is being mined. Slate from here was used for the Opera House in Paris and Westminster Palace in London! Cahergall Fort, Leacanabuiaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle are all great medieval forts around Cahersiveen. As old as they are, they still dominate the area present-day! On our private tour, we can stop anywhere you like. You will not miss any Kodak-moments and we can advise you on great places to have lunch, coffee or an Irish pint of plain.Several variations on the official route exist, that include for example Valentia Island and Saint Finian's Bay. The tour can take you to all these places, including of course the famous highlights such as the Gap of Dunloe, Kerry Bog Village, Derrynane House and Gardens, Valentia Island, Muckross House and Ross Castle.

$364.42 Private & Custom Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killarney

The Itinerary:Following a pick up from your accommodation, on route we will visit Killorglin which is home of the semi-pagan festival; Puck Fair.  From Killorglin, the tour will include the following scenic areas of interest:The Bog Village Museum The Bog Museum is located close to Glenbeigh. This museum gives a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 18th Century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe and is one of Kerry's leading tourist attractions. Whilst in Glenbeigh, we shall also visit its glorious sandy beach. CahersiveenFollowing the N70 road we will stop at Cahersiveen, the birthplace of Daniel O'Connell, who was a political leader in the first half of the 19th century and was often referred to as the Liberator or Emancipator.Valentia IslandFrom Cahersiveen, the tour continues to Valentia Island. It is a picture-postcard island situated off the South West coast of Kerry and is of great beauty and contrast. It is joined to the mainland by bridge via the Portmagee Channel. Valentia was the eastern terminus of the first commercially viable transatlantic telegraph cable. Transatlantic telegraph cables operated from Valentia Island for one hundred years. In Port Magee, we shall stop for lunch. After lunch, the next part of the tour includes a visit to the Kerry Cliffs.The Kerry CliffsThe Kerry Cliffs is a family run tourist attraction in Portmagee. The cliffs have been a viewing point for generations and are widely accepted as the most spectacular cliffs in Kerry. They stand over 1000ft above the wild Atlantic and were formed 400 million years ago.  From the Kerry Cliffs, the tour continues to Ballinskelligs and Skelligs Chocolate. Skelligs ChocolateSkelligs Chocolate is a family business based in St. Finians’s Bay overlooking the magnificent Skelligs Rocks. It welcomes visitors to come to its open plan factory and see the chocolates being created, while tasting the freshly made delights.  Following on from Ballinskelligs, we visit Waterville, Caherdaniel, Sneem and Kenmare.KenmareKenmare is cradled in the heart of Kenmare Bay. The town is noted for its food and pubs. Along the N71 we will see breath-taking Ladies View,and we will have an opportunity to visit another spectacular marvel known as Torc Waterfall. It is a stunning heavy waterfall with amazing views. Your tour concludes in Killarney whereby you will be taken back to your accommodation.

$80.98 Private & Custom Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Kenmare

The "Ring of Kerry" is a spectacular scenic route in south west Ireland. A private tour with us is the best way to enjoy all the sights and scenery the route has to offer. You can fully be in charge of the itinerary. Compared with coach tours, we can make more stops (of your choice) and travel to places where buses have no access.The Ring of Kerry is a world-famous route following the N70, N71 and R562 roads in a circular direction around the Iveragh peninsula. The route starts in the town Killarney and passes through the towns and villages of (in order): Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare, and finally back to Killarney.A private tour of the Ring of Kerry has great advantages. Of course you can visit the well known places of interest (for example: Muckross House and Gardens, Coomakista Pass, Kerry Bog Village and the Torc Waterfalls). In addition, we can show you lesser known places that are equally impressive. Cromwell's Bridge is a mysterious bridge in the centre of Kenmare. Folklore goes it does not get its name from Oliver Cromwell but is named after the Irish word croimeal - which means moustache! The Stone Circle in Kenmare is the largest of its kind in south-western Ireland. The Skelligs Ring boasts panaramic views of massive cliffs. The Skellig Islands can be seen in the distance. On Valentia Island, humans have been active from at least 4,560 B.C. Along with stunning scenery, Valentia Island is home to the Skellig Experience and Valentia Heritage Museum. At the Valentia Slate Quarry, to this day slate is being mined. Slate from here was used for the Opera House in Paris and Westminster Palace in London! Cahergall Fort, Leacanabuiaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle are all great medieval forts around Cahersiveen. As old as they are, they still dominate the area present-day! On our private tour, we can stop anywhere you like. You will not miss any Kodak-moments and we can advise you on great places to have lunch, coffee or an Irish pint of plain.Several variations on the official route exist, that include for example Valentia Island and Saint Finian's Bay. The tour can take you to all these places, including of course the famous highlights such as the Gap of Dunloe, Kerry Bog Village, Derrynane House and Gardens, Valentia Island, Muckross House and Ross Castle.

$520.60 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Private Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney

The Ring of Kerry is without doubt one the most scenic drives in the country. 'The Ring' begins in Killarney a tourist town voted one of the number one destinations to visit in Ireland. You'll head out on a drive from Killarney in a anticlockwise direction. There is an unwritten rule that everyone goes anticlockwise in case of meeting any buses because the roads do get very tight. Along this drive, there are many towns you'll pass through and you may want to stop for a visit. All of the towns have a story to tell and are famed for there color and cleanliness. The first town on the ring is Killorglin, home to ‘The Puck Fair,’ the oldest pagan festival in Ireland. During the fair, a male goat is hoisted 40 feet up in the air on a platform and he becomes ‘King’ of the town for 3 days and to celebrate everyone goes to drink beer! There is a very good reason for this celebration which you will will learn on this tour. From here, you'll enjoy the drive drive along the Atlantic Ocean coastline and stop for pictures by The River Caragh where you can look out across the ocean to view Dingle Bay. Next, is the town of Cahersiveen, birth place of Daniel O'Connell. Your driver/guide will share information about this important man in Irish history. You'll make your way to the seaside town of Waterville where Charlie Chaplin spent many holidays. At the top of ‘Comnakiste,' you'll enjoy beautiful views across the Beara Peninsula. Driving down into into Sneem, you'll be in ‘the knot’ of the Ring of Kerry. You will drive through the ‘Country Park of Killarney’ and up to ‘Molls Gap’ where you will encounter the ‘Macgillycuddy Reeks’ mountain range and to the left of you rises ‘Carrauntoohil,’ the tallest mountain in Ireland. Continuing the drive, visit ‘Ladies View,’ named after a visit from Queen Victoria. This is the first time you'll witness the three beautiful Lakes of Killarney. Heading down the winding road through the stunning Country Park, which is both a wooded and rocky terrain, you'll arrive at the end at ‘Torc Waterfall’ nestled in the wood rising to a height of 60 feet (18 meters). At the end of the drive, you will return to Killarney where you can enjoy the rest of your evening.

$80.98 Private & Custom Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killorglin

The "Ring of Kerry" is a spectacular scenic route in south west Ireland. A private tour with us is the best way to enjoy all the sights and scenery the route has to offer. You can fully be in charge of the itinerary. Compared with coach tours, we can make more stops (of your choice) and travel to places where buses have no access.The Ring of Kerry is a world-famous route following the N70, N71 and R562 roads in a circular direction around the Iveragh peninsula. The route starts in the town Killarney and passes through the towns and villages of (in order): Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare, and finally back to Killarney.A private tour of the Ring of Kerry has great advantages. Of course you can visit the well known places of interest (for example: Muckross House and Gardens, Coomakista Pass, Kerry Bog Village and the Torc Waterfalls). In addition, we can show you lesser known places that are equally impressive. Cromwell's Bridge is a mysterious bridge in the center of Kenmare. Folklore goes it does not get its name from Oliver Cromwell but is named after the Irish word croimeal - which means mustache! The Stone Circle in Kenmare is the largest of its kind in south-western Ireland. The Skelligs Ring boasts panoramic views of massive cliffs. The Skellig Islands can be seen in the distance. On Valentia Island, humans have been active from at least 4,560 B.C. Along with stunning scenery, Valentia Island is home to the Skellig Experience and Valentia Heritage Museum. At the Valentia Slate Quarry, to this day slate is being mined. Slate from here was used for the Opera House in Paris and Westminster Palace in London! Cahergall Fort, Leacanabuiaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle are all great medieval forts around Cahersiveen. As old as they are, they still dominate the area present-day! On our private tour, we can stop anywhere you like. You will not miss any Kodak-moments and we can advise you on great places to have lunch, coffee or an Irish pint of plain.Several variations on the official route exist, that include for example Valentia Island and Saint Finian's Bay. The tour can take you to all these places, including of course the famous highlights such as the Gap of Dunloe, Kerry Bog Village, Derrynane House and Gardens, Valentia Island, Muckross House and Ross Castle.

$520.60 Private & Custom Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Cork

The Ring of Kerry is without doubt one the most scenic drives in the south west of Ireland. It doesn’t matter what direction you come at it from, when you go over the border into Kerry better known locally as ‘The Kingdom’, the mountains and countryside stand out above all the rest. The ring starts in Killarney a tourist town voted the number 1 destination to visit in Ireland in 2014. The ring itself is steeped in history, the towns we pass through or even stop in if you wish all have a story to tell. The first town on the ring is Killorglin home to ‘The Puck Fair’ the oldest pagan festival in Ireland. During the fair a male goat is hoisted 40 feet up in the air on a platform and he becomes ‘King’ of the town for 3 days and to celebrate everyone goes on the beer! Obviously there’s a really good reason for this which we will share with you on tour. From here we meet the Atlantic Ocean and we stay parallel with it for a lot of the journey stopping for pictures by The River Caragh, looking across the ocean after Glenbeigh seeing Dingle Bay, from there a coastal drive to Cahersiveen birth place of Daniel O Connell the Catholic emancipator and a very important man in Irish history.From here we head into the seaside town of Waterville were Charlie Chaplin spent many holidays and there is a ‘Charlie Chaplin festival’ held here every year. Then we go to the top of ‘Comnakiste’ were from such an elevated site there are beautiful views across the Beara Peninsula. We then go down into Sneem which is ‘the knot’ in the ring of Kerry, on through the ‘Country Park of Killarney’ and up again to ‘Molls Gap’ where we have the ‘Macgillycuddy Reeks’ Mountain range and to the left rises ‘Carrauntoohil’ the tallest mountain in Ireland. Next we visit ‘Ladies View’ named after a visit from Queen Victoria and this is the first time we get to see the three beautiful Lakes of Killarney. Heading down the winding road through the stunning Country Park which is both a wooded and rocky terrain we arrive at the end at ‘Torc Waterfall’ nestled in the wood rising 18 metres high and such a spectacular sight to see. We then take you than back into Killarney and on to your destination

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