After the success of our holidays based in Bantry it gives us pleasure to return to this busy little market town and fishing port overlooking its own bay, the perfect location for discovering a part of Ireland that is still unspoilt by tourism, there are rugged mountains and small villages but the greatest delight must surely be the beautiful and unspoilt coastline of County Cork.
This excellent 4 star hotel was built in 2007 overlooking Bantry Bay and offers the finest accommodation in the area. All the spacious en-suite bedrooms are elegantly furnished in a modern style and offer satellite TV, telephone, ironing board and iron, hairdryer, safe and hospitality tray. The Maritime bar is a great place to relax whilst the Ocean Restaurant offers great Irish food. For the energetic the hotel has an impressive leisure centre with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Another Fenn Holidays favourite.
Sunday From your front door early morning to the waiting Club Class coach for the cross country drive to South Wales and the port of Pembroke for the early afternoon sailing to Rosslare, relax in the club lounge on board. Disembarking in Ireland we drive the short distance to our overnight hotel in Wexford.
MondayWe visit Waterford Crystal then 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. This afternoon we follow the lovely River Bandon to reach Bantry and our holiday hotel late afternoon.
Tuesday A day at leisure in Bantry, we include admission to historic Bantry House and gardens, ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, opposite is the interesting Armada Exhibition.
Wednesday A day of scenic delights as we discover the magnificent Beara Peninsula. We round the head of Bantry Bay to picturesque Glengarriff then between sparkling sea and the rugged peaks of the Caha Mountains we have views of Kenmare Bay and the Iveragh Peninsula before spending time in Castletownbere. Our return includes a boat trip to the tiny island of Garinish and its Italian garden which enjoys a climate that is almost sub-tropical, making it possible for beautiful ornamental plants from many parts of the world to flourish.
Thursday From Bantry we cross the magnificent Pass of Keimaneigh to Macroom then travel by the waters of Irishcarra to Blarney Castle, then on to city of Cork, often referred to as the ‘Venice of Ireland’ because of its canals and attractive bridges. Later we drive to Kinsale, superbly located on the Bandon River and the viewpoint at the ‘Old Head of Kinsale’ before returning to Bantry.
Friday A morning departure from Bantry via Fermoy and the riverside drive to delightful Lismore, where we spend some time. We take the glorious Vee road over Knockmealdown Mountains to spend time in Clonmel; the Gaelic name for the town is the Honey Meadow, a perfect description for this medieval town situated on the River Suir. Our hotel tonight is the Talbot Hotel in Wexford.
Saturday An early breakfast this morning before joining the morning ferry to Pembroke. We return to our home area via South Wales and the midlands, arriving home mid evening.
Fenn Holidays Ltd, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AG