Island of Garnish & County Cork's Coastal Gardens
3rd September 2017
Price per person:
£20 per person per night single supplement.
breathtaking beauty of the mountain scenery, meandering streams, lush valleys and hidden glens of the coastal areas of County Cork is owed, in part, to the mild climate. Semi-tropical plants thrive in this environment and this tour really is a gardener's dream come true.
Day 1 Early morning departure from our local pick-up area with motorway stops enroute to Pembroke for our afternoon sailing to Rosslare. We travel from Rosslare to Waterford for our overnight stop at the Treacys Hotel.
Day 2 After breakfast, we spend the morning at leisure. You could visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, home of the world's most famous crystal, the Museum of Treasures, the Kite Design Centre or the newly opened Bishops Palace (local charges will apply). In the afternoon, we travel onwards to Bantry and check into our main Hotel.
Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we will visit Bantry House and Gardens, a family home for the past 300 years, where we will be treated to a guided tour of the house. We will see furniture and tapestries from Versailles, the Ante Room and a dramatic dining room as well as the bedrooms. We can then explore the stunning formal gardens at our leisure and enjoy a homemade lunch in the Tearoom (not included). We will spend the rest of the day exploring the stunning seaside resort of Bantry, with its semi-tropical flowers, palm trees, high mountain ridges and cascading mountain streams leading to an azure blue sea.
Day 4 This morning we will drive to the beautiful harbour town of Glengarriff, enjoy lunch (not included) in one of the harbour restaurants and then take the Garnish Island Ferry from the Pier to the amazing garden island of Garnish via the magical Seal Island, where a colony of tame seals resides! The Gardens themselves comprise a number of features all of which are nestled within the protection of woodlands planted 100 years ago. This shelter, combined with the effects of the gulf stream and the unique configuration of Glengarriff Harbour, results in a unique micro climate in which an amazing range of exotic species flourish.
Day 5 This morning, we will make our way to the historic port and fishing town of Kinsale. Known as the 'Gourmet Capital of Ireland', Kinsale is proud to be considered a 'Foodie Town' and its narrow streets, medieval buildings, gourmet restaurants and beautiful scenery make this the perfect location to explore the 'Kinsale Good Food Circle' at our leisure before returning to our hotel in time for dinner this evening.
Day 6 We depart our hotel and commence our journey back to our overnight hotel in Waterford. We stop at the historic city of Cork to enable you to explore and purchase refreshments. In addition to several shopping centres the most recent and modern development in Cork has been the establishment of Opera Lane - an outdoor mall and new street constructed to house some of the leading names in fashion. In the afternoon we continue our journey to Waterford for our overnight stop at the Treacys Hotel. We arrive in time to relax before our evening meal.
Day 7 Early morning departure for our sailing from Rosslare to Pembroke. We continue our journey home from Pembroke making suitable motorway stops en-route. We aim to arrive in our local area mid evening.