Ring Of Kerry And Wonderful Western Ireland
5 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £619.00.
Idyllically located on the lovely West Cork coastline, our hotel in Rosscarbery is an ideal base from which to make the most of this stunning area. Crammed with breathtaking highlights, the holiday's four unforgettable excursions, taken in the company of a knowledgeable Tour Manager, include the delights of Bantry House and visits to Cork and lively Kinsale, a boat trip taking in the renowned gardens on Garnish Island and a tour of the not-to-be-missed Ring of Kerry.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsA tour of the Ring of Kerry, with its stunning seascapes and soaring mountains
A boat trip to Garnish Island and its famous gardens
Discover the delightful city of Cork
Visit Timoleague Abbey
Entry to Bantry House and time to explore its beautiful gardens
Explore the colourful and fashionable seaside resort of Kinsale
Visit the fascinating Cobh Heritage Centre (entrance payable locally)
Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery
Return flights to Cork
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFollowing your flight to Cork Airport, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to your hotel. After checking in, the rest of the day is free to enjoy at leisure, perhaps enjoying a walk along the estuary, a bird watchers' paradise, exploring the pretty village of Rosscarbery or making the most of the hotel's leisure facilities. (To avoid disappointment please book any treatments direct with the hotel prior to arrival).
Day TwoDriving through Clonakilty, birthplace of Irish hero Michael Collins, we head to the delightful village of Timoleague, where the ruins of its 13th-century abbey stand picturesquely at the water's edge - one of the few early Franciscan foundations with extensive remains still standing in Ireland. From here it's off to the celebrated harbour town of Kinsale, with its maze of narrow streets lined with galleries and shops. At lunchtime, make your way to the quayside, where you'll find a wonderful choice of cafes and restaurants. We will return to the hotel in plenty of time, perhaps to have a swim or enjoy a coastal walk before dinner is served.
Day ThreeA long but truly memorable day awaits as we head to the fabled Ring of Kerry, a feast of breathtaking land and seascapes. This 110-mile circular route takes in the sublimely beautiful paradise of the Iveragh Peninsula, which stretches west from picturesque Kenmare, and offers a beguiling mix of breathtaking views and charming towns. From forests and rugged landscapes, to tumbling waterfalls and the raging waters of the Atlantic, this is a roller coaster of scenic wonder.
During the day you'll cross the magnificent Coomakista Pass, with its views of the Kenmare River, catch sight of Macgillycuddy's Reeks from Molls Gap and the monastic marvel of Skellig Michael out in the Atlantic, and have the chance to explore places like genteel Waterville and rugged Cahersiveen.
Day FourToday we'll head to lively, cosmopolitan Cork, with its long maritime history. Waterways, narrow alleys, Georgian avenues and myriad bridges make the city a delight to explore. Highlights include the triple-spired St Finn Barre's cathedral and the English Market, with its astonishing array of fresh produce.
In the late morning we'll head to the historic and delightful seaside town of Cobh (pronounced Cove), departure point for over three million Irish emigrants and final port of call, in April 1912, for the ill-fated RMS Titanic. After time to enjoy lunch, visit the excellent Heritage Centre (entrance fee payable locally), a multi-media exhibition that tells the emotive story of Irish emigration through to the 1950s, as well as tracing the town's history back to the 1600s.
Day FiveThis morning, it's off to Bantry Bay, where we will enjoy a guided tour of Bantry House, the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, and still lived in by the family. Wonderfully situated overlooking the eponymous bay and set in magnificent Italian gardens inspired by the travels of the second Earl, this is a gem of a house, full of history, and showcasing eclectic antiques and artefacts from around the world.
We then head to Glengarriff. This delightful village, overlooking the waters of Bantry Bay, and set against the backdrop of the rugged Caha Mountains, is a veritable oasis enjoying a balmy microclimate in which subtropical plants and even bamboo flourish.There's a selection of bars, cafes and gift shops, a lush, shore-side Bamboo Park and nearby Nature Reserve, both of which are packed with species normally seen in the Mediterranean.
During our visit we'll take a short boat trip across the bay to the renowned island gardens of Garnish. The gardens are laid out in beautiful walks and are a delight to explore, offering colour from May right through to October. En route we will visit Seal Island, with its colony of tame seals who love to pose for photos!
Day SixDepending upon the time of your flight, 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 part of Ireland. Back to top
AccommodationThe Celtic Ross Hotel
This family owned and managed hotel is situated on the coast road where the Wild Atlantic Way hugs the coastline at Rosscarbery Bay, on the edge of Rosscarbery village which sits on a hill behind the hotel about a 10 to 15 minute walk away.
The public rooms are spacious, and include the Kingfisher Bar and Bistro, which overlook the estuary - a bird watchers paradise. The hotel has a leisure centre with a 15-metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym, and there are also serenity rooms offering beauty treatments and massage.
All the bedrooms have flat screen TVs, telephone, and tea and coffee making facilities and many offer views over the lagoon or the estuary (available at a supplement).Back to top
Airport transfer timesThe transfer time from Cork airport to your hotel is approximately one hour, 15 minutes.
Hotel spa treatmentsTo avoid disappointment, please book any treatments direct with the hotel prior to arrival.
Combining hotel transfersWe 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.
Special requirementsIf 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.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, 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.
Disabled accessThe 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.
TippingWe are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around GBP2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around GBP3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of GBP1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around GBP2 for services such as hairdressing. Back to top