Cultural tourism explores the rich and varied culture of Ireland through its music, language, storytelling and other aspects such as the grand houses of the old aristocracy. Take a Guided Tour of a Big House to see how life was lived in the old days. Find where to listen to or learn to play Irish Traditional Music or learn Irish dancing. Learn a ‘cupla focal’ (few words) of Irish or take an activity which is guided in the Irish language.
Guided cultural tourism activities you can book:
Travel by bus from Macroom along the hidden valleys of County Cork’s Irish speaking area, the Muscraí Gaeltacht. Visit the artisan producers, and hear the history of the area with its Irish language and traditional culture. Tuesday or Friday 10am to 4pm.
Fitness Level 2. Price €70.
Guided Tour of Cork’s food History with a visit to the English market, to the old area of Shandon, the Cork Butter Museum and food tasting. Small groups only. Days:- Mon or Fri 2pm or by arrangement for small groups.
Fitness level 2. Price €27pp.
Cork Whiskey Walk Guided
Discover the story and history of whiskey on a walk with an expert guide in Cork city. Visit the site of what was the most famous distillery in the south of Ireland as well as a select group of pubs. Taste a selection of premium Cork whiskeys, a creamy Irish coffee, a Cork craft beer and whiskey pairing, as well as some local cheeses and meats. Takes place on Monday 4.30, Friday 3.30 or by arrangement for a group.
Fitness Level 2. Price €70.
Take a walk around Cobh with an expert local guide to admire the stunning cathedral, the fine old Admiralty buildings and hear the story of the Titanic at its last port of call. Walks start 11am and 2pm daily, other times by appointment.
Fitness level 2. Price €19.
Fota House and Arboretum
Take a Guided Tour of Fota House and see how a large house used to function 100 years ago. This house has been recently restored in the style of Downton Abbey.The house can be booked for functions or events, just contact us for information. Tour Price €14
Get a Guided tour of the Georgian House, Walled Garden and Arboretum. Pre-booking for these tours is essential. Fitness Level 1. €17
Day Wednesday evening or by arrangement about 8pm. Fitness Level 2. Price €65 (min 2 people)
Day:- Time: Fitness Level 3. Price €250 (min 2)
Day:- Friday 10am-4pm, Fitness Level 2. Price €89 (Group rate 5+)
- Take a Guided walk with a local expert. You can take a 2 hour walk to hear of the military history of the island. Price €25.
- Take a Sea Safari from Bere Island or Castletownbere around Bantry Bay, Dursey or Bere Isalnd. Enjoy the thrill of the speed, see wildlife such as dolphins, seals, birds and the cooasional basking shark. Price €25 per person (min 5) Book Now
Rowing Trip in Traditional Boat, Dingle
Feel like an islander off the coast of Ireland by rowing the traditional black boat of the west of Ireland. The Naomóg is made from wood and canvas and requires skill to move it across the water of Dingle bay. Find out the history of these boats and learn how to row a naomhóg in Dingle harbour.
Harbour Tour 1.5 hrs (min 2 people). Fitness level 2. Price €35.
Time 11 am daily. Fitness Level 2. Price per person €20.