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Things to do in County Cork

If you are planning a cottage holiday in County Cork you won’t be short of things to do. County Cork is Ireland’s largest county and home to its second largest city. Cottage holidays in Cork can be a mixture of everything that makes Ireland so attractive to tourists, beautiful coastlines, stunning views and the convenience of a modern lifestyle if you are that way inclined.

Due to its large size County Cork has so much to offer the discerning traveler. North Cork is renowned by anglers as one of Ireland’s great fishing destinations, due partly to the vitality of the River Blackwater and partly to the noticeable lack of tourists in the area. Un-spoilt beauty with a riverbank all to yourself!

If you are renting an Irish cottage to enjoy the fishing in the area you may want to look at some of our available rentals at the bottom. We can’t guarantee the fish but we can certainly guarantee you the luxury Irish cottage of your dreams.

The East of the County is primarily given over to agriculture and this love of produce has spilled over into the renowed Ballymaloe House run by Myrtle Allen. An inspiration to all those who dream of good old fashioned country cooking, Myrtle took a traditional family home and made it a successful restaurant, later opening the internationally renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School, which is now run by Darina Allen, and is located two miles from Ballymaloe House.

For those who don’t want to cook their own food, West Cork on the southernmost coast of Ireland is the place to be. The most heavily touristed place in Cork, it is easy to see why, with so much to keep a tourist entertained!

The beautiful coastline stretches for well over 100km and if you get tired exploring the coves and farming villages you can always head into the pub for a pint!

Corks dramatic history is evident all around you in this County and you will not be short of things to do on your cottage holiday. Cork has civilized history dating back to the Stone Age, but it is its more recent history that it is primarily known for.

Blarney Castle is one of the most well known places in Ireland for myth and legend. It was built nearly 600 years ago by Cormac MacCarthy, one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains and houses the well known Blarney Stone. Legend has it that one kiss on the stone will endow the kisser with ‘the gift of the gab’ (or a great skill in flattery).

As with many legends in Ireland there is a little confusion over how the legend came to be with many believing the stone was given to Cormac by Robert the Bruce as recognition of his help at the Battle of Bannockburn against the English, others that Cormac had appealed to the goddess Clíodhna for her help in a lawsuit against him, she told him to kiss the stone, which he did and he went on to speak so eloquently at the trial that that he won the case and so the legend was born. The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446 and whatever its origins it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cork.

Cork City is located at the mouth of the River Lee and is a vibrant city of some 128,000 inhabitants has just celebrated both its Millennium and its 150th anniversary as a University City.
To get you to your country or coast cottage there is an international airport which is located just South of Cork City, so any of our cottages are within easy reach for any tourist.

Your cottage holiday in Cork will be your dream Irish holiday with horse riding, hiking, cookery, fishing, music and much more located just a short distance from any of our Irish cottages. Cork has a beautiful mix of modern, busy city life and rolling countryside and dramatic coastlines that you will not be disappointed with your holiday cottage in Ireland.

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