When planning a trip to Co. Cork Ireland Ireland, time of the year can play a big part in your activity list. Irish summers are lovely, (well, they can be…) Expect daylight from 7am-10pm so you can really take in the amazing scenery driving from place to place! On the contrary, in the winter hours your days are cut very short.
County Cork is divided in to three major regions, Cork City (central) West Cork and East Cork.
The JAMESON Experience
While you are in Ireland, you have to check out the Jameson Experience in Midleton, Co. Cork! For €20 you get a guided tour of the grounds and see the original distillery and the home where John Jameson lived. You are rewarded at the end of the tour with a signature Jameson, ginger ale and lime! There is now a brand new state-of-the art distillery on the site next to the original and that is still where all of the Jameson is made to this day. Highly recommend tour!
Nature Walk/Picnicking-GOUGANE BARRA
This 6th century monastery was built on a small island on a lake near the Co. Cork/ Co. Kerry boarder.
This scenic spot also has great walking & hiking paths with picnic tables along the trails and streams. While the majority of the trails are very mild, there are a couple that are for experienced hikers. You will find that there are plenty of maps throughout the park and the trails are clearly marked; so no worries of accidentally getting in over your head! Perfect for families, young or old!
-Long sleeves/pants or bug spray recommended in the summer months.
– Gougane Barra (Irish for: “The rock of Barra”) runs completely on a donation base, so if you are compelled to contribute there is a collection tray at the front of the Church.
If you’re in Cork Ireland, Blarney Castle is a must see! The grounds are gorgeous, free parking and just 15 minutes outside of the City Centre. Tickets are inexpensive, you have access to the gardens, trails, and of course, you get to climb through the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone!
Where to eat after your visit the Castle?
If you are looking for authentic Irish Countryside dinning, then Blair’s Inn is exactly where you should go!
Blair’s Inn has been family run for three generations and still maintains the “cosy feel” and original menu. Small pub tables next to wood burning fires are picture perfect. Chat with the locals and grab a pint! They also have large chalkboards with the local farms that sours all of the fresh ingredients. This quaint restaurant is located just outside if Cork City.
Blair’s Inn Address: Cloghroe House, 1 Ireland1, Cloghroe, Blarney, Co. Cork
(5-minute drive from Blarney Castle).
Treat yourself to a Luxury Stay in West Cork!
West Cork is renowned for its gorgeous scenery of rolling greens hills surrounded by bright pink Fuchsia flowers and the blue Atlantic ocean.
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa was such a great experience! Greeted with a delicious apple liquor and taken to a lovely room. Inchydoney is close enough to a small village called Clonakilty for a little nightlife and great restaurants but their oceanfront hotel is spectacular for walks on the beach and bike rides. This is the perfect destination for a nice beach day, or just relaxing with a bottle of wine and unwinding… it is remote and gorgeous!
Kinsale, a small fishing village is Cork’s “foodie” destination! If you’re there for the day, walk through some of the art galleries as well!
Fishy Fishy, is an elegant and Family-run seafood restaurant. Named Bridgestone Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland for the last 8 years!
-Very modern, nautical themed interior.
Another Favourite in the area is Man Friday! Rebounded for their fresh steaks and incredible wine selection!
(Both are in Kinsale)