Holidaymakers looking for a fun filled vacation in Southern Ireland should pay a visit to the charming coastal village of Goleen. Located in the south western end of County Cork, the village offers many exciting things for holidaymakers to do and see. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs and cottages.
Goleen has several beaches close by where holidaymakers can relax and enjoy the views and take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The waves here are a great attraction for surfers, whilst other watersports available in the area are fishing, diving and sailing. This coastal area has many interesting and scenic places with tracks and trails ideal for hiking, cycling and horse riding. Golf is very popular in Ireland with many 18-hole courses around the country including several in County Cork. In and around Goleen there are some good pubs, cafes and restaurants with a variety of cuisine ranging from traditional Irish fare to fast food. Self catering holidaymakers will find stores selling provisions and shops selling gifts and souvenirs.
Visitors to Goleen will find some interesting places to visit in and around the village. There is a church and a Roman Catholic chapel in the village. One of the outstanding sights in Goleen is the Crookhaven Lighthouse which is still fully operational. Another place worth visiting is the Signal Station, which is situated on an island accessible by an arched bridge and has a shop, cafe and fantastic exhibitions. Many other interesting places are easily reached from Goleen within County Cork such as Bantry House and Gardens, Glebe Gardens and Fota House and Gardens. The wonderful old sites of Blarney Castle and Blackrock Castle can be found here too. The city of Cork is approximately two hours drive away and has two cathedrals, museums, galleries and an opera house amongst many other fabulous tourist attractions.
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.
Goleen is approximately two hour’s drive from Cork Airport (ORK), where Aer Lingus have flights 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.