Destination Spotlight - County Cork, Ireland
What to buy
Visit the Blarney Woollen Mills to find good quality wools and linens
Irish whisky – try a guided tour and tasting session at the Jameson Heritage Centre in Midleton.
The English Market in Cork itself is a popular shopping experience. Supplying many of the city's top chefs, the market offers a wide variety of produce including traditional Cork meats (such as spiced beef), fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, cheeses and fresh bread.
Celtic – themed jewellery
Angling – a popular past-time with a variety of rivers and lakes offering fish such as perch, pike and carp. Ballyhonock Lake and Ballybutler Lake are popular choices inland whilst the Youghal to Ballycotton area is one of the best known shore angling locations in the country
Deep sea angling – yacht charters and blue shark fishing are offered from Kinsale
Golf – Ireland is well known for its golf courses and there are many to choose from including Kinsale Golf Club, Skibereen & West Carbery Golf Club, Bantry Bay Golf Club, Cork Golf Club, Fota Island Golf Club and Harbour Point Golf Club.
Horse Racing – Ireland is renowned for its horse-racing and has enjoyed much success in breeding and racing horses. The Cork Racecourse, Mallow was established in 1924 and key events include the Murphys Hurdles and The Cork Grand National. The Courtmacsherry Horse & Pony Races started as a millennium project, and is now a major event in the racing calendar of West Cork.
Watersports – Sailing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Diving. Cork boasts the first Yacht Club in the world and the region has a variety of watersports centres at locations such as Kinsale, Youghal and Cobh.
Whale watching – tours can be arranged in Dungarven, Youghal, Cobh, Cork and Kinsale.
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