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10th July 2022
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Your Trip Includes
- Experienced driver
- Luxury coach transportation
- 4 Nights 4 star Hotel Accommodation
- 4 Full Irish breakfasts
- 4 Evening meals
- Mizen Head
- Garnish Island
- Clonakilty Distillery
- The Clonakilty Pudding Factory Tour
- Dublin Heuston Station
- Dublin City Centre
The Maritime Hotel, Bantry (4 star)
Day to day operations of the tour may change due to government COVID-19 restrictions / guidelines at the time of travel.
Welcome onboard our luxury coach to West Cork, you will receive the warmest of welcomes as you step onboard our luxurious coach. The journey will be broken with regular comfort stops using service stations to ensure it is a pleasant, relaxing journey for everyone onboard. Upon arrival, the hotel porters will take your luggage from the coach to your room, allowing you time to enjoy a welcome ‘cuppa’. Take some time to relax before joining the rest of your travelling companions for our ‘Welcome Dinner’ together in the hotel’s dining room.
Today, we’ll take an excursion to explore the glorious Mizen Peninsula, Co Cork. The highlight of the visit must be the Mizen Head Signal Station, located at Ireland’s most south westerly point with the swirling Atlantic Ocean tides crashing off the treacherous rocks below. There is a visitor centre here where you can learn about navigational aids, the geology of the Mizen Head area and the Fastnet Rescue Tide Clock. We recommend you wear walking shoes today and cross over the magnificent arched bridge, keeping an eye out for the local wildlife of seals, kittiwakes, gannets and choughs in the deep blue water below. Spend some time exploring the keepers’ quarters in the former Irish Lights Signal Station, view the engine room with the Marconi radio room and the workman’s quarters with the Mizen map collection and CIL boat display. A delightful day and exciting excursion for everyone.
We will return to our hotel with some free time before dinner to relax
Today we visit the awe-inspiring Garnish Island & The Beara Peninsula. Following breakfast the coach will depart on a relaxing drive along the Beara Peninsula. Enjoy the panoramic views of the lush countryside and wide beaches dominated by the Caha Mountains. We’ll stop with time for a stroll in Castletownberehaven, the port is a natural haven which until 1937 was a fortified anchorage for the British Atlantic Fleet. The excursion continues taking the drive along the north coast of the peninsula and onwards to Kenmare with time to enjoy lunch(not included) and walk around this pretty town.
During the afternoon, we’ll cross the spectacular Caha Pass and enjoy a breathtaking decent into the pretty West Cork town of Glengarriff where the Harbour Queen will be waiting for us at the pier side to take us on the short 15 minute boat ride to Garnish Island.
The captain will give you some background information, point out some beautiful homes (including the legendary Maureen O’Hara’s home) and if we’re lucky, you may even spot an eagle or two. The island has a small coffee shop on arrival and toilets. Take your time, explore this delightful oasis of beauty at a leisurely pace before meeting everyone back on the pier side for our return boat trip back to the mainland. Spend a little time strolling around the famous village of Glengarriff before returning to our hotel for dinner together
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before meeting our coach and travelling along the beautiful coastline to Clonakilty and onto Woodfield, birthplace of the legendary Michael Collins.
You will have time to view the ruins and memorial to his memory and then our coach takes us back to our hotel for our dinner together.
The next stop is the Clonakilty Distillery, where the Scully family change water into Whiskey!
Opened in 2018, this award winning distillery right in the heart of Clonakilty throw open their doors to visitors for guided tours. Experience the touch, sounds and smells of a real working distillery. Their expert tour guide will explain in detail how they make their whiskeys and gin. Included afterwards is a tasting of their finest releases. Take some time to visit their excellent retail shop after your 1 hour guided tour where you may want to buy a bottle to take home!
Our next stop is a factory visit to one of Ireland’s most famous brands, Clonakilty Black Pudding. It’s a great guided tour, learn all about this history of this iconic brand, known throughout the world. Their guide will walk our group through the visitors centre with excellent interactive displays, beautifully created visuals and Interactive Audio. The tour takes you back in time to the late 1800’s when the top secret recipe was invented by Johanna O’Brien, a farmer’s wife, from Sam’s Cross ( Near Woodfield) and sold in Philip Harrington’s butcher shop in Sovereign Street, Clonakilty. You’ll learn the how it was developed into the household name it is today by the Twomey family, remaining true to the original recipe and ingredients. See the production floor from the viewing gallery and last but not least, enjoy some tastings of their finest products at the end of the tour. A local employer, built around traditions, this is a wonderful Irish food success story that needs to be celebrated.
It is back to Bantry by coach, travelling through Skibbereen and Ballydehob to our hotel for our final dinner together.
After breakfast, we’ll board our luxurious coach for the journey homeward bound. We’ll stop in Blarney for a short break where you will have time for some browsing through one of Ireland’s most famous stores – Blarney Woollen Mills or have some lunch locally. Our journey then follows the path homeward bound along the M8 to our original pick up locations. Sit back, relax onboard and let us take you home with lovely memories to share with your friends and family of your trip to West Cork.