10 day self-drive tour of Ireland : October 2009
Hubby and I had a two-night stopover in the city of Cork .. and there again, as in Waterford, we didn’t spend much time in the city itself except for a walk-about near the hotel. Two nights in one place only leaves one full day scouting the area, as we see places of interest en route to and from .. to our next destination.
On our full day in Cork, we visited Blarney Castle .. kissed the Blarney Stone of course, drove through beautiful countryside to Mizen Head, the most south-westerly tip of Ireland, back along the coast to Kinsale .. then to Cork – a full day’s sightseeing. We missed one or two places (including Cobh and the Titanic memorial) but one can’t see and do everything!
Hubby picked a super hotel (he’s the seeker-of-hotels-in-foreign-lands!) … the Clarion Hotel. .. and to top it all we had a fabulous room on the 2nd floor .. a corner suite
Breakfast room ..
Oliver Plunkett Street ..
There’s a park at the end of Oliver Plunkett Street on the Grand Parade, where there is a weekly Saturday market. Unfortunately we got there as they were packing up ..
On our first evening in Cork we had a delicious meal at Kudos, an Asian restaurant in the Clarion. On our second evening, and last in Cork, we asked the concierge for a recommendation for a typical Irish restaurant. In hindsight, we should have just gone down to the one of the pubs in town, but he referred us to a place belonging to a relation of his. Well .. not an Irish dish in sight – it was Mediterranean 😦 I think the only typically Irish thing about it was the owner!! Food was good but not what we had in mind, but we had walked so far to get there we decided to stay. We crossed the North Channel of the River Lee over St Patrick’s Bridge …
Sunrise on the morning we left Cork for our next stopover .. Adare, Co. Limerick .. via the Ring of Dingle