Discover the magic of County Cork where you can dine out on exquisite cuisine, release your adrenaline along its glorious coastline or soak up the rugged beauty of its awe-inspiring landscapes
Enjoy exhilarating golf at dramatic courses as well as a wide variety of watersports
With spectacular terrain for cycling, West Cork offers awesome landscapes and rugged coastal routes.
West Cork offers spectacular terrain for cycling with awesome landscapes and rugged coastal routes.
A true angler’s paradise, the Cork region is ideal whether your line is deep-sea fishing, shore fishing, game fishing or coarse fishing.
The Cork region is a fisherman’s paradise whether your line is deep-sea fishing, shore fishing, game fishing or coarse fishing.
This beautiful collection of trees and shrubs extends over 11 hectares and contains delightful areas including an ornamental pond, Victorian orangery, fernery and walled pleasure gardens.
County Cork boasts some of the country’s most intriguing and picturesque golf courses from Charleville Golf Club at the foot of the Ballyhoura Mountains to Bantry Bay Golf Club towering above the head of Bantry Bay.
With miles of sandy beaches, beautiful coastline, spectacular scenery and unspoilt countryside, the Cork region is perfect for an equestrian holiday.
There’s an abundance of watersports to enjoy in County Cork including deep-sea diving, sea kayaking, and sailing.
Cork is now regarded as one of the best places for whale watching in Europe. The waters around Cork contain dolphins and porpoises all year round, while the whale watching season runs from June to January.
Get the gift of the gab with the infamous Blarney Stone and ride high on Ireland’s only cable car
If your kids don’t enjoy the gift of the gab just yet then bring them along to the historic Blarney Castle. The castle contains the infamous Stone of Eloquence, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it…or so they say! But whether it works of not, kissing the Blarney Stone is a right of passage for all visitors to County Cork.
Test whether you’ve a head for heights with Ireland’s only cable car service, which brings you to an island of remarkable scenic beauty and total tranquility.
Take a walk on the wild side in Cork's fabulous wildlife park, with wallabies, cheetahs, penguins and many, many more, it's a nature trail to remember.
The only planetarium in the Republic of Ireland with a number of stunning star shows.
Culture & Festivals
Cork’s a thriving cultural county with renowned music festivals
Running at the same time as the Cork Jazz Festival, Kinsale’s Fringe affair has a more intimate atmosphere with a host of acts from Ireland, the UK and the US.
Bantry House on the beautiful Bantry Bay is the setting for this acclaimed music festival that provides chamber music in a very intimate environment.
Eating, Drinking & Luxury
Feast like a king in Ireland’s gourmet county
Ballymaloe may be becoming more famous for its internationally renowned cookery school but this elegant country house is where it all started. The restaurant uses the finest local ingredients, many of which are grown in the farm and garden and focuses on high-quality home cooking.
Whether you want to learn to cook or simply enjoy the fantastic food, Island Cottage is a unique spot on a small island.
Kinsale’s popular gourmet food festival in October draws the food cognoscenti from all over Europe, and is a celebration of all the town has to offer.
Gay & Lesbian
Head to Cork City for the best gay scene in the south
Hip bar that gets packed on weekends.
Cork’s premier gay venue with karaoke, drag queens and dance tunes.
Full-on parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a predominately male crowd.
Splash out on a wonderful West Cork painting and pottery from the famed Stephen Pearce
This large store contains an extensive selection of work from renowned Irish potter Stephen Pearce, as well as other excellent crafts.
Professional artist Sheila Hooks paints the local West Cork landscape and her paintings are in corporate collections in Ireland, and private collections throughout Europe and the US.
Check out Kinsale’s magnificent fort and Cork City’s historic gaol
Ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, Bantry House is still the home of their descendant Egerton Shelswell-White and has been open to the public since the 1940s. The house is beautifully and elegantly furnished while the beautifully restored and terraced gardens are an absolute delight.
Constructed in the late 17th century, this is a classic example of a star-shaped fort. The magnificent fortress of 1677 is the largest military citadel in Ireland.
Situated in the harbour of Glengarriff, Bantry Bay, Garnish Island covers 15 hectares and is a garden of rare beauty. Its sheltered location and position in the line of the Gulf Stream means that exotic plants have positively flourished.
Kinsale is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable towns on the southwest coast of Ireland. It’s justly famous for yachting, sea angling, gourmet restaurants and golf.
The Keeper's House and Engine Room, the Suspension Bridge and the 99 Steps are just some of what make the lighthouse at Ireland’s most southwesterly point magical.
The one-hour tour includes an audio-visual presentation, followed by a tour of the wonderfully restored industrial complex.