About Cork

With a city motto that promises “a safe harbour for ships” and its claim to be the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia, Cork located on the South West coast of Ireland promises to be an ideal destination for cruise passengers, and so it is.

From the bustling friendly streets of Cork City to the rugged beauty of West Cork, the region is a land of diversity waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Cork is the largest of all Irish counties and to many the most varied. Steeped in over 4,000 years of history Cork today offers its visitors a rich and distinctive cultural heritage. It is a county full of colour and contrasts which includes some of Ireland’s most attractive and colourful landscapes.

Founded in the sixth century by St Finbarr, after whom the city’s cathedral is named, Cork has grew to be an important trading centre which the safe haven that the port provides no doubt played a major part. Built on the banks of the River Lee which divides into two channels forming an island on which the centre of the city is located, Cork is characterised by its many lively bars, pubs and restaurants. It’s partiality to good food is also in evidence at the English Market which offers locals and visitors alike a wide variety of the best of local produce.

Just outside the city lies the port of Cork’s dedicated Cruise Terminal at Cobh, located on the mouth of the river. It has a long history as a departure point for transatlantic liners, the Titanic being amongst its most notable visitors.

The world famous Blarney Castle too is just outside the city, as is the equally famous home of irish whiskey distillery of Jamesons, both of which offer a warm welcome to visitors although some may find the tour of the distillery more amenable with its free tastings!

Further afield the county of Cork offers a spectacular coastline, with the town of Kinsale to the west offering another safe harbour to yachts and, in the past, a temporary haven for the storm tossed ships of the Spanish Armada. To the east lies Waterford, home of the world famous crystal glassware, while to the west, some 90 minutes drive away, is Kilarney and the beautiful inland lakes that are nearby. Some would say that all these sights are best seen from beneath a curtain of gentle Irish rain. But no matter what the weather may be, a typical warm Irish welcome awaits all who call on the city of Cork.