Day 1: Board our coach this morning as we travel to Holyhead and board the noon Ferry to Dublin.
We arrive at Dublin and then we head south-west to arrive at our hotel early evening. Check into your ensuite room at the impressive Westlodge Hotel, freshen up, and enjoy a relaxing dinner, and perhaps a tipple or two in the bar.
Day 2: after breakfast, we board the coach for a wonderful day of sightseeing and discovery.
We start by making a short scenic trip from Bantry across the sweep of the Bay to the village of Glengarriff. From here you board the Ferry at Blue Pool to Garnish Island.
Ireland is rightly proud of the ‘Garden Isle’ of Garnish or Ilnacullin as it is also known. It’s famous the world over with horticulturists and lovers of trees, shrubs and plants as an island garden of rare beauty. Our visit today includes entrance to the truly beautiful gardens created some 70 years ago.
This afternoon we cross the fantastically scenic Beara Peninsula to the town of Kenmare - an historic and designated heritage town with a lot to offer and a great choice of places to have lunch if you wish.
Day 3: Today we have trip to the south coast of County Cork. Our first stop is the town of Skibbereen. This whole area suffered terribly in the Potato famine of the 1840’s when one million Irish folk died. This harrowing story is told in a fascinating way in the excellent Heritage Centre (admission charge) alternatively, just take a stroll around this pretty very ‘Irish’ town and enjoy the congenial atmosphere.
After a time in Skibbereen we head down to the coastal village of Baltimore which is one of the most south-westerly points of Ireland. This is a charming place to spend an hour or two and we’ve booked a cream tea for our coach group in one of the local tea rooms.
Day 4: Today is free for you to explore the town of Bantry at your own pace. The hotel is outside the town so it would take you about 20 minutes to walk in or about 5 Euros in a Taxi. The town centre is very compact and has a wide variety of shops, bars, coffee shops, a tourist office and a good museum.
A lovely thing to do is take a ferry from Bantry Pier to Whiddy Island (takes about 15 minutes). It’s a haven of peace and tranquillity. As an alternative to going into town you could go and visit Bantry House and Gardens. It’s a major tourist attraction in Ireland and again, it’s just a very short journey in a Taxi.
Day 5: Rise to a last breakfast in Bantry then board the coach for Dublin to catch the 2:30 or 4pm Ferry back to Holyhead and onwards to home.
Price includes: 4 nights D/B/B plus coach and ferry travel and trips out as stated. Single Supplement £80