Extend your stay and experience the wonders of Cork County. Full of colour and contrasts, it’s the perfect destination for a holiday for all the family. Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and discover surrounding areas and the many delights this amazing county has to offer. Many visitors opt for the Car Hire to explore the wonders of the Irish south. In particular, the Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route, inspiring, renewing, relaxing and invigorating.
Although little more than a small, coastal town, Kinsale has carved out a name for itself as one of Co. Cork’s more colourful gems. The Old Head of Kinsale, with its windswept, rocky promontory reaching out into the water, is a popular beauty spot, while Charles fort, one of the best preserved, 17th century, star-shaped artillery forts in Ireland, keeps a watchful eye over the harbour. 16th century Desmond Castle exhibits its varied history as a customs house, prison and winery, used by famous French families such as the Hennessy’s, over the years, and there’s the 200-year-old signal tower that has been restored and converted into a museum to the RMS Lusitania, which was torpedoed in 1915 by a Germen U-boat.
From its narrow, winding streets, to its picturesque, natural harbour, there’s a very ‘old world’ feel about the town. Further down the Wild Atlantic way, Bunnyconnellan Restaurant offers the most dramatic sea views in the country. Later, Clonakilty town is renowned for its internationally renowned music scene, its community spirit, Blue Flag Beaches and award winning food producers & restaurants, Clon (as its known locally) has every necessary ingredient to make your stay here one you will often recount….but never forget!
If you decide to head east from Cork instead, do not forget to visit world famous Jameson Distillery in Midleton. Join a guided tour through the romantic past of Irish Whiskey making, learn about the Angles Share, Triple Distillation and above all the smooth taste of Jameson Irish Whiskey. With a a rich heritage, history, and stories to tell, a trip to Cobh, one of the world’s finest natural harbours, is a must. Because so many people from Ireland’s past travelled through Cobh, visitors can learn about the stories of these emigrants in Cobh Heritage Centre, as well as learn onboard stories from Titanic, as Queenstown (today’s Cobh) was its last stop before it set off to its final voyage.
Cobh is also a popular departure point for cruise ships. One of them can be to neighbouring Spike Island, with its abandoned ancient fort prison. When travelling further east, stop for a freshly picked fish and chips in Ballycotton or take a break to enjoy the breathtaking Youghal’s views. Nature and animal lovers, on the other hand, do not want to miss out on visiting Fota Wildlife Park, Cork Sea Safari or Cork’s Whale-Watching trips.