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July 21, 2010

Top tips for car hire at Cork Airport

Cork Airport is the third busiest international airport in Ireland, after Dublin and Shannon. It serves over 42 destinations with airlines like Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, Air Southwest, bmibaby, central wings,, Ryanair, Sky Europe and Whizz flying in and out of the airport. Cork Airport is very well connected with the UK with direct flights operating between Leeds Bradford, Birmingham, Manchester, London, the East Midlands Airport and Liverpool.

Once you land at Cork Airport, you can pick up your Cork car hire at the car hire desks in the arrivals hall, which is located on the lower level. You Cork car hire booking form (which you received upon booking with us) will tell you which car hire desk to go to.

Before you hit the road with your Cork car hire, it’s a good idea to read over rules of the road in Ireland and driving signs in Ireland, then buy yourself a good road map, buckle up and off you go!

Cork Airport is located about 8km south of Cork city so you’re not exactly in the city. To get to Cork city from the airport take the first exit at the Airport Road roundabout as you leave the airport which is the N27. When you come to a large roundabout (Kinsale Road roundabout) take the third exit onto the South Link Road N27 and continue straight for the city centre.

Why not check out Cork hotels and use the city as your base for touring the south west. Cork city is an important sea port and the second biggest city in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin city. This charming city is brimming with culture, attractions, good shops, bars and restaurants. Attractions worth checking out include, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork City Gaol, the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, the Cork Butter Museum and the English Market.

There’s so much to do with your Cork car hire. Why not take a scenic drive in County Cork and explore it’s rugged and wild countryside with its island studded coastline. Take the N20 north of the city for about 14km and you’ll come to Blarney ? home of the famous Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone.

You also enjoy a fun filled family day out at Fota Wildlife Park which is approximately 16km east of Cork city. Fota has over 90 species of animals (some are quite rare) which enjoy a free range environment.

A little further along the same road, is where you’ll find the pretty harbour town of Cobh. Cobh plays a significant role in Irish history. The town was formerly known as ‘Queenstown’ due to a visit by Queen Victoria in 1849 and it was also the last port of call for the Titantic as it left on its doomed voyage for America.

You could also take a drive to Midleton, a historic little town about 21km east of Cork city. It’s said that this was where Irish whiskey was invented, so take a tour of the Old Middleton Distillery to find out more.

If you have the time, then a visit to Kinsale is a must! This medieval town has a stunning location about 25km south of Cork city overlooking the Irish sea. Kinsale is known as ‘the gourmet capital of Ireland’ but there’s much more to the town than restaurants. It narrow winding streets are packed with lots of quirky shops, cafes, bars and galleries. No visit to Kinsale is complete unless you visit one of the best-preserved remains of a star shaped fortification in Europe ? Charles Fort. Kinsale is also a haven for outdoor activities like golfing, fishing, swimming, hiking or simply strolling along the sandy beach.

There’s just so much to do and see with your Cork car hire, so get a cheap Cork Airport car hire quote now!

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