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South West Cork

Suffolk
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South West Cork

I'm planning to come to Cork in June with my boyfriend.

We'd really like to explore the South West tip and have hired a car but want to do lots of walks and camping in the area.

Does anyone have any 'must-do' tales or ideas? We're pretty hardy!

Many thanks

Jo

Carlow, Ireland
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1. Re: South West Cork

My favourite thing to do in that part of Cork is to take the cable car across to Garnish island (tip of the Bere Peninsula) Then you could walk some of that island. That whole area is very beautiful and you will find lots to see and do if you like walking. The local tourist offices are great.

Limerick, Ireland
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2. Re: South West Cork

You will love Cork and its environs. However, if you have a bit of time on your side when you get to Bantry come over the Healy Pass ( just ask someone ) into Kenmare. Then drive the Ring of Kerry from Kenmare, Parknasilla, Sneem, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Caherciveen, Killorglin, Killarney and then either straight back to Cork City or back over the Healy Pass to Bantry. You should be stunned by the scenary en route. Have a ball.

Cork, Ireland
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3. Re: South West Cork

Wearb, I think you mean Dursey Island for the cable car. The only way onto Garnish Island (near Glengarriff) is by boat.

Jo, you like camping then this is a great site

www.camping-ireland.com

Also, you might want to use hostels sometimes. There are some good hostels in some fantastic locations.

Look here www.anoige.ie (An Oige is the name of the national hostelling association.( It means 'The Young' however, anyone can use the hostels be you young and young at heart !

Also there is an association of independent hostels. I think it's www.independenthostelsireland.com

What you need to do is have a look at a map of the South West tip (which is absolutely beautiful)and decide on a route. The coastal areas there are all very dramatic.

Come back when you have a route decided on.

Cork, Ireland
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4. Re: South West Cork

When searching on www.camping-ireland.com you can search by county. The counties on the South West tip are Cork and Kerry.

Carlow, Ireland
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5. Re: South West Cork

Yes Bryno thanks for the correction. I did mean Dursey Island.

Suffolk
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6. Re: South West Cork

Thanks everyone!

I had heard about the cable car and it's on my list!

Bryno - We'll plan the route and I'll let you know.

As we can't predict the weather, we'll be camping and then drying out in a B&B, if my predictions are right! What am I saying? It'll be glorious sunshine the whole week. 12 - 19 June, if anyone wants to cross their fingers.

Cheers again

Jo

Cork, Ireland
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7. Re: South West Cork

Jo, I'll pray for you and the tent !!! Last year was the wettest June since 1958, see here

www.met.ie/climate/monthly_summarys/jun07.pdf

Happily though, June is generally the driest month on average.

By the way www.met.ie is an excellent resource if you want to keep an eye on weather patterns before your trip.

Corfe Castle...
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8. Re: South West Cork

Come to Clonakilty at a weekend and listen to some great live music - either Shanleys (free and great quality music) or De Barras (cover charge) are your best bets.

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