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Ranked #1 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Inchydoney Beach (Clonakilty)
Ranked #2 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #3 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Bodies of Water; Parks
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Lough Hyne (Skibbereen)
Ranked #4 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water
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Ranked #5 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Owner description: With Ocean Escapes you can explore the coastline both inside the harbour and beyond. Our sightseeing tours allow you to... more » Owner description: With Ocean Escapes you can explore the coastline both inside the harbour and beyond. Our sightseeing tours allow you to encounter Pods of dolphins and whales in and around the Cork coastline. Experience the unique thrill of a fast ride onboard our RIB and Enjoy the sights from a very different perspective. « less
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Ranked #6 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Water sports
Owner description: Ballyhass Lakes is Ireland’s best known still spring water trout fishery, with 11 four star holiday homes and an activity... more » Owner description: Ballyhass Lakes is Ireland’s best known still spring water trout fishery, with 11 four star holiday homes and an activity centre for groups and schools, sports clubs and teams, and corporate team building.Activity Centre:The activity centre at Ballyhass makes full use of the natural environs with kayaking, raft building and trout fishing on the spring clean water, rock climbing and abseiling on the limestone rock faces, and specially constructed low ropes courses, archery and team building games on the lawns. Our resident instructors plan the activities to suit each group be they family outings, school groups, or corporate team building.Fishing Centre:The fishery has two separate lakes. The main lake is 12 acres of spring water some 35 feet deep and is reserved for fly fishing only. It can be fished by boat or from prepared fishing stands on the bank. On lower lake, worm spinning and bubble and fly methods are permitted and extensive safe fishing stands surround the lake. The fishing lodge has an extensive tackle shop for fly and bait, and rod hire. The fishery is open 09.00 to dusk 364 day per year. Tuition on fly fishing is available.Holiday Accommodation:There are 11 Holiday homes on the 36 acres site at Ballyhass. The houses have either 3 or four bedrooms and are exceptionally well appointed with wooden floors throughout and natural fireplaces and natural wood furniture. All houses have a decking area leading on to landscaped lawns. They are available for rent for periods of 2 days or more. « less
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Healy Pass (Adrigole)
Ranked #7 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Geologic Formations
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Beara Way (Glengarriff)
Ranked #8 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Trails
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Ranked #9 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster.... more » Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City (top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010').The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world. So whether it's a kangaroo that hops in front of you or a ring tailed lemur which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.In addition to the wonderful array of free roaming animals, visitors also have the opportunity to see highly endangered species such as the Rothschild giraffe, European Bison, Lion Tailed Macaque and Scimitar Horned Oryx, most of them without the obstacle of fenced-in exhibits.This is the most spectacular aspect of Fota Wildlife Park, and is the reason you'll want to spend a full day exploring Ireland's Wildest Attraction. « less
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Ranked #10 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas

Actually in the  famous east Cork fishing village of  Ballycotton is a very scenic spot known as the Ballycotton Cliff walk.  This is not a well known area to Irish locals never... more »

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Ranked #11 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Islands; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Ranked #12 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Geologic Formations; Lookouts
Owner description: Rising 700 feet above the ocean, this is the southernmost point in Ireland. The Signal Station on the point offers excellent... more » Owner description: Rising 700 feet above the ocean, this is the southernmost point in Ireland. The Signal Station on the point offers excellent views of the coastline and marinelife. « less
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Fort Camden (Cork)
Ranked #13 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #14 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Gardens
Owner description: The Ewe is a home - open to the public, entirely created & run by a couple. Irelands only interactive sculpture garden is... more » Owner description: The Ewe is a home - open to the public, entirely created & run by a couple. Irelands only interactive sculpture garden is a must see for anyone interested in art, nature or a totally unique experience - the perfect destination for a relaxing, memorable day out. Set along a spectacular waterfall in the natural Eden of Glengarriff, it offers visitors a chance to step off the treadmill, slow down and rediscover our beautiful but vulnerable natural world. It is a journey like no other. Explore the meandering pathways and hidden corners, where curious creatures gaze back as you pass. Take the Evolution Walk through the Valley of Eden, weave your way over bridges, past humorous sculptures and discover a surprise at every turn. The creative haven of about six acres has been designed in four very different tiers up a mountainside - each with a theme: Water, Time, The Environment and Ancient Earth. Children welcome - please supervise for the safety & peaceful enjoyment of all. « less
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Cape Clear Island (Baltimore)
Ranked #15 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Islands

Cape Clear is Ireland the way it used to be.  Rugged, windy, friendly.  To go to Cape Clear is to see the real Ireland.  There are plenty of things to do.  Walking the paths... more »

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Ranked #16 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Dursey Island (Crookhaven)
Ranked #17 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Islands
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Ranked #18 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Gardens
Owner description: An exotic garden with mainly bamboos but also palm trees, tree ferns, beautiful flowers. Lovely picnic area. Wedding pictures... more » Owner description: An exotic garden with mainly bamboos but also palm trees, tree ferns, beautiful flowers. Lovely picnic area. Wedding pictures welcome. Coffee shop with lovely homemade cakes. Dogs welcome and children free! « less
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Ranked #19 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Architectural Buildings; Gardens; Specialty Museums
Owner description: The island estate of Fota is famous for its magnificent Regency period house, beautiful formal gardens and world renowned... more » Owner description: The island estate of Fota is famous for its magnificent Regency period house, beautiful formal gardens and world renowned arboretum. The island also encompasses a wildlife park, 5-star holiday resort with spa and golf club. It is located 12km east of Cork City on the northern shore of Cork Harbour, adjacent to Great Island and Cobh.Fota House was built by the Smith Barry family and was transformed and extended by the famous Morrison architects in the 1820’s. The classical style of the house reflects exquisite Regency features and will transport the vistor back to an era of elegance and taste with scagliola columns, painted ceilings and plasterwork Fota House has a magnificent collection of 18th and 19th Century Irish paintings and furniture and one of the most interesting elements is the Service Wing, a suite of rooms that has changed little since the 1820s and boasts an unusual and rare game larder. The name Fota was derived from the Gaelic ‘Fod te’ meaning warm soil and because of this, a selection of rare and exotic trees and shrubs thrive in the Arboretum. It is here that you can explore a collection of specimens that were gathered by intrepid plant hunters in the 19th Century from the Orient, Asia and the Americas. The story of Fota is told by local tour guides who inject an authentic feel to Fota’s stories and history. Visitors can also enjoy top class food in the café and browse in the gift shop, Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is a charitable organisation and is managed by the Irish Heritage Trust. « less
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Liss Ard Gardens (Skibbereen)
Ranked #20 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Gardens
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Ranked #21 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Sherkin Island (Baltimore)
Ranked #22 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Islands; Beaches
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Glengariff Woods (Glengarriff)
Ranked #23 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Forests
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Ranked #24 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Gardens; Historic Sites
Owner description: Bantry House and Garden is a stately home in southwest Ireland situated right on Bantry Bay with panoramic views of the bay... more » Owner description: Bantry House and Garden is a stately home in southwest Ireland situated right on Bantry Bay with panoramic views of the bay and the caha mountains. The estate is owned by Egerton and Brigitte Shelswell-White and is managed by their daughter Sophie and her partner Josh. It has been in the family since the 1700s. The house contains original furniture and objects d'art. The garden is laid out over 7 terraces with a fountain, large wisteria circle and 100 steps leading up to the woodland. The house, garden and tearoom is open to the public daily from easter to october. The estate hosts weddings, music festivals and fairs. We have a separate review page for our B&B accommodation. « less
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Ranked #25 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Parks
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Ranked #26 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites

Spike island is more than just an island. This little piece of land off the southern tip of Ireland in Cork Harbour holds the key to so much of Ireland's history, much more than... more »

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Fernhill Gardens (Clonakilty)
Ranked #27 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Gardens
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Heir Island (Skibbereen)
Ranked #28 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Islands
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Ranked #29 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: Around Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork lies a post-industrial landscape resulting from the 19th century copper-mining industry, as... more » Owner description: Around Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork lies a post-industrial landscape resulting from the 19th century copper-mining industry, as well as a stunning natural area with abundant flora and fauna. This walking trail in Allihies takes in six of the seven mine sites as well as breathtaking views. « less
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Ranked #30 of 59 Outdoors in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster.... more » Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City (top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010').The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world. So whether it's a kangaroo that hops in front of you or a ring tailed lemur which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.In addition to the wonderful array of free roaming animals, visitors also have the opportunity to see highly endangered species such as the Rothschild giraffe, European Bison, Lion Tailed Macaque and Scimitar Horned Oryx, most of them without the obstacle of fenced-in exhibits.This is the most spectacular aspect of Fota Wildlife Park, and is the reason you'll want to spend a full day exploring Ireland's Wildest Attraction. « less
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