Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland
Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland The sun setting over the Irish coast Irish locals fishing on the lake at Kylemore Abbey Glendalough, monastic site visited on some of our Ireland tours Traditional Irish music performed for visitors on a Tour of Ireland Sheep grazing on the Irish coastal clifftops

South West Ireland Travel Guide Plan Your Visit of South West Ireland

Plan a Visit to South-West Ireland

Things to do on family and group days out in Cork and Kerry

Marking the start, (or finish), of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's much-loved South West is in many ways the gateway to Ireland's most popular routes and destinations. Use this as a starting or finishing point for your self-drive adventure, or make yourself at home here in this most peaceful of regions. There is plenty here to keep you and your group occupied for your whole vacation in Ireland. The amazing scenery and range of activities within the region, from the historic city of Cork to the picturesque lakes of Killarney, ensures that every member of your group will thoroughly enjoy their visit.

Tall Ship in Cork harbour, Cork City, Ireland Tall Ship in Cork harbour, Cork City, Ireland

Activities, Attractions & Pursuits

Attractions Accommodation Festivals

Things to do in Ireland's South West Click a Section Below to Find out More

During your tour of Ireland, the South West, whether you're here to relax or out to explore, you will never be short of entertainment or distraction. Every age range is catered for in this region. Both Cork and Kerry have become synonymous around the world as havens for fishing, golf, hiking and a multitude of other pursuits. The nightlife of the region has also caught the attention of the people who visit. Whether it's a night in a thatched pub enjoying the local ceili band or a night on the dance floor of some of the regions nightclubs the friendly locals and party atmosphere make for a wonderful occasion.

Accommodation in The South West of Ireland

Hotels in The South West

Tralee, Co. Kerry

The Mill Times Hotel in Westport Ireland

Ballyseede Castle

From the all day dining experience to the luxurious accommodation Ballyseede Castle is the base for a trip to the Kingdom.

  • Luxurious Setting
  • Great Location
  • Leisure Breaks
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Dingle, Co. Kerry

Dingle Benners Hotel, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Dingle Benners Hotel

One of County Kerry's most luxurious hotels situated in the idyllic Dingle area. Amazing location for a holiday or just a quick stop over.

  • Ideal for Business
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Leisure Breaks
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Killarney, Co. Kerry

The Mill Times Hotel in Westport Ireland

Victoria House Hotel

Based in the heart of Killarney and only a stones throw from the local amenities and facilities that Killarney has to offer.

  • Great Location
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Leisure Breaks
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Killarney, Co. Kerry

Hotel Killarney, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Hotel Killarney

Situated only 1 minute from Killarney Town. Great range of different activities and facilities, this is the ideal spot for all the family.

  • Ideal for Families
  • Great Location
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
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Cork City

Metropole Hotel, Cork City, Ireland

Metropole Hotel

Boasting a central location and superb bar and restaurant facilities The Metropole Hotel is the ideal location for all types of stays.

  • Great Location
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Leisure Breaks
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Airport, Co. Cork

CIAH, Cork Airport, Ireland

CIAH

Situated alongside Cork Airport this is the perfect location for anyone travelling through the airport or on business in Cork City.

  • Ideal for Business
  • Great Location
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
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Airport, Co. Cork

Cork Airport Hotel, Ireland

Cork Airport Hotel

Fantastic location right alongside Cork Airport this hotel is the perfect place to stop over for all types of visits. Great bar and restaurant.

  • Great Location
  • Ideal for Shopping
  • Ideal for Business
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Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork,  Ireland

Celtic Ross Hotel

A stunning family owned hotel located on the unblemished coastline of Rosscarbery. A true haven for beach and food lovers.

  • Leisure Breaks
  • Ideal for Families
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
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Baltimore, Co. Cork

Caseys of Baltimore, Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland

Caseys of Baltimore

A serene location in the small fishing village of Baltimore. Expect commanding views of the untamed scenery which typifies this region.

  • Leisure Breaks
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Ideal for Families
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Killarney, Co. Kerry

Riverside Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Riverside Hotel

Overlooking the Flesk river, the Killarney Riverside Hotel is perfectly located for exploring Killarney town or the breathtaking national park.

  • Leisure Breaks
  • Ideal for Families
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
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Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Kenmare Bay Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Kenmare Bay Hotel

Explore Kenmare and County Kerry from this four-star hotel, complete with beauty spa, leisure centre and kids club for the younger visitors.

  • Great Location
  • Leisure Breaks
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
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Killarney, Co. Kerry

Killarney Court Hotel,Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Killarney Court Hotel

Explore Kenmare and County Kerry from this four-star hotel, complete with beauty spa, leisure centre and kids club for the younger visitors.

  • Great Location
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Ideal for Families
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Cork, Co. Cork

Imperial Hotel Cork City, Ireland

Imperial Hotel Cork

Cork's most centrally located four-star hotel. Expect opulent marble surroundings and a sense of history in this 200-year-old building.

  • Great Location
  • Ideal for Business
  • Ideal for Shopping
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Macroom, Co. Cork

The Mills Inn, Macroom, Cork

The Mills Inn

Established in 1755, The Mills Inn 3 Star Hotel Ballyvourney, Macroom is a family owned business, which is located between Cork and Killarney.

  • Ideal for Business
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Leisure Breaks
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Killarney, Co. Kerry

O'Donoghue Ring Hotels, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

O'Donoghue Ring Hotels

Choose from four luxurious and prestigious hotels: Killarney Plaza, Killarney Avenue, Killarney Towers, and River Island (Castleisland).

  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Ideal for Families
  • Leisure Breaks
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Cork, Co Cork

Hayfield Manor, Cork City, Ireland

Hayfield Manor

Located towards the Western end of Cork City, Hayfield Manor is renowned as one of Ireland's finest and most luxurious hotels.

  • Leisure Breaks
  • Luxurious Setting
  • Ideal for Shopping
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B&Bs and Guesthouses in The South West

Dingle, Co. Kerry

YNA Dingle Cottages, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

YNA Dingle Cottages

A huge selection of guesthouse located in the picturesque fishing village of Dingle, Co. Kerry and it's surrounding areas.

  • Ideal for Shopping
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Great Location
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Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Abbey Court, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Abbey Court, Kenmare

Luxury accommodation near the shore of Kenmare Bay, just a short walk from the town itself. Here, nothing is overlooked but the sea.

  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Budget Friendly
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
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Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Ashfield B&B, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Ashfield B&B

Stunning mountain views and comfortable, spacious en suites set Ashfield B&B apart. Off the road parking and WiFi available.

  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Ideal for Families
  • Great Location
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Allihies, Co. Cork

Beachview B&B, Allihies, Co. Cork Ireland

Beachview B&B

Located in Allihies on the Beara Peninsula, Beachview is family-run and family-friendly. Immaculate rooms and very personal service.

  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Great Location
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Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

Cashen Course House, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Cashen Course House

Perfect for the passionate golfer, Cashen Course House is ideally located for visitors to Ballybunion Old Course and others nearby.

  • Leisure Breaks
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Ideal for Families
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Killarney, Co. Kerry

Kathleen's Guesthouse, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Kathleen's Guesthouse

Charming and spacious guesthouse in an ideal location for walking in the National Park, catching a round of golf or exploring Killarney town.

  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Ideal for Families
  • Great Location
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Kemare, Co. Kerry

Sallyport House, Kemare, Co. Kerry,  Ireland

Sallyport House

A charming Edwardian house on Kenmare Bay, surrounded by trees and parkland, and abutted by Reenagross Woodland Park.

  • Leisure Breaks
  • Luxurious Setting
  • Great Location
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Dingle, Co. Kerry

Cill Bhreac House, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Cill Bhreac House

A charming & friendly B&B, Cill Bhreac House boasts an enviable location with commanding views over Dingle Bay.

  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Leisure Breaks
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
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Waterville, Co. Kerry

The Smugglers Inn, Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland

The Smugglers Inn

Thirteen well-appointed rooms, just yards from the globally-renowned Waterville Golf Course. Enjoy seas views or mountain vistas.

  • Great Location
  • Leisure Breaks
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
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Hostels in The South West

Shandon, Cork City

Kinlay House, Shandon, Cork City, Ireland

Kinlay House

Hostel accommodation for individuals or groups of 100 guests. Five minutes from the city centre bars, cafés, restaurants, and attractions.

  • Great Location
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Budget Friendly
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Drimoleague , Co. Cork

The Mill Times Hotel in Westport Ireland

Top of the Rock

Stay in a pod at our family farm in Drimoleague, West Cork, the heart of West Cork's wonderful walkways where every corner is an adventure.

  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Budget Friendly
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
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My Ireland Travel Guide

Barrels at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin City

Ireland's much-loved capital and the gateway to the Emerald Isle. A vibrant, modern and outward-facing city, most Ireland tours and vacations begin here. Read more...

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College
  • Temple Bar Quarter
  • The Book of Kells
  • Dublin Castle
About Dublin
Lighthouse in Hook Head

Wicklow & the East

This wild landscape of gorse and bracken is home to many of Ireland's most significant archaeological finds, as well its grandest estates. Read more...

  • Powerscourt Estate
  • Glendalough Settlement
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Battle of The Boyne
  • National Stud
About the East
The Cliffs of Moher

Galway & the West

Pack walking boots, a camera and a sense of adventure as you head west for Galway, County Clare and the Wild Atalantic Way. Heritage, tradition and Read more...

  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Clonmacnoise Settlement
  • Clare Music Sessions
  • The Burren Landscape
About the West
Kilkenny Castle by the riverside

Kilkenny & South-East

The sunny South East. Ireland's warmest and driest region is also one of its most popular destinations with tourists and locals alike. Read more...

  • The Rock of Cashel
  • Waterford Crystal
  • Lismore Castle
  • Tintern Abbey
  • St Canice's Cathedral
The South East
Sheep in Kerry, Ireland

Cork and Kerry

Wind-swept, welcoming and rugged, Ireland South West typifies what visitors expect Ireland to look like – vibrant, vivid and verdant. Read more...

  • Cork English Market
  • Blarney Castle
  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Killarney Nat. Park
  • Skellig Michael
The South West
Trad Session in Donegal, Ireland

Donegal and Sligo

Less well-trodden than Dublin, Belfast or Killarney, this picturesque region invites you to get outdoors. Don't forget your camera! Read more...

  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Lakes and Loughs
  • Maghera Beach
  • Errigal Mountain
  • Glencolmcille Village
The North West
The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland

Belfast & The North

In peace, Belfast and the North have staked their rightful claim as some of the Island of Ireland's most iconic and cultural regions. Read more...

  • The City of Belfast
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Carrick-a-Rede
  • The City of Derry
Northern Ireland
Solo traveller admiring the coastal view in Ireland

Ireland Solo Travel

Whether you're looking to meet new people or just yearning get away from it all, Ireland is a great place to travel independently. Read more...

  • Experience the Culture
  • Find Your Inner Peace
  • Discover New Paths
  • Start a Course
  • Experience the Nightlife
Northern Ireland

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