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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 transfer time from Cork airport to your hotel is approximately one hour, 15 minutes.
Airport transfer times
To avoid disappointment, please book any treatments direct with the hotel prior to arrival.
Hotel spa treatments
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.
Mizen footbridge access
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
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.
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.