Cruises to Ringaskiddy, Ireland, deliver guests to a scenic, cliffside village on the western shore of Cork harbor, off the glittering Celtic Sea. As you dock at Ringaskiddy port, watch ferries glide across the steel-gray water, whisking folks to France. Modern Ringaskiddy is a hub for pharmaceutical companies, but it maintains the charms from its past as a tiny fishing village. Choose a scenic stroll to get a lay of the land. Take the Slí na Sláinte, the Path of Health along the sea. This designated walking path is part of a country-wide effort to boost the health of citizens. Pop into traditional pubs for crispy fish and chips, washed down with a pint. Marvel at Ringaskiddy’s limestone Martello Tower, built between 1813-1815, one of several that were created as a defense against a possible French invasion. Visit the Barnahely Castle, beautiful stone remains from the 16th century, situated near a nature reserve.
Ringaskiddy may be small, but it’s the perfect launching pad to explore the wider County Cork. It is a forty-minute bus ride to Cork City, Ireland’s second-largest city known for its vibrant art, shopping and dining. It’s also close enough to visit Cobh, a friendly town that was the ill-fated Titanic’s final port of call. Spike Island, an island with fascinating history as a Monastery, a fortress, and a prison is well-worth the quick ferry ride from Kennedy pier in Cobh. Blarney Castle & Gardens is about an hour away from Ringaskiddy for those who want to smooch the famous stone and receive the gift of gab.