County Cork Off The Beaten Path

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County Cork Off The Beaten Path

  • Cobh....

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Garretstown and the Old head of Kinsale.

    Kinsale Off The Beaten Path

    On our way from the Old Head of Kinsale to the town itself we stopped to bask a little in the sun on Garretstown Beach. It was July, the peak of holiday season, but the beach wasn't crowded, far from it - there were just a few people sitting on the rocks at its edge, walking or lying on the sand, and a handful of people bathing. Quite a few cars...

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  • Pottery

    Cobh Off The Beaten Path

    In the village of Shanagarry, in Co. Cork, There is a pottery factory. Their best known designs are an unfinished brown with a white glazed trim. We drove to the factory and had a good browse around. There is a workshop downstairs where you can see the artists making the pottery and there's a little cafe on the grounds as well. You'll have to...

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  • Bearhaven Island

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    West Cork is one of the most scenic parts of Ireland. The main Towns in this area would be Bandon, Kinsale, Skibbereen, Glengariff and Castletownbere. I dont know it really well personally - apart from Kinsale, but hey, I can always visit some other time!

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  • The Mall and Bowling Green

    Kinsale Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to explore a little further then it's time to strart climbing. Beyond Acton's Hotel on the waterfront, turn right onto Denis Quay where you will see another terrace of elegant georgian townhouses, former captains residences. Then turn right again up the steep ST John's Hill and you will come to the pleasant park called Bowling Green and...

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  • Mizen Head

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    Go to the southernmost point of Ireland; Mizen Head. To go the whole way, you first have to climb the famous 99 steps down to the bridge which is 45 meter above the sea level. For more information, please have a look at my Mizen Head travelogue to the upper right corner of this page.

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  • Kinsale

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    While a good few people visit Charles Fort in Summercove (near Kinsale) many drive from Kinsale and so miss a very pleasant walk. Plus they face the "fun" of driving in Summercove to get to the fort (a village that was most definitely not built with cars in mind!!) Go to the Spaniard Pub just at the edge of Kinsale (anyone will be able to give you...

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  • Fota Wildlife Park

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    Fota is a wonderful wildlife park full of all kinds of monkeys, cheetahs, giraffes, ostriches, peacocks, kangaroos and what-have-you. Most of the animals roam freely, only the more dangerous species are enclosed. The park's main aim is to breed endangered species and has now established itself as the leading breeding location worldwide for...

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  • Cloyne in East Cork

    Cloyne is a village in East Cork which we drove through on our way from Garryvoe Beach on my first day in Ireland. Though only a village, Cloyne boasts a cathedral, built on the site of an early Christian monastery founded here by St Colman Mac Lenene around 560. The monastery buildings were burned in 1137.The Church of Ireland Cathedral dates back...

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  • Sheep Head - the 2nd finger into the...

    Sheep Head is the name of the tip of the peninsula that makes the 2nd finger reaching into the Atlantic from the south-west of Ireland .A tiny road will take you through the wild landscape with only a very few houses here or there. this peninsula makes a perfect place for wild camping, as long as you respect the common rules. Most probably your...

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  • Mizen Head

    Mizen Head is the very end of the southernmost of the 4 big peninsulas in the very south-west of Ireland. There is a really narrow road to the very end of Mizen Head and there you may spend a night in the wilderness, if you bring the right equipment.There will be nothing else then you, some sheep and the cliffs of the Atlantic......and a lot of...

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  • Lough Allua - between Blarney & Bantry

    Lough Allua is one of my favorite secret places in Ireland. I first passed by it accidentally without expecting anything special, when I once drove from Blarney castle towards the town of Bantry on the road R 584. It was rather late already and so I spent the night next to the lake in my motorhome and the other morning I woke up and saw this...

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  • Allihies - a small village on Beara...

    Allihies is just a tiny village in the north of Beara peninsula and it is well known for its plenty of colorful houses.The roads leading to Allihies are at most places too small for tourist-buses and so this part of Ireland is not yet so crowded, as many other places in County Cork are.Allihies is situated on the northern ring-road leading to...

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  • Ireland's most popular filling-station

    This is certainly the most popular filling station in Ireland, It is situated next to a pub, and I am afraid, it is neighter filled with Beer nor with gasoline. This station is in Co.Kerry, close to the village of Lauragh / An Laithreach, at the north-entrance of the road R 574 to Healy-Pass, that is the border to Co.Cork. The road to Healy-pass is...

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  • Dursey Island - a well known paradise...

    Dursey Island is an uninhabited island at the west-tip of Beara Peninsula and it is a well known paradise for hikers and bird-watchers.Ireland's only cable-car takes its passengers there according to a fixed timetable or upon appointment - you may find the owner's telephone-number at the door and he will arrive within a short time after your call,...

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  • Cape Clear

    Cape Clear is a stunning Island off West Cork, which can be reached on the ferry from either Baltimore or Schull. It is a sparcely populated island with beautiful scenery, good publife and a very resonable priced , beautifully located campsite. You can also rent out houses there.Truly one of the nicest places in Ireland.

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  • Inchdoney : Beach and Day Spa at...

    Inchdoney Hotel (Lodge and Spa) is set on Inchdoney Beach in a wonderful location. Accomodation details at link: http://www.inchydoneyisland.com/ .The hotel boasts a luxorious spa resort, where you can book treatments in quantities to suit your budget, eg two treatments or four. You can spend your day based in the relaxtion room, with facilities...

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  • Timoleague West Cork ,enchanting place

    I can really recommend Timoleague, not very well known among Corkonians themselves, there is a great feeling to the little village, with its beautiful Franciscan Abbey founded in the 14th century,and seated on a waterside wildlife sanctuary,some mad and wonderful characters can be found in the 5 or so bars...the Murphy's in MacCarthy's bar is the...

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  • After a good hike

    After walking around about half of the island, we stopped in the Whiddle Island pub for a soda and some shade. We were the only visitors-- everyone else was deeply involved in a televised sports event, but still friendly. Behind the pub/meetingplace/picnicarea/ferrylaunch was a small children's playground and minigolf course.

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  • Don't annoy the bulls!

    It's easy to wander from the "tourist" path onto actual farmland on Whiddle Island. About twenty feet past the point where this picture was taken, there was no more barbed wire between us and two conspiring bovines! Sure, this one looks far away in the photo, but we had to walk very quickly once he and his comrade noticed us. Good thing our cameras...

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  • Ask stupid questions!

    This island was full of sheep, but otherwise uninhabited. The ferryman claimed that the sheep swim to the island, but I remain skeptical. Can anyone confirm or deny?

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  • Whiddle Island

    Great place for a nice long walk-- this path was only a few feet above the island's coast, with great views of the mainland.

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  • Take a ferry to a small island

    The ferry from Banty Town to Whiddle Island (a converted fishing boat) runs every hour during the daylight hours in the summer, but only fits about 8-10 people on each trip.

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  • Beal na mBlath

    Don’t worry if you never heard of Beal na mBlath before or can't find it on the map, as it seems to consist mainly of a petrol station and a pub. The reason we went there was to visit the site where Michael Collins was ambushed and shot dead on 22 August 1922. I have always found the quick-tempered "Big Fellow" a charismatic figure in Irish history...

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  • Barryscourt Castle

    Barryscourt Castle is a 16th century tower house and was the family seat of the Barry family. There are a lot of similar-looking castles all over Ireland, but what made this one special was the guided tour. It lasted about one hour and the guide was very good in pointing out all sorts of interesting little gadgets, like a square drinking jug which...

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  • Gougane Barra

    Gougane Barra is a lovely National Park near Ballingeary and it is also the source of the river Lee. Gougane Barra Lake is surrounded by mountains and forests and the area is great for walking. Unfortunately the weather was pretty miserable when I was there, and I did not bother to go for a walk, but just went to see the little chapel by the side...

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  • Drombeg Stone Circle

    The Drombeg Stone Circle is about 9 m wide and consists of 17 stones. At the winter solstice on 21st December the setting sun will shine through the two portal stones onto the altar stone on the opposite side of the circle (that’s the theory anyway, but if at that time they had the same weather that we usually have these days in December I very...

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  • The Donkey Sanctuary

    Visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarrol, if you are fond of animals. They look after hundreds of donkeys there in all colours and sizes, and they are the most affectionate creatures ever. Also have a look my travelogue for some of the great photo-opportunities you will be having there.

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