Artisan Foods of Cork and Kerry

PLEASE NOTE: The price quoted includes Bed & Breakfast in a B&B. To upgrade to a hotel please select the option in the drop down. If you do not see a tour to suit your requirements please see the Tailor Made Tour options where we can create your ideal tour.

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Artisan Foods of Cork and Kerry
  • Car hire for 5 Days
  • Accommodation for 4 nights
  • Guided tours:
    • Introduction walk to Cork Food,
    • Guided  Cork Whiskey Walk
    • Food and culture of the Lee,  
    • Artisan Slow Food Tour of West Cork,
    • Clonakilty Market Tour
    • Option - sea weed foraging

Hotels - 4-5 Star

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.    

B&B - 3 Star Hotel to B&B

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.      

Self Catering- Superior Self Catering 4 Star

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.

2 Easy
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.

3 Moderate
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.  

4 Strenuous
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.

Day 1  Mon

Arrive at your hotel in Cork city. In the early afternoon start with a  tour of the old English Market in the heart of the city followed by a  visit to the Butter Museum, in what was once the largest butter market in the world.
Later enjoy a Cork whiskey walk to some of the city's old traditional pubs. Taste some rare whiskeys as a local whiskey expert shows you his city.  Return to your hotel.

Day 2 Tue

Take a guided day tour of the exciting new artisan food producers  and culture of the  Valley of the Lee and taste the variety of produce of the area. Stay overnight in Killarney whose scenic setting has earned it the title the Home of Beauty and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the area

Day 3  Wed

Drive the scenic Ring of Kerry with its wonderful mountain and coastal landscapes. You have a chance to visit artisan chocolate and  ice cream producers. Take a chocolate making course in Kenmare in the afternoon. Overnight in the coastal town of Bantry with a list of local restaurants which we recommend. 

Day 4  Thurs

Take a guided tour of the artisan food producers  along the lanes of West Cork in the company of an expert local guide. Option - Take a guided seaweed foraging trip along the Atlantic sea shore.

Day 5 Fri

Drive to Clonakilty for a food tour of the market with a guide to tell you the story behind  the local artisan foods. Tour finishes at 1pm which will allow you time to catch an evening flight from Cork.