County Cork Travel Guide

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    by Gillybob
  • Blarney Castle
    Blarney Castle
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  • Colorful Cork
    Colorful Cork
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County Cork Highlights

  • Pro
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    sabsi says…

     Cobh is one of the most colourful places I saw. Great shopping in Cork. 

  • Con
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    ash_irl says…

     It's so flippin long to get there (5 hours from Dublin on a good day). It's pretty quiet during the winter.... 

  • In a nutshell
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    Hynesite says…

     ThepeoplesrepublicofCork-an internet site and a way of life 

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Cork

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620,1585,105

Kinsale

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183,378,22

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

Clonakilty

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17,40,11

Bantry

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13,32,6

Macroom

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12,16,5

Skibbereen

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12,41,5

Mallow

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13,78,3

Youghal

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10,26,6

Glengarriff

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4,47,4

Ballingeary

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1,0,1

Carrigaline

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1,3,0

Sherkin Island

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1,11,0

Kealkill

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1,8,0

Kanturk

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1,4,0

Dursey Island

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0,4,0

Ballydehob

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3,10,0

Shanagarry

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2,4,2

Midleton

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4,8,6

Crosshaven

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3,3,0

Baltimore

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8,44,3

Allihies

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0,4,0

Skull

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2,3,0

Glandore

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1,1,0

Eyeries

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1,8,0

Dunmanway

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1,4,0

Douglas

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1,0,2

Buttevant

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0,1,0

Ballinhassig

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2,2,0

Ballinadee

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1,1,1

Lough Allua

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Templenoe

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0,7,0

Myrtleville

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Cork

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  • St Finbar's Cathedral

    Cork Things to Do

    In a country like Ireland, you would expect he most splendid church building to be Catholic. However, the Gothic Revival period – one of the most chraracteristic in British history – coincided with a period of British dominance (not to say opression). That left some late 19th and early 20th century Protestant churches in Ireland. Cork Cathedral...

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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

    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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  • Charles' Fort

    Kinsale Things to Do

    Even though it was raining I enjoyed my visit to the fort and the walk to it from the centre of Kinsale. It is run by the OPW and it is 3 Euro 70 to enter. The best thing about our visit was the free tour given by a well informed and friendly guide. I think tours are run regularly, our tour set off at 11am.

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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

    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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  • WatersEdge Hotel

    Cobh Hotels

    Yacht Club Quay, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • 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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  • Ashlee Lodge

    Blarney Hotels

    Tower, near Cork City, Blarney, County Cork, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • 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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Clonakilty

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Bantry

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  • 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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  • The Maritime Hotel and Suites

    Bantry Hotels

    The Quay, Bantry, West Cork, Bantry, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • great sea food

    Bantry Restaurants

    Have eaten lunch here several times and each time it gets better.It's popularity is evident from the number of people waiting for a table, on any typical summer day. probably a good idea to ring ahead if you want to book a table as the restaurant can be very busy.Not sure about evening meals , but i,m sure the service/food is equally superb.luch is...

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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 went here for dinner and I can tell you that the service was excellent and the food fantastic....

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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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Skibbereen

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  • 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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  • West Cork Hotel

    Skibbereen Hotels

    Ilen Street, Skibbereen, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Talk a Walk Through a Trying Time

    Skibbereen Things to Do

    The Skibbereen trail is a tour in which the walker visits sites which have direct links with the Great Irish Famine. Each site is unique. Some commemorate great works of philanthropy, others of emigration, more of Relief Schemes, while others tell of famine, fever and death. The Trail offers an overview of conditions in the area during the period...

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Mallow

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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: Business

  • 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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Glengarriff

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  • Ferries and boats to the Island

    Glengarriff Tourist Traps

    Across from the Eccles Hotel around the pier in Glengarriff and also in the village on the way to the Blue Pool you may be accosted by men wanting to bring you to Garnish Island. This can be a very helpful thing to you and you might be delighted, it becomes bothersome when you are stopped in your car to be asked this same question. Get yourself a...

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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

  • Shopping for Irish lines and woolens in...

    Glengarriff Shopping

    This is a large shop filled to the brim with Irish goods, such as, Irish linnens, woolens, crafts, typical Irish jumpers and other clothing. Quality Irish design labels among other things. Lovely sheepskins too. Music and juwelery in small quantity. Other Irish gifts or souverniers. I like to call in to this shop now and then and pick up some small...

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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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    The pub / resturant in Roberts Cove. 2 more images

    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.

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    • Beaches

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Sherkin Island

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    by songlines Written Feb 12, 2006

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    Abience very good, meeting the local community. The food very good too. A must if you stay on this island I think.

    Favorite Dish: I cannot remember very well, it is a while ago and I was so hungry from the sea-air that it did not matter what I ate as long as it was food! Honestly it was good.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking
    • Sailing and Boating

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