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East Cork

East Cork Highlights

With a rich historical and maritime legacy, East Cork is a haven for family holidays with a huge range of activities and attractions to keep everyone entertained for hours. In the corner of coastal Cork you will find Trabolgan, one of the biggest holiday villages in Ireland. Several blue flag beaches means swimming on fine days and, when the weather is not so good, the indoor family entertainment centre at Perks is sure to keep everyone happy.

MiddletonVisit Ireland’s original farmer’s market, the Midleton Farmers Market, on a Saturday and fill up your basket with breakfast, lunch, brunch and fresh produce for your table.

Be sure to check out Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland’s only wildlife park, which has more than ninety different species of animals from around the world. For the more daring family, try an off road trek at Bridgefield Buggies or take to the sea and enjoy many sea adventures including power boating and sailing with Sail Cork and Aquatrek and deep sea fishing with Youghal Dive Charters.

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.

BallycottonCobh 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 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 commemorated the centenary of its visit.

Midleton is the vibrant centre of East Cork and is located in the heart of a rich agricultural hinterland. Legend has it that it was here in Ireland that whiskey was invented. Today it is home to the largest potstill in the world and is where Jameson whiskey is distilled - find out all about the process with The Jameson Experience.

Lighthouse in YoughalYoughal, 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. Visit the Youghal Heritage Centre and Tourist Office for information on local activities and events.

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.

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