Founded as a monastic settlement in the 6th century, Cork is Ireland’s second-largest city. Along with Kerry, Cork is a foodie hotspot. For the courageous, local dishes such as crubeens (boiled and fried pigs feet), tripe (made from cow stomach) and drisheen (a type of blood pudding) are an adventure unto themselves! For those is search of more traditional (and tasty!) foods, Cork’s English Market is a must-do. Lodged in a beautiful 19th-century market building, it sells locally produced foods, including fresh fish and meat, fruit and vegetables, eggs and artisan cheeses and breads.
After you’ve eaten your fill, leave Cork’s busy streets behind for the quiet country lanes of West Cork. Dead-ending in three peninsulas (Beara, Sheep’s Head and Mizen Peninsulas), dozens of islands of all sizes cling to the rugged, quiet coastlines of each one. (Click here to read more about Ireland’s most interesting islands). The narrow, pointed Sheep’s Head Peninsula was even named a European Destination of Excellence for all its rustic beauty.
My previous two trips with Wilderness were in Scotland. They were fantastic trips but this one was better. There is something very special about the Irish and their country. There was a gentleman named John on one of our ferry boats that came up to us as a group and became an instant friend and source of information. This happens a lot in Ireland. We were able to milk goats and enjoy ice cream from the goats and the family farmer gave us the run of his house to store our backpacks and use his facilities. So many special moments on this trip that you can’t put a price tag on! This was my 14 th trip to Europe in my 68 years for various vacations and this trip stands high and above all of the others!
Hiking and Island Hopping - Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 25/07/2022
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