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Water Slide at West Cork Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Cork is full of great secret locations that only the locals know about, but now the secret is out about West Cork Secret, the excellent activity and garden centre in the west of Cork. This burgeoning new outdoor arena is a great place to spend a day with all the family, or for a fun work retreat. West Cork Secret […]


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Holy Cross Abbey

North of Cashel and at a slight detour is the beautifully restored Holy Cross Abbey which has been located here since the 13th century. The turbulent history of Ireland through the ages is reflected in the history of The Abbey. “That the Cross of Christ may not be emptied of its power” is the inscription on the renovated altar at […]


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West Cork Model Railway Village

Model Railway Village

West Cork Model Railway Village: Take a trip to the Model Railway Village for a fun and memorable day out on your visit to Clonakilty in West Cork. The model village allows you step back in time and see life as it was in the 1940’s. See the old West Cork railway line that served the region portrayed in delightful […]


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Cois Cuain Gardens

Cois Cuain (pronounced coosh cuann), a garden as close to the sea as it is possible to get without becoming a boat. (Cois Cuain Garden is entirely within 30m of the sea). The garden is situated on the northern shore of Dunmanus Bay near Bantry. It has many rare Southern Hemisphere plants, as well as hardy wind and salt resistant […]


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Cape Clear

Cape Clear

This is a wild and beautiful island where Irish is still the spoken first language (English is also spoken). Remote it may be (45 minutes from Baltimore or Schull by ferry) but you may leave Cape Clear, but Cape Clear will never leave you. Cape Clear,  Ireland’s southernmost inhabited Gaeltacht (Gaeltacht means Irish speaking area) island is 5Km long by […]


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The Gearagh, Macroom

The Gearagh near Macroom is the remains of the only ancient post glacial alluvial forest in Western Europe. It was formed at the end of the last Ice Age and consists of a vast area of submerged islands that once supported a rich woodland flora. It gets its name from “An Gaoire”, the wooden river. In 1987 the area was […]


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Cork Beaches

Redbarn Strand

One of our favourite Sunday afternoon activities is a long walk along Redbarn Strand (near Youghal in East Cork), followed by lunch or dinner in one of the towns seafood restaurants. Redbarn is a breath-taking wide open strand with miles of blue flag beach. At any time of the year, to walk along its length is a wonderful thing to do, […]


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Three Castle Head

One of the gems of the Mizen Peninsula is Three Castle Head where there are Three Castles which are actually three Tower Houses with curtain walling. Built in the 15th Century on the site of a Bronze Age Promontory Fort, the Castles stand sentinel beside a cliff top lake. Access is restricted at the moment because of the unstable state […]


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Explore your family tree

Explore your family history. Do you want to know where your ancestors came from? Well the fact that you are reading this possibly indicates that you do. Cobh which is in Cork harbour was the main embarkation point for millions of emigrants from Ireland to North America (Annie Moore from Cobh was the first person processed through Ellis Island in […]


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Muckross House Horse jaunt

Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney

Situated in Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens are amongst the most popular of Irish visitor attractions. Between the months of April and July, Muckross Gardens are spectacularly adorned with the red and pink flowers of mature Rhododendrons. Other garden features include a Sunken Garden, a Rock Garden and a Stream Garden. An Arboretum, containing many trees from the […]


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Leahys Open Farm

Leahy’s Open Farm

Leahy’s Open Farm caters for the perfect family day out regardless of  the weather. Facilities include indoor and outdoor play areas, a quad and barrel train, real JCB mini diggers, crazy golf, a large climbing frame, adventure trail and a big ‘drop’ slide. Children will have fun running through the large maze, pedalling indoor and outdoor go-karts and interacting with a […]


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City Jogging Tours

City Jogging Irish Tours

City Jogging Irish Tours offers guided fun Jogging tours and Walking tours of Cork. These sightseeing tours with a difference cater for Individuals, Families, Children’s Party’s, Stags, Hens, Birthday Partys, Groups and Corporate events through the streets and parks of Cork City. Come join us on an amazing fun filled tour of the city. Discover the famous St Fin Barre’s […]


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Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel – It’s huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Located in Cashel, County Tipperary, The Rock of Cashel is just a one hour drive from Cork City Centre. Reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. […]


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Barryscourt Castle

Please Note: Barryscourt Castle is closed for maintenance and engineering work 2015/2016.    Barryscourt castle is the 16th century seat of the Barry family. The present castle, with its largely intact bawn wall and corner towers, is a fine example of an Irish tower house in which many defensive features such as a murder hole, crenulations, and stumble steps can be […]


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Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael

A trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael is an incredible day trip to make and will enthral people of every age an truly is a once in a lifetime experience not replicated anywhere else in the world. The Skellig Islands, stand aloof in the Atlantic Ocean some 12 km southwest of Valentia Island, County Kerry. From […]


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Waterford Crystal Showrooms

You’ll be spoilt for choice shopping at Waterford Crystal. Here you will find the world’s largest display of Waterford Crystal as well as giftware, craft and jewellery collections. The retail store includes world famous names such as John Rocha at Waterford, Jasper Conran at Waterford, Stuart Crystal, Marquis by Waterford and Wedgwood and more. Visit www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com for more information. We […]


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Blarney and Cobh Day Tour

Blarney Castle Rock Close Gardens

Rock Close has the enchantment of a fairy glade and in prehistoric times may well have been a place of Druidic worship. Here you can find an ancient sacrificial altar, a Druid’s Circle, a hermit’s cave, a witch’s kitchen, and wishing steps. Rare varieties of trees abound in this magical place and you feel you can float across the rustic […]


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Ten Pin Bowling

10 Pin Bowling

10 Pin Bowling. Nothing beats a family game of bowling on a wet day. There are a number of locations where you can enjoy this great activity. East Cork Superbowl, part of Perks Entertainment Centre www.perksfunfair.com Leisureplex Cork, Cork city centre 00 353 (0)21 4505155 Mardyke Entertainment Complex, Cork City Centre www.mardyke.com Planet Leisure, Cork City www.planetleisure.ie


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Hillside, Cork

A sprawling 4 acre garden is remarkable as quoted my Jane Powers, a leading news correspondent for the Irish Times. It is enviably situated on a steep South facing slope, enclosed by woodland and with a view overlooking Cork Harbour and the Lee estuary and just a short drive from Cork City. It has two acres combining centuries of old […]


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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is located in the award winning, beautifully restored Old Gasworks Building, in Skibbereen, one of West Cork’s most picturesque towns. The centre offers insights in to some fascinating aspects of our history and local geography. The Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition This commemorates the tragic period in the 1840s that is known in Irish History as the Great […]


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