On Friday afternoon, Bridget and I headed out to Killarney National Park, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry on an international student tour. They offer these tours at orientation and are a great way to see Ireland at a cheap price that includes transportation, accommodation, and all entry fees. We thought it was a great deal so we booked this trip and a trip to Northern Ireland for early October. Besides one other girl from New York, we were the only Americans among 40 Germans and a few from France and Spain. When we arrived in Killarney, we were scheduled to go on a bike tour through Killarney National Park. The weather was cold and the bikes were extremely uncomfortable, but the national park was definitely too big to cover on foot in a couple of hours. We were able to see the Muckross House and Abbey, the famous lakes of Killarney, and Torc Waterfall. After finishing the bike tour, Bridget and I found a restaurant in the city center and had dinner before heading to the hostel. After checking in, we headed to our room and found our friend's brother who we shared a room with in Galway. Turns out we had neighboring rooms in this hostel. The tour had organized events at nightclubs throughout Killarney that night, but we decided to stay in since we were both exhausted and had to wake up early the next morning.
When looking into these international student trips, I would advise coordinating with friends before making a final booking because they sell out quick. The sites were great and I don't regret the trip at all, but it definitely would have been a lot more fun if more of our friends were able to come along. Most of the Germans already all knew each other and weren't very open to accepting 2 girls from America. Also, I have been taught in multiple business classes that if ever doing business with Germans to account for tardiness, but I never knew how accurate this statement was. Whenever we had a set time to leave somewhere, we always ended up leaving almost a 1/2 hour later than planned because they would always take their time getting to the bus.