East Cork – Explore, Discover, Dream
East Cork defines an exciting, attractive and vibrant region within Ireland’s Ancient East in Southern Ireland East of Cork City. The area includes the historic towns of Youghal, Midleton and Cobh and the surrounding hidden gem and beautiful villages, blue flag beaches, stunning cliff walks, award winning tourist attractions and internationally applauded food producers, eateries and traditional pubs.
As the gateway to both of Failte Ireland’s International Tourism initiatives Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, East Cork is ideally located and offers an extensive and limitless range of fantastic attractions and tourism offerings to not only attract visitors, but to keep them holidaying in the area and keen to return to spend more time in East Cork.
In East Cork you can immerse yourself in local culture and history in many unique and interactive ways; In Youghal, the former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, you can travel 700 years in time floor by floor of the Youghal Clock Gate Tower. With four miles of sandy beaches running south west of the Front Strand, and overlooking Youghal Bay, includes Claycastle, Redbarn and Pilmore. If the kids aren’t entertained enough by the beautiful sandy beaches then take them to Perk’s Entertainment Centre where they will have hours of fun. Historically Youghal has much to see such as The Medieval Town Walls, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Water Gate, Alms Houses, Tyntes Castle and more.
In the Ancient Market town of Midleton, the birthplace of Jameson Whiskey, experience the bustle of the Saturday morning farmer’s market in the original marketplace, meet local producers, hear their stories and taste their extraordinary produce. The market was originally started by Darina Allen at the nearby Ballymaloe Cookery School. Visit the Jameson Experience and the worlds largest copper pot still at the Old Midleton Distillery and take the immersive Jameson Distillery tour and tasting. Or in the nearby fishing village of Ballycotton, take a short boat trip to Ballycotton lighthouse and experience the life of an offshore lighthouse keeper in one of Ireland’s Great Lighthouses.
Travelling west towards Cobh visit Fota Wildlife Park or for Fota Adventures for plenty of family fun. Once in Cobh, you can visit the incredible Titanic Experience or join a historic walking tour of the quaint and colourful coastal town. Take a boat from Cobh and visit the Fortress at Spike Island, which was voted Europe’s leading tourist attraction in 2017.
East Cork has something for everyone from the culturally curious, family fun seekers, canoodling couples to the silver surfers (those with plenty of time to explore on their hands). However long you choose to stay in the area, or however you enjoy spending your free time, East Cork has something for you and plenty of incredible restaurants and pubs and bars to offering the very best Ireland has to offer in refreshments, hospitality and entertainment.