Mountains, lakes, forests and the sea - nature and wildlife is never far from the city. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the wild beauty of Cork County. Here are the tips of our SWISS Magazine editors.

  • Into the green

    The oak forests of western Cork’s Glengarriff Nature Reserve are among Ireland’s oldest.The woods form one of the best examples of oceanic sessile oak woodland in the country. You can find rare orchids, several sorts of bats and a large bird community.

  • Eye to eye with the sea mammals

    The beaches of western Cork – pictured is Rosscarbery Bay – are great places for whale and dolphin watching.The government declared the coastal waters of Ireland a whale and dolphin sanctuary during the early 1990's.

  • Lodging like an Earl

    Bantry House has been owned by the Earls of Bantry for ten generations now. It houses an impressive private collection of furniture and objects of art. There is also a B&B located in the East Wing.

  • Journey back into history

    The ruins of St Declan’s Cathedral in Ardmore date from the 12th century - they base on a former monastery. Name giver St. Declan is said to be one of the founders of Christianity in Ireland, so it is probably one of the earliest ecclesiastical sites in Ireland.

    A visit can be easily combined with a walk along the impressive Ardmore cliffs.

St. Declan's Monastery