Cork & Kerry Information
Cork is the Republic of Ireland’s second-largest city. It is situated in one of the world’s best natural harbours. Cork is the gateway to some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery with West Cork & Kerry barely an hour's drive away.
The Cork/Kerry Region is a land of extremes, from rich rolling fields, brooding, isolated mountains, wild seascapes and craggy shorelines to some of the most beautiful gardens of sub tropical shrubs and blooms you can find anywhere. It is a subtle mix of many ingredients, of influences of other countries, of landscape and weather, of history and optimism.
You can find a flavour of these influences in the festivals, activities and businesses throughout the region. Whether it’s the old traditions handed down through the unique language, the music, song and dance or the local artists. Or taste the modern flavours and the influences of the outside world in our vibrant cities and towns.
Let the road guide you from the modern City of Cork or towns such as Killarney or Tralee to the quieter towns of West Cork or the Dingle Peninsula. Wherever you go you will find welcoming places to stay where the food is delicious and made from the best of local produce.
The climate is mild, the traffic outside the cities is quiet and when you do encounter a traffic jam it’s most likely to be a sign that a local “point to point” meeting, Gaelic football or Hurling match is about to start. Take advantage of the moment and watch the sky for signs of fast changing weather, a feature you rarely experience anywhere but on the edge of an island, on the edge of Europe.
There is a multitude of things to do in Cork and Kerry, from well marked walking trails across the lowlands, or higher mountain passes around heritage towns or glorious gardens. These are available in almost every location you visit and encompass such well known walks as the Beara Way, the Sheeps Head Way, Drimoleague Heritage Walks, the Gougane Barra forest walks and the Ballyhoura mountain loops.
The coastline offers every opportunity to learn a new skill or take up a new sport. Test your surfing techniques on some of the best waves in Europe. Or take to a boat and visit spectacular islands and watch whales or dolphins frolic in the warm waters. Try your hand at catching some of the best salmon and trout on the Loughs and lakes inland.
Take a moment out and savour the variety and subtlety of Cork & Kerry. It’s so good even the locals keep coming back. Cork is the Republic of Ireland’s second-largest city. It is situated in one of the world’s best natural harbours. Cork is the gateway to some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery with West Cork & Kerry barely an hours drive away.
For more information visit: http://www.discoverireland.ie/southwest.aspx
For information on activities in North Cork visit: http://www.ballyhouracountry.com