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Bus day tour from Cork

by bostonerica

Hello,
If I had to choose between a bus day tour of The Ring of Kerry OR the Lakes of Killarney....what would you recommend, and why? If you went on one of these (or both), how did you enjoy them? I am looking at https://www.buseireann.ie.

Also, are Cobh and Kinsale near each other and accessible via public transportation? I am thinking of visiting both in one day, since I will only be in the Cork area for 3 days. Is that too much for one day or are they close enough for it to be realistic?

Thanks!

Re: Bus day tour from Cork

by besbel

Cannot compare both since I haven't gone to the Ring of Kerry. But I went to the Lakes of Killarney in 2004 and personally I found it AWESOME! Impressive scenary, to say the least. Take your time to reach the lakes by walk, and also to walk around the Killarney National Park.
Good luck with your trip!
Flor de Maria

Re: Bus day tour from Cork

by perpetuum

To your other question: Cobh and Kinsale are not far apart, but they are opposite directions from Cork city. Doing both by public transport would be work. If I had to choose, it would be a no brainer - spend the day in Kinsale.
Either way, have a great vacation.

Re: Bus day tour from Cork

by Ksmall1201

Personally I skipped the Ring of Kerry because the weather was bad and I didn't want to be on a bus all day. But I did see the lakes of Killarney, and they were beautiful! Very scenic, I have some amazing pictures. However I'm still a little upset that I didn't go see the Ring of Kerry. Everyone I have ever spoken to says how amazing it is.

We stopped at Cobh on the way to Kinsale were we spent 2 nights. They are close enough to do both in one day. But if you are strapped for time skip Cobh, there realy wasn't much to do. I loved Kinsale, it was my favorite place in all of Ireland. While there make sure to visit the Kinsale brewery and have a pint of the local beer. Upstairs from the brewery is a very good restaurant. I forget the name of the place, but it was the best dinner that I had while in Ireland...and they had a nice wine list as well.

Hope this helps..Enjoy your trip!

Re: Bus day tour from Cork

by bostonerica

Thanks for all the tips!

Anyone recommend visiting Youghal?

If I had to choose either a bus tour of Connemara (from Galway) OR a tour of Ring of Kerry or Lakes of Killarney (from Cork) what would you recommend? I think I am going to limit myself to one full day bus tour during the trip.

Re: Bus day tour from Cork

by Ekaterinburg

It is possible to see Cobh and Kinsale on the same day if that is what you want to do.By catching the 10.00 a.m train to Cobh you could see all the main sights and be back in the city by 2.30. Then you could catch the bus to Kinsale. There's one around 3.00. You can check the times on www.buseireann.ie. As previous posters have said, Kinsale is definitely the more enjoyable of the two but if you have a specific interest in emigration, the Titanic and Lusitania and other aspects of the town's history, then Cobh can be extremely interesting as well. I have fairly detailed pages on both locations so you could check them for other information you might need. Enjoy your trip :))

Re: Bus day tour from Cork

by perpetuum

BTW - No disrespect intended to Cobh. I would take in St Colemans Cathedral too, if you get there.

Travel Tips for Cork

The River Lee

by herzog63

This setting is much more beautiful than my 20 year-old photo shows!!! I can still remember sitting and staring with awe the beautiful setting! The River Lee with that bridge...I'd love to go back for another look and a fresh photo!

PIGS TROTTERS.
PIGS FEET WHEN...

by jim_h_lynch

PIGS TROTTERS.
PIGS FEET WHEN BOILED OVERNIGHT IN WATER .
CABBAGE ADDED AND GUINNESS IT MAKES FOR A PLEASANT MEAL
ENJOY YOUR DISH.LET ME HAVE YOUR COMMENTS.
CORK COAL KAY MARKET IN CORK IS THE BEST PLACE IN WHICH TO BUY THE TROTTERS. AND ASK FOR FURTHER ADVICE AT THE BUTCHER SHOP.TELL THEM THAT JIM SENT YOU.

Shandon: Street, church and steeple

by Ekaterinburg

Shandon is just slightly off the beaten path and is easily accessed by climbing up any one of the steep lanes across the river from the Opera House. The Famous church is here and maybe it's a good idea to visit it first and then relax into the rest of the area. St Anne's is of course a Protestant place of worship and the 18th century interior/museum has been authentically maintained. It's fusty and dusty with austere wooden benches, church records and red velvet cassocks. If you decide to go upstairs you can enjoy wonderful views over the city and have a go at ringing the bells. It's a sort of Karaoke type scenario where you pull certain ropes and a barely recognisable version of a certain song assaults the eardrums of local residents. All good clean fun of course but be careful where you tread as the steps are precipitous and the floorboards extremely precarious in places. Outside you can admire the weather vane of a salmon known as the 'goldy fish' and not to be confused with the 'goldy angel' in St Finbar's Cathedral. Given the legend of tower clocks being known as the four-faced liar, you might have the urge to run round all four sides and check the times but they synchronise at least every hour.

Bunny Connelan's
This pub and...

by blos

Bunny Connelan's
This pub and restaurant in Myrtleville is a real gem. It's on the cliffside with a fabolous view of the Atlantic.
Take the road to Crosshaven and Myrtleville is a right turn before it.

There are plenty of pubs and...

by drxym

There are plenty of pubs and clubs in Cork and you'll find them no matter where you go! If you head for Washington Street, Oliver Plunkett Street, MacCurtain Street and the surrounding areas you'll find high concentrations pubs and clubs of all varieties, ranging from trendy to traditional with clientele of all ages. Nightclubs tend to be a bit more hidden, but they're abundent. Amongst them are Havana Brown's (upstairs from Reardons pub), Cubins, City Limits, Sir Henry's and 8 or so more who's names escape me. Dress anywhere in Cork is general smart dress (smart jeans are acceptable) and shoes. Trainers are not acceptable and are likely to get you turned away especially if the doorman takes exception to you in some way. Certain nightclubs have a target audience so dress appropriately, for instance Sir Henry's is a student/grunge dive so don't turn up in a dinner jacket!

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