CARDIGAN TO CORK TOUR

Description

Where: Wales and Ireland

How Long: 7 Days

We start from a hotel near Ross on Wye cut across country to Abergavenny and head into the Brecon Beacons through the heart of the Black Mountains to Cardigan and then catch the Ferry to Ireland

Tour Operator: cct (MK)
Available: June 26th-July 2nd

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Day One – Monday June 26th

We start from a hotel near Ross on Wye where accommodation can be arranged for the night before, from Ross we cut across country to Abergavenny and head into the Brecon Beacons. We skirt the foothills of the mountain range before taking to some spectacular minor roads through the heart of the Black Mountains. We then travel along the picturesque Tywl valley to Camarthen and a stop for lunch.

We now make a detour to the coast to visit the fascinating Museum of Speed on the famous Pendine Sands, home of many land speed record attempts. From here we head north through pleasant countryside to Cardigan for our first overnight stop.

Day Two – Tuesday 27th

The ferry from Fishgaurd doesn’t leave until mid afternoon so we have time for a run across Myndd Preseli, the highest point of the Pembroke National Park where on a clear day you might just be able to see Ireland. We descend to Haverfordwest and then travel along the south coast to Britain’s smallest city, St Davids for lunch. It is then just a short run to Fishgaurd for the ferry. We arrive in Rosslare in the early evening so all that remains is a short run to our hotel near Wexford.

Day Three – Wednesday 28th

From Wexford we loop south to the sadly named ‘Forlorn Point’, a headland on the Atlantic, or Celtic Coast. We then follow the coast along Waterford Harbour to a stop at the John F. Kennedy Homestead, the ancestral home he visited in 1963.

We then head north to the pretty, but un-pronounceable village of Craiguenamanagh, for a coffee stop on the riverside. From here we head through Thomastown and Carrick on Suir to the Comeragh Mountains and the home of Bulmers Cider, Clonmel. We will spend the night here at the sumptuous Minella Hotel.

Day Four – Thursday 29th

A day of beautiful rolling hills as we make our way through the Monavullagh Mountains and over the delightfully named, Knockmealdown Mountains, and a spectacular descent to Clogeen. We then go through the Ballyhoura Mountains and Glenanaar Forest before we head south to Cork. We by-pass the city and meander across country to the coast again and our hotel for 3 nights on the hill above the pretty harbour village of Kinsale.

Day Five – Friday 30th

Today we start with a short run back towards Cork City but again we avoid the centre and loop around to Blarney Castle. Here you can have a coffee and kiss the Blarney Stone!

From Blarney we head north into more mountain country, this time the Beggeragh mountains. We weave our way through quiet country roads and on to Killarney where we will have lunch on the stunning lakeside.

After lunch we take the main road south. This is no ordinary main road however as it forms the famous ‘Mols Gap’ rally stage and gives fantastic views over the Killarney Lakes, passes through tunnels and squeezes through the rock cutting which gives it its name. We then descend to the pretty harbour village of Kenmare. We then follow the shores of Bantry Bay for a while before cutting across country back to Kinsale.

Day Six – Saturday July 1st

From Kinsale we head along the coast westward past Old Head and on to Timoleague. We will stop for coffee at the enchanting little model railway village in Clonakilty before going further west to Skibereen and the rugged coastal route around Dunmanus Bay and back to Bantry for lunch.

From Bantry we take a different route inland to the Pass of Kemaneigh through the Shehy Mountains and the Bongare Forest Park. Our return route to Kinsale takes us down the valley of the River Lee.

Day Seven – Sunday 2nd

We leave Kinsale for the last time and again head towards Cork but this time we by-pass the city to the south and take the little ferry to Cobh Island. Here we will visit the atmospheric Titanic Exhibition (Cobh harbour was the last port of call for the Titanic), After coffee we leave the island via the bridge to Middleton and then take the main coastal route east to Dungannon. From here we return to minor roads along the coast to Tramore and then pay a visit to the Viking Triangle in Waterford. There are various museums and visitor centres here including the famous Waterford Crystal. It is then just a short run back to Wexford for our final night.