It’s not difficult to see why Cork people call their native county the People’s Republic of Cork – it really is a place apart. From the cosmopolitan charm of Cork City to the wild beauty of Beara and West Cork, this is a destination that you never visit once.
Situated 8km from Cork City, Cork Airport is Ireland’s second-busiest international airport, after Dublin. It’s easy to navigate, so, once you’ve picked up your rental car, you can drive to Cork city and beyond on the N27, or use the R600 for Kinsale.
Things to Do around Cork
You don’t expect more of the same from a place that calls itself the Rebel County. Don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed – Cork is just that little bit different.
The English Market
Situated in the bustling heart of the city centre, the English Market is one of the world’s longest-running covered markets. Browse the delights on offer, and don’t be surprised if you come away with arm-loads of delicious seasonal foods from exceptional local artisan producers.
With car hire from Cork city, you are just 14km from the Titanic Trail in Cobh, a one-hour, guided tour of Titanic’s final port of call. Explore the historic streets of a town that remains much the same as it was on that fateful day in 1912 and discover the events that took place in Cobh during that tragic final stop.
There can be few people in the world who have not heard of the Blarney Stone, which allegedly grants eloquence to those who kiss it. Even if you dismiss its power to bestow the gift of the gab, you cannot fail to be impressed by the 600-year-old Blarney Castle’s stunning architecture and fine gardens. Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney Village, about 8 km from Cork city.
Arranging car hire from Cork Airport means you have easy access to the jaw-dropping scenery of the Beara Peninsula in west Cork. This unspoiled finger of of rock-scattered mountains, emerald valleys, and picturesque villages plunges into the Atlantic for some heart-stopping views.
With your car hire in place, look forward to some of the most unforgettable drives you will ever experience, on the dramatic coastal roads of West Cork. Enjoy the scenery, fuelled by some of the best food you will ever eat in gourmet towns such as Kinsale. Car hire will also give you easy access to the Gougane Barra Forest Park and its stunning views of forested mountains.