Places of Interest
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is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, second in size to Dublin but no less exciting. A former European Capital of Culture, it is without doubt one of the best places to visit whilst in Ireland. Notable sights include the magnificent triple-spired St Finn Barre’s Cathedral, the Father Matthew Memorial Church and the National Monument, erected to commemorate the Irish Patriots who died during the period 1798-1897. There is also an array of friendly bars, great restaurants, bustling markets and a well-attended summer festival programme.
The Beara Peninsula
is an area that is steeped in myth and legend. The mountains and valleys harbour more than 500 archaeological and historic sites, some dating back 2,000 years, which is the highest number of antiquities in any one place in Ireland. Beara has a diverse and varied landscape, from rugged mountains and serene lakes to beautiful unspoilt beaches and bustling market towns. The peninsula is also home to Ireland’s biggest white fishing port, at Castletownbere on the southern coast and locals and visitors alike flock here to sample the day’s catch in the numerous pubs and restaurants.
The Sheep’s Head,
(Muintir Bhaire Peninsula), situated in the far south west of County Cork, is a peaceful, unspoilt stretch of coastline which offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. This area is particularly popular with walkers; there is 150km of walking route between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay alone. Other activities include watersports, angling and pony trekking. The peninsula’s proximity to the Gulf Stream means that the climate is possibly the mildest in Ireland, with spring flowers blooming in January!
The Mizen Peninsula
is a heady mix of steep cliffs, rugged moorland and lush green pasture which stretches for around 30km. Mizen Head, Ireland’s most south-westerly point, is home to a signal station and lighthouse, which can be accessed via the newly reconstructed bridge. The area is dotted with lively little towns and sleepy villages steeped in Irish tradition. The beach at Barley Cove is widely considered to be the most beautiful in west Cork, with clean white sand and glittering waters.
has a character all of its own. The coastline is a dramatic seascape of rugged cliffs and unspoilt sandy beaches, whilst inland visitors will find serene countryside dotted with historic towns and villages, such as Cobh Town, which lies on the southern shore of the Great Island in one of the world’s natural harbours, often compared with Sydney Harbour and San Francisco Bay. Cobh is also the starting point of the fascinating Titanic Trail, which explores the final hours of the ill-fated liner before it set sail in 1912.
was built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. It is home to the famous ‘Blarney Stone’ and for more than 200 years world statesmen, literary giants and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.