East Cork Highlights
With a rich historical and maritime legacy, East Cork has a truly unique variety of attractions to offer the visitor.
It is a haven for family holidays with a huge range of activities and attractions to keep the whole family entertained for hours. In this corner of coastal county Cork you will find Trabolgan, one of the biggest holiday villages in Ireland, with wave pools, a Barney show and a fantastic array of activities. Several blue flag beaches means swimming for the family on fine days and, when the weather is not so good, the indoor family entertainment centre at Perks is sure to keep everyone happy. Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland’s only wildlife park, is located just 10 miles from Cork City and has more than ninety different species of animals from the four corners of the world where they roam freely in open surroundings. More fun can be had by all the family at Leahy’s Open Farm and at the special family fun events at Fota House and gardens. For the more daring family, try an off road trek at Bridgefield Buggies or take to the sea and enjoy many sea adventures including whale & dolphin watching with Whale of a Time, power boating and sailing with Sail Cork and Aquatrek and deep sea fishing with SeaHunter.
For the golfer in the family, a tee off at one of the many golf courses in the area is a must. A visit to Ireland’s original farmer’s market, the Midleton’s Farmers Market, on a Saturday is a real family occasion. Fill up your basket with breakfast, lunch, brunch and fresh produce for your table.
East Cork, Cork Harbour and Surrounds
Ballycotton is perched on the cliffs overlooking one of the many blue flag beaches in East Cork. This quaint little port is legendary for its sea angling and spectacular cliff walk.
Cobh ascends from the sea and splendidly dominates Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world. This colourful town has experienced invasion, emigration, transportation and a wealth of maritime adventures. St Colman’s Cathedral overlooks the brightly coloured town and the inner islands of the harbour, Haulbowline and Spike, are a stunning sight to behold. Cobh is also host to many cruise ships during the year and has welcomed many world famous ships such as the QE2 and the Independence of the Seas. It was the last port of call of the ill fated Titanic, and in 2012 Cobh will commemorate the centenary of its visit.
Midleton is the vibrant centre of East Cork and is located in the heart of a rich agricultural hinterland. This bustling nucleus is renowned for its fine food culture and lively pubs. Legend has it that it was here in Ireland that whiskey was invented. Today it is home to he largest potstill in the world and where Jameson whiskey is distilled.
Owenabue Valley is a very picturesque rural area comprising of Ballinhassig, Ballygarvan, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Monkstown, Passage West and Ringaskiddy. The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven is the oldest yacht club in the world and the Crosshaven/Carrigaline has walks to suit all levels and ages.
Youghal, a scenic port town, has an abundance of things to do. Golfing, family entertainment, riverboat trips, fishing and walking are all on offer. The town has also become a focal point for water sport enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Activities such as whale watching and wreck-diving are all on the menu.
East Cork is the perfect location for your family holiday.