Ballycotton

Ballycotton is situated about 25 miles east of Cork city. It is a famous fishing village and has given its name to the folk band Ballycotton. The village is set on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay and its sandy beach that stretches for about 25 km east to Knockadoon Head. The current village is actually a re-settlement of an older village which is now entirely underwater. Ballycotton experiences severe coastal erosion with metres of land crumbling into the sea every few years. It is a site of international research interest on coastal erosion.

Situated on the steep sloped Ballycotton Island approximately 2 km from the village, the lighthouse was commissioned in 1851 when the keeper and his family lived on the island and their children rowed to school weather permitting. By 1899 the four keepers were housed in the town with keepers rotating duty at the lighthouse. In 1975 the light was converted to electricity and it was automated on 28 March 1992 when the lighthouse keepers were withdrawn.

Ballycotton

Blarney

Blarney town is a major tourist attraction in County Cork. Mostly people come to see the castle, kiss the stone, and explore the historic village.

The centre of the village features The Square, which is the most rudimentary village square you could find, surprising given Blarneys dependence on visitors. The Square is no more than a grass field that in the past was used for markets.

Post Office

Blarney Castle holds the famous Stone, at the top of the old keep. The castle itself stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Martin. The McCarthy clan, whose head was nicknamed Strongman, built the castle in 1446, but it was the site of an earlier fortress. The word blarney has come to be associated with nonsense or charm, and stems from the apocryphal story featuring Strongmans heir and descendant, Lord Blarney, and Elizabeth Is emissary, Earl of Leicester.

Cobh

Cobh (pronounced Cove) is a town on the south of Great Island in Cork Harbour.

Access to Cobh is excellent with an hourly commuter train service to and from Cork City offered by Irish Rail. Numerous cruise liners visit this colourful harbour town each year and, if you are one of these, you will find this rail connection very convenient - the train station is a 2 minute walk from the jetty. Harbour cruises are also available during the summer months from Marine Transport Services at Kennedy pier.

Attractions in the town include St. Colman's Cathedral, a magnificent 19th century Gothic revival and home to the largest Carillon (49-bells), in Ireland and the UK. The Cathedral Spire overlooks the brightly painted town of Cobh and the inner islands of the harbour, Spike Island, renowned for its historical legacy and Fort and Haulbowline Islandsite of the oldest yacht club in the world, the Royal Cork Yacht Club which was founded in 1720.

Cobh

Beautifully coloured Victorian architecture on the southern coast of Great Island leaves you in no doubt that the houses and hotels that make up Cobh were historically a resort town. It was also the emigration port for those sailing to the Americas in the nineteenth century, and the last port of call before the sinking of the Titanic. A Titanic Commemorative Weekend is held in Cobh every April with lectures and tours available. The Lusitania also sank off the coast near Cobh at Kinsale. Many of the victims from this torpedoed ocean liner are buried north of the town in its old cemetery.

The Queenstown Story Centre tells the history of emigration from Ireland, relating through audio visual techniques and displays the abhorrent conditions in which people made the Atlantic crossing. It also tells the story of those who were sent to Australia as convicts.

Midleton

Midleton and area is in the heart of East Cork in the County of Cork, Ireland. This catchment area stretches from Carrigtwohill in the West, Dungourney to the North, Castlemartyr in the East and to Trabolgan to the South. The charming and historic township of Midleton sits in the center of East Cork , providing a focal point for the surrounding area.

Established as a monastic settlement by Cistercian monks from Citeaux in the 12th century, Midleton, then called Mainistir na Corann (The Abbey of the Choir), has survived feast and famine and still retains much of its rich heritage. Traditionally the principal market town of East Cork, Midleton has a reputation as a place to shop for quality goods. Despite modern day developments and now with a population of over 2,900, Midleton has not lost its charm and is one of the most desirable places to live in East Cork. The Old Midleton Distillery is a journey through the story of Irish whiskey.

Midleton Old Jameson Distillery

Attractions in Midleton boast of great history, interest and heritage including the award winning Jameson Heritage Center. Some of Ireland's best preserved buildings are to be found here. The shops offer a high standard and excellent range of products to visitors and residents alike.

Leisure in the Midleton area is abundant, from golf to sailing, horse riding to fishing and angling and beautiful beaches, it is all here.

West Cork

Vibrant on the one hand, tranquil on the other,West Cork is a fantastic place to visit with facilities to cater for all ages and tastes. It is famous for its inspiring scenery, the wholesome quality of its food and the welcoming, relaxing ambiance of its restaurants, bars, and accommodation. Combine these with the hospitality of the West Cork people and you have the perfect recipe for the perfect holiday.

The area is famous for the rugged beauty of its peninsulas (such as the remote Beara Peninsula, Sheep's Head and Mizen Head peninsulas), popular beaches such as Inchydoney, Owenahincha and Barleycove, and picturesque towns and villages such as Clonakilty, Kinsale and Glandore.

View the Clonakilty & West Cork Destination site for more information.

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Youghal

Youghal is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Sitting on the estuary of the River Blackwater, in the past it was militarily and economically important. Being built on the edge of a steep riverbank, the town has a distinctive long and narrow layout.

Lying on the coastline of East Cork, the bustling and picturesque town of Youghal is deemed one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. The historic walled seaport town of Youghal has many historic buildings and monuments within its ancient town walls, and has been designated as an Irish Heritage Port by the Irish Tourist Board. Formerly a strong manufacturing town, Youghal experienced a decline in manufacturing industry, particularly in 2008. Much of the focus in Youghal has now switched to tourism and heritage focusing on the centuries old history of the town, its three blue flag, sandy beaches and many amenities that lend themselves towards family holidays.

Youghal