Fota Island Hotel & Spa, Cork
Just north of the larger island of Cobh, the scenic Fota Island is in Cork Harbour just off the N25 road from Cork to Waterford. The island is host to Ireland's only wildlife park, as well as the historic Fota House with its famous gardens. Located 20 minutes from Cork Airport, it is centrally located for exploring Southern Ireland.
The hotel is nine kilometers from the city of Cork, the 2006 “European Capital of Culture.” Founded over 1,000 years ago by St. Finbarr, Cork has grown from a trading merchant city on the water to the thriving cosmopolitan city it is today. It is home to many galleries, museums, theatres, and artist workshops. Its calendar is filled with annual festivals, from jazz and sailing to film and choral. The many cultural and historic attractions include the Cork Heritage Centre, St Finbarr's Cathedral, and The Cork City Gaol. There is also a wide range of restaurants, cafés, and bars to experience.
Fota Island is perfectly positioned for discovering Ireland's diverse southwestern region. Visit the nearby Blarney stone, stroll along blue flag beaches warmed by the Gulf Stream, or tour the culinary enclaves of Kinsale and Clonakilty. Enjoy some of Ireland's best sailing around Cork Bay and water sport facilities or amble the scenic routes and paths which traverse the region.