Kerry, Cork + the Southwest

Things to do in Kerry, Cork + the Southwest

The hike to the top takes a solid half-hour, but the vistas on the way up are worth it if the visibility is good.

Daylong classes on the 100-acre organic farm includge mushroom foraging, wine tasting, and raising chickens. Indulge in a class taught by Rachel Allen (granddaughter-in-law of Myrtle, Ireland's Giada De Laurentiis) in a loftlike demonstration kitchen.

A stand stocked with West Cork cheeses: Ardrahan, Garrigaline, Coolea, Durrus, Gubbeen.

The collection includes medieval-looking churns and old butter-block wrappers with sublime graphics, but the pièce de résistance was an ancient corporate team-building video for the Irish Dairy Board. It's worth the price of admission to see the irony-fre

An ideal pub with traditional music and the feel of Old Ireland.

Cork's best artisans and purveyors gather here to sell products like soda bread, organic greens and seafood. The 1780's brick structure's interior was devastated by a fire in the 1980's and has since been restored.

Writers from the West Cork Literary Festival soak up local atmosphere at this classic pub.

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If Ireland can be said to have rocked the game out of its cradle and raised it on creamy stout, the brawniest of its brood is Ballybunion, named after the adjacent seaside town in rural County Kerry.

The shop has a line of sophisticated bags by designer Conor Holden that you won't see anywhere else.

The weaver sells her wool and linen throws and wall hangings, along with leather goods.