Cork and Kerry recommendations

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by Maggot, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    A good day out down those parts, missus and I done this a few years ago, first the Michael Collins Centre (his birthplace) just outside Clonakilty, from there down the N71 to Skibbereen, the Famine Commemoration Exhibition in the Heritage Centre is really rather humbling, followed by a visit to the famine pits in Abbeystrewery.

    Just outside Skib on the way back along the N71 there's Irelands own Stonehenge - the Druids Altar/Drombeg Stone Circle and a coastal drive that would take your breath away at times, coming in the back way into Kinsale.
     
  2. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Yuk!
     
  3. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    I'm going today and quite excited.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.
     
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  4. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Raddled old poet

     
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  5. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    We're off to Rosslare on Friday for the weekend and then off to Cork (Clonakilty) for 3 days after. Some good recommendations. :) :thumbs:
     
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  6. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    Not to mention the locals habit of pissing on it.
     
  7. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    I spent every summer of my youth in Rosslare Strand in a caravan, not much to the place but holds such fond memories for me I love going back, there's a lovely beach there too. Kilmore Quay and Hook LIghthouse are good little spots for a quick visit, as is Wexford Town and none are far from Rosslare. If you do go in to Wexford Town try the famous rissoles in the Premier chipper on South Main St, opposite there's a pub called Bugler Doyles which has 1 of the nicest pints of Guinness you can get, + you can eat your rissoles in there.
     
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  8. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    We had a lovely time. Visited Clonakilty, Bantry, Dingle, Baltimore, Drombeg Stone circle, Kinsale and Cobh. Didn't even make it into Cork, will have to go back again.
     
  9. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Sounds great - I take it you mean you didn't make it into Cork City? It's alright but you managed to get to some lovely places!
     
  10. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    :thumbs:

    I love that part of Ireland. When I was 16 I went on a FAS course in Ballyferriter (proper Gaeltacht area) which is 8 miles west of Dingle (overrated place IMO), meant to be a 6 month computer course, meant to be... 6 months of mushrooms and poitin and ceili dances in all sorts of places between Ballyferriter West and Dunquin, I must have walked the Slea Head road a thousand times. Love going back there.

    Is the horse still there on the way into the stone circle?
     
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  11. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    We didn't see the horse, but there was a cross in a circle made out of flowers, possibly something to do with the Solstice.

    Dingle is very touristy, but they now have a brewery named after Tom Crean, one of my ancestors!
     
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  12. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Went on holiday near there in 1990 - still remember a sunny day on the gorgeous beach at Ferriter's Cove.
     
  13. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    The Ring of Kerry smells nice but Macgillycuddy's reeks.
     
  14. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Thinking of going back next year to do some Whale watching. What time of year is best for that?
     
  15. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

     
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  16. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Looks like I'm going back very soon. Hopefully to see some whales and Cork City. Just go to check a few things first.
     
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  17. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Probably not going now as my travelling companion doesn't want to go to Ireland. :(

    Looking around for other destinations.
     
  18. J Ed

    J Ed Follow Back Pro Expropriation

    Is Cork worth going to gon holiday if you don't have a car?
     
  19. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member


    You're fucked without a car in Kerry and the main big towns are ok but at least if you're in Cork you've a good chance of getting public transport to places like Clonakilty and Blarney. And Cork city itself is a good tourist spot (even if I hate it).

    If you're not interested in a city break...then Killarney is lovely. The lakes and scenery are spectacular and you can get a jaunting car or go on bikes out to Muckross and the Killarney natuonal park.
    Great walks there...lovely waterfall..etc.
    Killarney is usually good for music events too. Plenty day tours around the ring of Kerry too.

    Cork is a typical city...nothing too special despite it's reputation
     
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  20. J Ed

    J Ed Follow Back Pro Expropriation

    Looks like there's a good rail link from Cork to Killarney too. Thanks :)
     
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  21. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    You'll get the best of both then :)
     
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  22. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    We are off to the Skibbereen area for a few days in September.

    Guessing we'll mostly tool around by car but would be nice to get any tips on where to find seals in the area.
     
  23. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    Try the ilen river blueway Ilen River Blue Way launched there's a brochure with more info you can download
     
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  24. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Killarney is a great place. Plus you're going at a quiet enough time. Fewer tourists. Killarney national park is gorgeous. Lovely drives and sightseeing around there.
    Dingle is very busy. Lovely but tourism has imo ruined it. Go along the coast to Sneem. Absolutely stunning drive around that peninsula ...the further south you go the better it gets.

    Cork... hmm. West Cork is really beautiful. Clonakilty...Inchydoney...
    Cork city is mixed. Lively for music...etc.
     
  25. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Oh :facepalm:

    Just saw this was a 2016 thread.

    :facepalm:
     
  26. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    :D
     
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  27. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    you missed out dunmanway and kilmichael
     
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  28. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    Night time kayaking on Lough Hyne and Whale Watching.

    Fecking fab so. :thumbs:
     
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  29. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Anyone mention Castle Blarney?
     
  30. flypanam

    flypanam Docile slug

    Listowel is pretty good town and close to Ballybunion which itself is a bit meh but has some of the best beaches and warm water around. Portmagee for the skelligs trip, careful though, the trip is rough and the smell of the guano can be overpowering and vomit inducing (I'm speaking from expereince)
     
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