NEW: Bantry Bay & The Wonders of West Cork
Sunday 28th April - Saturday 4th May 2019
7 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £41.50pp
Single supplement: £120
Explore West Cork’s coast and countryside while staying in the charming harbour town of Bantry. Our new Irish offering includes a boat trip to Garinish Island and a visit to Mizen Head, Ireland’s southernmost point.
At the time of arranging this holiday a Passport is not required for travel from the UK to the Republic of Ireland. This may change as a result of Brexit, in which case you will be notified as soon as possible. It is currently recommended that you carry some form of photo ID when travelling to Ireland.
Your Holiday Hotel
The four-star Maritime Hotel in Bantry is located on the water’s edge enjoying uninterrupted views across Bantry Bay. There are 100 designer bedrooms, some offering harbour views and balconies, and others overlooking mature woodland.
There is a leisure club with a large indoor pool, sauna and steam room. The Hotel has a lift.
(DAY 1) Sunday 28th April
Our door-to-door service will bring you from your home to join the coach. We will drive through the Midlands and rural Shropshire to Llangollen. The final stage of today’s journey takes us over the Horseshoe Pass and through the Vale of Clwyd to the Kinmel Hotel near Abergele. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.
(DAY 2) Monday 29th April
We will need an early start today, heading over the Menai Strait and crossing Anglesey to the port of Holyhead. Here we will board a Stena Line ferry for the three-and-a-half hour crossing to Dublin, during which breakfast is included. Arriving in Ireland soon after midday we soon leave the city behind and drive through the rich pastures of County Kildare and historic County Tipperary to Bantry. Our stylish hotel is set on Bantry Bay amid the three rugged peninsulas of Mizzen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.
(DAY 3) Tuesday 30th April
A lazy morning to discover the little town of Bantry and admire the views of the craggy Caha Mountains across the Bay. Later we will take a pretty drive to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most south-westerly point. At the end of the peninsula the cliffs rise high above the Atlantic Ocean where the currents meet from the west and south coasts, and the mid-Atlantic waves come crashing into the land. Spend some time in the café and gift shop, or pay to continue through the exhibition halls down the paths and across the bridge high above the gorge to the Signal Station.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 1st May
We will be joined by a local guide for a coach tour of the Beara Peninsula. Its winding coastline is dotted with traditional fishing villages and its interior has dark folded mountains. We will take the spectacular Healy Pass for one of the best views in Ireland. This afternoon it’s time for a ferry ride into Bantry Bay to explore the romantic Italianate garden on Garinish Island. The world-renowned gardens are a result of the partnership of Annan Bryce and Harold Peto and were bequeathed to the Irish people in 1953.
(DAY 5) Thursday 2nd May
A local day today, with an included visit to Bantry House and Gardens. Purchased by the White family in 1730, the House has a collection of tapestries, furniture and art treasures, mostly collected by the second Earl of Bantry during his travels through Europe in the 1800s. The Gardens, still under reconstructions are home to subtropical plants, azaleas and rhododendrons, and have seven terraces overlooking the Bay.
(DAY 6) Friday 3rd May
We leave Bantry behind and drive past Cork to Midleton. Here in the Old Distillery we will enjoy a guided tour and whiskey tasting. The tour provides an insight into the lives of the workers and how the precious liquor is made from grain to glass. A glass of Jameson rounds off our visit before we set off to continue on the coach to Waterford. We will make a short stop here in Ireland’s oldest city founded by the Vikings in 914AD and the original home of the famous glass manufacturer Waterford Crystal. We will spend the last night of the tour at the Maldron Hotel in Wexford, with dinner included.
(DAY 7) Saturday 4th May
A bright and early start in order to catch the 08.00 sailing from Rosslare to Fishguard. We drive home through South Wales and over the Severn Bridge to arrive home in Sussex for taxis during the middle part of the evening.