Day 1: Meet our coach this morning as we head into Wales – to Pembrokeshire to catch the 2:30pm ferry to Rosslare.
The crossing takes 3½ hours and once in Ireland, it’s about an hour’s drive to our first-night hotel in Waterford.
Day 2: Today we travel further south – down into Ireland’s south coast, passing Cork City on the way to beautiful Bantry Bay.
On arrival we go into the town of Bantry itself and once we set down you can enjoy a few hours exploring and taking in the views of the Bay!
Back on the coach late afternoon and we go to the Westlodge Hotel where we stay of 3 nights.
Day 3: 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 (population about 800). 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 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 4: Visiting 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 (well worth the admission charge if you like a bit of history). 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 on one of the local tea rooms.
Day 5: Our last breakfast in Bantry then we head back to Waterford for a final evening.
A little over half way back we’ll have a lunch stop in the picturesque town of Kinsale on the coast – known as ‘the gourmet capital of Ireland’
Day 6: An early breakfast today as we have to catch the 09:00hrs Ferry back to Pembrokeshire.
Price includes: 5 nights D/B/B plus all coach and ferry travel including trips out as shown. Single room Supplement £90