Kinsale Coastal Tour
Collection from your ship 15 minutes after docking or pre-arranged time from your hotel
To start a scenic drive following the River Lee to Cork City and a panoramic drive through the city with a short stop at the famous English Market, the oldest covered market in Ireland where your senses will be treated to the fresh fish, meats, chesses, handmade chocolates and other delights before heading out of the city to Kinsale and the West of Cork. Please note the Market is not open on a Sunday another attraction will be substituted such as Elizabeth Fort or Cork city goal.
Entrance of the English Market
Entering Kinsale via Charles Fort a star shaped fort with it's commanding views of Kinsale Harbour a perfect photo opportunity. The quaint old world appearance of the town belies its culinary delights.
A stroll though the colourful lanes gives you a sense of history of the town while the colours and smells from the restaurant doors draw you on.
Leaving Kinsale we cross what is known as the new bridge to make a stop (if you wish to at the very special 9/11 memorial gardens we understand this is a very personal and for many an emotional place which is why we do not list it as a scheduled stop).
Following the coast if any one in your party are golfers a stop at the Old Head Golf Course of Kinsale is a must. (dress code in effect)
Then we travel on to Timoleauge with it's ruined 8th century Franciscan Abbey; here too is the beautiful Corkmacsherry Harbour typical of the colourful fishing villages that can be found along the southern cork coast. On to Clonakilty town for a wonder around the historic town or a visit to the West Cork Model railway village beside the picturesque Clonakilty Bay. The model village depicts in miniature life and industry in West Cork as it was 50 years ago. A life size statue of General Michael is located in Emmet Square.
A visit to DeBarras pub is a must this west Cork music mecca is renowned for its music memorabilia and excellent craft beers, a soup and a sandwich here can be an interesting experience with soups such as chicken curry and vegetable appearing on the menu.
We then turn back to Cork via Bandon. Bandon was founded by Sir Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork in 1608. It is a large thriving regional centre set in rich agricultural area. The river Bandon flows through its centre with the town built on either side of its valley. In recent years the town has grown and expanded strongly and is now a busy focal centre for the surrounding region. We pass through Ballinascarthy village the ancestral home of Henry Ford founder of the Ford Motor company. A stainless steel sculpture of his famous Model T stands beside the road.
Across the Bandon river and through Innishannon, where a steam and vintage rally is held annually. The field where the event takes place is close to both the Upton ambush site and the Crossberry ambush site. Innishannon has a delightful woodland setting with very pleasant walks along the rivers edge at Shippool.
Arriving back in Cobh if time allows you can explore the town of Cobh.
Cost for 1-4 persons in a saloon car €380.00
Cost for 5 persons plus prices on request (Limited availability on large vehicles)
Entrance fees and lunch are not included