Not far from the town of Macroom in north Cork, we plunge right into the heart of the Lee Valley and the hidden delights of Gougane Barra national park. Opened as Ireland’s first national park, in 1966, Gougane Barra is a 1,000-acre treasure of scenic forests and a serene lake island where St. Finbarr build an exquisite little church.
Glengarriff has been a popular retreat since the 1700s, particularly in Victorian times, when it was an important stop on the Prince of Wales route. Its unique tropical microclimate and the lush vegetation it attracts makes this scenic seaside location a wonderful place to relax.
Bantry is a fishing village that also enjoys a mild climate that makes it stand out among its rugged surroundings.
Mizen Head is the most southerly point in Ireland. We stop at the visitor centre nestled high among the cliffs, where the scenery is stunning and the atmosphere is poignant: This is the home of Teardrop Point, the last sight of home Irish emigrants would have had before sailing to America.
Clonakilty is a gorgeous village, full of colour and music and birthplace of the Irish patriot Michael Collins.
Tour Duration: 8 – 9 hours You can choose where to linger and soak up this nostalgic experience.