This small, speciality tour company offers taste trails through the rich heartland of South West Cork, the Lee River Valley and Macroom Buffalo Farm Tours. You can meet the producers, drop in on farms and artisan craftspeople and visit some of the most historic and beautiful heritage and cultural sites of Cork.
The famous cookery school at Ballymaloe in East Cork runs a range of foraging courses throughout the year, for more details, visit their website and look under “foraging”.
There has been a hotel on the beach at Garryvoe since the early 1900s and while the world has changed beyond recognition, some things have thankfully remained the same – the golden, sandy, five-mile beach; the view of Ballycotton and its lighthouse, and the smiling faces at the Garryvoe Hotel - a family-owned, independent four-star hotel.
Heir Island is a tiny island in majestic Roaring Water Bay in West Cork, and home to The Island Cottage Restaurant. It is, as the name would suggest, a traditional farm cottage, home to a unique restaurant, created by John Desmond & Ellmary Fenton. For the past 25 years, they have accepted small numbers of bookings, the island can only be reached by small boat from a tiny nearby harbour and the menu is set, featuring only what they have harvested locally or sourced from local fishermen and farmers on the day. It is a true one-off experience. An unforgettable evening in a magical setting. Very West Cork. However, they can only accommodate small numbers so please book well in advance.
A fine kitchen café in the little village of Ballydehob on the Wild Atlantic Way - Budds is a much-loved spot for late, lazy breakfasts, especially with the summer crowds who flock to this beautiful, wild coastal region of Cork. Well worth a visit if you are driving through.
Holy Smoke is an award-winning BBQ restaurant in Cork, that specialises in pit-smoked barbecue, cooking the 100% Irish meat low-and-slow for 4 to 16 hours. All our custom cuts of fresh meats are smoked in-house daily, dry-rubbed with a house blend of herbs and spices, and cooked using only best wood and 100% chemical-free charcoal.