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6 days in Cork without a car

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6 days in Cork without a car

We'll be taking a train down from Dublin in October and will have about 6 days in the Cork area before we head back to Dublin. We would like to be in KInsale for the Gourmet Food Festival. Is Kinsale worth three nights or just two? We are also thinking about dropping by the Ballymaloe Cooking School (not for a course but to check it out). Is that possible without a car? What would you recommend for the remaining days that would not require us to rent a car? Thanks for any advice!

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1. Re: 6 days in Cork without a car

Not really possible to get to the Ballymaloe school without a car unless you want to pay a fortune for a taxi. You could rent a car when you get to Cork.

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Re your length of time in Kinsale: it depends on whether you want to attend events or not....You can see Kinsale itself and a lot of it in 2 days (museums, walking tour, scenic boat trip, charlesfort, some scenic walks). If you have a car, you could go further along to the old head, garretstown, coolmain etc...to take in more scenery.http://www.kinsalerestaurants.com/autumn.php - chekc out this link for activities for the Gourmet Festival.

Getting to Ballymaloe will be difficult without a car...and honestly there is not so much to see there unless you plan to head further and go to Stephen Pearce's workshop and then spend some time in Ballycotton which is a lovely little village. Also you could visit the Jameson distillery in Midleton on your way there.

If you definitely dont have a car, a few suggestions for Cork without a car is Kinsale: (which you can get to by bus from the airport and also the city), take a trip to Blarney to see the castle, take the train to Fota Wildlife park or further on to Cobh to visit the Heritage centre there. Spend some time in the city itself doing the open bus tour and be sure to visit the Cork City Gaol, Old english Markey or do some walking tours.: check out the attachedhttp://cityguide.travel-guides.com/city/tours.ehtml?o=36&NAV_guide_class=&NAV_City=

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3. Re: 6 days in Cork without a car

Agree with Dougalman and Friendly tips, you will need a car to get to Ballymaloe, there is not even a suitable bus route that will get you there. The area around Ballymaloe / Ballycotton is very very nice and worth a visit but not without a car.

Regarding Kinsale, while I like it very much, two nights/two days is plenty especially as you do not have a car.

I would also recommend that you travel to County Kerry specifically Kenmare and Killarney for 1 night each. There is an excellent bus service (every hour) from cork to Killarney, there is also a less frequent service to Kenmare.

Have a look at my recent post for Cerry titled 'three days in Cork' and see if that kind of itinerary would interest you.

Personally if it were me, i'd hire a car, which will give you many more options.

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