One of the prettiest small towns in Ireland and a gourmet heaven. Kinsale is nestled between the hills and the shoreline, a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water and little changed in many hundreds of years. Amongst buildings of later periods are those of another age with historical links to the French, Spanish, British and Americans. The impressive fortifications of Charles Fort and James Fort guard the narrow entrance from the sea. Visitors are captivated by its beautiful setting; its long waterfront, yacht-filled harbor, narrow winding streets and brightly painted galleries, shops and houses. Not only does Kinsale claim to be one of the most picturesque and oldest towns in Ireland, it is also internationally renowned for the number and quality of its restaurants. It has been hailed as `The Gourmet Capital of Ireland`, with no shortage of cafés, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste and budget.
Only 18 miles from Cork City, Kinsale is the gateway to scenic West Cork and is the start/finish point of the `Wild Atlantic Way,` the 1,500 mile coastal journey from Kinsale, Co Cork to Inishowen, Co Donegal.
Focus your visit to Ireland on its culinary delights. Spend the night in charming Dublin, with authentic pubs, restaurants, and boundless history; then travel to County Wicklow which is known for its chocolate production; next is Waterford, Cork and the Kinsale area - a picturesque fishing village known as the `Gourmet Capital or Ireland.` Spend time at the Ballyknocken Country House, a quaint farmhouse. The house has won many awards and Catherine,its curator, is the third generation of her family to run the property. Catherine`s warm welcome and Irish hospitality has seen her nominated as the AA Landlady of the Year, Great Britain and Ireland 2005. Catherine also runs Ballyknocken Cookery School and entertains with Brown Bread Making Demonstrations and Cookery Courses. Lastly are Kerry, the wild Burren and Galway! Return to Dublin for the last night.
This is a pre-set, self drive vacation package.
This package is offered with or without excursions included. Why not enhance your trip by booking the room option which includes the excursion pack? This option will cover the cost of the following excursions: Guinness Storehouse, Butler`s Chocolate Experience, 1 Hour Baking at Ballyknocken, Cork Butter Museum, Desmond Castle & Wine Museum, St Tola`s Goat Farm, Cliffs of Moher, Tea & Scones at Rathbaun Farm and Killbeggan Distillery!
The package is unavailable in the months of December and January.