County Cork is Ireland’s largest and most diverse county. It's lush countryside punctuated with the Blackwater, Lee and Bandon rivers in the east and its craggy mountain ranges to the west. This dramatic countryside lends itself perfectly to walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding holidays.
Cork is dotted with working market towns and traditional villages, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. It has an ancient maritime tradition and Kinsale, Bantry, Glandore, Baltimore and Crookhaven are just some of the most well-known harbours, perfect for sailing self catering holiday.
Discover the peaceful beauty of Sheep’s Head Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula and Mizen Peninsula in West Cork. You will fall in love with these three peninsula's of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy splendid coastal routes winding roads through the mountains, and the unrivalled vistas of mountain lakes, waterfalls, fast running rivers, prehistoric monuments, ancient castles and Christian settlements and forts.
During summer months the West Cork town of Bantry becomes one of the most important cultural festival destinations in Ireland with the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in late June to early July. The West Cork Literary Festival which takes place mid July and the Masters of Tradition Festival which normally takes place towards the end of August.
Cork is renowned for great cuisine and the 'Slow Food' movement, the county is dotted with excellent restaurants, cafes, and cookery schools. There are terrific artisan food markets, perfect for those staying in our self catering holiday cottages in Cork who love to cook with local produce.
Another annual festival is the Taste of West Cork Food Festival, a ten-day event in September. The festival celebrates not only West Cork's unique food culture, but also the people and land that produce that food. A pure joy to the senses, the festival is a culinary adventure through the dramatic backdrop of 41 local towns, villages and 8 islands; stretching from the sandy beaches of Inchydoney, to the splintered landscape of the Beara peninsula and reaching out into the Wild Atlantic Ocean through the scattered islands off Roaringwater Bay.
There is a wide variety of heritage sites, stately homes and castles to visit including Blarney Castle, Bantry House and Garnish Island.
Cork city is best explored on foot, giving you plenty of opportunity to appreciate the diverse architectural influences and discover its many lovely boutiques, the famous English Market, excellent restaurants and variety of pubs.
Cork has its own international airport, and a ferry port making it extremely accessible as a holiday destination.