- Blarney Castle Visitors line up to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of gab. This is an impressive 15th-century tower-house castle with unusual gardens, at their best in daffodil season—early to mid-March.
- Cobh If you have Irish roots, chances are your ancestors left from Cobh. Exhibits in The Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre commemorate the 2.5 million emigrants who sailed from here.
- Kinsale This picturesque port, long a favored haven of sailors, is famed for its fine dining in tiny front-parlor eateries. It's also a chic place to see and be seen—the Irish St-Tropez.
- The Cork Coastline On the drive from Kinsale to Skibbereen, one of the less rugged stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way, you'll encounter charming little villages.
- Bantry House One of Ireland's finest stately homes, packed with treasures from all over Europe, stands on a breathtaking bluff.
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