Ireland

West Cork

‘A place apart’

This Atlantic frontier, rugged with wild peninsulas and crashing islands, is a bastion of ‘Old Ireland’. An enchanting pocket of verdant wilderness in the southwest of Ireland, West Cork is known for its languid pace and as an escape from the trappings of modern life. Richly fertile farmland is dotted with bustling harbour towns, which add splashes of colour to the vision of soft greens tempered by grey ocean mists. The rewards of the this fecundity are reaped in the local cuisine, making West Cork something of a gourmet destination which is bursting with fresh, quality produce at every turn. The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s spectacular coastal route, ends (or begins) in Cork’s picturesque harbour town of Kinsale.

EXPLORE WEST CORK

Understated beauty on the Wild Atlantic Way

  • Molly Gallivan’s Cottage & Traditional Farm – discover the rural lifestyle of ‘Old Ireland’
  • Bantry House – a Georgian treasure with striking gardens on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Glenview Gardens & Hobbit House – admire a charming variety of gardens
  • Clonakilty Distillery – sample gins and whiskeys born of the Atlantic Coast
  • Cobh & the Titanic Experience – a charming harbour & last port of call of the RMS Titanic
  • Kinsale – explore this medieval port on a walking tour
  • 4 nights half board accommodation
  • Return flights included
  • This tour is also available as a coach tour if you don’t want to travel by air

From £719
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month. See 'Alternatives' for coach pricing.

Best time to go

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Suggested Hotel

Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery

  • Idyllic coastal retreat in the heart of West Cork
  • Located on the southern stretch of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
  • Tranquil and welcoming property with views across the water
  • Spacious, comfortable bedrooms
  • Great leisure facilities, including a pool & sauna
  • Restaurant serving excellent, locally sourced fare

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.

Attractions:

  • Molly Gallivan's Cottage
    Molly Galllivans cottage Traditional Farm

    Peer into a window upon a country lifestyle of times gone by. A traditional, rural Irish farmstead, Molly Gallivan’s cottage dates back 200 years but sits on a site with 5,000 years of history. Neolithic remains are evident amongst the treasures of ‘Old Ireland’, which include historic farm machinery, animals, and family dwellings.

  • Bantry House & Garden
    Bantry House Tourism Ireland Holger Leue

    This elegant stately home is gloriously located on the Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking Bantry Bay. A Georgian treasure, the property is filled with beautiful paintings and objets d’art, and is surrounded by remarkable gardens featuring formal terraces and a parterre.

  • Glenview Gardens & Hobbit House

    Glenview is a 3-acre space with a diverse variety of garden designs within. From Italianate canals to Japanese gardens, wildflower meadows to fairy woodlands, and bog gardens to tropical areas, Glenview is a delight to explore. It also has its own charming Hobbit House, which has been dug into the landscape.

  • Clonakilty Distillery

    The Scully Family, founders of the Clonakilty Distillery, have farmed this land lining the Atlantic Coast for 8 generations. Today, they combine this heritage with innovation to produce unique whiskeys and gins influenced by the location’s complex soil, clean air, pure waters and sea mist.

  • Cobh & the Titanic Experience
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    The charming town of Cobh is situated around one of the largest – and finest – natural harbours in the world. Lined with colourful houses which reflect in the lapping waters, Cobh was also the last port of call of the RMS Titanic. Visit the ticket offices of the White Star line at the Titanic Experience, which gives a fascinating insight into the ocean liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage.

  • Kinsale
    Kinsale Harbour Cork Chris Hill Tourism Ireland

    Kinsale is a picturesque harbour town with a swashbuckling history. Discover tales of pirates, polar explorers and Robinson Crusoe on a walking tour of this historic port, filled with ancient alleyways and bobbing yachts. Kinsale also marks the southern endpoint of the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way.

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