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Above: Early winter light over Lauragh on the rugged Beara Perninsula – named for the Goddess who shaped the land of Ireland. Photo: Norman McCloskey.

7 Night West Cork Walking Tour

 

The Hidden Ireland walking 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.

Sample itinerary in brief

 

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.

Thank you for working so hard to give us all a truly, truly wonderful holiday.

 

Mike & Shauna, Connecticut USA
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Dates & Level of Difficulty

This walking tour (with possibilities for tailoring to accommodate special interests or neighboring regions) can be operated at any time of year. The walking opportunities in the area are wide-ranging with spectacular hikes available ranging from Easy to Strenuous to suit all levels of ability and interest.

Cost

As with all our tailor-made trips, prices vary depending on group size and accommodations chosen. However as a general guideline, for a party of 4 or so, our guided tours inclusive of luxury accommodations, transport and with and without dinners, lunches, boat-trips, entry fees, etc., range from US $300 to US $500 per person, per day).

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To explore this tour further, kindly contact us to discuss your wishes and what might be possible.