Welcome to Bantry

Pride of place goes to Bantry House, the former home of one Richard White, who earned his place in history when, in 1798, he warned authorities of the imminent landing of Irish patriot Wolfe Tone and his French fleet, in support of the United Irishmen's rebellion. In the end storms prevented the fleet from landing and the course of Irish history was definitively altered – all Wolfe Tone got for his troubles was a square and a statue bearing his name.

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$573.81 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Sheeps Head 5 Day Self Guided Hike

Day 1: Arrival in Bantry - Arrive in Bantry, a beautiful town nestled at the head of the famous and beautiful Bantry Bay.  Your first night is spent 5km from Bantry at the start of the Sheep’s Head Way, where you will collect your “Information Pack”. Overnight near Bantry.Day 2: Bantry to Glenlough - Walk from the start of the Sheep’s Head Way to Glanlough. Overnight in the village of Kilcrohane which lies under the shadow of ‘Seefin’, the Peninsula’s highest point. Kilcrohane has an all year round population of approximately 300 persons but this number more than doubles during the busy summer season. Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 4.5 hours. Max. Height: 230m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with some road walking Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.Day 3: Cahergal to Kilcrohane - You will be transferred to Cahergal from where you walk out along to the Lighthouse (look out for the Dolphin and Whale viewpoint), continuing back the Sheep’s Head route to Kilcrohane, the last coastal village on the Peninsula. This location is renowned for its beautiful coastline, idyllic views and world-famous hill walking routes. Overnight in Kilcrohane.Walk Details: Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6/7 hours. Max. Height: 240m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with boggy sections. Some road walking – boots essential.Day 4: Ahakista to Durrus - Walk from nearby Ahakista to Durrus along the Sheep’s Head route. Overnight at Durrus, a very pleasant village located at the head of Dunmanus Bay. Ahakista is the site for a Memorial to those who lost their lives off this coast in the Air India air crash of 1985. Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with boggy sections. Some road walking – boots essential.Day 5: Departure Day - After breakfast your host will arrange a taxi transfer back to Bantry, we also understand that there is a “local” bus service … details of which are available from your host.

$490.63 Private & Custom Tours

Beara Peninsula and Mizen Head Private Tour from Cork

Heading towards north Cork and not far from the town of Macroom we veer off the main road into the heart of the Lee Valley, our first stop is Gougane Barra national park. Gougane Barra was Ireland’s first national park when it opened to the public in 1966. This contributes greatly to the reputation which Gougane Barra has as an area of wild and beautiful scenery. The magnificent forest park covers an area of over 400 hectares (1,000 acres). The River Lee rises here in Gougane Barra and flows through beautiful scenery to reach Cork Harbour after a distance of approximately 50 kilometres. There is a tiny island in the lake at Gougane Barra connected to the shore by a causeway. It was here that St. Finbarr, patron saint of Cork, founded his early Christian monastery. He later moved down the River Lee to establish a monastery at what is now St. Finbarr’s Cathedral in Cork City. There is a small church on the island in this beautiful and serene location away from the hustle & bustle of daily life. From here we head for Glengarriff, this has been a famous holiday destination since the 1700’s and boomed in the Victorian times as an important stop along the ‘Prince of Wales Route’. Today Glengarriff attracts visitors from all over the world. The population of Glengarriff is just 800 people and it expands significantly in size during the summer months. Glengarriff with its unrivalled beauty and its peace and tranquillity, invites you to sit back, relax and take in the very special ambience of the place. From here we head to Bantry a fishing port and busy town in west Cork which takes advantage of the Gulf Stream that plays a significant part in its mild climate. With its abundance of tropical shrubs Bantry has a very unusual appearance as opposed to the typical Irish scenery. On then to the Mizen Head visitor centre nestled high up in the Cliff face with some of the most beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer. With the Atlantic Ocean at your side, we can visit ‘Teardrop’ point the last sight the Irish emigrants would have seen sailing to America. Then we would call to Clonakilty on the way back, a colourful town in west Cork and the birth place of Michael Collins, there is a museum in the town celebrating Michael’s life. It’s a busy day that takes in a bit of everything and all that is great about Ireland.

$80.49 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Mizen Head Tour from Kenmare

Your private tour to Mizen Head starts with pickup from your accommodation in Killarney town. A personalized driver-guide takes you through Killarney National Park, including a stop at Torc Waterfall, hidden in a dense forest. Heading along N71, you'll reach Ladies View with a spectacular vista of the park's lakes. Continuing on through Moll's Gap, you'll find a 3,000-year-old Druid stone circle and Cromwell's Bridge in Kenmare town, where local fishermen, farmers, and craftsmen sell their products on market day. Crossing the Kenmare River toward Glengarriff village, stop along the way at Bonane Heritage Park. Your guide can point out evidence of a stone fort and the ruins of a traditional Irish cottage and stone circle. After a stop at Lorge Chocolatier for a taste, pass through tunnels linking County Kerry to County Cork. On arrival at Glengariff, you can purchase a seafood or farmer's lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and take a short walk through Glengarriff Park to see the seals basking lazily on the rocks.Your drive proceeds to Bantry town toward Durrus, moving along the coast to Toormore and finally to Mizen Head, passing beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the countryside of West Cork en route. Mizen Head itself delivers an unforgettable impression with fantastic photo ops. After a rest stop at the cafe and gift shop, relax during the 1.5-hour return drive to Killarney, with drop-off at your accommodation.