27 days in County Cork Itinerary

27 days in County Cork Itinerary

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27 days in County Cork Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Drive:  3​h
Kinsale
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Baltimore
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Castletownbere
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Gougane Barra
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Youghal
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Dublin

6
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Get some cultural insight at Michael Collins Centre and St. Peter and Paul's Church. For shopping fun, head to Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre or Kinsale Crystal. Explore Kinsale's surroundings by going to Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty), Timoleague Franciscan Friary (in Timoleague) and The Donkey Sanctuary (in Mallow). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of James Fort, look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Prey Educational Centre, admire the natural beauty at Fota House & Gardens, and step off the mainland to explore Spike Island.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kinsale trip itinerary site .

Dublin to Kinsale is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Baltimore.

Things to do in Kinsale

#Parks, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Cork, Clonakilty, Cobh, Fota House & Gardens, The Donkey Sanctuary
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Michael Collins Centre ©
Michael Collins Centre
James Fort ©
James Fort
Doneraile Wildlife Park ©
Doneraile Wildlife Park

6
nights
Baltimore

Baltimore ©
Baltimore is a village in western County Cork, Ireland. You'll explore and learn at Dun na sead castle / Baltimore Castle and Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Abbeystrewry Graveyard and Drombeg Stone Circle will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baltimore: Mizen Head Signal Station (in Goleen), Ballyrisode Beach (in Toormore) and Schull (Barleycove Beach & Altar Wedge Tomb). Spend a day of island exploring on the 15th (Wed) at Cape Clear Island. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Dursey Island, stroll through Owenahincha Beach, stop by West Cork Crafts, and make a trip to Baltimore Beacon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Baltimore holiday site .

You can drive from Kinsale to Baltimore in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Baltimore are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Castletownbere.

Things to do in Baltimore

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Skibbereen, Schull, Dursey Island, Mizen Head Signal Station, Ballyrisode Beach
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Mizen Head Signal Station ©
Mizen Head Signal Station
Lough Hyne ©
Lough Hyne
Cape Clear Island ©
Cape Clear Island

4
nights
Castletownbere

Castletownbere ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Three Castle Head and The Great & Co. Take a break from the city and head to Healy Pass and The Ireland Way Hiking Trail. When in Castletownbere, make a side trip to see The WhiteHouse Gallery in Kilcrohane, approximately 34 minutes away.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Castletownbere tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Baltimore to Castletownbere takes 2 hours. August in Castletownbere sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gougane Barra.

Things to do in Castletownbere

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Allihies, Three Castle Head, The WhiteHouse Gallery, The Sheeps Head Way, Healy Pass
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The Sheeps Head Way ©
The Sheeps Head Way
Allihies Copper Mine Museum ©
Allihies Copper Mine Museum
The WhiteHouse Gallery ©
The WhiteHouse Gallery

5
nights
Gougane Barra

Gougane Barra ©
Gougane Barra Church and Carriganass Castle will appeal to history buffs. Head to Bantry Market and The Craft Shopfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Gougane Barra side-trips: Glengarriff (Glengariff Woods, Beara Way, & more), Kanturk Castle (in Kanturk) and Macroom (Coolavokig Pottery, St. Colman's Church, & more).

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gougane Barra trip planner .

Traveling by car from Castletownbere to Gougane Barra takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Gougane Barra can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Youghal.

Things to do in Gougane Barra

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glengarriff, Macroom, Bantry, Carriganass Castle, Kanturk Castle
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Glengarriff Bamboo Park ©
Glengarriff Bamboo Park
Gougane Barra Church ©
Gougane Barra Church
Carriganass Castle ©
Carriganass Castle

5
nights
Youghal

Youghal ©
Youghal is a seaside resort town in County Cork, Ireland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Leahys Open Farm and Collegiate Church Of St. Mary. For shopping fun, head to Stephen Pearce or Jack O'Patsy Pottery. Venture out of the city with trips to Leahy's Open Farm (in Dungourney), Blackwater Outdoor Activities (in Castletownroche) and Fermoy (Corrin Hill & Barnane Walk). There's still lots to do: trek along Youghal Heritage Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Cloyne Cathedral, visit a coastal fixture at Ballycotton Lighthouse, and tee off at Mitchelstown Golf Club.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Youghal travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gougane Barra to Youghal takes 2 hours. August in Youghal sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Youghal

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Fermoy, Leahy's Open Farm, Ballycotton Lighthouse, Cloyne Cathedral, Mitchelstown Golf Club
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Leahys Open Farm ©
Leahys Open Farm
Collegiate Church Of St. Mary ©
Collegiate Church Of St. Mary
Glenbower Wood ©
Glenbower Wood
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