West Cork Hiking Tour

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The Hidden Ireland hiking tour of west Cork and south Kerry explores the rich heritage of Ireland’s largest County; it’s snug coastal towns, rocky headlands, miles of sandy beaches, rugged mountains, gourmet restaurants, slow food producers, it’s heroes and villains, humor, passion, stone circles, and a language of their own.

Days 1 & 2 – Ballymaloe
Arrive Shannon or Cork and travel to the fertile plains of East Cork. In the village of Shanagarry is Ballymaloe House estate, home to the wonderful Allen family, our hosts for the next two days. Their passion and hard work has inspired much of what is currently happening in the Irish food revolution. We spend the day walking along the south coast cliffs at Ballycotton overlooking the Celtic Sea. In the afternoon we visit the workshops of some local craftspeople.
Day 3 – Kinsale, Roscarberry & Schull
This morning we head west for a walking tour with a local historian in the port town of Kinsale, the site in 1601 of the most famous battle in Irish history. After lunch we head for Roscarberry and a meeting with a local scholar to learn of the passion and purpose of Michael Collins, the man that so affected Ireland’s battle for independence and a great afternoon walking the beach at Ross Carberry.
Day 4 – Cape Clear Island
A boat trip out to Cape Clear Island to explore on foot this island which is home to 200 native Irish speakers. A gourmet picnic lunch accompanies amazing views of the Cork coast and the Wild Atlantic Ocean.
Day 5 – Mizen Head Peninsula
Mizen head is Ireland’s most southerly point and today we explore this long narrow finger of land. We will walk over places rich in myth and legend where the dramatic sea and cliffs carry a strong energy.
Day 6 & 7 – Beara Peninsula
A morning of easy exploration of the region’s abundant megalithic ruins before stopping at the local food emporium for a cheese tasting. Then off to the tip of the wildest peninsula in Ireland, Beara for an afternoon of walking near the Dursey Sound with spectacular views of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Day 7 – Beara Peninsula & Kenmare
One last day to walk along the northern coast of the Beara Peninsula and enjoy Ireland’s scenery at its best. We head back into Kenmare with time for a look into the many colourful shops. Farewell dinner and some traditional music. Overnight Kenmare.
Day 8 – Departure
Transfer to Shannon for your flight home.
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Ard na Sidhe Country House

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Emlagh House

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Shelburne Lodge

Note!
This outstanding walking tour can be operated at the time of your choice for your group. The walking levels are ultimately based on the needs of the participants with spectacular hikes available throughout, ranging from Easy to Strenuous.
Cost
The price varies depending on the size of your group and your choice of accommodation. Please contact Binky for the details on info@hiddenirelandtours.com
Dates
Available at any time throughout the year for private parties.
Note!
This outstanding walking tour can be operated at the time of your choice for your group. The walking levels are ultimately based on the needs of the participants with spectacular hikes available throughout, ranging from Easy to Strenuous.
Cost
The price varies depending on the size of your group and your choice of accommodation. Please contact Binky for the details on info@hiddenirelandtours.com
Dates
Available at any time throughout the year for private parties.
Note!
This outstanding walking tour can be operated at the time of your choice for your group. The walking levels are ultimately based on the needs of the participants with spectacular hikes available throughout, ranging from Easy to Strenuous.
Cost
The price varies depending on the size of your group and your choice of accommodation. Please contact Binky for the details.
Dates
Available at any time throughout the year for private parties.

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