Ho­tels of­fer guests op­por­tu­nity

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

It’s this con­nec­tion be­tween farm­ing and tourism that is a key el­e­ment of West Cork Farm Tours.

Three fam­ily-run ho­tels, the Celtic Ross Ho­tel in Ross­car­bery, and the Fern­hill House Ho­tel and the Em­met Ho­tel in Clon­akilty, are play­ing big roles in or­gan­is­ing the farm tours. The ho­tel guests have the op­por­tu­nity to tour per­haps two farms per day dur­ing their stay, ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally by car or as part of a coach group.

The farm tours ini­tia­tive also ties in with the highly-successful Wild At­lantic Way project, as Marie Healy of Fáilte Ire­land ex­plains: “In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing another great en­hance­ment for vis­i­tors trav­el­ling the Wild At­lantic Way, th­ese farm tours will en­cour­age those who travel along the route to slow down, dwell longer and im­merse them­selves in the lo­cal cul­ture and tra­di­tion.

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