The south of Ireland is soft, lush, and defined by waters. Start your travels in Adare, perhaps Ireland’s prettiest village, founded in the 13th century. From there, head to the ocean and County Cork. This is Ireland’s food capital. It is home to passionate chefs and the centuries-old English Market, with food stalls from around the globe. Onward to Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone, and ask for the gift of eloquence!
Lovely Kinsale Town overlooks the River Bandon. We’ve arranged entrance to the unusual star-shaped fortress at Charles Fort. Embark on a Foodie Tour, then drive to your lodgings in a vibrant market town with quiet, country roads. Glengarriff is a coastal village with beaches on the Beara Peninsula. Walk the shoreline along the bay. Finally, enjoy afternoon tea in a castle, and explore Bunratty Castle and Park. The southwest of Ireland is truly a luscious adventure.
Included Unique Activities
- Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Park
- Discover the history of the world's most famous ship at the Titanic Experience Cobh
- Explore Ireland's best-preserved Star-Shaped Artillery Fortress at Charles Fort
- Embark on a Food Tour through the Gourmet town of Kinsale
- Enjoy Afternoon Tea in a Historic 5 Star Castle
Kinsale Private Food Tour
Afternoon Tea at Dromoland
Titanic Experience Cobh
Blarney Castle and Park Admission
1 NightCountry Manor Inn
Country Manor Inn
Nestled in the County Limerick Countryside, close to Adare Heritage Village, is the Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge. This small hotel built in a victorian country residence is the perfect heritage hideaway location for people looking for a vacation stopover, civil ceremonies or to treat a beloved one for a weekend excursion in the countryside. Set on ten acres of gardens, the stylish house provides luxury accommodation, coupled with its world renowned restaurant. Located ten minutes from Adare, the Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge is also close to Shannon Airport - a mere 40 minute drive. The Mustard Seed is the only County Limerick Blue Book House and is the ideal base for people on a vacation in the South West of Ireland, wishing to visit the Dingle peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher or Killarney which are just a few hours drive away. This luxury Country House oozes style without pretention. The house combines the spaciousness and elegance of an earlier age with the comfort and amenities of today.
With 16 guests rooms, all uniquely designed, the Mustard Seed Country house welcome guests in a modern conformable environment, while making sure to preserve its old charm. Guest have choice between all kind of rooms, from standard bedrooms to suites. Some of the rooms are even welcoming guests' canine friends.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Broadband Wi-Fi in reception and some bedrooms
- Power Shower
- TV & radio
- Gilchrist & Soames toiletries
- Complimentary Mineral Water
- Tea & Coffee making facilities
- Non-smoking rooms
- Room service
- Non-smoking hotel
- Disabled people friendly
- Pet friendly
- Meeting rooms
The Mustard Seed Restaurant:
Opened in 1985, the Mustard Seed Restaurant is one of the finest restaurant in Limerick, that everyone recommends without second thoughts for its award winning food. After 10 years of successful cuisine, the restaurant was moved to the countryside and joined the Mustard Seed to provide its guests with delicious dishes, the head chef Angle Pirev cooking accordingly to the ingredient availability with each season. Now owned by John Edward Joyce, the actual owner of the hotel, the restaurant goes on flourishing into the heart of county Limerick to the stylish Country House at Echo Lodge, welcoming both guests and locals as long as they love fine food and wine, every evening for 7pm to 9.15pm. May 2010 marked 25 years of the Mustard Seed restaurant and the restaurant is as successful as ever, as evidenced by its many rewards : Irish Breakfast Award in 2017 (Georgine Campbell), Best Customer Service in 2018 (Munster, RAI Awards) or the Host of the Year in 2019 (Georgina Campbell).
On the Map: Adare is located just 20km southwest of Limerick City / 43km south of Shannon Airport. The main N21 road (connecting the cities of Limerick & Tralee/Killarney) passes right through the centre of the village.
Adare is a quaint picturesque place, lined with traditional thatched-roof cottages. Snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting, Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most unique village. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon river, Adare (Gaelic name: "Ath Dara" - the "ford of the oak" - from the combination of water and woodland) dates back, at least, to the early 13th century. Adare village has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of world famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village's broad main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins. Situated in the centre of County Limerick, with just 15 minutes from Limerick City and 45 minutes from Shannon Airport, Adare Village is an ideal base from which to explore County Limerick's many visitor attractions such as Lough Gur and King John's Castle.
2 NightsCity Center Luxury Hotel
1 NightTranquil Central Hotel
Tranquil Central Hotel
Situated on the banks of the River Ilen, the sophisticated West Cork Hotel provides travelers an ideal base for exploring the adorable market town of Skibbereen and the stunning Cork County. The hotel features a fine-dining restaurant serving locally caught seafood and seasonal game as well as a bar that serves drinks and light meals.
Guestrooms at the West Cork Hotel are elegant, individually decorated, and some rooms boast beautiful river views.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Coffee/tea maker
- Daily housekeeping
- Private bathroom
- Free toiletries
- Hair dryer
- Shower/tub combination
- Iron/ironing board (on request)
- Cable TV service
- Free WiFi
- Room service (limited hours)
Recently awarded AA Rosette Kennedy Restaurant, Skibbereen focuses on locally-caught seafood, locally-sourced, seasonal game and the finest of local herbs and organic vegetables to create unforgettable dishes. An extensive breakfast menu is served until 12 noon daily and Carvery Lunch is served daily with a great selection of dishes to choose from. The most popular lunch is the Sunday Carvery which features the Kennedy's famous dessert buffet. In the evening, the menu at the Kennedy Restaurant offers guests a great choice of courses made from fresh, local produce, and is paired with a newly revamped wine list to create the ultimate dining experience.
The Bridge Bar offers relaxed ambiance, old-world leather seating, and a dedicated bar staff offering visitors and locals the perfect place to enjoy a drink, delectable bar food, and good company. Food served 12:30 pm to 9 pm
On the Map: Skibbereen is located in County Cork, in the southwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects the cities of Cork (to the northeast) & Kenmare, County Kerry (to the northwest).
This thriving town is the 'capital' of West Cork, and centre for all the agricultural, industrial and tourist activities of the region. Its streets are full of life and character and it is an ideal base from which to discover the delights of West Cork. You could easily spend days or weeks exploring West Cork, wandering up and down its lovely quiet roads. Although popular, it is never crowded like Kerry, and there are always delightful places to discover. Around each western headland, the unsuspecting visitor will discover coastlines dominated by scenic harbors and colorful fishing villages such as Glandore, Baltimore and Schull, secluded beaches and dozens of sparsely populated islands such as Sherkin and Cape Clear. These islands, which were once populated with Gaelic speaking colonies, now offer the visitor endless hours of exploring an old-world traditional Ireland.
2 NightsSuperior Comfort Hotel
Dining Options Included
- 7 Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning
- Kinsale Food Tour
- Afternoon Tea Castle Experience
Points of Interest
Discover Aviation History at Foynes Flying Boat Museum
- Find both International and Traditional Irish foods at Cork's Famous English Market
- Browse beautiful Artwork at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork City
- Stunning and Remote Beara Peninsula, Dursey & Garnish Islands
- Impressive Ancient History at Drombeg stone circle
- Ring the Bells of Shandon at St. Anne's Church
Lough Gur, County Limerick
Foynes Flying Boat Museum, County Limerick
Garnish Island, County Cork
King John's Castle, County Limerick
Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, County Cork
Kinsale, County Cork
Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork
Baltimore, County Cork
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