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Cork is Ireland’s biggest county and arguably has the most to offer a visitor. Cork city, whilst not as stunning as some, is a vibrant and pleasant place to spend some time, and from here some stunning coastal areas are easily accessible. The main tourist trail heads south west along the coast to Kinsale, a beautiful small town which is the hub of sailing activity in the South and has also earned itself the deserved reputation as Ireland’s gourmet capital. There is plenty to keep you occupied in this area alone, but it would be foolish not to venture further westwards along the stunning coast road that takes in Clonakilty and Skibbereen to the Mizen Head.

Further west brings you to the bleak Beara Peninsula where it is possible to walk a looped circuit on the Beara Way. Most tourists to Cork will not want to leave without the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone. Just northwest of Cork is Blarney, home to Blarney Castle, where it is possible to bend over backwards and kiss the stone. In doing so you are supposed to gain the privilege of telling lies for seven years. Queen Elizabeth I invented the term when exasperated with Lord Blarney’s ability to talk endlessly without ever actually agreeing to her demands.

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