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County Cork is situated in theSouth West of Ireland, it is the largest of all the Irish counties and in many ways one of the most varied

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Heart of Kinsale

Heart of Kinsale is a holiday home set in Kinsale, 22 km from Cork. The unit is 26 km from Clonakilty, and guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. More

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Carleton Village 4 stars

Carleton Village offers high-quality villa accommodation in the town of Youghal on Ireland’s southern coast. More

The Carleton Village site offers a range of facilities, with an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts and children’s playground, and is less than 45 minutes’ drive from Cork city.

Each contemporary villa has an open plan living/dining room with TV, DVD player and hi-fi system. There is modern fitted kitchen with a washing machine, dishwasher, oven, hob and microwave.

The 2-bedroom villa has a shower, and the 3-bedroom villa has a bath and shower. All have a patio with picnic area and a garden.

The resort of Youghal has a number of diverse restaurants, with the centre of town just 4 minutes’ drive away. Cruises up the Blackwater River and beautiful beaches are just some of this popular town’s attractions.

Holiday homes: 2

Sandycove Self Catering

Sandycove Self Catering offers pet-friendly accommodation in Castlehaven. The unit is 49 km from Kenmare, and guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. More

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The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher and there is a shared bathroom. Towels and bed linen are available in this self-catering accommodation. Other facilities at Sandycove Self Catering include a terrace.

Clonakilty is 26 km from Sandycove Self Catering, while Bantry is 26 km away. The nearest airport is Cork Airport, 61 km from Sandycove Self Catering.

Your stay will include:
Free WiFi Terrace Sun terrace

We speak your language! Holiday home: sleeps 6

Hilltop Apartments 3 stars

Located just 900 metres from Youghal’s sandy beach and 10 minutes’ walk from the vibrant town centre, Hilltop Apartments feature free parking on site and fully equipped kitchens. More

A separate seating area with TV is provided in each Hilltop apartment, with a dishwasher, washing machine and a microwave also included. An en suite bathroom is available in the master bedroom.

Cafés, pubs and brightly painted shops line the main street of Youghal’s town centre, and guests can explore the town’s history by walking along the heritage trail which starts in the market place. Youghal Golf Club is a 5-minute drive away and offers a challenging and scenic 18-hole course.

We speak your language! Apartments: 5


 The Blarney Castle (Kissing The Blarney Stone)


Take a tour of Blarney Castle, Ireland -- part of the World's Greatest Attractions series.

Amidst the blue Irish skies and green lands of Blarney, lies the Blarney Castle, an intriguing medieval fortification.

Set against the refreshing greens of the gardens dotted with colorful flowers and trees you will find it hard to resist the charm the fort exudes.

Built in the 15th century, this stronghold is the third of the same structure to be built on the site.

The MacCarthy dynasty, is credited with building this enchanting and spell binding castle.

One of the features that make this place really popular is the well-known Blarney Stone, also known as 'The Stone of Eloquence'.

According to a legend, anyone who kisses this stone is rewarded with eloquence, an enticing prize for many of the worlds powerful and famous.

The Famous Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. It is near the River Martin. The castle originally dates from before AD 1200. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac MacCarthy, the King of Munster. It is currently a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and the battlements. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the Stone and tour the castle and its gardens.

The word blarney has come to mean clever, flattering, or coaxing talk.The stone is believed by some to be half of the original Stone of Scone, and said to have been presented to Cormac McCarthy by Robert the Bruce in 1314 in recognition of his support in the Battle of Bannockburn.

The proprietors of Blarney Castle list several alternative explanations for the origins of the Stone and its supposed powers, all of which suppose that the Stone had previously been in Ireland but was then taken to Scotland and returned to Ireland in 1314. The stories they list include:

The Stone was the stone that Jacob used as a pillow, and was brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah The Stone was the pillow used by St. Columba of Iona on his deathbed The Stone was the Stone of Ezel, which David hid behind on Jonathan's advice, while fleeing from King Saul, and may have been brought back to Ireland during the Crusades The Stone was the rock that Moses struck with his staff to produce water for the Israelites, during their flight from Egypt in Ireland, the Stone was known as the Lia Fáil or "Stone of Destiny", part of the king's throne, with mysterious powers The stone's powers were revealed to the McCarthys by a witch who had been saved from drowning.

Surrounding the castle are beautiful and quite extensive gardens. There are paths touring the grounds with signs pointing out the various attractions such as several natural rock formations which have been given fanciful names, such as Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave and the Wishing Steps. Blarney House, a Scottish baronial-style mansion, was built on the grounds in 1874. It is also open to the public.


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County Cork

County Cork is situated in theSouth West of Ireland, it is the largest of all the Irish counties and in many ways one of the most varied

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County Donagal

The heritage town of Donegal is situated at the mouth of its namesake, Donegal Bay, and is part of a county that also bears the same name. The county is at the foot of the Bluestack Mountains, making it an ideal starting point for those touring the rest of the country.

County Galway

Galway, the largest county in Connaught, celebrated in song and story throughout the world takes centre stage on Ireland's western seaboard. A spectacularly beautiful county, a medley of contrasts - the wildest and remotest of countryside teamed with one of Europe's most vibrant and popular cities

County Kerry

County Kerry, traditionally known as the 'kingdom', is situated in the extreme south-west of Ireland. Kerry has two contrasting types of terrain - the mountainous south with the Beara, Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas, and the smaller 'plains' area that stretches as far north as the Shannon estuary.

County Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a medieval city of 24,000 people acclaimed internationally as a centre for craft and design. Technology, Tourism, Craft & Design and food processing are the main industries in the county. Each year Kilkenny hosts a number of international festivals and the city is a very popular tourist destination.

County Waterford

Waterford City is the capital of the Sunny South East of Ireland.

A natural playground for Golf, Equestrian, Walking, Angling, Water Sports and Cycling, enthusiasts, Waterford offers the complete holiday experience.

County Wexford

A holiday in Wexford can match anything more exotic locations have to offer. Boasting over 115kms of coastline and golden sands have long been popular with families wishing to escape the noise, stresses and strains of city living. Dublin families have known the secret of Wexford as a holiday destination for many generations

Ireland Travel | West Cork Travel | Mizen Head | Irish Travel | Ireland


Ireland travel is about taking a journey into the magical. While taking a tour of Ireland you should always include time to travel West Cork and Mizen Head. You can experience more of the West Cork area and Mizen Head at my Ireland blog using the links above.

Whether you are walking the paths of the many parks, climbing the rocky hills, fishing from the rugged coastline, sitting on a sandy beach, taking photographs of the Irish countryside or cycling the winding roads; a tour of this scenic area of southwest County Cork, Ireland is a must.

Begin your tour at Mizen Head, Ireland's most southwesterly point. The dramatic peninsula features Barley Cove beach and is highlighted by the Mizen Head Signal Station Visitor Centre. At the signal station you will be treated with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cork and Kerry Mountains to the North.

The drive to the Mizen Head Signal Station will take you from one of the small villages of Goleen or Crookhaven. The roads from both villages join together at the end of the causeway that cuts along the swan filled Lissagriffin Lake. Continuing up the road, you will pass the Lissagriffin Primary School on the right.

Just past the school, turn left on to the Mizen road and head past the Barley Cove Beach Hotel. As you head up the hill from the hotel, be sure to stop at the bend in the road and admire the beautiful views of Barley Cove Beach and Brow Head. Whether the sun is shining or a gale is blowing, the views are breathtaking.

Continuing up the road, you will pass the home that was my grandparents' holiday home on the right. This home, Corran More, was the center of our family's Irish fun and holds a tom of memories from the years we spent there.

On the left side of the road just past Corran More is a lay-by. At the western end of the lay-by, a driveway drops down to the left. Tim and Mary O'Sullivan live here and have been friends of our family since the early 1970's. Tim is a retired dairy farmer, and Mary operates a small bed and breakfast during the peak summer months. You will not find a nicer family than the O'Sullivans. At the end of their driveway, a road heads to the west. Follow this road to its end, and you will find a pier jutting into the sea. Four generations of my family have enjoyed many picnics and fishing excursions on this pier. I'm sure that I have added to the aging of my mother while I ran around this pier.

The rest of the drive up the Mizen road to the signal station is filled with one grand view after another. Pulling into the large parking lot of the Mizen Head Signal Station, you will find the entrance on the right. Inside the welcome building you will be able to purchase tickets to the museum at the end of the peninsula, purchase a souvenir or enjoy a snack in the café.

Follow the path down to the arced bridge. As you cross the bridge, take time to look for seals relaxing on the rocks below. A short way past the bridge, you will come to the formally manned signal station. Inside the station itself is a fine museum describing life in the station, the history of the Fastnet Rock lighthouse and stories of the many ships that have crashed on the rocks of the Mizen.

Further past the signal station you walk to the "end" of the land. This rugged, wind swept coastline was no doubt the final view of Ireland many immigrants saw after they left Cobh on their way to America.

Planning your next vacation to Ireland? Don't forget to tour West Cork and Mizen Head.

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AttractionsCounty Cork include the Blarney Stone and Cobh, the port where many Irish emigrants boarded for their voyage to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States and also the last stop of the Titanic, before departing on its fated journey.

West Cork is a popular destination for German, French and Dutch tourists, who visit the small villages and islands including Sherkin Island, Oileán Chléire or Cape Clear Island and Dursey Island. Mizen Head, the "southwesternmost point in Ireland" is also in West Cork, as is Sheep's Head. West Cork is noted for its rugged natural beauty, fine beaches and distinct social atmosphere.

Cork City, County Cork

Cork is Ireland's second-largest city, and sits on an island between two channels of the river Lee. It's known as a laid-back, relaxed place, where you can enjoy great music, theatre and visual arts. Why not walk around Fitzgerald's Park, or relax in the city's many traditional and modern bars? Food lovers can sample local specialties at the English Food Market, or eat out in some of Cork's excellent restaurants. The city also has a great selection of nightclubs.

Popular events include the Cork Jazz Festival, and the annual film and folk festivals. For a great view, visitors should climb Shandon Tower - and have a go at ringing the bells!

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