What to Expect When You Visit West Cork in the Spring

A trip to the Emerald Isle is nothing like you’ve done before. Even as you fly into Ireland, you can already see how great it is!

There’s so much to see and do all over Ireland, and with Cork being the second largest city, you won’t be sorry you visited! But if you’ve never visited Ireland before, and with so much history and beautiful countryside, it can be tough to know what are the best things to do in West Cork.

Fun facts about Cork, Ireland

Cork is known as the ‘Rebel City’ after playing a key role in the War of Independence in the early 1900s. Cork locals are also known for destroying Viking castles and killing a Norse leader way back in the 9th century.

It is also known to be one of the best cities for great food, home to the biggest jazz festival in Ireland, and of course, famous for Blarney Castle and the tale of the Blarney stone, which so happens to be on the North West side of the city.

So, although there’s much to see in Ireland when visiting from afar, you can definitely say you’ve had the best taste of the Emerald Isle when you visit Cork!

Visiting in the Spring

Like most of Ireland, most people will visit in the summer because of the ‘warmer’ weather. But you won’t get a trip to Ireland without a little rain, it’s safe to say – so pack a raincoat.

But in the Springtime, the weather is still pleasant, and it tends to be a little quieter, so visiting attractions can be a lot easier. The only exception, of course, is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th – which will definitely be a sight you don’t want to miss if you don’t mind a busier atmosphere.

So, what’s best to do in West Cork?

Blarney Castle and the tale of the Blarney stone

 A panoramic view of the Seven Sisters stone circle in the beautiful grounds of Blarney Castle in Republic of Ireland

A panoramic view of the Seven Sisters stone circle in the beautiful grounds of Blarney Castle in Republic of Ireland
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Blarney Castle is by far one of the most famous sites in Ireland. It lies just northwest of Cork City and is a must-see for visitors. There’s a lot of history surrounding the Castle, so it’s definitely worth a visit to find out all about the tale of the Blarney Stone.

Tourists are given the opportunity to kiss the stone, which legend tells us will give you the ‘gift of the gab’ – or the skill to flatter those you’re speaking to.

Scenery and landscape

Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of its incredible scenery. If you’re visiting West Cork, the most Southwesterly point is Mizen Head. It’s a key point along the Wild Atlantic Way, with cliffs that give views of the Atlantic Ocean. There may even be an opportunity to spot some whales, although Dolphins are more likely to appear in the Spring.

What’s more, along the journey, you can enjoy views of the River Lee, visit Bantry, West Cork’s market town or visit Clonakilty, an Iconic Irish town where you can visit a traditional Irish Pub for a pint of Murphy’s.

From National Parks to farm tours, getting out on a Kayak in the water, or enjoying a round of Golf. There’s plenty to see and do in West Cork. And don’t forget to take a trip into the City for the Jameson Whiskey Experience – and then you’ll be sure to get the full taste of Ireland!


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