Day trips on your own
There are many wonderful full and half day jaunts out of the city. Visit historic Blarney Castle with its Stone of Eloquence or get up close and personal with the chimps, giraffes and cheetahs in Fota Wildlife Park. Fancy something different? What about a history of Irish whiskey making and a chance to compare the whiskies of the world at Midleton Distellery in Midleton. Want to visit the saddest town in Ireland? Head to Cobh and vist its heritage centre which chronicles the history of Irish emigration to all point of the compass over the centuries. Cobh is also home to the Titanic Exhibition which tells the story of Titanic's last port of call.
If you want to journey a little further, Cork City is at the centre point of Ireland’s southern coastline. Travelling west from the city, you can explore its wild peninsulas and Atlantic washed coastline. Heading east brings you through wildlife sanctuaries, castles & abbeys, medieval towns and historic ports heading all the way to Ireland’s oldest city – Waterford and the world famous Waterford Crystal Centre. Head north and pretty market towns bejewel the countryside, with the Galtee and Knockmealdown Mountains providing a stunning backdrop to your journey. Kayak, cycle, hike and scramble your way through this beautiful undulating part of the Ireland.