Grand Houses, Castles, Gardens of South of Ireland

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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Grand Houses, Castles, Gardens of South of Ireland
  • Car Hire for 5 Days from Cork Airport (other airports by request)
  • 4 nights B&B in Great Old Houses
  • Visits to one or more Great House and garden each day.
  • Option to add extra activities to the trip

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.    


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.

Option to add extra activities to the trip

Day 1 Sun

Arrive into Cork to collect your hire car. Stay in a great house which has been converted into a 4 star hotel, with an option to play a round of golf. Drive to Cobh for a guided tour of  Fota House and Gardens. Take a guided walk around the streets of Cobh, the Titanic's  last port of call. Option to visit the Titanic Centre, Spike Island or the Distillery in Midleton.The choice of activity is yours.

Day 2 Mon

Drive to Killarney to your hotel.  Enjoy a guided tour of  Muckross House the stroll around its splendid gardens.  Option to take a horse drawn Jaunting Car to Ross Castle on the edge of the Lakes of Killarney or a boat trip on the Lakes.    

Day 3 Tue

Choose between two spectacular scenic drives. The Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh peneinsula is Ireland's best known drive while the Beara Peninsula is equally beautiful but less well known. Each offers you a chance to visit a tropical garden on the Atlantic coast. Along the Beara route you can visit Derreen Garden, Ewe Garden or stay in Bantry in a georgian house hotel.    

Day 4 Wed

Visit Bantry House and Gardens which overlooking the bay for a guided tour. In the afternoon drive to a georgain house hotel along un-spoilt roads to Mallow. Call to Future Forests garden centre and Gougane Barra on the way.    

Day 5 Thrus

 Drive from Cork to  Blarney in the morning to visit the famous Blarney Castle to  take a guided tour of Blarney House and admire its wonderful gardens  Stay in a grand old House in North Cork where your surroundings tell of the history of the area. Return to Cork for your afternoon flight home