After the success of previous holidays to 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 of the spacious en-suite bedrooms are elegantly furnished in a modern style and offer satellite TV, telephone, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, safe and hospitality tray. The Maritime bar is a great place to relax whilst the Ocean Restaurant offers great Irish food. Hotel facilities include an impressive leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Another Fenn Holidays favourite.
Sunday 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 Pembroke for the sailing to Rosslare, where you can relax in the club lounge. Disembarking in Ireland we drive the short distance to our overnight hotel in Wexford.
Monday 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. This afternoon we follow the lovely River Bandon to reach Bantry and our holiday hotel late afternoon.
Tuesday This morning we visit 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. We return to the hotel where we have the rest of the day at leisure before we meet for dinner this evening.
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 to Dursey Island at the tip. Next we travel along the north coast with views of Kenmare Bay and the Iveragh Peninsula. We spend time in Kenmare itself before returning by way of the scenic Healey Pass to Bantry.
Thursday A full day excursion along the beautiful coastline of South Cork. We travel by way of Skibbereen and Clonakilty enjoying spectacular sea views along the Wild Atlantic Way. We visit the Lusitania Memorial at the Head of Kinsale viewpoint to spend time in Kinsale, a historic port and popular resort often referred to as the ‘Food Capital of Ireland’ before our return to Bantry.
Friday We wish a warm farewell to our hosts at the Maritime Hotel before a morning departure from Bantry. 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.
Saturday An early breakfast before joining the morning ferry to Pembroke. We return to our home areas travelling across Wales and into the midlands before arriving in our home areas mid evening.
Fenn Holidays Ltd, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AG