Tours

Historical Tour

Explore by boat the rich historical significance of Cork Harbour. View the stunning coastline by boat. Meet your skipper at the Port of Cork’s Marina facility in the heart of Cork City. Enjoy your guide recalling tales of Pirates, Smugglers, Submarine’s and Giant Flying Boats. Gaze upon the Sentinels of the Atlantic, some of the world’s finest examples of Coastal Artillery installations Camden Fort Meaghar, Fort Davis and Spike Island.

Choose to have Lunch at the award winning Cronins MadFish Restaurant in Crosshaven or the stunning cliffside pub and restaurant Bunnyconnellens in Myrtleville which overlooks the Titanics’s last anchorage.

Premium customers will be collected by bus and brought on a tour of a number of historically significant locations, the highlight being a tour of Camden Fort.  On arrival you’ll be met by one of the warm local guides who will show you around the complex. Re-live history through your senses as you explore this unique coastal defence installataion.

Tour Of Camden Fort

Camden Fort Meagher is internationally recognised as being “One of the finest remaining examples of a classical Coastal Artillery Fort in the world”. For almost 400 years the fort played a key role as a strong strategic position for the defence of Ireland, the west coast of England and Wales. 65% of the fort is located underground in a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. The fort is a prime location to watch ships passing through Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world.

Coastal Eco Tour

This coastal tour invites you to experience Ireland’s Marine Life by boat.  Witness the native marine life in it’s natural habitat with Dolphin’s, Basking Sharks, Whales, Porpoises, Sun Fish and Seals often spotted along the route. The towering rugged coastline is also home to a diverse selection of bird life, with Ganets, Cormerants, Egrits, Turins and Peregrine Falcons all calling these rocky outcrops home.

Choose to experience locally sourced sea food @ Cronin’s Mad Fish Restaurant  in Crosshaven.

Premium customers may also choose to enjoy  a Wilderness or Bee Keeping tour. The Wilderness Tour is provided by the very engaging warm hearted Mickey Hoey, who takes you by canoe down the calm tranquil Minane River sharing his passion for the great outdoors foraging tasty delights along the way. 

The Bee Keeping Tour is operated by Mark Riordan of Hive Mind, a long established Air B & B host and Bee Keeper. Mark is gentle warm character that welcomes you into his Victorian  Seaside house in a relaxed coastal village. Explore the 2 acre walled in garden and experience what bee keeping is all about.

Harbour Food & Drink Tour

Come and enjoy Cork Harbour like never before. Travel by Passenger Rib to a number of Harbour based pubs and restaurants, to sample your choice of fine food and tasty beverages. There is a minimum of 6 people to run a tour. Collection can be at a number of fixed platform locations throughout Cork Harbour and Coastline. This tour lets you experience the best in scenery, food and hospitality.

Premium customers if they want their taste buds tickled can, can choose either whiskey or rum tasting at a selection of our partners.

Also available for premium customers is The Captains Choice, where your skipper will take you for the full day to experience the true Cork. Take the path less traveled, experience outstanding food and tasty beverages.

Sight Seeing Tour

The rugged Cork Coastline is some of the most stunning scenery in the world. You will get to witness, towering cliffs, hidden bays and inlets and the rich diversity of marine life along the way. The tour takes place by boat, with our local guides sharing myth, legend and our hidden history throughout the journey.  

Choose to have Lunch at the award winning Cronins MadFish Restaurant in Crosshaven or the stunning cliffside pub and restaurant Bunnyconnellens in Myrtleville which overlooks the Titanics’s last anchorage.

For premium customers there is a bus service which brings you to a number of amazing view points in the area. Spots you simply would not see without local knowledge.

Cobh Heritage Centre

Learn about the story of Irish emigration in its various forms to many destinations, trace your ancestors, hear about the ill fated Titanic and the Lusitania and immerse yourself in Irish Naval and Military history at Cobh Heritage Centre. This beautiful informative and sometimes emotive exhibition is situated within Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story.

Education Tour

This tour provides access to the rich diversity of educational resources located throughout Cork Harbour and surrounding area. With locations such as Camden Fort, Spike Island and The Titanic Experience students can visit world leading amenities illustrating the significance of Cork Harbour throughout the ages. Access to all these sites by water gives a unique view of this historically diverse port.-

Cork also boasts one of the foremost nautical colleges and research institutes with the National Marine College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy. For students wishing to pursue a career in the marine world a tour of these facilities or a tour of the Naval base Haulbowline will have a considerable impact to a students future.   

Wilderness Tour

Mick Hoey lives in Crosshaven. His love, curiosity and exceptional knowledge of the natural world started in early childhood and, after years travelling the world as a deep sea fisherman, he returned home and chose to live his life living off the land; hunting, fishing, growing and foraging for all most of the food he needs.

Mick is now offering you the opportunity to take a leisurely paddle along the little known Minane river. As you meander along this tranquil river way, enjoying the unspoilt flora and fauna of its beautiful riverbanks, Mick will reveal the edible delights on offer and forage for some tasty treats.

The trip will culminate in a delicious riverbank seafood BBQ lunch.

This 4 hour trip (10am-2pm)   

Bee Keeping Tour

Mark’s passion for beekeeping began over a decade ago. Avidly in search of more knowledge and experience I have visited beekeepers around Ireland and the world. In recent years, he successfully completed a Masters Thesis on the issues around breeding the honeybee here in Ireland. Since then he has been working on a project called Hive Mind. With Hive Mind, they are working to build awareness for the preservation of the honey bee here in Ireland and spread the love of our nectar-bearing fuzzy friends.

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The day will begin with a meet-and-greet; where Mark runs though the safety aspects of beekeeping. Stings are rare when safety is well considered. Now, it’s time to get nerdy. He discusses what happens within the colony, the social structure and the roles each honeybee has to play within the super organism of the hive. The importance of the honeybee to our own lives; and to the world at large cannot be underestimated. The more that we know, the more that we can do to affect a change. Apiary tour: this is where you watch the bees at work. We find out what plants they are foraging, and why, on that specific day. By now you should be confident enough to get your bee suits on (provided by Mark of course) and do some beekeeping. With my help, you will be guided through the basic steps involved in a hive inspection. All of what we have learned during the day will be put into practice for what promises to be an inspiring journey into the world of the Northern European Honeybee, Apis mellifera Mellifera.

Your experience is set on the grounds of a quiet farmhouse Myrtleville House in the coastal town of Myrtleville. It is where Mark’s beekeeping days began and where he hopes to share his knowledge with you.

3 Day Historical

On offer is this spectacular 3 day historical adventure to be enjoyed by friends, families and the individual wanting to delve into the authentic history of The Secret South. With a coastal location at the south side of Cork harbour, The Secret South has watched ever steadfast over the many ages of Ireland, this beautiful area boasts of stunning untamed scenery, warm welcoming locals, rich historical sites and many a tale that has been passed down through the ages.

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Day 1Arrive at your accommodation and take your time to relax and settle in. Enjoy a pint and some dinner in one of the many listed fine dining establishments on our welcome brochure.

Day 2 In the morning 10am, you will be met by your guide Mick Howe for your Ancient Ways feast and foraging tour, learn about indigenous plant life and many of the old ways used for animal tracking and cooking. After breaking for lunch at Cronin’s, you will be met by your local tour guide and embark on a bus tour of our ancient sights. Visit the Fathaine’s viewing point 150 meters above Cork Harbour, offering panoramic views where on a clear day you can see the mountains of Tipperary and Waterford and the Old Head Of Kinsale, next visit 17th century Templebreedy with its ancient graves dating back as early as 1711 from there its onto Crosshaven House for a tour of the recently refurbished eighteenth century Georgian house. To complete the tour you are taken to the view point at Weavers Point, a point of huge historical significance that witnessed over 2,500,000 Irish leave the Country, some never to return.

Day 3After breakfast you will be bussed to Crosshaven Pier for your Hidden History Boat Tour. This tour begins by taking you up river to where Sir Frances Drake hid from the Spanish Armada in the aptly named Drakes Pool, following back down river you will be shown The RCYC, the oldest yacht club in the world. From here it’s out into Cork Harbour and North East over to Aghada, location of the WW1 Airforce base. The tour then progresses to Cobh and Spike where our tour guide will capture your imagination with stories and tales of long ago. We then travel to Camden Fort and view the outer harbour lighting posts which kept a keen eye out for the elusive U Boats, From here we travel to Carrols Glenn, west of Cork Harbour where the remains of smuggling ladders can be seen in the rock, pro-Irish independence rebels were armed by the Germans during WW1. The Last spot on the tour is U52 the WW1 Mine Sub that fatally fell on her own sword.

Lunch takes place in the RCYC and then people are bussed to Camden Fort for a land based tour of this amazing military facility.

PriceAdult €350, (2 people minimum)Child €290

3 Day Adventure

This three day adventure is for people looking to escape from the norm and enjoy something exhilarating with a range of activities to pick from.

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Day 1Arrive at your accommodation and take your time to relax and settle in. Enjoy a pint and some dinner in one of the many listed fine dining establishments on our welcome brochure.

Day 2 After breakfast make your way by bus or car to Funkytown Adventure Centre in Fountainstown. On arrival you will be met by one of the friendly staff who’ll get you sorted with appropriate equipment for the day. The day’s outing called the Amazon Adventure is a 3 hour tour through some of Irelands most beautiful landscapes. Its designed for people of all abilities and is a great introduction to your Secret South Adventure. The trip starts in the quiet rural town of Minane Bridge where a small river meanders through a peaceful pine forest. This then widens out to a freshwater dam with the Sea. This is a perfect place to get out, stretch the legs and have a cup of tea. From here it’s up and over the dam and down Ringabella bay to Fountainstown and back to the centre to get into a set of warm dry clothes.

Lunch takes place in one of our local fine food establishments.

After breaking for lunch at you will be met by your local tour guide and embark on a bus tour of our ancient sights. Visit the Fathaine viewing point 150 meters above Cork Harbour, offering panoramic views where on a clear day you can see the mountains of Tipperary and Waterford and the Old Head Of Kinsale, next visit 17th century Templebreedy with its ancient graves dating back as early as 1711 from there its onto Crosshaven House for a tour of the recently refurbished eighteenth century Georgian house. To complete the tour you are taken to the view point at Weavers Point, a stunning view of Roches Point lighthouse and the entrance to Cork Harbour

Day 3 After Breakfast, make your way back to Funkytown, get your equipment sorted for the day and hit the water. Firstly on the agenda is a two hour stunning Sea Kayak Cave Exploration trip. Enjoy the local seal population popping up to say hello along the trip, the rugged cliffs and stunning caves are one of Irelands hidden gems. Test your nerve at the jump rock and climb through tunnels to hidden bays. On the way back in stop off at our 30ft pontoon for a bit of paddleboarding, inflatable tubing and a crack off our 20ft water trampoline. Choose from our lunch menu and have your food waiting for you when you get off the water.

After Lunch make your way to Crosshaven Pier where you’ll embark on our Secret Sights Boat Tour, this tour takes you out the harbour and west along the coastline to enjoy this stunning rugged coastline, catch a glimpse of some of the marine life and then come back in along the harbour stopping off at Cobh. At Cobh, you can enjoy some of the local amenities, Titanic Museum and Titanic Experience and have your evening meal in the Quays before being ferried back to Crosshaven.

PriceAdult €350, (2 people minimum)Child €290

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