Fly into Cork Airport in County Cork, then discover the beautiful south west of Ireland by car. Cork is a great starting point for your sightseeing tour of the southwest, just grab a cheap Cork car hire deal with us and hit the road!
Cork Airport is located 8km south of Cork city. This charming city is the second largest in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin and is often referred to as the ‘capital of the south’. Stay in one of many Cork city hotels and relax after your flight. Cork city is a wonderful city to stroll around. Check out interesting and famous attractions here like the English Market, the Shandon Bells, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, the Cork City Gaol, the Crawford Art Gallery and the Beamish Brewery.
Just outside the city in a little village called Blarney you can visit the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone, or you could head south to the pretty harbour town of Cobh and stop off in Fota Wildlife Park on the way.
Cork car hire is the best option if you intend to explore beyond Cork city. With your Cork car hire, you can get off the beaten track and explore hidden gems and little picturesque villages for yourself. Your car hire will enable you to sightsee at your own pace, stopping where and when you want, so you won’t miss any spectacular photo opportunities!
There are lots of scenic drives in Cork, so where you go with your Cork car hire is up to you. One of the most popular self drive tours is the South West Tour, which starts in Cork city, takes in the spectacular coastal drive of Cork and finishes up with the famous Ring of Kerry drive.
Take a drive around the Ring of Beara and then cross over the Healy Pass from Adrigole in Cork to Lauragh in Kerry and see some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery the south west has to offer. The Lee Valley Drive, the Blackwater Valley Drive and the Cork and Ring of Kerry Drive are other popular self drive options.
You could also take your Cork car hire to the picturesque Killarney town in neighbouring County Kerry. It’s about 87km to Killarney by taking the N22 west of Cork city and is well worth a visit to see the stunning Killarney National Park and its three lakes, Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and Ross Castle. There’s no shortage of Killarney hotels here if you’d like to stay the night.
Why not take a drive to Waterford city – Ireland’s oldest city, which was discovered by the Vikings about 852AD! This charming and historical walled city is located on the N25 east of Cork and the drives takes around 2 hours. Waterford city is home to the world-famous hand crafted Waterford Crystal so a visit to here should not be missed! Stay the night in one of many Waterford hotels and experience it’s buzzing nightlife, while during the day you can stroll the cobbled streets, enjoy a bit of shopping and visit attractions like Reginald’s Tower or take a short drive to the beautiful seaside resort of Tramore.
So get a cheap Cork car hire quote with us now and experience the stunning south west of Ireland for yourself!