Cork Tour Itinerary 2017-10-09T19:02:12+00:00

County Cork Tour Itinerary

Day

“Welcome to Ireland!”

Arrive at Shannon Airport and travel through scenic areas of Clare, Limerick, and Cork to Kinsale.

  • Arrive at hotel and check in
  • Jet Lag Recovery Day
  • Relax at Spa and explore the parkland outside the hotel

collins_adare  adare-cottages-photo_edited-1  foleys_adare

Evening

  • 6-7 Happy Hour
  • Welcome Orientation with Hot Buffet Meal and Irish Traditional Music Entertainment

KR 1

Day

  • ” A Blarney Day!”

 

  • Blarney Castle and Woolen Mills, 9-4

This is a must do visit to an intriguing medieval fortification built in the 15th century by the Mc Carthy Clan. One of the features that make this place really popular is the well-known Blarney Stone, also known as ‘The Stone of Eloquence’. According to a legend, anyone who kisses this stone is rewarded with eloquence, or “The gift of the gab”.

Located just steps from the famous Blarney castle is Blarney House which dates back to 1874. It is surrounded by an expanse of parkland with rare trees, formal gardens, manicured lawns, rose beds and more. A leisurely walk awaits before we enter the famous Blarney Woolen Mills – home to Ireland’s largest gift shop.

thul-A82E2D58-4755-40BE-A39557D024CFCB0B[1] BLARNEY-CASTLE-3 BLARNEY-CASTLE-2 BLARNEY-WOOLEN-MILLS-1

BLARNEY-WOOLEN-MILLS-3 BLARNEY-WOOLEN-MILLS-5 BLARNEY-WOOLEN-MILLS-4 BLARNEY-WOOLEN-MILLS-2

Evening

  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

Header-Evening-Pub-Photo

Day

  • “A West Cork Day!”

 

    • Depart @ 09:30 heading through Rosscarberry, Glandore, Union Hall, and Schull.

 

    • Visit the ancient 4,000 year old Drombeg stone circle.

 

  • Explore Mizen Head

On this tour we travel through the picturesque coastal villages of Rosscarberry, Glandore & Union Hall. We will stop off to explore the ancient Drombeg Stone Circle. A circle of 17 standing stones known locally as the Druid’s Altar which was built a millennial ago. To the west of the stones is a hut site with a ‘fulacht-fia’ cooking place. This prehistoric kitchen had a flagged trough in which water was boiled by dropping red-hot stones into it. The midpoint of one of the stones at Drombeg was set in line with the winter solstice sunset viewed in a conspicuous notch in the distant hills.

The tour continues to Schull where you can imbibe some lunch or refreshments or wander at your leisure until we depart for Mizen. Schull is set in the centre of an area of outstanding natural beauty, an idyllic place to visit along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Mizen Head Irish Lights Signal Station is Ireland’s most south westerly point and offers visitors an educational and thrilling experience. Built to save lives off the treacherous rocks at Ireland’s most south westerly point. In all weathers, the Mizen is spellbinding. Mizen Head is three experiences in one exciting package. Firstly there is the dynamic visitor centre. Secondly, there is the walk to the signal station down the famous 99 steps, and over the arched bridge amid stunning coastal scenery. Lastly there is the keepers’ quarters in the former Irish Lights Signal Station.

Stone-Circle-Cork-Fixed Mizen-Head Kinsale-Old-Head  medium_mizen_cliffs115_july_2013_68

Evening

  • Irish Genealogy Talk

 

  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

Murphys_Killarney Kindle Framed

Day

  • “A Free Day!”

 

  • Free Day for guests to design, choose, and do their own activities

 

  • Optional day trip to Cork City

Explore the city at your leisure. The city that ‘Corkonian’s’ cheerfully refer to as the ‘real capital of Ireland‘. The compact centre is surrounded by interesting waterways and is chock full of great restaurants fed by arguably the best foodie scene in the country.

The River Lee flows around the centre, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces. St Patrick’s St runs from St Patrick’s Bridge on the North Channel of the Lee, through the city’s main shopping and commercial area, to the Georgian Grand Parade, which leads to the river’s South Channel. North and south of St Patrick’s St lie the city’s most entertaining quarters: webs of narrow streets crammed with pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.

Cork’s dynamism is reflected in contemporary buildings, bars and arts centres. The best of the city is still happily traditional, though – snug pubs with live-music sessions most of the week, excellent local produce and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals. The tour bus will return to the hotel at 16:30.

Red-Abbey Millenium-Bridge-North-River English-Market-Hall English-Market

Evening

  • 7-11 Gala Dinner, Irish Ballad Group, and Dancing

Evening-Kerry-Pub-Scene

Day

  • “A Kinsale Day!”

 

  • Day trip to Kinsale and Old Head

 

  • Scenic Walk Around the Old Head of Kinsale

A picturesque fishing village, nestled between hills and harbour, encompassing a mix of medieval buildings and a maze of narrow streets, seamlessly incorporating a multitude of historical tourist attractions and gourmet restaurants. Kinsale was crowned the 2014 National Small Tourism Town by Failte Ireland.

After experiencing some of the delight that Kinsale has to offer, we will move on to discover the Old Head of Kinsale. The Old Head is one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal areas. This large promontory juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, rising hundreds of feet above the water with towering sea cliffs. On this stretch of coastal bliss, it feels like you’ve left the world behind. It’s just you and the ocean.

The trip to Kinsale will be topped off with a visit to Charles Fort. Perhaps the best-known historical attraction in Kinsale, Charles Fort is one of the finest surviving examples of a 17th Century star-shaped fort, and much of the construction begun in 1678 remains. The fort has two enormous bastions overlooking the estuary, and three facing inland. Within its walls were all the barracks and ancillary facilities to support the fort’s garrison. The fort continued in military use until 1922.

Kinsale-Houses Kinsale-Street-Shot Kinsale-Street-Shot-Primary  medium_es_020507_001 Charles-Fort-Kindle-Framed

Kinsale-Charles-Fort  Kinsale-Charles-Fort-2  Kinsale-Charels-Fort-3

Evening

  • Happy Hour

 

  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

CAHERCIVEEN-PUB-WEB

Day

  • “A Beara Peninsula Day!”

 

    • Depart Hotel @ 09:00 heading to Beara Peninsula

 

    • Tour Beara Peninsula

 

    • Visit Bantry Bay

 

  • Visit Glengariff and the Japanese Gardens on Garnish Island

The 137 kilometer Ring of Beara is a scenic coastal driving route, encompassing picturesque villages and towns, enchanting islands and breathtaking scenery. The finger-like peninsula that projects into the Atlantic stretches from Kenmare to Glengarriff and from Glengarriff to Castletownbere. We will stop to visit Garinish a small island of 15 hectares known to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs the world over as an island garden of rare beauty. We will stop in Castletownbere – home of Irelands largest White Fish Fishing Fleet.

medium_allihies_view115_july_2013_50 Beara medium_C0222 medium_HL01 Alihies-Houses-1 Garnish-Island-3 Garnish-Island-5 West-cork-Sheep

Evening

    • Happy Hour

 

  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

KR 1

Day

“A Bunratty Day”

Travel to Bunratty, County Clare for last night in Ireland

Tour Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle  bunratty folk park  Durty Nellys_Bunratty  BunrattyCastleCountyClareIreland

Check-in to Shannon Airport hotel for overnight stay and rest before returning home the next day

Day

“Departure Day”

Departure for most from Shannon Airport to return home.

Notes:

1. Breakfast included, 7-10 AM; Lunch and Dinner are optional and on own except Sunday welcome dinner and Wednesday dinner.

2. Individual tours may be scheduled through hotel concierge for any day.

3. Reserve Spa appointments directly with Spa.

4. Tour Itinerary subject to change as circumstances dictate.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave