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Classic Irish Honeymoon

Explore three centres in the stunning south-west of Ireland, complete with romantic accommodation and kayaking by moonlight.

This bespoke self-drive honeymoon showcases some of the best romantic locations in Southern Ireland allowing you to rest, relax and gently explore these rural hidden corners. Staying in classic country house accommodation, each stay offers creative yet hearty cuisine, elegant, serene surroundings and above all a warm, sincere Irish welcome.

Begin on the dramatic Hook Peninsula on the south coast boasting wild lands and mountains with spectacular coastal views. Next meander inland to the lush green valleys of the Blackwater in the Northern Cork countryside, an ideal touring base. Finish in scenic West Cork where you will enjoy a peaceful evening kayaking on moonlit waters underneath a blanket of stars in an enchantingly romantic experience you will never forget.

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Mar - Oct

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Days One to Three – County Wexford

Your first base is a country House hotel close to Wexford and Waterford on the East Coast, within easy reach of Dublin and Rosslare.

Your Hotel

This luxury Georgian Country House is run by an Irish celebrity chef and his wife, who have created a warm and welcoming place to stay. Elegant and chic, the house has a classical Irish interior imbued with many sensitive and stylish modern touches. Fresh flowers from the garden adorn most rooms, crackling fires warm cosy corners and drowsy guests will be delighted to hear that breakfast is served until 12 am every day. As you would expect, the food here is of a very high standard and dining in the Harvest Room Restaurant is a special treat.

What to See and Do

Rich in culture and tradition, and boasting a wealth of beaches begging for exploration the Hook Peninsula is the ideal place to gently introduce relaxation to your honeymoon.  Take a drive into the Comeragh Mountains to uncover some wild land and superb views over the coast beyond – weather permitting! Meanwhile nearby Wexford is a pretty town, with a wealth of arts and crafts, and a good place to wander.

Day Three to Six – Baltimore, County Cork

Continue south, following the Wild Atlantic Way, to the village of Baltimore, with its bustling natural harbour a haven for yachts and ferries to local islands, as well as offering a range of excellent restaurants and friendly bars.

Your Hotel

Located on the outskirts of the village, this traditional inn features a bar area crammed with memorabilia of years gone by, leading into a bright and airy restaurant. Dine on sumptuously fresh seafood as you gaze out to the boats bobbing on the water, or chat over a Murphy’s with the locals. Rooms are extremely spacious, and neatly decorated with splashes of cheery colours. A feeling of being beside the seaside pervades the hotel.

What to See and Do

There is so much to enjoy in this area, from peaceful walks to dramatic headlands, so we allow you some time to explore this rather special corner of West Cork. You will have plenty of time to explore on your own, perhaps heading further west to the village of Schull, with its colourful craft shops. Drive to Mizen Head, visit the imposing Bantry House and estate, or enjoy one the numerous coastal walks around the Baltimore area.

Moonlight Kayaking

During your stay experience something unique and phenomenal as you kayak under the starlit skies of West Cork. You will begin your paddle an hour before sun down, allowing you time to get used to your vessel with your group and guide. Gasp in awe at the delights the darkness unfolds from the elegant silhouettes of the seabirds resting ashore, the warm crimson sunset, the twinkling canopy overhead, the soft moonlight mirrored on the water, or, at certain times of year, the amazing bio-luminescence below. This truly a once in a lifetime magic experience you will both cherish forever.

Days Six to Eight – Fermoy, County Cork

Your trip is completed in a rather special hotel,  a tranquil rural base.

Your Hotel

This classic accommodation is an award-winning historic Irish country house set peacefully in the flourishing green countryside in Northern Cork. The original building was a traditional Georgian home built in 1728 for a once Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, Sir Richard Pyne. Elegantly modified 120 years later in Italianate style the house is now a charmingly furnished, family-owned period home, offering warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation.

What to See and Do

In this hidden valley of Cork relax and enjoy the very best of Irish cuisine and gentle strolls through the surrounding idyllic walled gardens, ornamental lakes and magnificent parkland beyond. Your accomodation is also a working farm hosting cattle that graze on the surrounding pastures who kept good company by a small herd of donkeys (Poquita, Carisma & Heloise). Nearby the market town of Fermoy is ideal for an afternoon coffee or a riverside stroll while the scenic Bride and Blackwater Valleys provide a haven for anglers, walkers, golfers, horse-riders, garden-lovers and sightseers.

Day Eight – Return Home


This triple-centre honeymoon features the spectacular Hook Peninsula, Baltimore in West Cork and finally the North Cork Countryside near Fermoy.


£990 per person for March & October, £1015 per person for April and £1090 per person for May through September. 

Prices based on 2 adults sharing a superior double ensuite room for 7 nights on a bed and breakfast basis in the hand-picked classic country house accommodation described.

The price also includes the moonlight kayaking in West Cork.

A bottle of chilled champagne will await your arrival at your hotel in Wexford.

Car Hire

We would be delighted to arrange car hire for this honeymoon from regular to classic vehicles. Please do not hesitate to ask for further details.

Travel to Ireland

We would be delighted to book your travel to Ireland for this holiday.

The most convenient ferry routes are those from Pembroke or Fishguard to Rosslare, though connections through Dublin are also possible.

You could also easily base this holiday on return flights to Dublin, or Cork, and there are direct flight connections from many UK airports including London airports, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Luton, Southampton and Edinburgh.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to ensure you get the most from your honeymoon.

All Ireland itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.

We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.

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