Destination guide

Expeditions and adventures in charming County Cork

From charming fishing villages and whale-watching expeditions to music festivals and mountains, County Cork draws travelers with its unique blend of attractions. Keen anglers can head out into the Atlantic Ocean for deep sea fishing expeditions or stick to the region's rivers, while the beautiful beaches and rocky coastline are perfect for hikes, sandcastle building and treasure hunts with the kids. Need a place to relax? County Cork vacation rentals offer the perfect base for expeditions and adventures.

Things to do

Discover Irish heritage in County Cork

Blarney Castle is known throughout the world, with visitors drawn to kiss its fabled stone, before exploring the medieval stronghold and taking a stroll through the beautiful gardens. Like a tipple? Visit the beautifully-preserved Jameson Distillery, where tours end with a taste of the whiskey that has been made in Ireland for more than 230 years. Seeking history? Pick a County Cork vacation rental close to the imposing 12th-century Castlemartyr Castle, which once belonged to the mysterious Knights Templar, or Ballydehob, where you can see prehistoric Celtic standing stones.


Waterfront fun in County Cork

The clear waters of the North Atlantic Ocean mean adventures are always on the agenda here. Pull on diving gear and explore old shipwrecks and sea life, or take a trip to look for playful dolphins cavorting with whales, the choice is yours. With sailing and kayak trips on offer, County Cork vacation rentals provide easy access to the coastline, with boat tours to nearby islands a popular draw, while inland, beautiful castles and museums await.


Sunny summers in County Cork

Set in the North Atlantic Ocean, County Cork boasts mild temperatures that rarely fluctuate. Summer is the warmest season, with temperatures in the mid to high 60s, and 18 hours of daylight making it a popular time to visit. Spring and fall are gorgeous here, with warm days, cool nights and temperatures in the mid-50s to low-60s. Winters can be cold in Ireland, but snow is rare, freezing temperatures infrequent and days often in the mid-40s.

Natural features

Get back to nature in County Cork

County Cork sits on the south-west coast of Ireland, a 3-hour drive from Dublin. The largest county in Ireland, it is bordered by Waterford, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary, and edged by the Shehy Mountains. Walkers head here to access the Galtee Mountains, the highest inland range in the country, while 3 beautiful rivers, the Blackwater, Bandon and Lee, are excellent sources of salmon and trout for fisherman. Like to spot the local wildlife? Nature lovers can find numerous species here, including European hedgehogs, red foxes, pygmy shrews, stoats and badgers.

Can I find a vacation rental around County Cork?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 506 vacation rentals near County Cork. From 279 Cottages to 155 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near County Cork for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in County Cork?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in County Cork. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cork: 120 vacation rentals
  • Kinsale: 56 vacation rentals
  • Clonakilty: 82 vacation rentals
  • Cobh: 50 vacation rentals
  • Bantry: 137 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in County Cork! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in County Cork?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in County Cork:

  • Cork: 120 rentals
  • Kinsale: 56 rentals
  • Clonakilty: 82 rentals
  • Cobh: 50 rentals
  • Bantry: 137 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to County Cork?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in County Cork are:

  • Cork Airport (ORK): 101 vacation rentals
  • Kerry Airport (KIR): 291 vacation rentals
  • Cahirciveen (CHE-Reeroe): 489 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in County Cork?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in County Cork. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cork City Hall: 107 rentals
  • Inchydoney Island Beach: 148 rentals
  • Barleycove Beach: 193 rentals
  • West Cork Surf School: 148 rentals
  • Castle Townshend: 204 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around County Cork listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.