Tourists searching for a fun place to visit by the south coast in Ireland should pay a visit to Cork Harbour. This delightful area in County Cork has many things for holidaymakers to do and see. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs and apartments.
Cork Harbour offers holidaymakers the opportunity to go fishing either from the pier, beach, estuary or rocks. Visitors can also take a boat trip from the harbour, where various species of fish can be caught such as blue shark, ling, cod, conger eel and mackerel amongst others. Holidaymakers will also find some pleasant beaches nearby, where they can relax or try watersports such as surfing. Cork Harbour has many interesting and scenic places to see, which are best done by hiking and cycling. Holidaymakers interested in horses can take the short journey to Mallow, the home of Cork racecourse. Golf enthusiasts will find many courses in Ireland including Water Rock Golf Course, which is just 40 minutes from Cork Harbour. There are a few bars, cafes and restaurants near the harbour with a variety of cuisine including local dishes and seafood. There are stores here for self catering holidaymakers to buy food and drink from. A bigger selection of shops can be found in the city of Cork, which is just 30 minutes away.
Cork Harbour has a series of islands, some of which are inhabited. These include Fota Island, which contains a wildlife park as well as Fota House and Gardens, and Spike Island, which used to be a prison island. The museum in the railway at Cobh is well worth a visit. The county has many fantastic old buildings such as Blarney Castle and Blackrock Castle. The city of Cork is just half an hour away and has many interesting places to visit including two cathedrals. The most famous building in Cork is arguably church tower of Shandon, which many regard as the symbol of the city. There are several museums and galleries in the city including The Cork Vision Centre and The Crawford Gallery.
The warmest time of the year in this part of Ireland is July and August when the average high temperature is 20 degrees centigrade. Winters are cold with January averaging just a high of 8 degrees centigrade and a low of 2 degrees. December is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 122mm rainfall, while April and June are normally the driest months with an average 57mm of rainfall in each.
Cork Airport (ORK) is approximately 50 minutes drive from Cork Harbour. Aer Lingus have flights from Cork to various European airports including Amsterdam (AMS), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Heathrow (LHW), Munich (MUC) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Ryanair also have flights from Cork going to Dublin (DUB), Liverpool (LPL), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Stansted (STN) and Malaga (AGP). The car rental firms 353, Alamo and National, Avis, Budget, Dooley, Hertz and Thrifty are all represented at the arrivals concourse in the airport.