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County Cork Travel Guide

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Plan Your County Cork Vacation

County Cork is the essence of what makes Ireland different. The small-scale city of Cork, with its limestone bridges and Georgian facades, is a friendly place where strangers soon become good friends. The gently lilting accent is mirrored in the green hills that lead to Blarney and its famous castle, but there’s drama aplenty on the rugged fingers of land that reach out into the Atlantic

Ocean to the west, and on clear nights the glorious sunsets over the wide expanse of Bantry Bay paint a lasting picture in the memory.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bantry House One of Ireland's finest stately homes, packed with treasures from all over Europe, stands on a breathtaking bluff.

When To Go

When to Go

The best times to visit County Cork are from mid-March to June and in September and October. July and August are the peak holiday periods. Roads ...

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