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Cork & Kerry

Do you dream of Ireland’s craggy coves and rocky bays, welcoming bars and traditional music, brightly-painted buildings and village squares?

Then head for the south-west of Ireland and Counties Cork and Kerry.

You’ll discover verdant countryside of peat bogs and mountains stretching for miles in all directions. Gaze out to sea to distant islands, including the distinctive triangular Skelligs, honeycombed with cells of monks from centuries gone-by and more recently providing the dramatic backdrop for the finale of Star Wars.

Wildlife abounds both offshore and inland: from the greatest of marine creatures to playful seals, from red squirrels to birds of prey. Menus boast fresh seafood and Irish steak, and you’ll never be far from sweet treats, whether a scone with your afternoon tea, home-made ice cream or delicious chocolate desserts. There’s Guinness, too, of course!

Top Tips

Head out from West Cork on a whale-watch trip with an experienced guide for the chance to spot dolphins, fin whales and perhaps even humpbacks.

Take a trip on the Dursey cable car – be prepared that you may have some sheep or cattle for company!

Visit Cobh, formerly Queenstown, final port of call of the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Seek out Gallarus Oratory just outside Dingle, a tiny Christian church dating back to the sixth century.

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Things To See & Do

You probably won’t want to miss the well-known hotspots of Kinsale, famed for its wealth of foodie destinations, and the Ring of Kerry, with majestic lakes and mountains scenery. But trust us to help you explore a little more off the beaten path, discovering the corners where the Irish themselves like to holiday, such as Baltimore in West Cork or the olde worlde Beara Peninsula. We strongly recommend a car (or driver/guide) to help you explore the nooks and crannies of this fascinating part of Ireland.

You’re never far from water – whether the crashing waves of the Atlantic rolling in from America or the pools and lakes of the bogland. Perhaps head north and inland in county Kerry to the heritage town of Listowel, with its fascinating Writers Museum and restored 15th-century castle.

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