Discover West Cork 9 Day Guided Tour

Discover West Cork 9 Day Guided Tour
Discover West Cork 9 Day Guided Tour
Discover West Cork 9 Day Guided Tour
Discover West Cork 9 Day Guided Tour

Discover West Cork 9 Day Guided Tour


Call us on +353 28 21058 for info on this trip!

Tucked away in Ireland’s South West, and situated on The Wild Atlantic Way, is the uniquely beautiful area known as West Cork. It encompasses the western section of Cork county stretching from Kinsale and Bandon out to the Mizen and Beara peninsulas. It has hundreds of miles of indented and sheltered coastline, over a hundred islands, fertile rolling hills and dramatic cliff  and seascapes. West Cork is peppered with ancient stone circles, passage tombs, castles and tower houses. The locals are friendly, open and curious, ready to help out and chat about the ever changing weather. Local artisan producers have helped to make this area the best in Ireland for great food experiences.

This is a tour designed for people who don’t do tours!

You will be taken to meet the real people in their regular lives, and to witness, enjoy, and participate in some of the best that West Cork and The Haven Coast has to offer.

  • Price: € 2560 per person sharing (single supplement €380)
  • Booking: please contact the office

You will be required to sign a disclaimer on the day of your trip. 



Day 1

We will pick you up from Cork Airport or your hotel in Cork and take you on a

tour of the world famous Blarney Castle and Gardens, where you can develop “the gift of the gab”, and use it for the rest of the trip!

We transfer to our accommodation in Baltimore followed by a welcome dinner in the village.

(Optional) pub night in Baltimore at The Fiddle Fair to get a taste of outstanding global music with a flavour of fiddle!

Day 2

The day begins with a tour of Dún na Séad Castle, and a chat with its restorers and owners who now call this beautiful jewel of a castle home! We will hear about the famous 17th Century raid on Baltimore by Algerian pirates.

The rest of the day will be devoted to music workshops, dancing and will be topped off with a Fiddle Fair Concert in the evening.

Accommodation Baltimore

Day 3

We will walk to the Beacon and take in the stupendous views out over Roaring Water Bay and The Atlantic ocean.

We will lunch at the Glebe Gardens and take a garden tour, and possibly an outdoor afternoon concert.

We will enjoy another Fiddle Fair Concert in the evening.

Accommodation Baltimore

Day 4

We will leave the mainland behind this morning and enjoy a walk on Sherkin Island complete with lunch or picnic.

In the evening we are taking to the water again, this time for a  Moonlight/Starlight kayaking Experience on Lough Hyne.

Accommodation Baltimore

Day 5

We are moving location to Skibbereen today, to stay in The West Cork Hotel.

From there we will take a tour out to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most South Westerly point, in other words,where  the next parish is America!

On the way home, we  will visit the happiest pub in West Cork, 150 year old  Levis’s cornerhouse, run by the wonderful Joe and Caroline, and possibly have a music session and /or bodhrán lesson.

Dinner is at Antonio’s a bone fide Italian gem of a restaurant.

Accommodation West Cork Hotel

Day 6

Today we travel back in the past to the Bronze Age, wandering amongst the ancient  stones of Drombeg Stone Circle.

After a delicious home cooked lunch at The  Coffee shop, Union Hall, we discover the

secrets  of seaweed in a kayaking tour on Castlehaven Bay.

Dinner is at the West Cork Hotel

Free evening

Accommodation West Cork Hotel

Day 7

It is time to get to know Skibbereen with a Visit to The Uilinn Arts Centre,

And the Heritage Centre. We will take a self guided Famine Walk in Skibbereen to learn more about the tragic fate of tens of thousands of local people in the potato famine of the eighteen hundreds.

After a Road Bowling experience (learning the art of this unique West Cork sport), we will learn how to pull a pint of guinness or make an Irish coffee in our local pub, followed by dinner at The  Church Restaurant and possibly a session afterwards at the pub.

Accommodation West Cork Hotel

Day 8

Morning off and then, those who wish to, can spend the afternoon learning to make scones, brown soda bread, seafood chowder, Irish stew, and a few other Irish household staples like “spotted dick” and apple tart. Others may choose a walk or another option. We will then enjoy the fruits of our labours with a farewell dinner followed by a house concert with some fine local musicians.

Accommodation West Cork Hotel

Day 9

Transfer to Cork Airport

"One of the most magical experiences you can have anywhere in the world"

The Irish Times


Jim and Emily were great guides - both fun and patient - and they ensured we were stayed warm, safe, kept well informed, and were able to enjoy the experience to the maximum.

NewZealandMidWife , New Zealand

Kayaking the Irish Sea by moonlight on the summer solstice and watching the water light up beneath my fingertips was absolutely magical.

Taylor E, East Hartford, Connecticut

Great instructor (who gave us pointers for kayak purchase) great experience. 100%recommended for all levels of water confidence.

Stephen Duffy, Navan, Ireland

We spent 3 hours in the water and had a great time. Would definitely do this again.

Liam Springwell, Cork

Great fun day out for friends & families. Very safe for children and spectacular views on your trip. We really enjoyed it.

Conal Granite, Cork

What a lovely way to spend the morning. I joined a group for a kayaking trip on Lochyne, waterproofs were provided and basic tuition was given where needed.

Jill T, Cardiff, United Kingdom

An excellent instructor but also just a great guy to have chats and banter with. We all left with a massive grĂ¡ for Cork, for kayaking and for roll neck aran jumpers!

Katie G, Wexford, Ireland

We would highly recommend it to anyone. Jim was very helpful and friendly. We had never been kayaking before and he was a great instructor.

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