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Cork & Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

6 Days From £539*
Departing 2017
* Price shown: 22 Oct 2017 from London Stansted - STN
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Ireland's stunning south west

Running the length of Ireland's western coast from the Inishowen Peninsula to Kinsale, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world. Explore the Way's south-western stretch, from the comfort of your coach, as we discover the untamed splendour of Beara and Mizen Head and soak up the sights sounds and tastes of Irish life in Cork.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Drive the Wild Atlantic Way, and see the breathtaking Beara and Mizen Peninsulas
  • Entry to the Mizen Head Visitor Centre
  • Discover the delightful city of Cork
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Bantry House and explore its beautiful gardens
  • Visit Timoleague Abbey
  • Explore colourful Kinsale and historic Skibbereen
  • Entry to the Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery
  • Return flights to Cork
  • Comfortable coach travel
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Cork, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to your hotel in the pretty town of Rosscarbery. Check in, then explore, relax or pamper yourself at the hotel's leisure facilities.

Day Two

Take a trip through Irish history as we visit Clonakilty, the birthplace of hero of Irish independence, Michael Collins, the ruined 13th-century Franciscan abbey at Timoleague, and Kinsale, where the James and Charles forts long guarded the harbour against the threat of French and Spanish invasion.

Browse the brightly coloured shopfronts that line Kinsale's streets, and perhaps head to the quayside for lunch in one of the excellent cafes and restaurants.

Day Three

Today we'll follow the Wild Atlantic Way to the Beara Peninsula. This haunting landscape is the backdrop to Daphne du Maurier's 'Hungry Hill' and as it unfolds past the aquatic sports haven of Adrigole and the artists colony at Castletownbere it becomes ever more rugged and timeless.

Looping further south, our next stop will be Bantry House, the current and ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry. Discover the house's history and the magnificent Italian gardens inspired by the travels of the 2nd Earl on a guided tour.

Day Four

Highlights of today's visit to Cork will include the three spires of St Fin Barre's cathedral and the enticing local produce offered up at the English Market. With its waterways, narrow alleys and Georgian avenues the compact city centre is a delight to explore.

We'll head the delightful town of Cobh arriving in time for you to have lunch (payable locally). From the 1600s to the 1950s over three million Irish men and women embarked for new homes here, and the troubled history of that long period of emigration is explored in the port's excellent Heritage Centre.

Day Five

We'll return to the Wild Atlantic Way, today, on our way to Mizen Head, Ireland's most southwestern point. As the currents from the south and west coasts crash into the rocks you'll have time to explore the visitor centre, take in the astounding scenery and perhaps cross the Mizen Footbridge to the island of Cloghan to explore the Signal Station which features a number of interesting little exhibitions.

We'll also stop in Skibbereen, a town at the centre of the Great Hunger of the 1840s and which is now home to the fascinating and very moving Great Famine Commemorative Exhibition.

Day Six

Spend a final few hours relaxing in your hotel and its surroundings before our coach carries you back to the airport to board your flight home.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham09 Apr 2017 £579.00
Birmingham07 May 2017 £619.00
Birmingham14 May 2017 £629.00
Birmingham02 Jul 2017 £689.00
Birmingham13 Aug 2017 £689.00
Birmingham24 Sep 2017 £659.00
Birmingham15 Oct 2017 £579.00
Birmingham22 Oct 2017 £579.00
Bristol09 Apr 2017 £589.00
Bristol16 Apr 2017 £599.00
Bristol07 May 2017 £629.00
Bristol14 May 2017 £639.00
Bristol18 Jun 2017 £659.00
Bristol13 Aug 2017 £699.00
Bristol10 Sep 2017 £669.00
Bristol24 Sep 2017 £669.00
Bristol08 Oct 2017 £589.00
Bristol15 Oct 2017 £589.00
Bristol22 Oct 2017 £589.00
London Gatwick09 Apr 2017 £579.00
London Gatwick16 Apr 2017 £589.00
London Gatwick07 May 2017 £619.00
London Gatwick14 May 2017 £629.00
London Gatwick18 Jun 2017 £649.00
London Gatwick02 Jul 2017 £689.00
London Gatwick13 Aug 2017 £689.00
London Gatwick10 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Gatwick24 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Gatwick08 Oct 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick15 Oct 2017 £579.00
London Gatwick22 Oct 2017 £579.00
London Heathrow16 Apr 2017 £579.00
London Heathrow18 Jun 2017 £649.00
London Heathrow02 Jul 2017 £689.00
London Heathrow10 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Heathrow08 Oct 2017 £609.00
London Stansted09 Apr 2017 £579.00
London Stansted07 May 2017 £619.00
London Stansted14 May 2017 £629.00
London Stansted02 Jul 2017 £689.00
London Stansted13 Aug 2017 £689.00
London Stansted24 Sep 2017 £659.00
London Stansted15 Oct 2017 £569.00
London Stansted22 Oct 2017 £539.00
Manchester09 Apr 2017 £589.00
Manchester16 Apr 2017 £599.00
Manchester14 May 2017 £629.00
Manchester18 Jun 2017 £659.00
Manchester02 Jul 2017 £699.00
Manchester10 Sep 2017 £669.00
Manchester08 Oct 2017 £599.00
Manchester15 Oct 2017 £589.00
Southampton16 Apr 2017 £589.00
Southampton07 May 2017 £619.00
Southampton18 Jun 2017 £649.00
Southampton13 Aug 2017 £689.00
Southampton10 Sep 2017 £659.00
Southampton24 Sep 2017 £659.00
Southampton08 Oct 2017 £589.00
Southampton22 Oct 2017 £579.00

The Celtic Ross Hotel

Rosscarbery

This family owned and managed hotel is situated on the coast road where the Wild Atlantic Way hugs the coastline at Rosscarbery Bay, on the edge of Rosscarbery village which sits on a hill behind the hotel about a 10 to 15 minute walk away.

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Further Information

Airport transfer times

The transfer time from Cork airport to your hotel is approximately one hour, 15 minutes.

Hotel spa treatments

To avoid disappointment, please book any treatments direct with the hotel prior to arrival.

Mizen footbridge access

The footbridge is a 10-minute walk from the Signal Station down 99 steps. It offers a stunning view of the surrounding scenery and the chance to seals, whales, dolphins and a variety of seabirds. There is also a level path that overlooks the bridge and offers wonderful views up the coast.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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