Monday: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we drive to Cobh. Overlooking one of the finest natural harbours in the world, Cobh quickly became a major port and the point of emigration for some 3 million Irish as they made their way to new lives in new lands. Cobh was also the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic and we have included entrance to the Titanic Experience. Located in the original White Line Ticket Office, this is a fascinating visit, where you can experience life on aboard Titanic and when disaster strikes, you will experience the chill of sinking through a unique cinematographic experience. There is an exhibition area where you can learn more about the events that led to the tragic sinking, the role of RMS Carpathia, the outcome of the enquiries into the tragedy, the discovery of the wreck and more. From here we make our way to Rosscarbery, our base for the next 4 nights.
Tuesday: Our excursion today takes us on a scenic coastal drive first of all to Mizen Head, then onto Glengariff for a boat trip to Garnish Island. Dramatic and windswept, Mizen Head is Ireland’s most south-westerly point. The Keeper’s House is home today to the visitor centre, café and gift shop. Head outside and follow the path down the famous 99 steps and over the arched bridge to the Signal Station and see some stunning scenery along the way. On a clear day you may be able to see the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, Ireland’s Teardrop, the last sight of Ireland for emigrants sailing to America. Following the coast our scenic drive takes us to the harbour town of Glengariff for a boat trip to Garnish Island. Located in the sheltered harbour, Garnish is world renowned for its gardens laid out in beautiful walks with some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate. You may be lucky and see the colony of seals as we take the ferry to and from this amazing island garden.
Thursday: Another scenic coastal drive that takes us to Kinsale, the start of the Wild Atlantic Way. Our drive takes us first of all through the charming seaside town of Clonakilty with its colourful shop and pub fronts and award-winning Clonakilty Black Pudding. The town is famed for its association with Michael Collins, Irish patriot and revolutionary hero. The “Big Fella”, as he was known accomplished the impossible in the 1920’s by creating an Irish Free State. Continuing our coastal drive we head towards the Old Head of Kinsale. Famous for its 18-hole golf course, the Old Head of Kinsale is the nearest land point to the site where the RMS Lusitania sank in 1915, after being hit by a German torpedo. Nearly 1,200 people perished in the incident. The picturesque heritage town of Kinsale is regarded as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. It is not all about food take a walk and discover the traditional bars, narrow streets, bars, shops and galleries all set around a beautiful harbour. The Battle of Kinsale in 1601 was the turning point in Irish history. You can delve into the town’s rich history by following the marked tourist trail.
Friday: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we stop for lunch in Blarney village, known the world over for the historic Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone. Tradition holds that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be endowed with the gift of Eloquence – the ‘gift of the gab’, as the local call it. The village is noted for its Square and the Blarney Woollen Mills, one of the largest craft shops in Ireland, renowned for its quality produce. This afternoon we head to Wexford and our overnight hotel.
Saturday: An early breakfast before we head for the ferry back to Pembroke. Once off the ferry, making suitable stops along the way, we aim to be back home early evening.
With the uncertainity of Brexit, if there are problems with delays at the ferry ports C & J Tours reserves the right to either cancel this tour or sub-contract the tour to an Irish operator. Something we will try hard not to do. A common travel area is in existence between Ireland and the UK, as such there is no passport control in operation. However, with the uncertainity of Brexit we are advising that you have a passport which MUST be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure. Currency used on this tour will be the Euro – see Booking Terms & Conditions for further information. Please read the itinerary carefully before deciding if this tour will be suitable for you: 1) There is an early start on the day of departure along with an earlish start on the last day. Both days may entail being on the coach for around 3 hours at a time. 2) Due to the mileage and time contraints involved in getting to and from the ferry terinals, and in order to keep to driver’s hours and regulations with the possiblity of delays at the ferry terminals due to Brexit, this tour will only use the following limited pickup route: – Braintree Bus Park, Rayne, Saling Oak, Dunmow Croft Court, Dunmow Club and Dunmow Tesco’s, Takeley 4 Ashes and Start Hill. 3) To explore the site fully at Mizen Head involves steps and some walking.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION £121.00 – MAXIMUM OF 7 SINGLE
FERRYCARRIG HOTEL Our overnight hotel for this tour is the 4-star Ferrycarrig Hotel on the outskirts of Wexford, with beautiful views across the River Slaney. The hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant and the Dry Dock Bar overlooking the water. All the bedrooms are en-suite and equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift to all floors.
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