To visit North Cork is to follow the path of the majestic River Blackwater, one of the longest rivers in Ireland flowing through quaint villages and charming countryside for over 150 miles. Along its banks visitors will encounter a region with a strong and rich heritage.
In archaeological terms, this is one of the most interesting spots in Ireland, with many centuries-old castles, round towers and other historic structures. Why not visit the world famous Blarney Castle in Blarney and its surrounding gardens? The town of Mallow is also rich in history. An important spa town in the 18th and 19th centuries visitors can still view the old Spa House. Other buildings of interest in Mallow include Mallow Castle and the Clock House. Horse-racing fans will love a visit to Mallow Race Course. Further north, visitors can view Kanturk Castle and the town of Kanturk.
For those more focused on the here and now, this is an area of unspoiled beauty, fine country houses, and welcoming hospitality. The River Blackwater is internationally known for the excellence of its coarse and game angling and Fermoy, a planned town designed in the 1790s is renowned for its attraction as an inland fishing centre. The town exhibits a worldwide attraction for trout, salmon and coarse fishing.
For sporting aficionados, there are challenging golf courses, pony riding, sailing and water activities. This is perfect walking and cycling country, with great appeal to the naturalist, as well. A visit the Millstreet Country Park, a 500-acre extravaganza of lakes, waterfalls, streams, wetlands, walks; picnic areas, moorlands, arboretum, herb rich meadows, ornamental gardens, archaeological sites, native deer, birds and wildlife will please nature lovers.
North Cork, with its scenic countryside endowed with valleys, mountains and picturesque little villages displays an unforgettable beauty.