Cork City and County has a range of wonderful things to do, see and explore and its a wonderful choice for a staycation. With something for everyone, enjoy water sports in its many beautiful beaches and hike its many hills and mountain ranges. Whatever your interests, you’ll be surrounded by attractions and activities you’ll love in Cork.

Staycation in Cork

Choose Cork for the ultimate staycation this year. Explore all the wonderful sights, activities and attractions well as the stunning scenery of that Cork has to offer. There are a lot of things to do in Cork from Jameson Distillery Midleton, Blarney Castle, Fota Wildlife Park as well as an abundance of activities including fantastic watersports, kayaking and much more. Some of the many surfing, kayaking and hiking activities and providers include the following; 

Watersports in Cork


Kayaking in West Cork

Based in Lough Hyne, Skibbereen in West Cork, Atlantic Sea Kayaking offers guided tours, kayaking trips including night time kayaking to explore the stunning sights of bioluminescence.With a range of kayaks and stand up paddle boards to hire, they also include cultural and wildlife experiences.    


Atlantic Off-Shore Adventure

With a range of activities in various locations around Cork, Atlantic Off-Shore Adventure is the perfect choice for kayaking, night stand up paddle boarding. Enjoy surfing at Garretstown Beach, kayaking in Kinsale, stand up paddle boarding in Cork City and coasteering at Howe Strand and Clonakilty. 


Oysterhaven Centre


Oysterhaven Activity Centre offers a range of activities including sailing & windsurfing skills courses, taster sessions and private tuition for adults and children. For those wishing to learn more about sailing and windsurfing, Oysterhaven Centre offers a five-day sailing and windsurfing course.


Inchydoney Surf School


Situated on the pristine blue flag sandy beach of Inchydoney, just two miles from Clonakilty in West Cork, this famous surf school has been voted the number 1 beach in Ireland on Tripadvisor. Offering group and private surfing lessons, beginner to advanced level, Learn the thrilling experience of surfing in Ireland. 


Hiking / Climbing in Cork


Awesome Walls 


Whether you’re a complete beginner to rock climbing or an experienced rock climbing athlete, a visit to Awesome Walls is a must! With over 750m2 of dedicated climbing surface there really is something fun and challenging for everybody to try.


Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours


Experience the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way with Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours. With a range of small group fully guided hiking and cycling tours to choose from there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Hike the “Munster Vales”- an authentic slice of Ireland


The Munster Vales is an exhilarating journey across a natural trail from land to sea, over five mountain ranges blending history and heritage seamlessly with modern Ireland. 


The Galtee Mountain Range Region

The Galtee Mountains are spread across the borders of three counties in Munster: Limerick, Tipperary and Cork


The Ballyhoura Mountain Range Region

The Ballyhoura Mountain range is the adventure capital of Ireland with the largest mountain biking trails in the country spanning 52km across the range. Horse riding is another popular activity in this area Co. Limerick, and Co. Cork


The Nagle Mountain Range Region

Tucked away in the north of county Cork lie the Nagle Mountains. Experience all the area has to offer from nature trails and heritage sites to breathtaking scenery. Make the most of the mountainous landscape and enjoy one of the many walking and hiking trails in the area. Stroll along the picturesque banks of the River Blackwater in Fermoy.


The Comeragh Mountains mark the eastern boundary of the Munster Vales, meeting the coastline of the Irish Sea near Dungarvan in Co. Waterford. This expansive mountain range offers a variety of walking options for hardcore hikers to scenic Sunday strollers. At the heart of the range hikers will uncover a unique landscape, a boggy plateau dotted with miniature loughs.


The rolling Knockmealdown Mountains cross the border of Tipperary and Waterford, a sweeping panorama that runs from coast to range. 


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