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Cork's natural wonders await: forests, beaches, and beyond!

Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Cork’s enchanting landscapes. From lush forests and tranquil walkways to breath-taking beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, there’s no shortage of opportunities for exploration and adventure in this picturesque region. Take a leisurely stroll, breathe in the fresh air, and unwind amidst nature’s splendour.

Next up, hop aboard a short ferry ride at Kennedy Pier to island number three; Spike Island. In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 7th century Monastery, a 24 acre Fortress, the largest prison in the world in Victorian times, and centuries of island homes. Tours depart daily on the hour from 11am to 2pm, or if you’re brave enough try their terrifyingly fantastic After Dark Tour which departs at 5pm.

Marlogue Woodland Walk: Start the day with an active walk, in Marlogue Woods a 20-minute drive from the hotel.  The woods is a hidden gem! Venture under the palisade of trees & get a whiff of fresh air. Adventure hides round every bend.

The Marina Loop: Once into the city, head towards the River Lee and meander your way through the Port of Cork, taking in the wonderful mix of newly built glass structures and historic landmarks, until you reach Blackrock Castle. Start off from the waterside path to the front of the castle, which will take you on an 8km loop walk of the banks of the second largest natural harbour in the world. At the 3km mark, you’ll pass over a causeway and up a short ramp. Here you’ll turn right, up and over a pedestrian bridge, which will lead you onto the old Cork to Crosshaven railway. Follow the railroad back towards the city, passing abandoned station houses and railway arches, which offer great shelter from those autumn showers!

Continue onwards until you spot the River Lee on your right and Parc Ui Chaoimh ahead, signalling your arrival at The Marina. Dating back to the 1800s, this leafy avenue is a feast for the eyes with wildlife, rowers and wooden boats to a backdrop of rainbow coloured cargo ships. With the water to your left, continue the home stretch, through Blackrock Pier and Village, which will loop you back to your starting spot of Blackrock Castle.

You’ll find plenty pitstops along the way including Cortado Coffee on The Marina, The Natural Foods Bakery at Blackrock Village Pier, or if you are looking for a more substantial brunch, lunch or dinner, the Castle Café is a must.

Speed along to Blarney Castle. Talk the legs off a chair after you kiss the Blarney stone and be blessed with the gift of the gab! But don’t be fooled, the stone only serves a fraction of the charm! Venture into Blarney Gardens & be enchanted by the Wishing Steps, Dungeons, caves & even the Witches’ Kitchen. Get lost in Timeless Blarney!

Often referred to as a hidden gem of East Cork and only a 30-minute drive from the hotel, The Ballycotton Cliff Walk is a stunning 7km walk that’s not to be sniffed at. Shorter loops can be taken also, depending on your preference. The walk kicks off in Ballycotton and ends at Ballyandreen beach. It follows a cliff track with ocean on one side and meadows on the other. The walk is quieter in the morning so advisable to get there early!

Described as one of the City’s treasures, a trip to Cork City Gaol is a must! It’s a magnificent castle-like building that once housed 19th century prisoners. Now it’s a unique Visitor Attraction, which shows what life was like for those who ended up behind its walls in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among one of the famous figures imprisoned was Countess Constance Markievicz. The tour will take you through the wings of the Gaol and portray the prisoners filthy living conditions.


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