County Cork is a beautiful, coastal county in South West Ireland. From rugged coastlines, to mountains and lush woodlands, this historic county has trails to suit any kind of walker. The city of Cork is also a fantastic place to see on foot and with detailed guided tours you can’t go wrong.
Guided City Tours
The wonderful historic center of Cork is full of nooks and crannies and interesting stories. Walking through the ancient streets with a knowledgeable guide is a fantastic way to learn about the history of the city, as well as all the best spots to eat, drink and make merry. “Cork City Walking Tours” offer a ninety minute walk through the cobblestone streets, taking in all the sights and areas of interest. They run Monday – Saturday at 11am from the Imperial hotel. It costs €8, and private tours can also be booked in advance.
Self Guided City Tours
If following a guide isn’t your thing, there are many self guided walks you can enjoy. Grab a city map from tourist information or your hotel and head for Daunt’s square. From here you can embark on four, well signed self guided walks through the city:
- Shandon Walk – red signs;
- City Center Island Walk – orange signs;
- University Walk – green signs;
- South Parish Walk – blue signs.
You can even download maps and brochures for further information on all the points of interest you’ll be passing. Be sure to take a camera along!
If you fancy taking in some fresh air and leaving the city behind for a day, there are a great many walks to enjoy in county Cork. Self guided walks include Adrigole to Castletownbere, Dursey Island and Bere Island, all of which are well signed and offer spectacular views. Guided border walks can be arranged with “West Cork Walks”, enjoying the views from the famous Cork and Kerry mountains.