County Cork: Places to Explore


  • Bantry

    25 km (16 miles) northwest of Skibbereen.... The town of Bantry is situated at the head of Bantry Bay, between the Sheep's Head Peninsula to the southwest and the Beara Peninsula to the northwest. A somewhat... Read more

  • Blarney

    "On Galway sands they kiss your hands, they kiss your lips at Carney, but by the Lee they drink strong tea, and kiss the stone at Blarney." This famous rhyme celebrates one of Ireland's most noted icons—the... Read more

  • Castletownshend

    8 km (5 miles) southeast of Skibbereen.... Castletownshend has an unusual number of large, stone houses, most of them dating from the mid-18th century, when it was an important port. The main street runs... Read more

  • Clonakilty and Environs

    Clonakilty is a small market town to the west of Kinsale on a scenic, largely coastal road that passes through the village of Timoleague. Many of the storefronts in Clonakilty have charmingly traditional... Read more

  • Cork City

    Cork City received its first charter in 1185 from Prince John of Norman England, and it takes its name from the Irish word corcaigh, meaning "marshy place." The original 6th-century settlement was spread... Read more

  • Cork Harbour

    Cork City's nearby harbor district has seen plenty of history. Cork Harbour's draws include Fota Island—with an arboretum, a wildlife park, and the Fota House ancestral estate—and the fishing port of Cobh... Read more

  • Fermoy

    An army town dating mainly from the mid-19th century, Fermoy was a major crossroads on the Dublin-Cork road (N8). The bridge that spans the Blackwater is flanked by two weirs dating from 1689. From mid-April... Read more

  • Glengarriff

    One of the jewels of Bantry Bay is Glengarriff, the "rugged glen" much loved by the writers William Thackeray and Sir Walter Scott. The drive from Bantry along the cliff top, with views of the islands... Read more

  • Kinsale

    29 km (18 miles) southwest of Cork City.... Foodies flock to Kinsale, a picturesque port that pioneered the Irish small-town tradition of fine dining in unbelievably small restaurants. In the early 1980s... Read more

  • Midleton

    12 km (8 miles) east of Cork City.... Midleton is famous for its school, Midleton College, founded in 1696, and its distillery, founded in 1825 and modernized in 1975, which manufactures spirits—including... Read more

  • Shanagarry

    15 km (8 miles) southeast of Midleton, 17 km (11 miles) southeast of Cork Harbour.... There are three reasons to come to Shanagarry, a farming village known chiefly for its Quaker connections: Ballymaloe... Read more

  • Skibbereen

    Skibbereen is the main market town in this neck of southwest Cork. The Saturday country market and the plethora of pubs, punctuated by bustling shops, supermarkets, and coffeehouses, keep the place jumping... Read more