Cork’s enviable location on the stunning South West coast of Ireland means that it’s got miles and miles of beautiful scenery right on its doorstep.
Mizen Head Visitor Centre
This signal station, on Ireland’s most southwesterly point, is an incredibly popular tourist attraction with a serious purpose – it was built to save lives in peril on the dangerous rocks in this wild, turbulent part of the Atlantic Ocean. As well as its dramatic cliff top scenery, Mizen Head is famous for its wild plants, birds and animals – if you’re lucky you might see a seal or even a dolphin.
If watching the waves crash on the beach has whetted your appetite, you can go on an ‘adrenaline heaven’ boat tour with Ocean Escapes. Their Excalibur Ribs only take five passengers at a time, meaning there’s no crowding or straining to hear your guide. You can choose a Harbour Tour, an Evening Experience or a Sea Thrill and there’s even special equipment to listen to the whales and the dolphins down below.
Ballycotton Cliff Walk
This coastal walk starting from the nearby village of Ballycotton is a bit of a well-kept secret. If it’s a sunny day you’ll be rewarded with unspoiled views of the blue sky and the bluer ocean. It’s fairly challenging so make sure you’ve got proper shoes on and, as it’s a cliff top path, supervise children at all times. Your efforts will be rewarded with some incredible scenery along the way.
Cork’s full of opportunities to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. When your day’s exertions are over, you’ll need a comfortable bed to rest your head. The Cork Cork Travelodge hotel is an ideal base, both for the city and its surroundings and the airport.