The Historic Town of Midleton in East Cork, Ireland has its origins dating back to the 12th century. Midleton derives its name from 'Mainistir na Corann' meaning 'The Abbey of the Coir'. This came from the monastery, which was founded by the Cistercian monks in the early part of the 12th century. In the 19th Century the monastery was destroyed.
Midleton is the Hub of East Cork, with its rich agricultural hinterland. It has long been renowned for fine food and drink. Award-winning restaurants, intimate cafes, quaint old pubs and modern lounge bars provide a choice to suit all tastes. The most recent jewel in the crown is the Jameson Heritage Centre, which welcomes tourists from around the world with a complimentary glass of Jameson Irish Whiskey. There is a regular train service from Cork City which stops in Midleton, and there is a very good road network into Midleton.
Legend has it that it was here in Ireland that whiskey was invented. To this day, the finest whiskey is distilled by the Irish and every year thousands of visitors come to Midleton to taste the magic of Irish whiskey for themselves. This beautiful 18th century distillery has been carefully and lovingly restored. The memorable visit comprises an audio-visual presentation available in six languages and then a guided tour of the old distillery. And after the history comes the tasting. Visitors relax in the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub to sample the spirit of Ireland for themselves. Afterwards there's a chance to browse in the unique gift shop or relax in the elegant coffee shop.
Midleton, traditionally the principal market town of the area, offers visitors a wide choice of high fashion, hand-made lace and linen, fine porcelain dolls, designer knitwear and interesting antiques. The Midleton Area offers a wide choice of excellent accommodation with four-star hotels, guesthouses, town and country homes, farmhouse accommodation, self-catering and caravan and camping parks. Midleton is the ideal centre for visiting East Cork's many pleasant beaches, with excellent shore and lake fishing. It is also home to one of the best-known sea angling centres in the country. Scenic drives, sailing centres, wind-surfing, golf and pitch and putt complement the cultural attractions of this most intimate tourist location.
Barryscourt Castle at Carrigtwohill restored to its ancient splendour and has a small restaurant and craft shop with regular art exhibitions.
Trabolgan holiday village situated on the beautiful coast amid unspoilt countryside, down from Midleton, offers the family an exciting range of activities including indoor pool, children's safari jungle, sauna, plunge pool, fitness center, solarium and par-3 golf. A place where you and the children will never be bored.
Midleton's hinterland is abundant with quaint villages. Driving east, enjoy the trout-stocked Loughaerra Lake, with its picnic tables and walks.
Castlemartyr, lying east of Midleton, was established in the 17th century by Richard Boyle, the Great Earl of Cork.
Turning south, Ladysbridge is the next village encountered. Here the ancient art of thatching is still to be seen.
Garryvoe is home to one the areas three Blue Flag beaches. The safe waters make the beach an ideal bathing place.
Shanagarry, famous for its pottery and cookery school, is the birthplace of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania State.
Ballycotton, south of Shanagarry, is a small fishing village perched on the coastline overlooking Ballycotton Bay. With a spectacular cliff walk rising 200ft above sea level and the only black light house located off the coastline, Ballycotton is renowned for its sea angling, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Further inland, Cloyne, with its 11th century Round Tower, is famous for two Bishops. Bishop Berkeley has a Californian University named after him and Bishop Brinkely was the first Astronomer Royal for Ireland.HISTORIC EAST CORK If you're fascinated by history, places and the stories of people and the way of life both past and present, then East Cork will offer you all you could ask for and more. There are almost 100 sites you can visit, some of them off the beaten track, others in the middle of towns. With kind permission East Cork Tourism