St Patrick’s Day is celebrated the world over but what better than to join the festivities in the Emerald Isle itself. Our base is the delightful resort of Kinsale. Hailed as the gourmet capital of Ireland the popular town is noted for its picturesque yachting harbour and narrow winding streets full of gift shops, galleries, bars and superb restaurants. The perfect location to enjoy the world famous celebrations.
Perfectly located in the historic port and gourmet town the boutique style 4 Star Actons hotel is the oldest hotel in Kinsale. Offering a perfect balance of old and new the hotel is an integral part of the town. All the comfortable stylish bedrooms are en suite and with TV, Hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The stylish restaurant offers views over the harbour whilst the bar and garden lounge offer a relaxing space in comfortable surroundings. Excellent leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa, steam room and gym. The hotel has a lift.
Saturday Departing your home area early morning to join the waiting club class coach for the cross country drive to South Wales and the port of Fishguard for the afternoon sailing to Rosslare, on-board you can relax in the club lounge. Disembarking in Ireland we drive the short distance to our overnight hotel in Wexford.
Sunday After breakfast we visit Waterford Crystal before continuing on via Dungarvan Harbour to spend time in the historic seaside town and fishing port of Youghal, once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh, on the pretty Blackwater Estuary. Tea/coffee awaits us when we check into the hotel mid afternoon.
Monday A full day excursion along the beautiful coastline of South Cork. We visit the Lusitania Memorial at the Head of Kinsale viewpoint then travel by way of Clonakilty and Skibbereen enjoying spectacular sea views along the Wild Atlantic Way before visiting Mizen Head Signal Station, built to save lives off the treacherous rocks at Ireland's most south-westerly point. We include admission to the award winning Maritime Museum and Heritage Attraction, with its spectacular location on high cliffs with swirling Atlantic Ocean tides.
Tuesday A morning visit to Blarney Castle and the world famous ‘Blarney Stone’, time for the energetic to ‘Kiss the Stone’ while others enjoy a coffee, then on to city of Cork, often referred to as the ‘Venice of Ireland’ because of its canals and attractive bridges. After time to explore we return mid afternoon to our hotel. Tonight an astonishing array of fishing boats, motor boats and yachts gather off Charles Fort in Kinsale Harbour. On the command of the Grand Marshall festive lights are switched on and all sail line astern into the inner harbour where a firework display takes place at the waterfront which is festooned with giant flame throwers
Wednesday - St Patricks Day A day at leisure to partake in the hugely popular St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The ‘Grand Street Parade’ starts mid afternoon with colourful themed floats and bands making their way through the town’s narrow streets, ending at the reviewing stand at the Pier Head, while the pubs and bars are alive with traditional music. A memorable experience for all
Thursday We bid a fond farewell to our hosts at Actons Hotel before our departure from Kinsale. We make a stop at Cobh, which was the last port for the RMS Titanic to anchor and the port where RMS Lusitanian survivors and victims were landed. Today it is home to the fascinating Queenstown Story and Titanic Exhibition at the Cobh Interpretative Centre telling the history of emigration of the Great Hunger from 1845 up to the great Liners in the 1950's. This afternoon we make our way back to Wexford and our overnight hotel for dinner.
Friday An early breakfast before joining the morning ferry to Fishguard. We return to our home areas travelling across Wales and into the midlands before arriving in our home areas mid evening.
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