Wanderlust and the West Cork Islands would like to invite you to a magical week on the famous West Cork Islands. Step back in time and give yourself space to see what is most important to you in your life. Experience the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Islands, with each Island giving the visitor a unique experience of its own. The tour will take you to the most remote and beautiful area of Ireland, to the islands of Bere Island, Cape Clear, Dursey, Garinish, Sherkin, Whiddy and . . .
It’s no wonder they call West Cork “A Place Apart”. Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland stretching from smart south-coast Kinsale to the rugged westerly Beara peninsula reaching into the wild Atlantic. West Cork is the place many Europeans head for, leaving hurried city lives behind to play along the long zig-zagging coastline, and walk through peaceful Island coves and valleys.
Hundreds of inlets, safe harbours and beaches are just right for long active days in the salty air – learning to bake brown bread, take part in music and dance sessions, swim in the crystal clear waters, watch whales and dolphins swim in their natural home, or simply eat a fresh crab sandwich on the quayside.
During the week you will be taking the cable car to Dursey Island where you can see the sun shimmering on the blue sea far below, the only sounds are the waves breaking on the rocks and the birds are chirping with delight. As you walk along the track which is covered with lush green grass you will feel alone in this beautiful place at the edge of the world. You are on Dursey Island for the first time so drink in its beauty and tranquillity – no shops, no pubs, to distract this unique experience. You will return for sure. Ireland’s most southerly community is Oiléan Chléire (Cape Clear) “the storytellers’ island”, where Irish is spoken as a first language, and there’s an independent way of life. You will visit here on your trip, standing on deck, the fresh tasty breeze makes you consider taking shelter inside on the ferry on the way out from Baltimore, but you would rather feel the chill because you sense your body is absorbing something magical. As the boat enters the beautiful natural harbour, you somehow feel the nicest part of you connecting to something greater – there is something about the Islands.
Beyond Cape Clear, the imposing Fastnet Lighthouse stands on a rock known as Ireland’s tear drop – for emigrants to the new world, this was their last sight of their native land. The whole coast echoes with history – ancient sites, ruined castles, coastal forts. Island people value the good things in life and they would like to share their lives with you for a moment in time, they are warm-hearted and kind. The Islands are a place that takes its time and helps us to slow down.
As you head to Bere Island and the minute you step off the ferry you are on island time. Walk back in time when you leave the tar road to the dirt track, to the grass road to, to the mountain. Smell the heather and listen to the chough on the cliff edge. See the remains of the military fortifications that guard the bay. Walk on the path to the lighthouse and spot the pirate caves of long ago. Your reward for your travels waits over the summit – the majestic Ardnakinna Lighthouse that guided many a sailor to this safe haven. Enjoy your island picnic lunch of Bere Island mackerel and homemade brown bread, washed down with a pint of Guinness, and treat yourself to the views of the stunning Atlantic Ocean. full story here
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Schedule Walking Ireland´s Islands in West Cork 2016
Time travelling :: Walking West Cork’s Islands __ 6 August – 13 August 2016
Time travelling :: Walking West Cork’s Islands 27 August – 3 September 2016
Prices Island Walking Ireland 2015
6 August – 13 August 2016…………..1290,00 €
27 August – 3 September 2016……..1240,00 €
Early Bird Discount: 50 € per person,
Registration and 20% deposit of full price before 20 December 2015 to avail of discount
Prices per person sharing in double / twin rooms
Single room surcharge: 240 € pP/week
Prices include 7 nights B&B, full board (breakfast, packed lunch, 2 course dinner, tea, coffee, water); all walks, use of walking poles, transport by busses and ferries, participation fees for six out of nine possible events, which are: traditional live music, scones and brown bread baking, Irish Dance, meeting a sheepfarmer and his dogs, bird or marinelife watching, meet the islanders, swimming in the sea, listen to the stories and history of the islands, local guides.
:: Walking week starts in Baltimore (Sat.) and finishes in Ballylickey (Sat.). We are happy to organise transport from and to airports in Cork, Kerry or Dublin at cost price.
Participants: min 5, max 16. participants of any age welcome. Our walks will range between 10 and 15 km per day and will be easy (leisurely) to moderate in grade. We walk unhastily and take our time for breaks. Children younger than 12 years of age pay half price, children younger than 5 are free of charge (when sleeping in parent´s room).