Start Your Irelands Ancient East Tour of discovery from Garryvoe Beach Homes. Your Gateway to both: Ireland's Ancient East
and Wild Atlantic Way
. We are proud to say we are the perfect stop off on your Ireland road trip - an easy drive from the East coast ferry ports
and just 40 minutes from the start of the Irelands Ancient East or the Wild Atlantic Way.
Plunge into Cork and witness our county's transformation over a lifetime flooded with a constant current of visitors, emigrants and adventurers. From forts to family history, prisoners and passenger ships, a tour of this maritime gateway brings you on a voyage through history, culture, romance, intrigue – and some of the best food on the island. Just be prepared: you'll leave with a bit of the sea in your soul.
Over 5,000 years of history lie buried within the verdant meadows, bustling towns and rugged stone monuments of Ireland's Ancient East. Each landmark has its stories to tell, as indeed do the locals, who delight in telling tales that are rich in famous battles and magic rituals.
Learn the stories of a place and you'll come to understand the soul of its people. From ancient high kings to modern day poets, saints and scholars to ramblers and fishermen, Ireland's Ancient East pulsates with legendary tales. With the maps as your guide and the itineraries as your inspiration, you're about to prepare for a real life journey through this mystical place.
Take a short break in Ireland’s Ancient East and visit places filled with unmissable experiences! Prepare for an adventure through a land of legends, from brave knights, castles and round towers, to tales of emigrants, monks and ancient civilisations, Ireland’s Ancient East is brimming with stories, culture, attractions, festivals and fun.
For thousands of years, this spectacular coastline has played host to all manner of new arrivals; fierce Viking raiders, Norman conquerors and medieval merchants in treasure laden ships. Yet as the last port of call before the Irish Sea and the treacherous Atlantic expanse, its deep-water harbours have also witnessed many poignant farewell; Trail the coast, indulging in some of the finest seafood and historic tails the country has to offer.
Start your journey with local attractions such as the Ballycotton Lighthouse Tours or Ballymalou House & Gardens:
Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Travel in our open topped boat. Visit the Ballycotton Island summit. Explore the Lighthouse. Enjoy the stunning views from the Ballycotton Lighthouse lantern balcony.
Open 10:00 – 17:00/ €20pp, €60 per family of 4
Ballymaloe Cookery school is situated in 100 acres of organic Farm & Gardens. The extensive gardens are a mixture of Formal & Production Gardens and include a 1 acre greenhouse.
Open: 11:00 – 17:30/ €6.50pp. Children U12 free