5 Of The Best Activities In County Cork

November 03, 2022
Spike Island County Cork

5 Things to do on your visit to Cork

Cork is Ireland’s biggest county, therefore the list of things to do and places to see is almost endless. With an estimated 1,200km of coastline, there are plenty of beaches, coves and bays to explore for the ocean lovers and Cork City offers an amazing variety of activities and places to eat and drink. Here are some suggestions for things to do during your time in County Cork.

Enjoy a tour of Spike Island

In 2017, awarded Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction, the east Cork island is the home to Fort Mitchel, a star-shaped fortress that was once the world’s largest prison. You can pre-book a space on a boat from Cobh and take a 15-minute ride to the island. Here, you can explore the museums and exhibitions which are rich in history, take a guided tour or complete the Ring of Spike walk for some beautiful scenery. There is also a special After Dark Tour where you can hear about the treatment of the convicts and learn about the grim history of the prison. Click here to check out the range of tours available.

Ballycotton Island / Courtesy Chris Hill
Ballycotton Island / Courtesy Chris Hill

Admire Cork’s rugged coast at Nohoval Cove

Enjoy the raw beauty of nature at Nohoval Cove located near Nohoval village and just 20 minutes from Kinsale. You can walk along the cliffs here, take in the spectacular views of the rugged coastline, admire the sea stacks and snap some beautiful photos of the rock formations.

Experience the beauty of East Cork at Ballycotton Lighthouse

Nested on a small island off the coast of Ballycotton village in County Cork, the lighthouse offers beautiful photo opportunities both from the coast and up close on your visit to the island. Only recently, boats have started bringing visitors to the island where you can climb the original iron stairs and enjoy the beauty of the island, where only the resident lighthouse keepers would have stepped foot. The boat tour lasts 90 minutes and offers 360-degree views of East Cork. The guide takes you through the history of the lighthouse and the tour truly offers a wild and unspoiled experience for all. Some dolphins or humpback whales may also join the journey alongside the boat. Click here to book a tour.


Beara Peninsula / Courtesy Arthur Ward
Beara Peninsula / Courtesy Arthur Ward

Enjoy the picturesque Beara Peninsula in West Cork

You have probably heard how amazing the West Cork coastline is. The Beara Peninsula is one of Ireland’s most beautiful coastal destinations and an adventure-seeker’s paradise for sure. To appreciate it in all its glory, you can explore the waters around the peninsula with Dursey Boat Trips and visit the breathtaking Bull Rock, Elephant Rock and Calf Rock that are located off the western point of Dursey Island. Bull Rock is a real gem and looks like something out of a pirate movie. It’s hard to believe you’re in Ireland when you approach the rock island and see the narrow archway that cuts through. The views are impressive, and it is surely a less well-known gem of Cork.

Distill your own gin at Clonakilty Distillery

Visit this exciting, family-owned maritime distillery in the southwest of Ireland for a fun and educational day out. Click here to book a tour of the working distillery and learn how whiskey and gin are made. Afterwards, you can also participate in a tasting of the finest releases. Alternatively, for a fun evening, you can spend two hours in the gin school and learn about botanicals, while distilling your own bottle of gin.


Clonakility Distillery/Courtesy David Creedon
Clonakilty Distillery/Courtesy David Creedon