The County of Cork situated in the South West of Ireland is the largest of all the Irish counties and in many ways the most varied. Cork City is the main city in Cork built on the River Lee. Rich farmlands and river valleys contrast with the wild sandstone hills of the west, and above all there is the magnificent coastline scooped and fretted by the Atlantic into great bays and secret coves, strewn with rocky headlands and long soft golden sands.
Strange as it may seem, this is territory which is relatively undiscovered, and completely unspoilt. Its villages and resorts are mostly unsophisticated, but lively and friendly in their own special fashion, and very welcoming to strangers who come to join in the fun.
County Cork has many sights and attractions for the visitor Blarney Castle which you can climb up and kiss the famous Blarney Stone and obtain the ‘gift of the gab’ as most Corkonians have as you will discover when you visit Cork! The lovely town of Kinsale, just a short drive from Cork City offers many fine restaurants and where you can also visit the 17th century star shaped Charles Fort. Timoleague is where you will find the wonderful 13th century Franciscan Abbey and travelling onto the great seaside village of Courtmacsherry. Clonakilty is a lively busy town where you will find out more information about Michael Collins and his statue. Drombeg Stone Circle is a short distance from Skibbereen and Glandore, thought to have been from the Bronze Age. From the seaside village of Baltimore catch the ferry across to explore both Sherkin Island and Cape Clear Island. Mizen Head the most westerly point in the area is where you can take a tour of the Mizen Vision Centre which includes Mizen Head Signal Station once you have crossed the footbridge across and its wonderful views. Take in some beautiful scenery driving from Bantry to Glengarriff. The area of Durrus, and Sheeps Head are known for their stunning scenery and rugged beauty. Castletownbere and the Beara Peninsula where you can take in some wonderful walks including the Beara Way. The County is also very popular for its many watersports, be it wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing or kayaking and also has a number of Blue Flag Beaches such as Barleycove Beach West Cork, Garretstown Beach, Inchydoney Beach, Claycastle and Redbarn in Youghal and the Warren Beach at Rosscarbery.