County Cork in the very south of the Irish Republic, varies from green river valleys to dramatic hills. The countryside is alive with history, dotted with pretty villages and a fantastic location for outdoor activities such as course and game angling, horse riding, walking and golf. With its stunning coastline, natural harbours and blue flag beaches, County Cork has a rich maritime history.
A cottage holiday in County Cork provides a comfortable base from which to explore the coast and rural regions. There are cottages of all kinds to rent; cottages for 2 people up to large group accommodation, cottages with a hot tub or swimming pool, pet friendly cottages in County Cork and more.
Cobh, a pretty port town, was the site of mass emigration following the famine years. Many starving people never survived the difficult sea journey to America. The Queenstown Story is a multimedia visitor centre in Cobh which tells the tale of the desperate masses who fled starvation in Ireland. The St Colman's Cathedral and Georgian buildings enhance Cobh's historical atmosphere. The Titanic made Cobh its last port stop before its ill-fated encounter with the iceberg.
Midleton, a bustling market town, is the home of Jameson Irish Whiskey. The Jameson Heritage Centre is a popular visitor attraction, housed in the 18th century distillery, which tells the tale of Irish whiskey making, followed by a chance to discover the delights of the finished product for yourself. For the children, there are two wildlife parks in the area.
The city of Cork is built across the channels of the River Lee. It is a large city which has seen invasions by the Vikings and the Normans and has thrived as a centre of commerce. The Cork City Gaol is a restored prison where a multimedia exhibition tells the story of the daily lives of the 19th century prisoners. The city hosts the Cork International Folk Dance Festival every July.
Discover 'fools gold' at Allihies in the Beara peninsula - rocks contain iron pyrites; the remnants of former copper mines. From here, follow the coastal road and signposts for the 'Ring of Beara', for wonderful views of the Iveragh Mountains, and Kenmare Bay in County Kerry.
Apart from the Beara peninsula in County Cork, there is also the Sheep's Head Peninsula with the 55 mile long distance Sheep's Head walk, voted the best in Ireland for great views incorporating coast, cliff and moorland.
The Mizen Peninsula, at the most southerly point of Ireland, offers plenty of seascapes, sea birds and peaceful walks.
And no visit to Ireland would be complete without kissing the world famous Blarney Stone, located at Blarney Castle near Cork City. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone will never be tongue-tied again! View holiday homes near Blarney Castle.
A list of cottages is shown below, some will be cottages with a barbecue, others may have different facilities. The Cottage Search can be useful in identifiying cottages to rent in County Cork with specific criteria.