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Cork & Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

6 days from £479*
Departing: October 2017
* Price shown: 22 October 2017 from Birmingham - BHX
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £79 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 30TH SEPTEMBER*

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 22 October 2017 £479
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 October 2017 £539
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 October 2017 £489
Southampton
Southampton 22 October 2017 £534

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 8.5 out of 10 based on 28 reviews
(8 out of 10)

DELYTH

Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay Single traveller
Really enjoyed the holiday, but felt that sometimes too long in some places (eg Castletown and Cork) and not enough time in others (eg Glengariff and Cobh).

Not keen on early flight from Manchester.....I had to leave home at 4.45am!!!!!!....but was very glad there WAS a flight from Manchester.

Setting, all the birds, all the flowers along the way, the friendly people and the weather (!) all great.
Confirmed traveller: 01 September 2017
Published on: 18 September 2017
(8 out of 10)

WILLIAM

Maldon , Essex . Couple
Great value for money. The Tour Guide was excellent. Hotel and trips were very good , especially Kinsale .
Confirmed traveller: 01 September 2017
Published on: 15 September 2017
(9 out of 10)

GILLIAN

Sudbury Friends
We much enjoyed our visit despite the rain but that'sIreland! Very good hotel room,good food and staff very accommodating and friendly.The tour manager very friendly ,helpful and a fund of knowledge.The highlights were of course the scenery and the visitors'centres were extremely interesting,especially Skibareen.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2017
Published on: 29 August 2017
(8 out of 10)

JANET

DERBY Couple
Very well organised and only let down by the weather! A very good hotel in an excellent location. The included excursions were every day but there was time to take local walks around the estuary, with its bird sanctuary, and lagoon or village before dinner. With the village festival taking place, and several pubs, evening visits were worthwhile, especially to see the pig racing in the square! Getting the balance of times at each place visited, to please everyone, is difficult but most of the 38 on the coach thought we needed more time at Bantry House. The owner took us on a tour of the house for over one hour which left less than 30 minutes to see the garden, visit the toilets and walk back to the coach, unless like us you cut the tour short. It was unfortunate that the brand new coach was involved in a minor accident on the way to Kinsale, which was not our driver's fault, but it in no way spoilt the holiday and both our driver and tour guide were excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2017
Published on: 25 August 2017
(9 out of 10)

ALAN

Buckingham Couple
Fabulous introduction to Ireland. Hotel staff exceptional. Everything well organised and very smoothly run by tour manager and driver. Only thing I think would have improved our trip would be less time on the coach ( one day we had 5 hours driving on the coach which was mostly on pretty basic roads and only 2 1/2 hours looking around places), a lot of people were complaining about this and everyone I spoke to said they would have liked longer than 1 1/2 hours at Bantry House as we didn't get to look around the gardens or go in the tea rooms.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017
(8 out of 10)

ANDREW

Cambridge Couple
Fantastic tour manager, very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. She made each trip really interesting with her history, anecdotes and great sense of humour.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017
(10 out of 10)

CAMILLA

LONDON Couple
Booking this holiday was simple and checking details online and obtaining boarding passes was easy. The holiday was exactly as described in the brochure, and both the tour guide and the driver were excellent. The hotel and coach were clean and comfortable. We saw many places and wonderful countryside, had very informative explanations of where we were going and what we would experience, and were very happy with the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017