Situated 8km from Cork City, the historic castle is most famous for its
Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who
kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen
Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without
offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss
it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet
Garnish island is a tiny island located in Glengarrif bay in West Cork.
With access by ferry (10 minute) from the mainland it is a plantation of
tropical beauty in this beautiful sheltered harbour. Visitors delight at
the array of exquisite tropical colours and the splendid walled gardens.
The harbour is the home of several hundred seals who can be seen from the
ferry when on journey to the island.
Located just outside the town of Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park is 70 acres of
open countryside, which you share with 70 species of wildlife from all
five continents. Take a walk on pathways through forty acres of grassland
where giraffe, zebra and antelope roam, through woods where wallabies wander,
past bird-filled lakes and monkey islands, pinguin and flamingo pools,
cheetahs in tree-shaped enclosures. Or take it easy and hop on the tour
Jameson Heritage Centre is located in Midleton just 12 miles from Cork
city. Visitors can see the oldest pot still in the world with a capacity
of 32,000 gallons and the old waterwheel manufactured in 1825 to provide
motive power prior to the days of electricity, and still turning today.
Each visit culminates in the Jameson Bar with the Irish Whiskey tasting
session when you may have the opportunity of becoming a qualified Irish
Whiskey Taster with a presentation diploma!
Model Railway Village
Enjoy a visit
to the unique West Cork Model Railway Village in Clonakilty,
which is a delightfully discovery for both young and old. Here
you can step back in time and follow the route of a miniaturised
version of the former West Cork Railway and experience life
in the 1940's.
The Queenstown Story
story tells in graphic detail the nautical history of Cork
Harbour from where thousands of emigrants set sail for the
new world. The exhibition explores the conditions aboard the
coffin ships, details Cobh's connections with the ill-fated
Titanic and relives the horror of the sinking Lusitania.
The ruins of
this beautiful Franciscan friary sit on the banks of the Argideen
river at the picturesque village of Timoleague, just three
miles from Courtmacsherry. Learn of Celtic history and Irish
mythology and understand why this wonderful abbey has become
such an attraction.
To the north
of Enniskeane (about 20 minutes drive from Courtmacsherry)
stands the celebrated Kinneigh Tower. It is an unusual structure,
being hexagonal in form from the base to a height of eighteen
feet, and circular from that up. This unique tower is the only
one of its type in Ireland.
The Argideen river flows through Lisselan Estate and enters the sea at
Courtmacsherry bay. This splendid estate has horse training facilities,
a golf course, Salmon and Trout fishing and glorious gardens and really
is worthy of a day visit. Imperial Call owned by Lisselan Estate was the
1996 Cheltenam Gold Cup winner. Lisselan golf course is ranked in the top
ten in Europe by Fore magazine. Lisselan gardens contain many spectacular
features such as azalea garden, rockery, japanese maple, rose wreathed
pergola, water lilies, wistaria and water gardens. There is a mature rhododendron
garden, a shrubbery containing mature pine, spruce, holly and more unusual
plants including acacia, myrtle, eucalyptus and robinia.