Blarney Castle

One of Ireland's quintessential attractions, a visit to Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone is high on most people's list of things to do in Ireland.
For many years people have descended on the picturesque, 15th Century Blarney Castle with the purpose of kissing the Blarney Stone to be bestowed with the "gift of the gab", the talent for eloquence that the Irish famously possess. Image of Blarney Castle The Blarney Stone is situated at the very top turret of the castle and to kiss it you have to lie on your back and reach under the battlements to kiss the stone as the wind whistles around your ears, and someone takes a firm hold of your legs! But it's all perfectly safe and you'll go any with something new to talk about, with a touch of Blarney.

Fota

Fota Wildlife Park was opened in 1983. Located in County Cork, the park is set on 75 acres (300,000 m2), and is home to nearly 30 mammal and 50 bird species. Many of the animals roam freely with the visitors, such as the ring-tailed lemurs and squirrel monkeys. The larger animals, including the giraffe and bison, live in spacious paddocks with unobtrusive barriers. This allows visitors to enjoy an up close and personal experience with the animals.
Image of Giraffe at Fota Wildlife

Fota House

Fota House was originally a modest two-storey hunting lodge belonging to the Smith Barry family. The family lived in Britain, coming to Ireland for fishing, shooting, hunting and yachting. In the 1820s, John Smith-Barry (1793 - 1837) decided to make Fota his home. He commissioned the great Irish architects Sir Richard Morrison and his son William Vitruvius Morrison to convert the hunting lodge into an elegant residence.

The house now has over 70 rooms, ranging in size from the more modest servant rooms to the large and beautifully proportioned principal rooms. The curious 'dummy' windows, which occur on the exterior of the building, were added to enhance the aesthetic balance of the house. The style is classical throughout and the decor reflects continental trends in the gilt, marble work, painted ceilings and magnificent plaster detail throughout.
Since the re-opening of the house in 2009 after restoration, people can now visit the upper floor of the house for the first time in many years. The glorious neo-classical architecture and innovative designs for which Morrison was renowned can now be fully appreciated, as well as a fine collection of paintings and furniture - which have been returned to the house.

Golf Courses

Cork has a large selection of truly wonderful golf courses. Here are some of our favorites.


Cork Golf Club
www.corkgolfclub.ie

Mahon Golf
www.mahongolfclub.com

East Cork golf
www.eastcorkgolfclub.ie

Fota Island golf resort
www.fotaisland.ie

Cobh Golf
www.cobhgolfclub.ie

Monkstown Golf
www.monkstowngolfclub.com

Douglas Golf Muskerry Golf
www.douglasgolfclub.ie

Blarney Golf Course
www.blarneygolfresort.ie

Golf Courses

Jameson Distillery

A tour of the Old Midleton Distillery is a journey through the story of Irish whiskey by means of an audio-visual presentation (available in 8 languages). Follow the old distillery trail through mills, maltings, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns - some of these buildings date back to 1795.

View the largest pot still in the world prior to sampling the internationally renowned Jameson Whiskey in the bar (minerals for children). Perhaps you'll have the opportunity of becoming a qualified Irish whiskey taster in the Jameson Bar? The Malt House Restaurant has gained a reputation for serving excellent homeamde food. All the main courses are entirely prepared and cooked on site using the local fresh ingredients.
Jameson Whisky Barrels
The Malt House is open Nov - March: Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00-16.00, and April - Oct: Daily, 10.00-16.00.