Eire - County Cork

Eire - County Cork

County Cork is every bit as enchanting as the best of Ireland, paticularly the eroded coastline sprinkled with charming old fishing towns and presenting an ancient past.


County Cork is every bit as enchanting as the best of Ireland, paticularly the eroded coastline sprinkled with charming old fishing towns and presenting an ancient past.

Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork. Surrounding the country's second city – a thriving metropolis made glorious by a wonderful location and its devotion to the finer things of life – is a lush landscape dotted with villages that offer days of languor and idyll. The city's understated confidence is grounded in its plethora of food markets and ever-evolving cast of creative eateries, and in its selection of pubs, entertainment and cultural pursuits. Further afield, you'll pass inlets along eroded coastlines and a multitude of perfectly charming old fishing towns and villages. The scenery is every bit as enchanting as the best bits of Ireland, particularly along the coast where you can enjoy wild hills and touch Ireland's ancient past.


Sunday - Early morning departure from Dorset through South Wales to Pembroke in order to join the early afternoon ferry (4 hrs crossing) to Rosslare. On arrival in the Emerald Isle make the short drive to Waterford for overnight stay at Dooley's Hotel.

Monday- All aboard the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway at Bilberry Station for a journey along the river valley to Mount Congreve Gardens. The 5 mile heritage narrow gauge railway takes you through the Magic Wood where fairies and leprechauns play in the sunshine - make a wish as you pass by. The gardens extend to 70 acres of planted woodland and a walled garden - one of the largest collections in the world and winner of 13 gold Chelsea medals. After time for lunch in the café the coach collects us to drive to Dungarvan, a busy seaside resort with bustling quayside and many arts and crafts shops. Continue to Midleton and check-in to our hotel.

Tuesday - Discover Fota House, a Regency-style great country house where you can discover the lives of masters and servants through the ages and enjoy a walk through the surrounding arboretum and formal gardens. Later head to Cobh, a tiny fishing village with a big history as last port of call of RMS Titanic. There is a exhibition depicting the story of Titanic as well as the story of mass emigration of over 6 million people from this humble harbour. Spike Island just off-shore is dominated by the 200 year old Fort Mitchel which became a prison for over 2300 inmates - you can take a 10 minute ferry crossing and enjoy a guided tour of the historic site.

Wednesday - A scenic tour of West Cork: "The Gulf Stream Coast". We slow our pace and take to narrow roads that twist along rivers, wind around hills, hug the dramatic coastline and takes in a visual panorama of incomparable beauty. Visit Clonakilty with its bright overflowing window boxes - Skibbereehn, a small town of colourfully painted buildings boasting no less than 26 pubs - Bantry, at the head of beautiful Bantry Bay and haven for writers, musicians and artists.

Thursday - Time to explore Cork ,Ireland's second city, happily traditional with snug pubs a revitalized waterfront, narrow streets crammed with shops and a warm welcome from the locals. There is history, culture and interest on every corner. This afternoon drive to Kinsale, a medieval fishing port and one of the most picturesque in the country. Join a boat cruise for the spectacular view of the beautiful natural harbour - 50 minutes with tea & biscuits onboard. There will be time to wander the town and take in its unique sights and attractions afterwards.

Friday - A scenic drive along the Copper Coast. Stop in Youghal to view the fabulous Clock Gate Tower then Tramore, Irelands version of Blackpool with a magnificent sandy beach on The Bay of Wrecks. Arrive in Wexford late afternoon and check-in to the Maldron Hotel for overnight stay.

Saturday - An early start to check-in at Rosslare for morning ferry (4 hrs crossing - breakfast onboard included). Arrive Pembroke around lunch time and drive homewards to return to Dorset that evening.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Midleton Park Hotel, Midleton

Situated in the bustling East Cork market town of Midleton, just 14 miles from Cork city, this luxury 4 star Irish hotel enjoys an enviable reputation for its high standard of accommodation, delicious food and warm welcome.  All of the 79 elegant and comfortable bedrooms are well equipped and offer private bathroom, hairdryer, television, phone, trouser press, tea tray and wifi connection.  There is an amazing health club with 18 metre heated pool, fully equipped gym, sauna and steam rooms, outdoor hot tub, indoor jacuzzi and exercise classes. After all that activity (or not) you can reward yourself with a delicious meal in The Maltings Restaurant where the best of Irish cuisine combines with international influences. There are several bars and comfortable lounges in which to relax and socialise.  A lift serves all floors and room service is available.



TOUR PRICE: £715.00 Per Person


Price Includes: All coach travel, Return ferry crossings, 2 x overnight hotel stays, 4 nights hotel in Midleton, Half board meals, W&SV Railway fare, Entry to Congreve Gardens, Entry to Fota House & Gardens, Kinsale harbour cruise, VAT


Single room supplement: £150.00

Travel Insurance Premium : £

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Poundbury QMSW Poundbury Queen Mother Square
(Coach heading out of Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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