Cork Airport

Destination of the month

Welcome to Cork

Cork city is Ireland’s second largest and has long been an important economic and cultural centre. Compact and easy to walk around, the city is also the ideal starting point to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic 2,500km route along the Atlantic coast of Ireland.

Flying to Cork

Things to do here

Put simply, Cork city is an original. From the famed English Market, which was promoting artisanal food and drink long before the terms were widely known, to the city’s famous stouts Beamish and Murphy’s, Corkonians famously do it their own way. The city is compact and is an ideal destination for a city break with a vibrant restaurant and pub scene. Alternatively Cork is a good starting point to discover the pleasures of West Cork and the wider southwest. West Cork is the spiritual home of the Slow Food movement in Ireland and every town and village seems to have its own award winning cheese, pub or restaurant. And all of this against a beautiful coastline that is a mecca for sailors and beachgoers in the summer months.

To Eat

  1. Farmgate Café is located in the gallery above Cork city’s famed English market and its commitment to using only the freshest local ingredients has made it a firm favourite with both locals and visitors alike.

  2. Locally caught seafood is a feature of the menu at the elegant Blairscove House Restaurant near Durrus in West Cork. Rooms are also available and this upscale one-off hotel is a favourite wedding venue overlooking beautiful Dunmanus Bay.

To Stay

  1. Located on the banks of Cork city’s famous river Lee, the four star River Lee Hotel offers contemporary design and an unbeatable location within walking distance of the city’s commercial centre.

  2. Located on the marvellous Inchydoney beach just outside of Clonakilty, the award winning Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa has one of the most beautiful beaches in West Cork on its doorstep

Kinsale Tour

This gorgeous village, located less than 20km from Cork Airport and only 25km from Cork City, is situated at the mouth of the river Bandon. Kinsale is famous for the variety and quality of its restaurants but ‘must dos’ include the scenic waterside 5km walk to the 17th Charles Fort located at the entrance to Kinsale Harbour followed by lunch in the Bulman pub in Summercove on the way back. 

Skibbereen Heritage Centre Tour

Located in one of West Cork’s prettiest towns, the Skibbereen Heritage Centre has permanent exhibitions on the Great Famine, which decimated the locality in the 1840s, and on nearby Lough Hyne, a salt marine lake with an extraordinary biosphere, and which is located close to the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore.

English Market Tour

No visit to Cork city would be complete without a visit to the English Market. In operation since 1788, the market is home purveyors of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, cakes, wine, cheeses and bread amongst others. Celebrated chef Rick Stein has called it the ‘best covered market in the UK and Ireland’.

Bere Island Tour

Bere Island is located 2km from the fishing village of Castletownbere on the Beara peninsula, at the entrance to famous Bantry Bay in West Cork. The island has a population of just over 200 but plays host to a variety of events during the year including the Bere Island Festival of Music and Silence which features music and dance workshops, meditation sessions and guided walks in addition to nightly dances and concerts.