Wonderful vistas and photo opportunities abound during this scenic tour through Cork's charming countryside and visit to the unique sailing town of Kinsale.
Depart the pier in Cobh for the drive to West Cork via the Lee Tunnel. During your drive through the picturesque Cork countryside, a photo stop will be made at Charles Fort, which commands panoramic views of the town and beautiful Kinsale Harbor. Next, you will continue on to Kinsale, a charming town that has earned the European prize for Tourism and the Environment, as well as Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. Nestled between the hills and the valley, Kinsale is safely sheltered by the rounded contours of a beautiful harbor. Believed to have been founded by the Anglo-Normans around 1177, Kinsale was a magnificent naval base in the 17th and 18th centuries, and enjoyed a degree of prosperity uncommon in Ireland. Kinsale has maintained close European ties for centuries and became the first town to be awarded the Flag of the Council of Europe in 1966.
Upon arrival, you will see that Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was a garrison town and port of consequence for over 300 years; hence the magnificent Georgian homes and Dutch influence of its architecture. At one time, Kinsale was also the natural landfall for all the great sailing ships from the continent and the Americas. During your visit, you will be treated to some tea or coffee and scones before being provided with free time to walk around this beautiful town, browse in the shops and take in the local atmosphere.
Following your visit to Kinsale, you will rejoin your coach for a drive along the banks of the harbor, enjoying spectacular views as you wind your way along the coastal road. Turning inland, you will pass through the town of Innishannon, where a photo stop will be made at the majestic Bandon River before heading back to the pier in Cobh.
Please note: This tour includes a small amount of walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour is available to guests who utilize a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the tour vessel and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing, including a windbreaker or light jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.