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County Cork for a week

Rotorua, New Zealand
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County Cork for a week

My husband and I are planning to visit County Cork in mid July for a week. We shall fly into Cork, hire a car and then ???

Ideas of where to go and what to see would be appreciated. We are mid 50s, love scenery, pubs and good food and drink! We will pass on churches and museums. Probably stay in hotels of 3 - 4 star.

Thanks for any help.

Cork, Ireland
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1. Re: County Cork for a week

KiwiGlenda,

Well firstly congrats on choosing the best county in ireland to visit.

Being from Cork i should tell you stick around cork for a day but to be honest, dont bother.

If you did want to stay around cork, check out (http://www.accbankcorkweek.ie/)cork week, is on around that time. Big sailing festival with lots of boaty types. If you are into that kind of thing.

I would recommend going to Kinsale, nice place. A bit touristy but well worth a nice meal or 2 (go to 'fishyfishy' - great local seafood).

You then have to go to west cork. i would go along the coast through Coutmacsherry to Clonakilty (i'd stay in Clon for a night),or maybe stay in inchydoney(lovely hotel on a great beach),head to Skibb down the coast to Baltimore, definatly taking in Glandore (Glandore is magnificant)and Union Hall along the way.

You could then head north to Banty and on through the mountains to Kenmare (where you have to stay!) and if you have any time i would recommend going down to Sneem.

At this stage you have crossed into Kerry but you are back to a 2 hour drive back to cork so any return journey would be easy. Hope i have given you some ideas.

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2. Re: County Cork for a week

Thanks for your advice. We are certainly looking forward to the trip and especially the seafood. Is 7 days long enough? Too long? The distances don't seem far but we do want to take our time and I hear the roads aren't for fast motoring anyway.

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4. Re: County Cork for a week

KiwiGlenda

I too would recommend that once you leave the airport you head west along the beautiful south coast of Cork. A week will give you adequate time to explore this lovely corner of Ireland at leisure.

Kinsale is an extremely popular and lively harbour town, but I must agree with some recent posters who have made comments on the cost of meals there. It can be pricey, but there are still places where you can get a good meal and not have to take out a second mortgage!

http://www.kinsale.ie

If you fancy something more "rural" then Courtmacsherry is a pretty little place, much, much quieter. And yes, continue on along the coast through Clonakilty, Glandore, Union Hall, Castletownshend all the way to Baltimore.

http://www.westcork.ie

I really like Baltimore; a very popular village with visiting yachtsmen, it too has a lovely setting and some decent places to eat. I don't think there are many hotels or b&bs, though.

If you get to Baltimore, then think about taking the ferry across to either Sherkin Island, which you can see from Baltimore, or to Clear Island, which is a longer journey. If you're interested, Clear Island is a mecca for bird-watchers as it's a popular stopping off place for migrating birds. You'll also see a variety of seabirds en-route to the Island. Allow a full day for Clear, maybe just half for Sherkin, depending on whether you want to walk around the island, or just visit the ruined abbey/friary and have lunch at the restaurant.

http://www.baltimore.ie

http://www.capeclearisland.com

Schull and Mizen Head; Sheeps Head Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula are all extremely beautiful too; great places to find a secluded cove for a swim or go for a long walk:

http://www.schull.ie

http://www.mizenhead.net

http://www.bearainfo.com

And, just in case it rains (!!) Bantry House is a lovely house to wander around; nice tea room too! The gardens are very pretty.

http://www.bantryhouse.com

Not far from Bantry is Glengarriff and Garnish Island if you're interested in gardens:

http://www.cork-guide.ie/garnish.htm

So, you could work your way around the coast as far as Kenmare, then drive back to Cork. Kenmare is a busy, popular town on the Ring of Kerry, approx 2hrs drive from Cork airport. A good choice of accommodation, pubs and restaurants:

http://www.kenmare.com

And if you want information on Cork City, have a look at Bryno's inside pages - loads and loads of help there.

And on the subject of accommodation, would I be able to tempt you into staying at a b&b for a night or two?? I know they're not to everyone's taste, but having just returned from a week in Dingle, at the wonderful Pax House, I do recommend that you try one during your visit. Irish b&b's (in my experience, and I've stayed at several over the years) are very much in a class of their own. Some are more like boutique hotels these days. Here are a few web-sites with a selection of small(er) hotels and guesthouses, b&bs, and farmhouses:

http://www.hiddenireland.com

www.sawdays.co.uk/accommodation/ireland/

http://www.townandcountry.ie

:-)

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