Viking times through Norman times and into the days of Cromwell,
Youghal was used as a very conveniently located base from which
to "visit" the Southern area of Ireland.
We hope that our modern-day visitors will behave in a more restrained manner while exploring from their base at Youghal.
East Cork is blessed with many treasures.
No other area in the country offers such a fine tapestry of natural beauty, historical riches and sporting and leisure possibilities.
East Cork presents a treasure-trove of options to the holidaymaker.
Throughout the area you'll have the chance to enjoy the wonderful beaches, sailing, windsurfing, course, game and sea angling, pony trekking, tennis, championship golf courses, pitch and putt, scenic walks and drives, together with bird sanctuaries, a world famous wildlife park, historical riches, and many other notable attractions.
Sweeping westwards from Youghal, through Midleton, across to Cobh, the marvels unfold - dotted like jewels across the county.
at the entrance to County Cork from the east lies our
town of Youghal.
Continuing westwards, the traveller will find the picturesque village of Killeagh, and Glenbower Wood. On through the countryside to Castlemartyr and Ladysbridge. In Cloyne is to be found St. Colman's cathedral and the monuments to the Fitzgeralds, Bishops Berkely and Brinkley.
Follow on to Garryvoe and beautiful Ballycotton Bay. To Midleton, where the old Jameson Distillery may be visited. Barryscourt Castle at Carrigtwohill, the seat of the lords of Barrymore.
On to Cobh where the wonderful St. Colman's cathedral dominates this beautiful port.
The Queenstown story, Cobh's Heritage Centre tells the story of the tens of thousands of Irish emigrants who set out by sail and later by steam to seek a new life in North America.
Cobh will also be remembered as the last port of call of the great Titanic.
Forget not Fota Wildlife Park - here you will see over 70 species from all five continents. Giraffe, zebra and antelope roam freely past bird-filled lakes, monkey islands and flamingo pools.
Mount Mellary Cistercian Abbey, Lismore and its Castle are all nearby.
Maps of the routes are available at the Tourist Information Centre.
East Cork - forever unique.
Youghal lies on the National / Euro route between Cork and Waterford. In this part of the world, that means that the road is "big, wide and much quieter than you might think" rather than "traffic-clogged".
Rapid access on good roads to nearby centres and to the centres beyond them, such as Blarney and Killarney, puts a vast array of scenery and attractions within the bounds of a reasonable day-trip.
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