Serenity Bay is close to the town of Midleton which is only 8km (5 miles) distant. This busy market town has a wide range of shops and supermarkets.
It also has a wonderful Saturday market from 9am to 1pm where one can buy local produce and other interesting items. There is a range of restaurants which reflect the East Cork area as a gourmand’s destination.
The Old Midleton Distillery is a great day out. Learn about the process history of distilling with a tour through the mills, corn stores, still houses and kilns – you can also have a great lunch there or just a drop of whiskey!
Cork city is 27km (17 miles) distant which has an international airport. The city is well worth exploring for its architecture and rich history. There are several museums and walking tours to learn more of the history of the city and wider area. Don’t miss The English Market for wonderful produce, delicatessen and bakery items.
Blarney Castle & Kinsale
Blarney Castle is well worth a visit to kiss the Blarney stone and gain the gift of eloquence! The gardens are delightful at any time of year and the Blarney Woollen Mills are close by.
Kinsale, the pretty fishing port, is about 35 mins south of Cork City. It is the place to try the best fish you will ever taste with a range of restaurants to suit your preference. There are also many art and craft shops to browse in.
Cobh & Spike Island
Cobh, the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic is not to be missed. Dominated by St Colman’s Cathedral the streets are on terraces above the town with many houses painted in jewel colours.
The Cobh museum documents the history of the Great Famine and the subsequent mass emigration.
From here it is a short crossing to visit Spike Island which hosts a 6th century monastery and a 24-acre fortress – the largest convict transport depot in the world in Victorian times.