Cork Ireland is the largest of the Irish counties and takes up a large portion of the southwest corner of the island. It probably has the most varied landscape of all the Irish counties with rolling hills, serene pastureland, rugged mountains and coastline with secret coves and inlets, golden beaches and wooded river valleys. Known as the rebel county it was the birthplace of the great Irish patriots, Michael Collins and Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa. Visitors have been enjoying the Cork Kerry region for over 200 years with many travelers visiting the south and west coast. In more recent times Cork Ireland has hosted many international festivals and sporting events. With a rugged coastline that has changed little since the time of the Vikings and is dotted with the ruins of the castles of the old clan chiefs of O'Mahony and O'Driscoll, West Cork offers much to outdoor activity enthusiasts including sea angling, whale and dolphin watching, sailing and diving. Cork City is Ireland's second largest city and is situated on the estuary of the River Lee. A relaxed atmosphere pervades much of Cork City where you can enjoy visual arts, music, fine food and wine or simply relax in one of the many informal bars for a quiet drink. Voted European city of culture in 2005 Cork City is an ideal center from which to explore the more remote regions of Cork Ireland.
How to Get Here
Eventhough we are located in a lovely remote area of Ireland, it is easy to get to Union Hall in West Cork
from the major airports, ferry ports and roadways of southwest Ireland -- as you can see from the map below.
Union Hall is about a one hour drive from Cork Airport.
You can fly into Cork directly from most European cities.
You can check schedules on the
Cork International Airport website.
A listing of car hire companies operating from Cork Airport can also be found on that
Most longhaul flights will come into Shannon or Dublin Airports, which are approximately
2-1/2 hours and 5 hours, respectively, by car to West Cork.
Some useful links:
The Cork Ferryport at Ringaskiddy is about a little over an hours drive from Union Hall.
Fastnet Line Fery between Cork and Swansea operates from here, as does
Brittany Ferries for travel from Roscoff (France) to Cork from
April - October.
There are also ferry services into Rosslare in County Wexford, which is approximately
a 3 hour drive from West Cork, and into Dublin, about a 4 hour drive.
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