Superior Hotels in Historical buildings or grand houses, in beautiful locations and with excellent service.Some have a gym and/or pool attached. Please advise us if this is essential to you or if you wish to have a spa session booked for you. In many cases they have a well known restaurant attached. Please advise us if you would like a meal booked.
This type of property could be a hotel without the charm of the superior property or be a Bed and Breakfast in a family home. This is the basic rate for all packages and the superior accommodation is charged at a higher rate.
In some places and for larger numbers of people we can arrange self-catering. For walkers we can offer camping pods on a farm adjacent to a walking route or for those who would like more comfort the superior self catering property can be booked with breakfast included, often in scenic areas.
Activities which include walking are graded into 5 categories based on fitness level needed for that activity. These are the grades determined by the Irish National Trails Office. Please confirm you have attained that level of fitness before booking an activity.
1 Multi Access
Flat smooth trails suitable for all people, including those with reduced mobility, wheelchair users, older people, visually impaired and those on crutches.
Generally flat trails with a smooth surfaces and some gentle slopes or shallow steps. Generally suitable for family groups including children and the elderly. Footwear must be enclosed outdoor footwear.
These may have some climbs and an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. They are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended.
Physically demanding trails which have some steep climbs for long periods (over 1 hour) while the going underfoot can be extremely rough including many obstacles. Suitable for people used to walking on rough ground and with a high level of fitness. Outdoor walking footwear and clothing is required.
5 Very Difficult
These routes are mainly in remote upland areas. They typically include steep slopes and very variable and rough underfoot conditions on trails which may be indistinct. Suitable only for very fit and competent mountain walkers with experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required.
Collect your hire car at Cork or Shannon airport. Visit the Old English Market to admire the artisan produce. In the afternoon meet your Genealogist who will tell of the research he has done on your family tree. The information on the family must be received 6 or more weeks prior to the trip and we have a list of questions you need to answer to get the most from the genealogical research.
Spend the day visiting the home area of your famliy, based on information from the genealogist. You have the option of hiring the services of the genealogist for this day. Another option is to drive to Clonakilty in West Cork to see the family homestead of Michael Collins, hero of Ireland”s fight for independence. Return to your hotel in Cork.
A day at leisure in Cork which you might like to use for further visits in connection with your family background. Or you could visit the Cork City Archives or the City Museum in Fitzgerald’s Park, with options for Guided tours of University College Cork, Shandon Bells at St Anne’s Church or the old city Gaol. You may wish to visit Blarney Castle and its stunning gardens.
Drive to Dublin to visit the Genealogy Section of the National Library where you can pre-book an appointment to view papers connected with your family. Alternatively, you could travel at leisure and visit the impressive Rock of Cashel or Holycross Abbey in Tipperary, the National Stud Farm in Kildare or the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin which tells the story of the famous drink. Overnight in Dublin.
Return your car to Dublin airport and fly home. If you have a later flight you might like to visit the National Museum, the Epic Museum or Trinity College to view the famous 1,200 year old Book of Kells.