Experience Cork in style

Thursday, 12 December 2015 12:43 PM

Sometimes what you really need is a holiday where no expense is spared and everything is top-class. This means staying in the best hotels and eating at the finest restaurants, but as well as that, high-end travellers need some classy activities to do too.

If this sounds like the kind of getaway for you, then read on to find out what you could be getting up to on your next trip to Ireland. Then hire a car and navigate your way around Cork to find them all. What could be better?

Charter a helicopter

Surely there is no more sophisticated way to travel than by helicopter so why not charter one during your stay in Cork? Peering out of the window you will be able to spot some of the area's most famous sights, from Blarney Castle to Finbarrs Cathedral.

Not only that, but the true beauty of the Irish landscape will spread out in front of you and a bird's eye view of Cork Harbour will be yours. Go further afield and enjoy the Lakes of Killarney in a way that simply cannot be achieved from the ground or get a unique look at the Dingle Peninsula.

Visit the offshore islands

If you want to escape the grounds and go somewhere natural and exclusive then head to any of the offshore islands. How you do this is entirely up to you, but there are some very plush vessels that you can hire to take the journey.

Once you are there, you can enjoy the unique character of each location. On Garinish Island you will be welcomed into a haven of all things horticultural. The gardens are truly stunning and home to many plants you would not expect to grow in Ireland, as the Gulf Stream provides Garinish with the climate to allow all sorts of tropical specimens to flourish.

Alternatively, head to Skellig Michael if you are a history buff. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has one of the best preserved monastic outposts from the Early Christian period. The hardiness of the monks who managed to live on this rugged rock sticking out of the sea can only truly be appreciated by visiting this magnificent place.

Sailing

There is not much more pleasurable than messing about on boats and this can be achieved in a number of ways in Cork. If you are new to the discipline then book yourself onto some sailing lessons to get you up to scratch.

Then you will be perfectly positioned for chartering a yacht. Of course, these come in all shapes, sizes and price brackets, but you are bound to find one to suit your needs. Either hire a crew to come along and make sure you are on the right lines or venture off on your own if you have gained enough experience.

Whale and dolphin watching

Catching sight of these magnificent marine creatures is the main attraction for many of the people who flock to Cork each year. That is because the sea off this part of Ireland represents one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of dolphins and whales - you certainly won't do much better anywhere else in Europe.

Each day varies, but fin and minke whales, dolphins and seals are spotted on a regular basis. Meanwhile, there is even the chance that humpback, killer and pilot whales will make an appearance, so keep your eyes peeled and your binoculars to hand.

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