West Cork is fondly loved by Irish and overseas guests alike for its stunning and diverse countryside, endless activities and fantastic gourmet towns. The region provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and guarantees to leave you inspired by its rural beauty. This popular day tour combines the best of West Cork’s natural beauty spots with popular heritage sites and a visit to the undisputed gourmet capital of Ireland – Kinsale! Further highlights of today’s tour include Timoleague Abbey, Drumbeg Stone Circle, Charles Fort and full transfers to and from Cork city center.
Why should I choose this tour?
- Experience the 5000 year-old Drumbeg Stone Circle – an ancient site of Pagan worship.
- Enjoy the stunning vistas, which surround you during your drive through upmarket Glandore and the fishing town of Union Hall.
- Explore the 13th century Timoleague Abbey.
- Enjoy a stop to experience the scenic Garret’s town beach and Kinsale.
- You’ll have a two-hour stop in Kinsale – one of Ireland’s most pretty little towns, with the well-deserved title of being Ireland’s foodie capital.
- You’ll have a one-hour stop at the historic Charles Fort, with your admission included.
- The fleet of coaches is equipped with complimentary Wi-fi (this may be patchy in remote rural areas!).
Depart Cork City
This morning’s departure time is 9.20AM at the Bridge Street Tourist office in the heart of Cork City. Get comfortable on board our luxury coach and ready yourself for a highly enjoyable day out!
Drumbeg Stone Circle
We make our first stop of the day at Drumbeg Stone circle. A stone circle, which dates back more than 5000 years, the circle remains one of Ireland’s most popular sites of ancient pagan worship. This site provides fascinating insight into the way of life, which existed here way back in stone-age times.
Panoramic drive through the hearts of Glandore and Union Hall
During this panoramic drive, you can enjoy beautiful coastal views between the two charming villages of Glandore and Union Hill. Better known as Cork’s finest fishing location, Union Hill is always busy with fisherman selling their fresh catch along the pier. Upmarket Glendore is a favorite celebrity vacation spot, with beautifully maintained landscapes and quaint cottages , which make for beautiful – and inherently Irish- photo opportunities.
Your panoramic drive through Glandore and Union Hall takes you towards your next stop – the ancient and beautiful Timoleague Abbey. The village of Timoleague itself is incredibly charming, with one of its main characteristics being the brightly-painted houses, which line its streets. Continuing on towards the Abbey itself, you’ll be mesmerized by this 13th century ruin, which provides fantastic insight into Ireland’s early Christian period.
Garret’s Town/ Old Head of Kinsale
As we depart the Abbey, we take another coastal route, along the beach at Garret’s Town and over the old head of Kinsale (the location of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915). Another event, for which the area is known, is the reported ‘movement’ of a statue of the Virgin Mary during the 1980s. This mysterious event drew thousands of visitors here, who hoped to experience the Virgin Mary’s presence at the site.
Our next stop is arguably the highlight of today’s tour. You’ll enjoy a full two hours of free time in Kinsale – which is considered to be Ireland’s ‘prettiest’ town. Dating back to medieval times, Kinsale has an abundance of ancient laneways and charming streets for you to enjoy. The town is home to some beautiful, independent and locally-owned boutiques. Being the ‘gourmet capital of Ireland’ Kinsale also has a great selection of locally-produced, artisan delicacies for you to enjoy. Your guide will be happy to recommend one of Kinsale’s celebrated eateries should you wish to enjoy lunch here.
We include full admission to Charles Fort in the price of your tour and you’ll enjoy a full hour to explore the site. A star-shaped fort, which dates back as far as the late 17th century, Charles Fort has been at the center of some of Ireland’s most notable military events. The Fort’s location also allows for some fantastic panoramic views out over Kinsale harbor and West Cork’s beautiful coast.
Return to Cork City
Enjoy a comfortable drive back towards Cork City – where you will arrive back at approximately 17.30, fully recharged after your enjoyable tour of West Cork and Kinsale.
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