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Cork - Ireland

Take your time when travelling around the country. While it's possible to drive the length of Ireland in less than a day and to traverse the width of the country in a few hours, We suggest explore a particular region, whether on foot, on horseback or behind the wheel, mindful of the wandering sheep on small back roads.

Ireland offers Stunning coastal scenery, charming people, excellent golfing, horse racing, fishing, fine theatre, bird watching (for puffins, terns and other northern sea birds), historical sites and ruins, lush gardens, shopping and legendary Irish pubs (where Guinness Stout and Irish whiskey flow freely). Ireland will appeal to almost everyone. However, the same natural elements that make the countryside so green make the weather cool and damp.

County Cork is situated in the South West of Ireland, it is the largest of all the Irish counties and in many ways the most varied. 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. The best way to see this 800 year old city on the River Lee is on a walking tour.

Short excursions can be made to Blarney Castle, which is just a few miles north west of Cork (in the woods of Muskerry). The castle is home to the Blarney Stone, which is said to give the gift of gab to all who kiss it. After a romantic encounter with the stone, visit the lovely garden and nearby Blarney House (Victorian decor and chandeliers made from Waterford crystal). Blarney can be seen while travelling between Cork and Killarney or as a day trip from Cork: The castle and its views make it very worthwhile. Also near Cork are the wildlife park and arboretum at Fota Island. Longer trips can be made to Clear Island (good for hiking and bird watching -- the ferry ride alone is worth the trip). Kinsale, the birthplace of William Penn (founder of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania), used to depend on fishing for its livelihood. Today, it's a chic little tourist stop with a harbour filled with yachts flying European flags. In town, see the old fort, play at the nine-hole golf course or dine at any of several very good restaurants.