Take a short driving tour from the city when visiting Cork on your staycation

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13/04/2021

Short Drives From Cork City

When you stay at of our Cork properties you are withing easy reach of the city where you can travel easily to any of the below destinations. Choose from the Oriel House Hotel, Midleton Park Hotel, Actons Hotel Kinsale or the Trident Hotel Kinsale. 

 

Kinsale & The Old Head

Drive Highlights

  • Pretty medieval town
  • Gourmet capital of Ireland
  • Stunning scenery at the Old Head.
  • Head south west of Cork for Bandon (N71). After 16Kms you will see the signs for Kinsale (R607). The Old Head is located a short distance(by car) from the centre of town.

Total Distance 79Kms

Return Driving Time 2hrs

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Fota House, Gardens & Wildife Park and Barryscourt Castle

Drive Highlights

  • Amazing wildlife park with Cheetahs, giraffes and other exotic wildlife
  • Fabulous House & gardens
  • Resorted Norman Fort

Leaving Cork, head out of the city along the Lower Glanmire Rd (past railway station) following the signs for Waterford (N8 and on to the N25) for approximately 16Km. Take the R624 (signposted Cobh) which will bring you to Fota after 4Kms. (Fota is also easily accessible by a regular train service, which continues on to Cobh )

Leaving Fota, turn left back towards the dual carriageway At the first roundabout, take the second exit on to bridge over dual carriageway. After 50m you come to a second roundabout, take 3rd exit which brings you on to the dual carriageway (N25). Continue on to the next exit (approx 2Km) which will bring you to a junction after 100m. Turn right on to bridge over N25 to another roundabout. Take 2nd exit and follow the signs for Barrycourt Castle which is clearly visible but not well signposted.

Total Distance 37Kms

Return Driving Time 42 mins

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Midleton Town & The Jameson Distillery

Drive Highlights

  • Guided Tour of the distillery
  • Pretty shops and lovely restaurants

Leaving Cork, head out of the city along the Lower Glanmire Rd (past railway station) following the signs for Waterford (N8 and on to the N25) for approximately 23Kms, where you will see a slip road to the left for the pretty town of Midleton, the home of Jameson. (Midleton is also served with a frequent train service from the city centre).

Total Distance 46Km

Return Driving Time 43 Mins

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Blarney Castle & Gardens, Mallow & Castletownroche

Drive Highlights

  • Kissing the Blarney Stone
  • Blarney House and Rock Close Gardens
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Mallow Castle & surrounds

Leave Cork on the N20 Limerick Road. After 7Kms take a left slip road for Blarney and follow the signs in to the town.From Blarney get back on to the N20 for Mallow. At the first roundabout you enter, turn right for the town centre and explore Mallow Castle and the various sights.

Continue along the N72 towards Fermoy, where you will ultimately join the motorway back to Cork.

Total Distance 105Kms

Return Driving Time 1 hr 42 mins

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