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The West Cork Story

The West Cork Story

It’s no wonder they call West Cork "A Place Apart". Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from smart south-coast Kinsale to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

West Cork is the place many Dubliners head for – leaving hurried city lives behind to play along the long zig-zagging coastline, and walk or ride through peaceful inland woods and valleys.

 

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Whether you’re 5 or indeed 95 years old, Kerry is a veritable playground for children of all ages. You’ll find fun that comes in all shapes and sizes.

There’s no better way to experience your holiday than by getting to know the locals – so we say, head out into the big blue of Dingle Bay and visit this town’s most famous resident, Fungi the bottle-nosed dolphin. This playful character nearly always thrills his visitors with aerial tricks and manoeuvres that impress both young and old. No doubt all that sea air will leave you hungry so why not enjoy a bite to eat in one of Dingle’s many excellent eateries. There is something to please everyone, from pub grub to child friendly places, to top-class fish restaurants.

After lunch adults will enjoy taking a stroll around the fantastic galleries and shops or young and old could blow off some more steam at Play at Height, one of the largest climbing walls in Ireland. Little and large monkeys can experience swinging, soaring, zipping and freefalling thrills. Or if the weather is nice, head out to wonderful Inch Beach to stretch your legs, have a swim/surf, play in the sand dunes or simply take in the view of the blue waters with softly tinted mountains on either side. Sammy’s Café on the beach is a great spot for a coffee, lunch or delicious homemade cake.

From here, travel on to Tralee and her bright lights for the evening. There's always lots to do here, with plenty of pubs, live music and restaurants.

Next day, you’ll have lots of activities to choose from. What about checking out nearby Blennerville Windmill, the largest working windmill in these island where visitors are guided by the miller through each element of the flour-making process. Be sure and pop into the adjoining Jeanie Johnston Visitor Shipyard before climbing aboard the steam train back to Tralee for your lunch. Or march down to the toy soldier factory at Kilnamartyra and see hundreds of handcrafted military and historical figures. After lunch, the Aqua Dome is a great place for more adventure. Kids can enjoy the wave pool and slides while grown-ups get a workout in the gym or relax in the adult-only health suite. Or if you’d prefer to be outdoors, you’ll have great craic at the crazy golf.

If you’ve any energy left after all that, check out the regular performances and arts activities taking place at the Siamsa Tire Theatre and Arts Centre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

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