Why you MUST visit Cork

 

Want to know why I’m such a proud Irish girl? Because, I’m from the beautiful county of Cork. Cork has it all, from the best beaches in all of Ireland, to quirky coffee shops that serve an excellent brew, to its colourful local characters who will welcome you with arms wide open. Read on to find out why you HAVE to add Cork to your Ireland itinerary.

“Maybe you had to leave in order to miss a place, maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was”

Despite, travelling the world for the better part of 6 years Cork still and always will be the place closest to my heart. The quote above is what encouraged me to write this post, even though I’ve been to some of the most beautiful destinations on the planet Cork remains the place I want to be my ‘forever home’.  All together now ‘awww’, on that note here’s 10 reasons why you should visit Cork ASAP.

1. It’s got the best beaches in Ireland

 

Boasting the second largest coastline in the whole country,  there’s certain to be a beach that tickles your fancy. West Cork has the best in my opinion, with personal favourites being Garrettstown for surfing and The Dock near Kinsale winning the ‘cute factor’, it’s teeny-tiny. With Cork also,  being the most Southerly county, the weather is typically the warmest in the country. It’s still Ireland though, so don’t go expecting a Mediterranean climate or anything

2. The sunsets here ain’t bad either

Sunset in Kinsale

I was blown away last month when I spent a couple of weeks back home, I saw three of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen and I’ve lived in the sunset capital of the world – Australia. The photo above speaks for itself really.

3. Charming colourful towns

 

Having lived abroad for the better part of 6 years, this is what tourists to Ireland always tell me was their favourite thing about Ireland.  And Cork has the most charming and most colourful towns in all of Ireland. Fact. Just check out this photos of the coastal town of Kinsale (pictured above). Cobh too, in East Cork is especially colourful. FYI if I had a spare million I’d move home and buy a house in Kinsale.

4. Charming colourful local characters

 

Oh the Irish people. We’re the best aren’t we? Who doesn’t love us. I’ve travelled a lot, and still for me, the Irish people are the warmest and friendliest people in the whole wide world. I know I’m biased being an Irish gal myself. But even my very British boyfriend agrees

5. Way too many excellent restaurants

Way too many to mention in just one article, but personal favourites of mine include – the Bulman (pictured above), an award-winning gastro pub in Summercove, Kinsale; Liberty Grill on Washington Street in Cork City for the best breakfast of your life; Bunnyconellan’s in Myrtleville for yummy food and even yummier views.

6. The coffee would even impress a coffee snob

Coffee O’Clock

It really would. I love coffee. So much so, that I plan my whole day around how and when I can get a decent coffee. Luckily for me, this wasn’t a problem in Cork City. From the locals favourite of Cork Coffee Roasters to Farmgate above the English Market to Three Fools Coffee for good coffee with a side of ‘cool’, there’s certain to be something to quench your caffeine fix. Also, Starbucks only opened it’s first shop in the city over a year ago, so, that’s a testament to how much we Corkonians support our local coffee shops. Please don’t go to Starbucks, unless you really really need a Caramel Frapuccino, I totally get it.

7. It’s home to the famous Blarney Castle

 

You’ve heard of the famous Blarney Castle right? The legendary stone that gives anyone who kisses it ‘the gift of the gab’. American tourists LOVE it. Believe me, I grew up in Blarney and the hundreds even thousands of American tourists who descend on the castle every day is insanity. Especially in the summer. But, despite the crowds, the castle is well-worth a visit. The grounds are outstandingly lush and green, you could easily spend a full day getting lost here. Be sure to bring a camera,  because there will be lots of instagram-worthy photo opportunities.

8. There’s good reason why Cork City is referred to as the ‘real capital’ of Ireland

 

Corkonians are notoriously patriotic, I don’t even know if that’s the right word, basically we think we’re better than everyone else. We have very unique phrases, that ‘outsiders’ struggle to understand. Even our neighbours in Kerry or Limerick don’t have a clue what we’re saying most of the time. You can even buy a Dictionary of Cork Slang in most bookshops in the city. There’s also, an online Peoples Republic of Cork store where you can buy all sorts of merchandise to express your love for this glorious county.

9. It’s a photographers dream here

10. Visit one of the cities’ amazing parks

 

Fitzgerald’s Park on the outskirts of the City is a favourite of mine, home to the ‘shaky bridge’, with a great little coffee shop, and lots of great photo opportunities like this one above. The park also, hosts lots of cool free events during the summer.

11. Because green is everyones favourite colour

And, that’s it folks. If you’ve visited Cork previously or are a legendary Corkonian like myself is there anything else you would include that I’ve missed? If so, please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading ye langers,

Aimee & Paul x

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14 thoughts on “Why you MUST visit Cork

  1. I like your photos 🙂 I’ll be heading out to the UK at the end of the year so will def have to visit Cork 🙂

  2. Yes! I totally agree Cork is amazing! I loved the beach and watching the sunset from those beaches. The colourful towns and beautiful scenery are definitely a photographer’s dream come true!

  3. Cork definitely looks like a photographer’s dream. The city is so picturesque. I’m not exactly sure about what is the gift of the gab but it sounds interesting to kiss a stone. Hahaha

  4. Love the colorful town of Kinsale – the colors really do draw the eye in. Would it be too expensive to live there?

    1. Not in terms of day to day living costs, but the property prices are very high for a town so far from the city centre (30-40 minutes).

  5. I agree, but the #1 reason I went to Cork was to see the Jameson distillery!!

    1. Lol, good one. May do a follow-up post on all the great bits I’ve forgotten.

  6. Wow, I didn’t realise that the towns were so colourful! I need to go to Ireland- I’m from Glasgow so I have absolutely no excuse!

  7. Joy

    It really DOES look like a photographers dream! I have yet to go to any part of Europe, but when I do I’ll be sure to get to Ireland (I’m mostly Irish in heritage too) and visit Cork!

  8. Lovely, lovely Cork. You have captured the beauty and spirit of the place wonderfully. I had a great fish chowder at the covered English Market there a while back and was just thinking about it today

  9. Looks amazing, i never knew Cork had so much to offer. The beaches look great for a swim if the sun ever comes out lol.I really must get to Ireland one day soon we have done most other countries in Europe. Glad to see somewhere in Europe does great coffee, being from Australia great coffee is a way of life here.

  10. Cork is so charming and your post has bowled me over. The beaches, the natural beauty, the elegant town and to wash it all down Irish Coffee, it can’t get better than this.

  11. Thanks for sharing – I am not yet convinced to visit Cork;
    but the country, Ireland, on the other hand, would be on my list. 🙂 @knycx.journeying

  12. That looks amazing, Cork just became part of my bucket list. I actually would not have expected these colourful houses here, among other things. Well, too many things to explore, so better I go check it out myself 🙂

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