LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
Ireland's stunning south west
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
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.
Following your flight to Cork Airport, meet your tour manager and transfer by coach to the hotel in the pretty town of Rosscarbery.
Today's included excursion takes in tiny Clonakilty, birthplace of Irish hero Michael Collins, delightful village Timoleague, with its ruined 13th-century abbey, and celebrated harbour town Kinsale, nestled between the hills and the waterfront and overlooked by the twin bastions of James Fort and the impregnable Charles Fort. Explore at your leisure, and perhaps take lunch in one of the host of eateries that make Kinsale a 'foodie mecca'.
Today, discover the wild, remote and hauntingly beautiful Beara Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way, background to Daphne du Maurier's 'Hungry Hill'. Take in water sports centre Adrigole and bustling fishing port and artists' retreat Castletownbere, then enjoy a guided tour of Bantry House, the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, still lived in by the family and wonderfully situated overlooking Bantry Bay. With its magnificent Italian gardens, this is a gem of house, full of history and eclectic antiques and artefacts from around the world.
Enjoy a visit to lively, cosmopolitan, maritime Cork, the compact capital of southwest Ireland, with its waterways, narrow alleys, Georgian avenues and myriad bridges. Highlights include triple-spired St. Finn Barre's cathedral, the English Market, Cork City Gaol, now a fascinating visitor attraction, and the Cork Vision Centre, which explores the city's past, present and future. Enjoy lunch (payable locally) in what is known as 'Ireland's Foodie Capital', and enjoy an afternoon visit to historic Cobh (pronounced Cove), departure point for over three million Irish emigrants - whose story is portrayed excellent Heritage Centre - and final port of call for the ill-fated RMS Titanic.
Today we head west along the Wild Atlantic Way to Mizen Head, Ireland's most south-westerly point and one of its most beautiful corners - windswept, wave-lashed and with a renowned visitor centre, set high on the cliffs above the swirling Atlantic. If you have a head for heights, don't miss the chance to cross the iconic bridge high above the gorge - a ten-minute walk to the Signal Station down 99 steps, perhaps rewarded with sightings of seals, whales or dolphins and a variety of seabirds. (There is also a level path which overlooks the bridge and offers wonderful views). A call is also made in historic Skibbereen, with its fascinating heritage centre, which features The Great Famine Commemorative Exhibition, which movingly chronicles the Great Hunger of the 1840s.
Depending upon your flight time, make the most of the hotel's delightful surroundings before transferring to the airport at the end of a truly wonderful few days in this beautiful and unspoiled area of Ireland.
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.
*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.