History Weekend in Cork

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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History Weekend in Cork
  • Car Hire for 3 days, 2 nights stay in a Cork city Hotel or B&B
  • Guided Activities options 6 – choose 4
  • Price is for 2 people sharing a room

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 Mea pre booked or Whiskey Walk Tour

Day 3 Optional Trip to Spike Island in Cork harbour

Day 1 Fri

Arrive in Cork city on the River Lee in the morning.
In the afternoon take a guided walking tour of Ireland’s second city whose centre is an island enclosed by the River Lee. See the famous sights including the Old English Market, Elizabeth Fort, St Finbarr’s Cathedral, the Butter Museum and maybe try your hand at bell-ringing at Shandon Church.
Overnight in Cork city where you have an option to do a Whiskey history walking Tour of the city.     

Day 2 Sat

Today visit two of the area’s prettiest towns. In the historic port town of Kinsale take a guided walk and visit the seventeenth century Charles Fort. After lunch drive the short distance to Clonakilty for a guided walk. Visit the Michael Collins Centre dedicated to one of the towering figures of the fight for Irish independence and maybe visit his birthplace outside the town. Return to your accommodation.

Day 3 Sun

Take a trip to the East Cork town of Cobh for a Guided walking tour around the historic town which was  the last port of call for the Titanic. Option to visit the Queenstown Story Visitor Centre which tells the story of Irish Immigration or a Guided Tour of a Great House and Garden in the area.
Dept Cork in the afternoon.