Beach, County Kerry, captured on one of our Ireland Tours Beach, County Kerry, captured on one of our Ireland Tours

South West Ireland Travel Guide Plan Your Visit to Ireland's South East

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

Bed & Breakfasts

Hostels

Kinlay House

Cork City

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

Top of the Rock

County Cork

Drimoleague, West Cork, the heart of West Cork's wonderful walkways where every corner is an adventure.

Festivals in Ireland's South WestClick a Section Below to Find out More

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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