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Expect breath taking scenery, wild seascapes and colourful villages on our scenic tour of County Cork and County Kerry as we travel along the spectacular Ring of Beara. We also spend a day visiting beautiful Cape Clear Island and spend time at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Molly Gallivan's Cottage and stunning Bantry House & Gardens.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • Return ferry crossing

Overnight hotel

  • 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee or soft drink

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Porterage

Main hotel

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Live musical entertainment on 2 nights*

  • Porterage

Attractions

  • Cruise and guided tour of Cape Island

  • Entrance to Skibberdeen Heritage Centre

  • Entrance and guided visit of Molly Gallivan's Visitor Centre with tea and scones

  • Entrance and guided tour of Bantry House & Garden

 

Overnight hotel

  • 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee

  • 3-course menu with 2 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Porterage

* Subject to restrictions

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We travel to Pembroke, take the ferry to Rosslare and arrive at our overnight hotel for dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast, we make our way across Ireland, arriving at our main hotel in time for dinner.

Day 3

Cape Clear Island & Skibbereen Heritage Centre
This morning we head to Baltimore in County Cork from where we take a 40-minute ferry journey to Cape Clear Island, Ireland's southern-most inhabited island, with a population of 130. The journey over offers splendid views and the chance to see any passing seals and dolphins in these wildlife-rich waters. On arrival on the island, we enjoy a 1-hour minibus tour of the 3-mile long by 1-mile-wide island, taking in its rich history and sites of interest, before we begin our return ferry journey back to the stunning fishing village of Baltimore. We enjoy free time for lunch here before we head to the Skibbereen Heritage Centre to enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the Famine Exhibition, where we learn about the significance of Skibbereen in terms of Famine heritage.

Day 4

The Ring of Beara & Molly Gallivan's Cottage
Today we enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic Ocean, through the rugged and spectacular Beara Peninsula, Ireland's best kept secret. Less well known than the Ring of Kerry, the Ring of Beara is full of lush natural beauty, wild landscapes, unspoilt seascapes and friendly locals. Starting from the town of Kenmare, we take in historic and colourful villages, including Adrigole and Castletownbere (where we spend free time for lunch) and the Healy Pass which offers spectacular views of Kenmare Bay to the north and Bantry Bay to the south. En route in the morning, we visit Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, where we enjoy a guided tour with tea/ coffee and scones.

Day 5

Bantry House & Garden
This morning, we visit Bantry House & Garden, a family home for the past 300 years. We have free time to explore the house and stunning formal gardens before enjoying a homemade lunch in the tearoom at leisure. We spend the rest of the day in the stunning resort of Bantry, with its semi-tropical flowers, palm trees, high mountain ridges and cascading mountain streams leading to an azure blue sea.

Day 6

After breakfast, we make our way back across Ireland, arriving at our overnight hotel for dinner.

Day 7

We travel to Rosslare, take the ferry to Pembroke and make our way home.

Other Information

Hotel

4* Maritime Hotel, Bantry, County Cork, Ireland

This modern and contemporary 4-star hotel  occupies a prime position on the quayside in the waterfront town of Bantry and features wonderful décor and excellent standards of interior design. The 110 bedrooms provide a high level of comfort and the modern restaurant serves excellent food, with lovely views over the bay. There is a traditional bar and also a cosy library lounge. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa bath, steam room and gym.

• Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • 

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