County Cork Travel Guide

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Cork

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618,1583,149

Kinsale

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185,382,22

Cobh

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88,234,6

Blarney

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77,204,12

Blarney Castle

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45,165,0

Bantry

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15,47,6

Clonakilty

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18,45,11

Skibbereen

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12,55,5

Youghal

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10,26,6

Mallow

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13,78,3

Glengarriff

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7,65,4

Macroom

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13,38,5

Ballingeary

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1,0,1

Carrigaline

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1,3,0

Midleton

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4,8,6

Crosshaven

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2,0,0

Timoleague

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1,5,0

Baltimore

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8,44,3

Kilbrittain

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7,16,1

Dursey Island

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0,4,0

Ballinadee

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1,1,1

Eyeries

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1,8,0

Crookhaven

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Ballycotton

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1,1,1

Bandon

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3,11,1

Cork

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  • Blarney Castle

    Cork Things to Do

    Southwest Ireland is considered one of the most visited regions in Ireland, and anyone passing through there can understand why. This is thanks to the extraordinary combination of monuments, quiet roads, lively pubs, and most important: bike-friendly paths I decided to dedicate this post on our trip out to Cork, the "Gateway City." Cork is...

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  • Hayfield Manor Hotel

    Cork Hotels

    While the Hayfield Manor was a tad bit more expensive than we like to spend, one gets what one pays...

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  • Luigi Malones

    3 out of 5 stars

    Cork Restaurants

    Yes, Luigi Malone was a real person and there is a large photo of him inside on the family wall. This beautiful restaurant surprises you the second you enter through the mahogany French doors. Right in front of you is the original station clock from Kings Cross Station (London) which was once at the entrance of the Great Eastern Line. One of the...

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Kinsale

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  • Old Head of Kinsale

    Kinsale Things to Do

    This is one of my favourite places in County Cork, this windswept rocky promontory reaching out into the ocean. There is a lighthouse at the end of it but you can't get to it - the road ends with a gate a long time before it and a fence on both sides tells you in no uncertain terms you won't be welcome there. Unless... unless you join the exclusive...

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  • Actons Hotel

    Kinsale Hotels

    I stayed here this past weekend and it was a great experience. The hotel is just across the room...

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  • Fishy Fishy Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kinsale Restaurants

    This restaurant is DEFINITELY for seafood lovers but they do have one chicken dish also. Dining there recently I saw three people of a table of four having the chicken dish which is testament to the tastiness of everything on the menu. The atmosphere is absolutely great- you feel that you are on holiday- even when you aren't! The clams are...

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Cobh

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  • St. Colman's Cathedral

    Cobh Things to Do

    The Cathedral has its roots in the diocese of Cloyne which was moved to Cobh in 1769. At this time, the repression on the Catholic church was still subject to repressions and it was not until the 19th century when Cobh had the legal and financial possibilities to build an adequate Cathedral. Consturction started in 1867 but was not completed until...

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  • Bella Vista Hotel & Self Catering Suites

    Cobh Hotels

    We stayed here last year vitually to the day and a lot of work has been done to an already lovely...

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  • Trains

    Cobh Transportation

    Cork is linked to Cobh by an hourly train service.. Trains start in Cork at Kent Station and also stop at Fota. Travelling time to Cobh is around 25 minutes. The commuter afre applies on that route, regardless of destination you pay 5,00 EUR vor a single ride and 7,70 EUR for a day return ticket (as of early 2013).

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Blarney

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  • Kiss the Blarney Stone

    Blarney Things to Do

    If you decide to be a real tourist and kiss the stone you have to pay admission to tour the castle. Thats the easy part. Then you have to climb to the top of the castle. Thats the hard part! As it is with any old castle or ruin, the steps in the towers are very narrow and steep. And this castle is quite tall. Its a big of a task to take the climb,...

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  • Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel

    Blarney Hotels

    I debated between staying at this hotel or a well recommended B&B and decided to stay here because...

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  • BLARNEY CASTLE HOTEL

    Blarney Restaurants

    Had a great breakfast here really good excellent choice. The pancakes were devine with the blueberrys and the brown soda bread was fabulous. I LOVE THE SMOKED HADDOCK ON THE BED OF CHAMP. IT IS REALLY EXCELLENT AND THE HADDOCK WHICH IS SOURCED LOCALLY ALSO THEIR VEGETABLES.

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Blarney Castle

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  • The castle in a nutshell.

    Blarney Castle Things to Do

    Forgetting about the whole Blarney issue, this castle is well worth a visit. You can see from this picture of the North Wall, how it is built on a solid 8-metre deep rock cliff and how imposingly it rears up towards the sky. This is the third building on the site and was completed by Cormac McCarthy in 1446. Though captured by Cromwell in 1646 it...

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  • Traffic and the Danger of Falls

    Blarney Castle Warnings and Dangers

    They really do think that we need to be told about traffic all the time - and it is true - we do. Looking right to see the oncoming cars closest to us is not a habit we have yet.But they don't warn us about the novice drivers, which are noted by an "L" on the car for Learner (photo 3). Perhaps they should have a big "T" on the car for TOURIST so...

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  • A pleasant surprise!

    Blarney Castle Restaurants

    We were very pressed for time after touring Blarney Castle and doing some power shopping and ran into the restaurant next to the Woolen Mill. WOW! One of the best meals of our trip. I ordered the salad plate... 5 different salads, choosing from approximately 10-12. Super fresh and delicious and reasonably priced. Beautiful pastries, and lots of...

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Bantry

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  • Bantry Bay & the Bantry House

    Bantry Things to Do

    Bantry Bay & the Bantry HouseThe main tourist sights of Bantry are the scenic Bantry Bay and Bantry House, an old estate dating back to the year 1771. It was built for Richard White, the 1st Earl of Bantry (1767-1851) who had an important role in Ireland's history. In 1840 two more wings were added and today it is a museum for precious gobelins,...

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  • The Maritime Hotel and Suites

    Bantry Hotels

    The Quay, Bantry, West Cork, Bantry, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • grumpy owner/staff

    Bantry Restaurants

    bar /restaurant , small , done up in that wood style that was all the rage back in ther eightiesnow a bit naff to be honestWas excellent in the past , but not so great now,Owner grumpy , staff not very friendlyfood : boooooring average fair, nothing spectacular , you wont go hungry ,but.............tip : go to o Connor's instead(the best)...also...

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Clonakilty

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  • Pearse Street and Emmet Square

    Clonakilty Things to Do

    Irish towns often seem to have attractive shop fronts in their main streets and Clonakilty specialises in locally hand painted shop signs. The result is a colourful central area around Pearse Street. For Georgian houses of various kinds, have a look at Emmett Square.

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  • Fernhill House Hotel

    Clonakilty Hotels

    Fernhill, Clonakilty, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception

    Clonakilty Things to Do

    Clonakilty boasts a spectacular parish church, The Church of the Immacualte Conception (1880) The church is located at the west end of the town on the Western Road and is worth a look. Recent renovations during the ninties have restored the interior of the church to it's former splendour.

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Skibbereen

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  • A Taste of West Cork Food Festival

    Skibbereen Things to Do

    Skibbereen holds its "A Taste of West Cork Food Festival" during September every year.It is a great festival for all the family and there are lots of food stalls all over the place with plenty of opportunity to taste and buy delicious foods. It is also a great opportunity to sample true West Cork food.For more extensive information and photos,...

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  • West Cork Hotel

    Skibbereen Hotels

    Ilen Street, Skibbereen, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Skibbereen Heritage Centre

    Skibbereen Things to Do

    This was a delightful way to learn about the history of Skibbbereen. The museum presents its unvarnished history in a platable manor. Housed in the old Glassworks buildings, The Centre has been very attentive in creating as interactive of a museum as they possibly were able. Also housed on the grounds is a genealogy center, which is very well laid...

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Youghal

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  • Youghal Lighthouse

    Youghal Things to Do

    Take a walk along the promenade for some fantastic coastal views. If you've seen the movie "Moby Dick" starring Gregory Peck, you have already seen the lighthouse. Youghal stood in for New Bedford, Massachusetts in the classic film.

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  • The Old Imperial Hotel

    Youghal Hotels

    27 North Main Street, Youghal, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Tynte's Castle

    Youghal Things to Do

    Tynte's Castle is located on the east side of North Main St., Youghal, in the northeast corner of the walled area that formed the medieval town. It is a very dominate feature. Tynte's is a Tower house currently be restored. These structures were primarily defensive strongholds for the protection of the merchants family, vassals and goods; and as a...

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Mallow

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Glengarriff

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  • ENJOYING A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

    Glengarriff Things to Do

    THE EWE EXPERIENCE - AN INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE GARDENThis Ewe Experience is a garden created by some very talented and imaginative people who have created a space where every in bend or at every few steps along the trail you will be fascinated by amazing sculptures, and beautiful nature. Use is made of natural wood, stone and recycled materials,...

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  • Glengarriff Park Hotel

    Glengarriff Hotels

    The Village, Glengarriff, ie

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • BARLEY LAKE

    Glengarriff Off The Beaten Path

    Hiking up to Barley lake is a wonderful and out of the beaten path trip. You could drive a lot of the road and then walk the rest, there is a road leading right up to this lake. You take the N71 towards Kenmare, and when you reach the national forest you take the road to the left (it is the first left since the village), you then have a lovely...

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Macroom

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  • Granville's

    Macroom Restaurants

    It came highly recommended to us, and I am sure that the food there are good, however it is not for the budget traveller. I found them very expensive for such a tiny village, no wonder there were no patrons inside when we got there. After giving the menu a quick once over, we decided to rather go elsewhere.

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  • Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre

    Macroom Hotels

    We stayed for one night in this hotel, and how refreshing to see the attention to detail there was...

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  • Macroom Castle Demesne

    Macroom Things to Do

    I discovered the castle by chance when I went for my photographic early morning stroll. I call it a stroll, because I never ever walk fast. When Macroom Castle was burnt (for the fourth time) during the War of Independence, 1916-22, Lady Ardilaun gave the remains of the house and demesne to the people of Macroom.The structure dominated the skyline...

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Ballingeary

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  • Mountains, rivers and lakes

    Ballingeary Favorites

    Ballingeary , is a Gaeltacht village(native Irish speaking area) approximately 15 miles west of Macroom town .It is on the main road between Macroom and Bantry .The nearest village is Inchigeela , 6 miles on the Macroom side. Ballingeary has one of Ireland's oldest and original Irish Colleges , Collaiste na Muhan.where students have visited and...

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  • Gougane Barra Hotel

    Ballingeary Hotels

    Gougane Barra, Ballingeary, Macroom, County Cork, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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Carrigaline

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    Roberts Cove, Rocky Bay and Novohol Cove

    by Bernie843 Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    Three very nice beaches near to Carrigaline are Roberts Cove, Rocky Bay and Novohol Cove.

    Roberts Cove is large and has two pubs one being a resturant. lovely food and with the small pub you can sit on the wall and watch the sun go down and the sea come in .. or out.

    Rocky bay is also signposted but if there are 5 cars there then parking can be a problem although everyone just uses the very narrow road.

    it is very isolated and great for getting back to nature. no shops or civilisation. sometimes in summer the council will provide a portaloo but not always.

    now, Novohol cove is like a smugglers bay. extremely isolated and down a one car tarmac track to get to.

    it has huge black rocks coming out of the crystal clear sea and the walk to the top will enable you to see the needle rock formations on the other side.

    truely a great off the beaten path experience.

    The pub / resturant in Roberts Cove. Rocky Bay Novohol Cove
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Midleton

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  • Country Kitchen Irish Fare

    Midleton Restaurants

    The Malt House Restaurant is situated at the heart of the fascinating Jameson Distillery in the centre of Midleton town. You don't have to be part of the distillery tour to eat here and it's a great place to stop for lunch while drinking in the atmosphere of the beautifully restored buildings housing the distillery.The menu consists mainly of...

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  • Midleton Park Hotel and Spa

    Midleton Hotels

    Old Cork Road, Midleton, County Cork, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Jameson Distillery

    Midleton Things to Do

    One thing every visitor to Midleton simply must do is to pay a visit to the Old Jameson Distillery. Even if, like me, you don't drink alcohol it is still a great historical place that has been beautifully restored.The visitor centre is huge an includes a pretty good restaurant, which I will review seperately, so it provides a great stop off point...

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