Kinsale is an ideal base from which to explore the wider regions of County Cork including the coastline of West Cork with its unspoiled sandy beaches and colourful towns & villages. This region is famous for its mouth-watering food, particularly Shellfish and Seafood and for it’s rugged, natural beauty.
Located on the South West Coast of Ireland, Cork is the largest of all Irish counties and to many the most varied. Steeped in over 4,000 years of history, Cork today offers its visitors a rich and distinctive cultural heritage. Cork is a region full of colour and contrasts, which includes some of Ireland’s most attractive and vivid landscapes.
From the bustling, friendly streets of Cork City, to the rugged beauty of West Cork, the tranquillity and enchantment of North Cork and the holiday atmosphere of East Cork, the county is a land of diversity waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.
Come and live the experience, County Cork offers a full range of holiday options for all interests, with numerous places to visit, many sporting and leisure activities to play or watch and a host of festivals and events to savour and remember forever.
Get the gift of the gab with the infamous Blarney Stone and ride high on Ireland’s only cable car!
If your kids don’t enjoy the gift of the gab just yet then bring them along to the historic Blarney Castle. The castle contains the infamous Stone of Eloquence, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it…or so they say! But whether it works of not, kissing the Blarney Stone is a right of passage for all visitors to County Cork.
Test whether you’ve a head for heights with Ireland’s only cable car service, which brings you to an island of remarkable scenic beauty and total tranquility.
Take a walk on the wild side in Cork’s fabulous wildlife park, with wallabies, cheetahs, penguins and many, many more, it’s a nature trail to remember.
Ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, Bantry House is still the home of their descendant Egerton Shelswell-White and has been open to the public since the 1940s. The house is beautifully and elegantly furnished while the beautifully restored and terraced gardens are an absolute delight.
Situated in the harbour of Glengarriff, Bantry Bay, Garnish Island covers 15 hectares and is a garden of rare beauty. Its sheltered location and position in the line of the Gulf Stream means that exotic plants have positively flourished.
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