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    Wild Wellness Retreat


    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    Next Departure: 1st - 7th Jan 2001
    Accommodation: Luxury

    Grading: Your Own Pace

    Carbon Footprint: 144kg ? What does this mean?
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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Louise Kavanagh


      Spending time in nature is a wonderful way of slowing down, recalibrating and finding a renewed sense of calm. The beautiful beaches, leafy woodlands and rolling hills of West Cork and Kerry offer the perfect place to switch off and unwind on a luxury retreat. On a trip tailored perfectly to you, enjoy a private yoga session on a stunning secluded beach, wild swimming in salty turquoise water, and a coastal ramble, mindful of the sights, sounds and smells of the season.

      Spend time under the peaceful canopy of old forests, visit sacred pilgrimage sites and enjoy a poetry reading on an uninhabited west coast island. In the evening, enjoy the finest locally sourced, organic meals and try your hand at making some traditional Irish recipes. Come evening, relax in unique, boutique guesthouses and elegant hotels that brim with rustic charm.

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      Day 1 – Welcome to Ireland Read Less

      Day 1

      Welcome to Ireland

      After meeting your private guide, start your wellness retreat in Cork. Stroll the lovely streets of the city, enjoying the energetic atmosphere before settling down for lunch in one of the many excellent restaurants. Afterwards, amble along the waterfront, breathing in the fresh sea air and perhaps visiting Cork City Gaol and the architecturally stunning St Finbarr’s Cathedral. This afternoon, meet a private chef at a renowned cookery school to bake a loaf of traditional Irish soda bread. As the warm, homely smell wafts into the air, enjoy chatting about Ireland’s food heritage and the many local treasures to be found down the cobbled streets of the city. This evening, transfer to your luxury accommodation, located in the colourful and characterful town of Kinsale.

      Overnight: Perryville House | Kinsale

      Day 2 – A Food Tour of Kinsale Read Less

      Day 2

      A Food Tour of Kinsale

      In the golden rays of first light, celebrate the sunrise with a fusion yoga session. After breakfast, feeling refreshed and invigorated, meander through the bright coastal town of Kinsale. Historically a medieval fishing port, its spectacular waterfront setting and candy-coloured houses, shops, and restaurants, make it a glorious blend of the old and the new. Popular with artists and entrepreneurs, the community is one defined by its creative spirit, making its winding cobbled streets a wonderful place to explore. After a mellow morning, join your guide on a walk to the historic Charles Fort – a 17th-century military fortress which stretches across the cliffs and down to the seashore to learn about turbulent times and haunting ghost stories. This afternoon, join a local guide on a delicious and decadent food tour of Kinsale, discovering well-kept secrets and local culinary delights. Return to your Georgian hotel this evening, perhaps sitting in the blooming courtyard garden to enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

      Overnight: Perryville House Kinsale

      Day 3 – An Ancient Pilgrimage & Seaweed Bath Read Less

      Day 3

      An Ancient Pilgrimage & Seaweed Bath

      After a relaxed breakfast, head out with your guide to the ancient pilgrimage site of Gougane Barra – a secluded island monastery overlooking a placid lake. Located at the end of St. Finbarr’s Way, an ancient pilgrimage path, there are few places in southwest Ireland that are more beautiful and calming. Learn about the Gougane Barra’s history, while also taking time to enjoy the tranquillity. This afternoon, enjoy a detoxifying seaweed bath at an award-winning spa and wellness centre. Indulge in other therapeutic treatments, perhaps having a hot stone massage. Feeling refreshed, later this afternoon choose to enjoy a private falconry display, go fly-fishing on the tumbling River Sheen or amble through the countryside on horseback. Tonight, sink into the comforting crush of an armchair and enjoy sampling some of the finest Irish whiskeys.

      Overnight: Sheen Falls Lodge | Kenmare

      Day 4 – The Wilds of Beara Read Less

      Day 4

      The Wilds of Beara

      Spend the day exploring the wilds of West Cork. In the morning, venture into the untamed landscape of the Beara Peninsula. With your guide, enjoy a ramble under a never-ending sky on a peninsula that tapers like a brush tip into the ocean. Whether you wish to walk or cycle, discover archaeological gems and sacred sites, gaining a deeper understanding of this beautiful and mountainous coastline. If you like, venture east to visit the ornate Dzogchen Beara, a Buddhist Temple that looks out over the deep blue depths of the North Atlantic Ocean. Here, a place that belongs to the wind and the sea and sky, enjoy some light meditation. At the very end of the peninsula, there is an internationally important population of red-billed choughs. Shy, with glossy blue-black feathers and a joyous, chiming call, these birds find refuge on this wild coastline, alongside a breeding population of fulmar. This evening, return to your luxury Lodge and relax after an adventurous day.

      Overnight: Sheen Falls Lodge Kenmare

      Day 5 – Killarney National Park Read Less

      Day 5

      Killarney National Park

      From West Cork, transfer north into the Kingdom of Kerry, a place of majestic mountains, glittering lakes and thick forests. Start your morning with an early morning mindfulness session, before heading out with your guide to explore Killarney National Park. Perhaps enjoy a gentle bike ride or choose to hike up a more challenging peak – the park being home to the highest mountain range in Ireland. This afternoon, as herds of red deer wander the hillsides, delve into the history of the landscape by visiting Kilarney’s impressive castles, abbeys and manors. Visit Ross Castle and learn about the legend of O’Donoghue, who is said to sleep in the deep, dark depths of Lough Leane and arises every seven years on the back of his white stallion to bestow luck on the first person who sees him. Later, return to your accommodation, looking out over the picturesque Dingle Bay and enjoy an aperitif in the deep pink of a seaside sunset.

      Overnight: Castlewood House | Dingle Peninsula

      Day 6 – Visiting the Blasket Islands Read Less

      Day 6

      Visiting the Blasket Islands

      After breakfast, follow the contour of Dingle’s dramatic coastline to Ireland’s westernmost point for a private boat trip to the Blasket Islands. This stunning archipelago of islands is known for its spectacular beauty, deep-rooted literary heritage and rich biodiversity. Though the Blaskets were inhabited for centuries, isolation, harsh conditions and a dwindling population led to the island’s evacuation in 1953. After exploring with your guide, spotting a mix of seabirds or perhaps seals, enjoy an open-air poetry reading, in the tumbling ruin of an old village. Back on the mainland, return to the charming town of Dingle and meet a local brewer, taking the opportunity to visit a microbrewery perched on the side of Slea Head. Feeling refreshed and relaxed, enjoy dinner in a renowned seafood restaurant, toasting a wonderful week spent on this beautiful emerald isle.

      Overnight: Castlewood House | Dingle Peninsula

      Day 7 – Departing the Emerald Isle Read Less

      Day 7

      Departing the Emerald Isle

      Enjoy a morning stroll on the beach, or wander through the streets of Dingle, visiting artisanal shops and local galleries. Your guide will transfer you to your chosen airport so you may continue your onward journey.

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      Make This Trip Private

      Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your preferred departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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      Accommodation Read More

      Perryville House

      Lovingly restored, this elegant 4-star townhouse overlooks the pretty harbour and offers a welcoming escape in the heart of Kinsale.

      Sheen Falls

      Bask in the luxury of this historic, 5-star Relais & Chateaux Lodge, which contains an award-winning restaurant, and is situated along the scenic shores of Kenmare Bay.

      Castlewood House

      Overlooking Dingle Bay, with easy elegance and meticulous attention to detail, this 4-star hotel is the perfect blend of style and comfort.

      Grading Read More

      At Your Own Pace

      On this adventure, you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Ireland guide who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of activities such as gentle hikes, cycles, yoga or surfing, to immersive cultural and heritage experiences. As this is a luxury trip, your travel designer will work with you to customise the trip and activities to suit your interests and ability levels. During your trip, your guide will tailor any activities to your group, ensuring that you can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      The closest airport is Cork Airport. However, you may choose to arrive in Dublin or Shannon Airport, where your private guide will pick you up. At the end of your trip, your guide will return you to the airport, or you may extend your stay in Ireland.

      Speak to an Expert

      Louise Kavanagh

      From scuba diving to motorbikes to hiking, Louise is no stranger to adventure! Born and raised in County Sligo, Louise has a love for Ireland’s West Coast u2013 particularly the northwest. Louise is one of the team’s expert trip designers and ready to help you explore Ireland’s wild places. When not at work, Louise can usually be found underwater exploring Ireland’s unique coastlines or else zipping through the countryside on her motorbike.

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      At Your Own Pace

      On this adventure, you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Ireland guide who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of activities such as gentle hikes, cycles, yoga or surfing, to immersive cultural and heritage experiences. As this is a luxury trip, your travel designer will work with you to customise the trip and activities to suit your interests and ability levels. During your trip, your guide will tailor any activities to your group, ensuring that you can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.

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      in your own words

      The overall experience was great. Good trekking with just the right amount of creature comforts and down times.

      Michelle Grant
      Hiking - The Dingle Way
      Reviewed on 06/11/2022

      Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 1,863 reviews

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