Ashbourne House Hotel

Glounthaune, Co., Cork, Ireland
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Off the beaten track yet accessible via bus/train from Cork City...

by bostonerica

Seeking suggestions for places to go for a daytrip or afternoon that are less than hour from Cork City and are accessible via public transit. Seeking someplace beautiful and not absolutely overrun with tourists.

Thinking of visiting Kinsale and also taking a day bus tour of the Ring of Kerry. 25f, will be there in August for a couple of days.

Recommendations appreciated!

Re: Off the beaten track yet accessible via bus/train from Cork City...

by Bilimari

Hi, I'm going to Cork next month, and plan to visit Kinsale and Cobh while I'm there. Ring of Kerry is really nice, too, but I'm afraid no matter where you go, you'll see lots of tourists in Ireland this time of the year. Still, you'll have a great time there. :)

Re: Off the beaten track yet accessible via bus/train from Cork City...

by johngayton

Yep, regular trains to Cobh (pronounced "cove") from Cork railway station. Well worth a visit - there are some touristy bits but a couple of great pubs too!! I've forgotten its name but look for a little pub on the corner off the other side of the main square if you want a taste of proper Irish pubs. In Cork itself try out "Gallaghers" on O'Donnell street for some good live music and the pub across the road from it too (HA! Another one who's name I've forgotten - strange that I can never remember the good pubs' NAMES!!!)

Enjoy and Slainte! John

Re: Off the beaten track yet accessible via bus/train from Cork City...

by zone_de_guerre

Just to add to what the others are saying, Cobh and Kinsale are beautiful, I was in Cobh years ago and loved the town and Kinsale has some nice pubs and restaunrants. Cobh also has connections with the Titanic. But for me the best place was Youghal, a town close to my heart. Great pubs, beach, ahve a look at the Youghal pages on VT.

Re: Off the beaten track yet accessible via bus/train from Cork City...

by lyonsie

Would agree with the others. Cobh is lovely town with Museum of Titanic memorabelia, lots of pubs and you could get your fortune told by the 'white witch' if she is around....
Kinsale is more up-market (for want of a better word) with its wonderful restaurants etc. and well worth a visit there is Charles Fort. If you visit the fort take the guided tour, very interesting and some lovely photo's of the sea and cliffs there.
Of course, there is always Blarney. Kiss the stone.... You can take the 'open bus tour' which does the city (cork) and goes to Blarney. Full of 'yanks' but sure there is plenty of room for everyone... It's all wonderful, it's Ireland.

Re: Off the beaten track yet accessible via bus/train from Cork City...

by Ekaterinburg

Kinsale, Cobh, Blarney are the obvious ones and all worthwhile visiting, especially Kinsale.

Midleton is also very popular for the Jameson Heritage Centre, which is in the old distillery and includes a tasting at the end.

Crosshaven is very close as is Fountainstown if you want to get a whiff of sea air.

Bus Eireann do a Ring of Kerry tour from Cork but they also do a WEst Cork tour which includes a boat trip to Cape Clear. Now that is definitely worth taking.

Have fun and bring a brolly :)

Travel Tips for Cork

go outlet shopping at Corabbey...

by kathycollins

go outlet shopping at Corabbey Linens, Knockgriffin Industrial Park, Cork Road, Midleton, CoCork. Phone +353 21 632842
This outlet store sells some of the same linens other places sell for twice as much. Its not the easiest place to find, tucked in the back of this industrial park, but is well worth the effort if you're looking for linens at good prices.

Cork Medical Dictionary

by orlikins

Got this by e-mail, hope you find it amusing :)

Benign- What you be, after you be eight
Artery-The study of paintings
Bacteria - Back door to cafeteria
Barium - What doctors do when patients die
Caesarean Section - A neighbourhood in Rome
Catscan - Searching for Kitty
Cauterize - Made eye contact with her
Colic - A sheep dog
Coma - A punctuation mark
Dilate - To live long
Enema -Not a friend
Fester - Quicker than someone else
Fibula - A small lie
Impotent - Distinguished, well known
Labor Pain - Getting hurt at work
Medical Staff - A Doctor's cane
Morbid - A higher offer
Nitrates - Cheaper than day rates
Node - I knew it
Outpatient - A person who has fainted
Pelvis - Second cousin to Elvis
Post Operative - A letter carrier
Recovery Room - Place to do upholstery
Rectum - Nearly feckin killed him
Secretion -Hiding something
Seizure - Roman emperor
Tablet - A small table
Terminal Illness -Getting sick at the airport
Urine - Opposite of you're out

Cobh - the Queenstown Story

by evaanna

Cobh (pronounced cove) - formerly Cove and, subsequently, Queenstown, is a pretty resort and port situated on the largest island in Cork Harbour.
Walking along the quayside lined with elegant hotels, good restaurants and interesting shops, the first time visitor might not even suspect the town's tragic past. And yet it was from here that over 2.5 million desperate Irish people set off on the sea journey in the years 1845-1950 in pursuit of a better life. For many, it was the only chance of survival in times of hunger and disease brought on by the repeated potato crop failures in 1845-1849.
The town has not forgotten them - the Queenstown Story museum at the Cobh Heritage Centre tells their story and the story of the port in its expressive multimedia exhibition.
Outside the disused railway station where the Centre is located stands the statue of Annie Moore, who was the first person to be admitted to the United States of America through the new immigration centre at Ellis Island, New York on 1 January 1892. The statue of Annie and her brothers was sculpted by Jeanne Rynhart of Bantry and is dedicated to all those who were forced to leave Ireland in those days of need.

Admission fees: EUR 6.60 - adult, 3.30 - child, seniors and students - EUR 5.50

Paradise.
Paradise is a...

by blos

Paradise.
Paradise is a swimming spot frequented by local people. Ir's a small little rocky area with spots for jumping and diving into the Atlantic. There are manmade steps to help you on your way down the steep cliffs that surround it. The sun always seems to be shining here. It's along the cliff walk at Ballycotton, a nice seaside town in East Cork. After a refreshing swim here head to Skinny's Diner in the village of Ballycotton, which has the most delicious burgers ever.

There are many pubs bars and...

by sexylady

There are many pubs bars and clubs in Cork.But the best club in Cork in my opinion is The Savoy.The music here is R&B,hip hop,dance and there is also a live band up stairs.Very stylish club!!
Other clubs are Maas,Fast Eddies,Havana Browns,Cubins.
It can hold a capacity of about 3000 people,very laid back and it seems as if anything goes in side there.Beautiful club with beautiful people!! Classy and stylish!!

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