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Water Sports


Being a coastal city with strong connections to the sea, there will inevitably be strong sporting relations with water. Possibly the most famous is the Royal Cork Yacht Club based in Crosshaven, which is officially the oldest yacht club in the world and was founded in 1720. Apart from the Royal Cork many other sailing clubs dot the harbour. There are also a number of options available if you want to charter a boat as either a bareboat or a crewed cruise. Companies such Ireland Charter and Kinsale Yacht Charters are both based out of Kinsale and Sail Ireland are based in Cobh.

The Cork coast is also known as a base for whale, seal and dolphin watching and there are a number of operators in the city and in Cobh that run such excursions.

Angling is another very popular sport with quite a few charter operators located in the lower harbour around Cobh.

For those looking for a little more of an adrenaline rush, other fun options include Cork Sea Safari and Whale of a Time who run high speed excursions in the harbour area. Or have you ever tried waterskiing? If not, well now’s your chance with Water-ski Ireland who are based in Farran Woods, just 15 minutes from the city centre.

Activity companies and kayak tour operators are also well established and operate either in the harbour or on the nearby coastline. Some of the well known ones include Atlantic Sea Kayaking, Funky Town and the Oysterhaven Activity Centre.