Cork the City
Launch pad to the South West
Situated in the centre of Ireland’s southern coastline, Cork is the hub of economic, industrial, educational and tourism activity. In fact no visit to Southern Ireland is fully complete without stopping over for a day or two to explore the area. Cork Airport, with excellent connections to the UK and Europe, is 15 minutes from the city centre, While the deepwater port of Ringaskiddy, with connections to Roscoff in France, is a mere 20 minute drive. For those on public transport it is even easier with the central bus and rail stations a relaxing 5 & 10 minute walk respectively to the city’s main thoroughfare – St. Patricks Street.
On the city's doorstep you are spoilt for choice. Blarney Castle, Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh's Heritage Experience and Titanic Centre are all within 15 miles of the city. The historic and stunning coastal village of Kinsale is less than 25 minutes drive away while the rugged beauty of West Cork with its awesome scenery and fantastic food is invitingly close.
Once you have explored the immediate Cork area, there is no end to the range of things for you to do as you explore the wider region.
Head North and explore the Galtee Mountains & Ballyhoura Region, the world famous Rock of Cashel, Mallow & Cahir Castles plus Holy Cross Abbey.
Moving East take in the Jameson Distillery, beautiful Ballycotton, medieval Youghal (pronounced Yawl), the Suir Valley railway & the breathtaking Blackwater Valley with its innumerable stories of Kings, Queens, villains, Knights Templar and much more.
Then, of course, moving west, you travel through rolling hillside to the spectacular Sheep’s Head & Beara peninsulas and some of Europe’s most unspoilt countryside. You will also discover a land pockmarked with castles & Tower houses, ring forts & wedge tombs over 4000 years old - a land where ‘every bend on the road has a story waiting to be told’.
All that remains then is to decide on whether you base yourself in the city or ramble out and explore the roads less travelled.