Adams & Butler organizes self-driven or chauffeur-driven group tours with accommodations in private country houses and castles. It also conducts special-interest tours; topics include gardens, architecture, ghosts, and golf.

Irish Ways Walking Tours arranges group and self-guided walking tours on the Beara Way and the Sheep's Head Peninsula.

Adrian Wistreich of the Kinsale Pottery & Arts Centre puts together vacation packages that include hands-on pottery, jewelry making, stained-glass, and other workshops.

SouthWestWalks Ireland arranges themed walks along the coast of West Cork, around the Sheep's Head and Beara peninsulas in Bantry Bay.

Michael Martin's Titanic Trail is a 60-minute guided walking tour of Cobh that covers Titanic sites and history; it departs daily at 11 am from the Commodore Hotel (€9.50). Dermot Ryan, a native of Kinsale and a local history enthusiast, leads Kinsale Heritage Town Walks daily at 10:30 am and 4:30 pm (€5; children free). Don Herlihy's Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale departs from the town's tourist office daily at 11:15; you'll learn about Kinsale's links to "Man Friday" and the truth about Kinsale Hookers pirates.

Bus Éireann offers a range of daylong and half-day guided bus tours from June to September. Book these at the Cork Bus Station Parnell Place or at any tourist office. Full-day tours cost about €32, half-day €16. Bus Éireann also offers open-top bus tours of Cork City (€6) on some summer days.

Tour Contacts

Bus Éireann Tours and Trips (021/450–8188 in Cork.

Adams & Butler (58 Foster Ave., the Carriage House, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. 01/288–9355.

Don & Barry's Kinsale Historic Stroll (Kinsale. 021/477–2873.

Irish Ways Walking Tours (Belfield Bike Shop, University College Dublin. 01/260–0749.

Kinsale Heritage Town Walks (Kinsale. 021/477–2729.

Kinsale Pottery & Arts Centre (Olcote, Ballinacurra, Kinsale, Co. Cork. 021/477–7758.

SouthWestWalks Ireland (Oakpark, Tralee. 066/718–6181.

The Titanic Trail (Cobh. 021/481–5211.

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