Cork marks the end of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is the southernmost section of the route with the Old Head of Kinsale, Mizen Head and Dursey Island included in the Signature Discovery Points. You can expect blue flag beaches, views of the Atlantic Ocean, subtropical inlets and some of the best Artisan food the country has to offer. Cork after all is considered to be the true capital of Ireland.
Day 16 – Cork
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so start your day the right way with a nourishing breakfast from Clayton Hotel Cork City. The menu has continental and hot breakfast options and a range of healthy options to enjoy and you can even order your breakfast to go if you’re short on time.
Clonakilty Distillery is located in the beautiful town of Clonakilty just 50 minutes west of Cork City. The Scully family have farmed the land here for over 320 years and they created Clonakilty Distillery to showcase the best in Irish produce from farm to glass. Distillery Tours and Minke Gin School sessions offer a multi-sensory experience into the creation of Irish Whiskey, Gin and Vodka. Visitors get to see our working distillery, and taste our award-winning spirits in our Speakeasy Bar, all guided by one of the exceptionally knowledgeable Visitor Experience team.
Arís Cafe and Wine Bar
Next grab a delicious cup of coffee and a bite at Arís Cafe and Wine Bar also located in Clonakilty. Their locally sourced menu is made of great quality ingredients and very affordable. Choose freshly baked goods made on site or opt for the savoury option of local cheeses, meats and chutneys.
As you make your way back towards the city take a slight detour to Oysterhaven activity centre and try your hand at one of the many fun activities they offer. There’s sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding sessions for adults and older children.
Day 17 – Cork City
Good Day Deli
Take the morning at a slow, relaxed pace after the busy day of activities and head to Good Day Deli in Cork City for a sustainable brunch. With spacious outdoor seating among blooming wildflowers, Good Day Deli is a slice of country heaven within the city.
Blackrock Castle Observatory
Just 11 minutes from the city centre is Cork’s Blackrock Castle Observatory. Set within a castle that dates back to 1582, this observatory houses an interactive astronomy centre where you can learn about the castle’s history and the future of the planet in their Cosmos at the Castle event along with many other fascinating exhibits.
Castle Cafe Restaurant, Bar & Kitchen Garden
Head to the onsite cafe for refreshments where you can sit inside or in the outdoor seating area and sample delicious daily specials made local quality produce such as Irish beef from Rosscarbery. There are kid-friendly options and celiac, vegetarian and vegan dishes too.
After another jam-packed day why not take an evening off and relax in Clayton Hotel Cork City. The superior hotel rooms are kitted out with LCD tvs, WiFi, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. If you fancy a drink make your way down to the Globe Restaurant & Bar for a cocktail.
Day 18 – Cork – Active
Zipit is a high ropes course nestled in the treetops of Farran Wood, Cork less than half an hour from the city. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking to try something different, Zipit offers a unique outdoor high ropes experience for everyone to enjoy. Forget the day to day stuff, put down your smartphone, escape the office, get back to nature and let yourself go!
Son of a Bun
After working up an appetite head to Son of a Bun in the Victorian Quarter of Cork City for a “flippin’ good burger”. You can pick one of their burger creations such as The Black with Clonakilty black pudding or The Falafel with aioli and feta or design your own customised burger.
Swimming at Club Vitae
The 18-metre heated swimming pool and kids play pool at Clayton Hotel Cork City is free to use for guests of the hotel. The pool is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 8am to 7.30pm so grab your swimming gear and make a splash at the pool.
Day 19 – Clayton Hotel Silver Springs
Make your way to Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Tivoli where you can arrange a packed lunch picnic hamper of goodies to take with you on your day of sightseeing. There are two options of hampers to choose from and each comes with a picnic rug. Order before 2pm the day before to book your hamper.
Leahy’s Open Farm
There is so much to see at Leahy’s Open Farm. As well as the farm and animals there is a chocolate factory, barrel train ride, indoor and outdoor play areas, go-karts, crazy golf and lots more to enjoy making it the perfect place for a day of fun with the family. Online pre-booking is essential.
The Corn Store
Conveniently located in Cork City Centre, The Corn Store restaurant offers a casual, warm and lively dining experience accompanied by their extensive wine and cocktail list. They specialise in locally caught fresh seafood, top-quality steaks and have won awards for their cocktails.
Day 20 – Cork
District Health and Leisure Centre
Guests of Clayton Hotel Silver Springs can enjoy a discounted rate at the 25-metre swimming pool and gym at District Health and Leisure Centre which is a 5-minute walk from the hotel and has free parking. You can opt for swimming lengths or enjoy some family fun at a free swim.
The menu at the Gallery Restaurant in Clayton Hotel Silver Springs makes good use of the fantastic local produce and ingredients on offer in the county. Overlooking the River Lee, highlights of their all-day dining menu include seafood chowder, gourmet ciabattas and wraps and delicious homemade pizzas.
Kinsale Mead Co.
It’s time for a road trip to Kinsale to wrap up your Wild Atlantic Way experience. Kinsale Mead Co. is a must-visit to rediscover the ancient process of making mead, learning how mead can contribute to the preservation of bees and, of course, sampling some of the delicious light and refreshing mead-based drinks they have created.
It’s fair to say that there is a wealth of things to see, do, eat and drink along the Wild Atlantic Way. The coastal route is suitable for friends, families or couples no matter what age or what preferred interests. Get ready for the staycation of a lifetime along the Wild Atlantic Way – you won’t regret it.