While the city of Cork may not be at the top of your must-see city list, a thought or two should be given to visiting this humble Irish city because the sights that are in store on the south-west coast of Ireland are some of the most breathtaking you will ever have the fortune to see – and the hotels in Cork put you in a prime spot to appreciate them.

The world is your oyster if you hire a car in the area, giving you the chance to explore the area at your own pace. Grab your Sat Nav and key in some favourite locations before you arrive in Cork so that you know exactly how to get to the places on your itinerary.

Blarney Castle

As a popular tourist attraction in the area, Blarney Castle is an absolute must-visit, if only to give the Blarney Stone a quick peck. The castle itself was built in the 15th century and is well known across the world due to being the home of the aforementioned Stone of Eloquence. Apparently, if you give the stone a cheeky kiss, you’ll be given the gift of the gab. To do so requires hanging upside down over the railings, while staring at a huge drop, but if you can do that, then it’s totally achievable.

Carbery’s Hundred Isles

These isles, located in Long Island Bay and Roaring Water Bay, are still relatively untouched while also home to a few rustic villages. Sherkin Island is a popular destination for families and tourists in search of a secluded spot to enjoy, while Cape Cleire Island is a renowned mooring spot for yachts and sailboats.

Fota Island

Home to Ireland’s only wildlife park, Fota Island can be found just off the coast and aims to preserve wildlife from all over the world. Currently home to ostrich, kangaroo and giraffe (amongst many others), the gracious beasts are allowed to roam free within the wildlife park. Of course, the predators have to be kept enclosed, so that there’s still wildlife for visitors to see!


The city of Cork has so much on its doorstep that a trip here certainly won’t disappoint.