Retro Camper Road Trip Part 2: Cork
Part 2: VW Camper Oman in County Cork.
It was back in the bus and on to Co.Cork. As many of the campsites at this time of year are closed we treated ourselves and stayed in Ballymaloe House Hotel for a night in Ballycotton, Co.Cork. The philosophy of Ballymaloe House and Cookery School is fresh, homegrown and homemade foods to the highest quality. We were spoilt and visited the cookery school and gardens where all the produce is grown.
It was then into Cork city . We started off by visiting the English Market (famous for everything fresh and homemade from flowers to fish) where we bought some smoked salmon with chilli and some homemade pizzas. That evening Cork city came alive and we celebrated Halloween in style by attending the Dragon of Shandon Samhain parade. It was a scary event, full of dragon, skeletons and corpses and our children loved it.
The next day we visited Fota Wildlife Park (not to be missed if kids in tow) and the last stop of the Titanic Ship memorial in Cobh.
Our next adventure was Kinsale where the Jazz festival was in full swing. We stayed that night in Clonakilty and visited the Model Railway Centre there. Then it was onto Skibbereen via Glandore, a majestic harbour with beautiful views of the sea and thanks to the gulf stream mild weather is found here all year long as well as very interesting flora. We stayed in Ballydehob for the night in a quiet harbour. We drove on the next day to Schull on the way to Mizen Head. We stopped the camper right at the entrance to the bay, with the whistling kettle on full and a hot cup of coffee in one hand we went to explore. What scenery! Out on the bay in the morning we watched the fishing trawlers heading out into the Atlantic. The sea was like glass and everywhere around was calm. A magical place and more seals popping up to check us out.
Our last port of call before the travel home was Mizen Head, Irelands most Southwesterly Point. The journey up to the Signal Station was glorious. The sun was shining and the sea was sparkling. At the end of the Mizen Peninsula, The cliffs of Mizen Head rise high above the Atlantic Ocean. The currents from the West and South meet and you can see way below the waves crash onto the rocks. There is a visitor centre there where you can learn all about the history of the signal station to the viewing area which is one of the best areas to spot Whales including the Minke, Humpback and Fin Whales.
We had a great week re discovering old places and meeting people all along the way who just smile at you in the camper or stop you and want to talk about their own experiences in campers ! Watch this space for more stories of adventures in a Retro Camper.