MG Ireland Tour 2019 25th Apr - 29th Apr 2019From £645.00 per person
MG Ireland Tour 2019
25th – 29th April 2019
Castlemartyr, County Cork
This year’s annual Ireland tour heads south to County Cork; Ireland’s largest county. Dominated by the city of Cork, the county also offers a patchwork of rural roads, an intricately carved coastline and a unique history that takes in monuments and castles in equal measure. There is history within a few minutes’ walk of your bedroom too, as we will be staying at the five-star Castlemartyr Resort. The resort consists of a grand 17th century manor house that sits adjacent to an 800-year-old castle.
Thursday 25th April
Depart in the morning from Holyhead to Dublin (routes from Fishguard to Rosslare are also available). Once in Ireland we drive south to Castlemartyr in County Cork. The 5-star Castlemaryr Resort will be our base for exploring the area. An informal welcome BBQ/buffet has been arranged in the evening within the hotel’s grounds.
Friday 26th April
The first of our drives takes us to Fota House and gardens. A guided tour of this 19th century stately home will show some exquisite plasterwork and well-preserved paintings as well as telling a story of life as a servant or member of the gentry when the house was privately owned. As well as the house you will be able to tour the Victorian working garden and wander the grounds of the arboretum. From Fota House it is a short drive to the town of Cobh; the last stopping point of the Titanic. Here you can either immerse yourself in the excellent museums, stretch your legs and climb the hill to the cathedral or join a boat trip to visit Spike Island in Cork Harbour.
Saturday 27th April
You could choose to drive in to the City of Cork (best done on a Saturday) to visit the bustling English market, city gaol & St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Alternatively, we have planned an inland rural road run, that takes in Lismore Castle and the Vee pass, between the Knockmealdown and Galtee Mountain ranges.
Sunday 28th April
Today’s road run takes us along the coast visiting blue flag beaches and seaside towns along the way. The walled town of Youghal is a heritage town where Moby Dick was filmed, whilst Dungarvan sits overlooking a natural harbour. Ballycotton beach and Whiting Bay provide opportunities for a paddle along the way. A tour dinner will take place at the hotel in the evening.
Monday 29th April
After another hearty buffet breakfast another Ireland tour comes to an end as we head back to Dublin or Rosslare for the afternoon or evening ferries.