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About County Cork, Ireland

To those of you not already in the know, County Cork or the ‘Rebel County’ as it is affectionately called is Ireland’s largest and most varied county. Situated on the south west of the Irish coast, it is here that you will find the homes of some of the best gourmet food that you will ever eat, vibrant seaside villages, secluded wind swept beaches and of course many rustic pubs bursting at the seams with the ceol and the craic.

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The west of the county is a pocket of pretty towns, lonely beaches, jutting peninsulas and home to Ireland’s only planetarium. It has long been an area very popular with tourists from the rest of Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. The people of west Cork are an eclectic, friendly mix and there is a high volume of inspired artists and musicians residing here. The west is inundated with busy market towns such as Skibbereen, also known as the Capital of West Cork, the bustling Rosscarbery with its magnificent cathedral and of course not forgetting the spellbinding islands of Sherkin and Cape Clear. A breathtaking cable car ride to Dursey Island is an absolute must for any adrenaline junkie!

Meandering along from the west of the county and heading into the east, you can partake in sea adventures, fine dining, some of the best golf in Ireland and also find yourself watching hungry cheetahs hunt for dinner! It is here that you will find the port town of Cobh where the Titanic paid its final stop of that fated journey in 1912. Visit the spectacular cathedral overlooks the sea promenade and the estuary. East cork is where you’ll see the stunning Fota Wildlife Park – a 75 acre home to the likes of cheetah, zebra and spider monkeys to name but a few. Some of the animals roam free or live behind unobtrusive barriers allowing us visitors a unique experience. One of the most historic towns in the east is Youghal. An ancient walled seaport town that homed Sir Walter Raleigh and was the location for the filming of Moby Dick in 1956 is definitely worth a visit.

Dreaming of spending time in County Cork?

Getting to Cork is easy – many national and international airports now have flights into Cork city airport where you will find a variety of car hire options for your journey into the west, or east. You can also use the Cork ferry port in Ringaskiddy with sailings to and from Roscoff and Swansea. For our national visitors, you will find Cork Kent railway station for regular train services and of course, Bus Eireann have buses running to the rebel county from all over Ireland. Of course there is also the option of driving yourself to county Cork with many splendid scenic routes along the way! Accommodation in Cork is extremely easy to find and very budget friendly. Your options include the usual boutique or standard hotels, cosy bed and breakfasts, luxury guesthouses or you can opt for somewhere memorable and stay in the impressive Blackwater castle! The choice really is yours.

A wealth of adventure and tales to tell await you in the magnificent county of Cork. What are you waiting for?

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