9 days in County Cork Itinerary

9 days in County Cork Itinerary

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9 days in County Cork Itinerary

Start: Dublin
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Skibbereen
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Clonakilty
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Dublin

1
night
Cork

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and then hunt for treasures at The English Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and then head off the coast to Spike Island.

Plan my trip to Cork with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Dublin to Cork is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Skibbereen.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Titanic Experience Cobh, Jameson Distillery Midleton
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

2
nights
Skibbereen

Skibbereen ©
Skibbereen, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Mizen Head Visitor Centre has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sun), get answers to all your questions at Mizen Head Visitor Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at The Ewe Experience, then identify plant and animal life at Garinish Island, then don't miss a visit to Kealkill Megalithic Stone Circle and Standing Stones, and finally explore the ancient world of Drombeg Stone Circle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gougane Barra National Forest Park and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Skibbereen visit planning tool .

You can drive from Cork to Skibbereen in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Clonakilty.

Things to do in Skibbereen

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Glengarriff, Mizen Head Visitor Centre, Kealkill Megalithic Stone Circle and Standing Stones, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Garinish Island ©
Garinish Island
Gougane Barra National Forest Park ©
Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Drombeg Stone Circle ©
Drombeg Stone Circle

2
nights
Clonakilty

Clonakilty ©
Clonakilty, sometimes shortened to Clon, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. On the 13th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Sam Maguire Visitor Experience, steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Michael Collins, then examine the collection at West Cork Model Railway Village, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Fernhill Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at Michael Collins House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Timoleague Franciscan Friary, and finally have some family-friendly fun at WestCorkSecret.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Clonakilty visit planning site .

Clonakilty is just a stone's throw from Skibbereen. August in Clonakilty sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Clonakilty

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Timoleague Franciscan Friary, WestCorkSecret, Sam Maguire Visitor Experience
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Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
West Cork Model Railway Village ©
West Cork Model Railway Village
Michael Collins House ©
Michael Collins House

3
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.
On the 15th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, see the interesting displays at Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine, then steep yourself in history at James Fort, and finally play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blacks Brewery.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kinsale trip planner .

Getting from Clonakilty to Kinsale by car takes about an hour. August in Kinsale sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums Golf Outdoors
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links

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