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Cork & Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way



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
  • Coach travel throughout your time in Ireland
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Tour only passengers will be met by the Tour Manager at Cork Airport on Day One. Return airport-to-hotel coach transfers are included (pick-up time from the airport on Day One is 2:00pm).

Single rooms are available for a supplement


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, depending on your arrival time, 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.

The Celtic Ross Hotel ★★★

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.

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.

*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Cork & Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Cork & Ireland’s Wild Atlantic WayScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 50 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Yeovil Friends
very good holiday but drink prices in hotel were excessive
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 10 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


Generally very good, the hotel and food in particular. The TM was a bit "scatty" and did not always provide clear guidance. Some visits could have been longer.

There was a short optional boat trip at Glengarry which we decided against. We were left hanging around in the coach for 45 minutes, not having been informed that the village was within easy walking distance or other information re time of return. We understand that most of the attractions on the island were closed.

The return trip to the airport could have been a bit later - spent a long time hanging around Cork airport before our flight home. We were surprized that we were not escorted back to Cork Airport by the TM. (We were the second group leaving in the early afternoon.)
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 09 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


Southampton Family
Good introductory visit to this part of Ireland, lovely location of hotel which was of high standard. Would definitely visit Ireland again.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


Southend on Sea Couple
#lovely hotel, food very good, staff all very friendly and helpful
#not always given enough info about arrangements by rep
#did not need such long stay at Kinsale as not much to do but could have had longer at Conakilty as bigger town
# had very long wait at airport before flight home, would have preferred to stay longer at hotel
#would have liked more entertainment in evenings as too cold and dark to go for walks
#enjoyed young lads and their music and dancing
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(4 out of 10)


London Couple
The is our second holiday with Newmarket this year. the contrast could not be greater. The tour guide in Scotland was organised knowledgeable and informative. Our guide (Liz) in Ireland was incompetent. She added no value to the excursions and at times was a negative influence. Her favourite phrase was "you are on your own". The hotel and staff were excellent but the overall impression was that we would have been better off organising our own itinerary as the local guides we used at least had some knowledge of the sights and history of the area.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(9 out of 10)


Lyme Regis Family
Excellent hotel in Rosscarberry,and good days out.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


Braintree, Essex Couple
Hotel in beautiful location, friendly, helpful staff,good food. Scenery in West Cork absolutely stunning.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017