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Cycled 30 miles from Eyries to Kenmare. A very pleasant cycle along the northern coast of Beara, along rolling hills. Stopped for a little hike up to a stone circle, somehow missed the larger stone circle along this route. Arrived in Kenmare early enough to wash some laundry. Probably the highlight of the day ...
... that I was practically twinkle toes (much exageration- a lovely Irish characteristic) I danced all night and was totally exhausted, a lot of twirling to waltz time and some stamping in between. The night was finished off with a bit of line dancing!. It was my turn to cook on our dance evening. My partner was a young swiss boy, full of enthusiasm but totally hopeless in the kitchen. Stress levels rose (mine not his). The menu was minestrone soup, ...
... is a nice hoilday spot with sailing, boating and canoeing in a calm bay.
The hot spot for the day however was Mizen Head - a spectatcular piece of coast - see the photos below! We did a lot of walking on tracks up and down the cliffs and across a bridge to where the lighthouse was.
Mizen Head is the southern most tip of Ireland.
After that, we ...
... bear bones which had been discovered in the caves! Fe was not so comfortable in the underground passages, however did survive! We exited the caves and went next door to the Birds of Prey Centre. We saw 3 demonstrations by the bird handler (if that is what they are called). Mat even got to hold the Battelier Eagle! Pretty cool stuff! Look closely at the photo, how many 'eagles' can you find! This was not intentional AT ALL!!
Next stop - the Cliffs ...
... have driven through Mallow three times and gotten horribly lost each time. When you begin to recognize the pebbles beside the road you know you are driving in a circle. All we wanted to do was to get to Kinsale and avoid Cork City in the process. Finally we just gave it over to TomTom and hey presto! there we were in Kinsale even though we had to drive on the Cork City ring road in the process.
We had wanted a tour of Kinsale Crystal but the owner ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maritime Hotel Bantry
Will be nice but still a bit of a building site!
Great location, staff are supper, the most friendly and helpfull people you could find, but the hotel is still under construction in many ways.
Rooms are nice, pretty functional and they look good.
Breakfast was a bit lame, they ran out of pastries!
Problems with the water supply, it tool ages for hot water to come through to the bath / shower, and the preasure was really too low for a hotel.
Just back from a Weekend in Bantry we were only to stay 1 night but the hotel was so luxurious we stayed for a second night. I could not fault this hotel in any way definately the nicest hotel i have ever stayed in and could not believe that it was such good value!!!
The room was very spacious the bed and pillows were so comfortable. The Food in the hotel was so tasty and melt in your mouth. We found the service to be perfect any request we had was immediately dealth with.
I would definately recommend this hotel to all my friends and family it really made our stay in Bantry and will definately go back again sometime in the near future!!
Nice new hotel
This is a nice new hotel,opened only in March 07.Very comfortable rooms ,nice decor and a modern ensuite.Plasma t.v. and a lovely view over the river.The staff were friendly and the service was good.The Ocean rstaurant in the hotel was nice too and the food excellent and reasonably priced.The bar is modern and also serves bar food and a carvery.The hotel also boasts a Gym and Pool.Plenty to see around Bantry and the little towns close by,Ballylickey,Glengarriff and Mizen head.Enjoyed the rest.
We'll be back!!
This was one of the better hotels I have stayed in Ireland, The value and standards are hard to bet. We stayed there in July 2007 for a total of three nights. Then staff could not be more helpful and very welcoming. Its close location to the centre of the town was such a plus. The rooms were spotless and had all the mod cons, views to die for. We'll be back!!!
Great value for your € here, and the location is terrific - with full access to Bantry (close to cinema for a rainy day) and a choice of beautiful locations to visit - in particular Sheep's head.
We have just returned from a 3 night stay in The Maritime Hotel (2 adults and 2 children under 2) and thoroughly enjoyed our break. The hotel is only open 3 months so is not quite finished so there is still some ongoing work. Indeed they were only putting the name sign up when we were there and the car park isn't open yet, which is a bit of a pain as there is limited parking across the road but we got a space each time. There is construction work going on across from the hotel and you could hear this in the morning but it didn't interfere with our stay.
Service & Hotel Amazing
I would also like to defend The Maritme Hotel. I stayed there last week and it was amazing. The Hotel Decor is breath-taking and I found the service impecible. The Food in The Maritme Bar mouth watering and the Leisure Centre relaxing.
The staff were helpful, kind and always smiling.
The reception staff helped us in every way they could by recommended local sites and giving us directions.
Overall it was a fabulous hotel.
Had to write a short piece to defend the Maritime from a previous very harsh review . We recently spent a night in the hotel and would recommend it to anyone as we found it to be of the highest standards throughout . The decor is fabulous , the rooms are splendid , balconies have fabulous view over the harbour (granted there is work ongoing across the road ),breakfast was nice and served with a smile . Overall we really enjoyed our stay and again would highly recommend it .