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Cork & Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

6 days from £439*
Departing: August - October 2017
* Price shown: 22 October 2017 from London Stansted - STN
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OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*

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

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, 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.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 August 2017 £729
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 September 2017 £659
Birmingham
Birmingham 24 September 2017 £659
Birmingham
Birmingham 22 October 2017 £479
Bristol
Bristol 10 September 2017 £699
Bristol
Bristol 17 September 2017 £669
Bristol
Bristol 24 September 2017 £669
Bristol
Bristol 22 October 2017 £489
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 August 2017 £714
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 September 2017 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 September 2017 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2017 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 October 2017 £479
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 27 August 2017 £689
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 September 2017 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 27 August 2017 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 September 2017 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 September 2017 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 October 2017 £439
Manchester
Manchester 27 August 2017 £719
Manchester
Manchester 10 September 2017 £669
Manchester
Manchester 17 September 2017 £724
Southampton
Southampton 10 September 2017 £699
Southampton
Southampton 24 September 2017 £679
Southampton
Southampton 22 October 2017 £479

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 £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 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 16 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Guildford Couple
The hotel was well situated and very comfortable and the staff were excellent and willing to cater to every person's needs where possible. Our tour guide 'Gary' was extremely knowledgeable with a very warm and inclusive personality.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2017
Published on: 26 July 2017
(7 out of 10)

NADINE

Oundle Peterborough Single traveller
Felt spent too much time in towns and not enough along coast. repeated some routes several times. disappointed with Cork too long and nowhere to sit. Just a city like any other city in england with nothing of real note. irish people were wonderful.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017
(9 out of 10)

KATHERINE

Chelmsford Couple
Lovely scenery when the weather behaved. Interesting and informative visits . Hotel clean and comfortable, room had a nice view over the lagoon. Good choice of food at mealtimes and of a good standard. Our tour guide and driver were friendly and helpful as were all the people we met (great hospitality)
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017
(7 out of 10)

YVONNE

London Friends
Holiday was nice but not as expected. The "wild Atlantic way" brings images of crashing waves -as depicted on many adverts for this area. Unfortunately the areas we covered were made up in the main of quiet lake like waters. I assume that as you go along the coast to Galway/Donegal this may indeed have that scenery but not County Cork.
We were also disappointed with the places we visited, they were very small with little to see and somewhat run down - this is no reflection at all on Ireland as every country has such places, but perhaps not to be included on a scenic tour!
Hotel and staff were lovely.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017
(10 out of 10)

TERENCE

Gloucester Couple
It's a wonderful place for a holiday
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2017
Published on: 24 July 2017
(9 out of 10)

MARION

Couple
We were blessed with wonderful weather for our trip to the Atlantic Way and Cork. The scenery was spectacular. If there is something which could be improved it would be that at some of the locations the stay was too short we could have stayed longer - a bit rushed. Bantry House is one example and a stop in Bantry town itself would have been appreciated. Although Cork was ok the stay here could have been shorter. There will be critisims about the hotel I know especially meal times when it took ages to get served. Personally it did not worry me - I was on holiday and had all the time in the world. I would not chose a sea view room again - sea/lagoon view yes but noisy front road no.
Confirmed traveller: 23 June 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017