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    West Cork Escape


    Deposit From: €250€250
    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

    All you need to know about your trip, this essential document is a must for all adventures.

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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Patricia Doe


      The undulating hills of West Cork meander across the narrow peninsula that stretches out into the Atlantic. Rugged coasts and sheep-shorn grass make for perfect walking country. West Cork is a region that values its food – particularly its cheese – above all else, making it a foodie’s paradise.

      Rich in ancient history, Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) villages, and tranquil coves, this often-overlooked region is actually one of the finest places for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. The narrow country lanes and rural villages make West Cork feel like the place at the ends of the earth.

      This short break self drive trip is perfect on its own, or the West Cork Escape can be extended for those looking for a longer holiday. Are you looking to get even more amazing experiences? Check out the options to upgrade and extend your stay in West Cork. The minimum group size is two.

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      Itinerary

      Day 1 – Cork and Kinsale Read More

      Day 1

      Cork and Kinsale

      Cork, Ireland’s second city, has a vibrant centre and is a fun place to wander around. Ireland may once have been known for spuds and cabbage, but this little island has come a long way. The English Market, one of Europe’s oldest food markets, is a perfect place to discover fresh, local delicacies, from farmhouse cheeses and fresh seafood for which West Cork is world-famous, to locally-blended spices and everything in between. Or hop in the car and head straight to the colourful wee town of Kinsale on the sea to breathe in the salty air. Relax to the crash of waves while enjoying a seaside lunch overlooking Kinsale’s marina before driving the coast road to your accommodation.

      Day 2 – Hiking the Sheep’s Head Way Read More

      Day 2

      Hiking the Sheep’s Head Way

      The meandering emerald landscape in which you are staying is so impressive it has been named a European Destination of Excellence in the development of sustainable tourism. West Cork’s Sheep’s Head Way is a community undertaking allowing access to some of Ireland’s most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes. Today, you will meet with a local guide, who will tailor the day’s walking on the Sheep’s Head Way according to your ability and preferences. The Atlantic is never far away, and options include ridge and shoreline walking along boreens, empty beaches or windswept heathery uplands.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

      Day 3 – Bantry and the Beara Peninsula Read More

      Day 3

      Bantry and the Beara Peninsula

      Today, you are free to explore a final West Cork peninsula – The Beara Peninsula. There are plenty of options in this breathtaking region for short walks, taking in some quiet coastal landscapes or the widening expanses of the Caha Mountains with views to Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula and beyond. Spend time in the coastal village of Bantry, where the spectacular views and the 17th century Bantry House are worth a visit. Perhaps you might take the ferry out past the seal colony to the exotic paradisal gardens of Garnish Island, where world-renowned garden design fuses with native West Cork plants.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

      Day 4 – Depart Read More

      Day 4

      Depart

      You can choose to extend your stay in colourful Kinsale or head back to the airport.

      *Optional Upgrade: Kinsale Extension

      See the Upgrades section for full details.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      This self drive trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort in West Cork. Expect small, comfortable and characterful lodgings. You will have the choice between cosy B&Bs or 3-star family-run hotels or guesthouses, with options and in towns or rural communities. Accommodation rooming is a choice of double or twin rooms, which are en-suite with a shower.

      Accommodation Upgrade

      You will also have the option to upgrade your accommodation standards to deluxe and luxury options in the same region. See more info in the Upgrades section.

      Meals Read More

      Each morning, enjoy a homemade breakfast of your choice at your accommodation. We will provide local suggestions for lunches and dinners, to be taken according to your own preferences.

      Inclusions Read More

      This trip includes the following:

      • 3 nights accommodation in handpicked, 3 star family-run guesthouses, B&Bs, and boutique hotels.
      • Meals: all Breakfasts
      • Activities stated in the itinerary, incl. a day-long guided hike
      • Detailed itinerary, guidebook, and map
      • Hiking route suggestions customised to your preferences and ability levels
      • Expert local suggestions for restaurants, activities, etc.
      Grading Read More

      At Your Own Pace

      On this adventure, you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Ireland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle, low-level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready.

      On the other days of the trip, you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      Arrival Info

      At the start of your trip on Day 1, pick up your hire car. The closest airport is Cork Airport in Cork city, and the next closest is Kerry Airport. Both have good hire car options, though Cork is larger. Dublin is also an option, and is about a 3-3.5 hour from the trip starting point. Of course, you may also use your own vehicle.

      Departure Info

      Drop off your hire car on the final day of your trip, or choose to extend your stay.

      Speak to an Expert

      Patricia Doe

      An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets. She particularly loves the under-appreciated regions of Mayo, Connemara, Sligo and Donegal. Having spent nearly a decade in the hospitality industry, Patricia is an expert on Ireland’s luxury and unique accommodations. As Wilderness Ireland’s General Manager and head of the sales team, Patricia is ready to help make your Irish adventure spectacular.

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      At Your Own Pace

      On this adventure, you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Ireland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle, low-level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready.

      On the other days of the trip, you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 review(s) of Self Drive – West Cork Escape

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      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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      David O'Hagan

      Reviewed on 14/05/2024

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 26/04/2024
      Trips Taken: 5

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Dingle peninsula, our guide Denis, our fellow travellers, and surprisingly good weather have made this a memorable visit to Ireland. Can wholeheartedly recommend this to all likeminded folks without reservation

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