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Waterford or Cork in Ireland for just a day - which more breathtaking?

Hello. I have decided to travel via train starting from Dublin and ending up in Galway. I will travel southeast then southwest and would like to stop in Waterford or Cork but can not decide. I would like to go to the town with the most breathtaking scenery. What do you think?

Posted by
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Neither of them is particularly scenic. There is nice scenery south of Cork, but if I'm not sure you'd see it from the city.

Posted by
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Thanks Nancy. I will not be in the city. I will take a bus to see the views. I am not a city type of gal. I am more happy just watching birds, horses or sheep for a few hours rather than walking through noisy traffic. Thanks.

Posted by
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Cobh- near Cork- is a nice little town. I think maybe spending time in the Ring of Kerry would be better though for scenery.

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I echo what has been said. Not sure if you can styretch it, but Kinsale - south of Cork - is set in an inlet and is very scenic in my view.

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Thank you for all your responses! I should add that after this I am headed to Dingle for 4 nights and then Connemara for 3 nights. I was just thinking of stopping somewhere SE along the water as I have never been. Just trying to see what city along the train route would be the prettiest to stop 1/2 way from Dublind to Dingle along the water to see nature and geological formations. I saw photos of cork that looked nice outside the city. Thank you!

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Waterford (city) has nothing special to offer in my opinion, not even when the crystal factory was open (well, except for it's role in Ireland's history). But the surrounding area, especially the coastline, is quite scenic. I have a photo that I took after leaving Waterford along the coastline near Annastown. Really beautiful.

Cork is interesting in that it's not really a tourist town but instead a real working/living city with a fair amount of age on its buildings and street layout. For that reason I like it. It's not picture perfect from a tourist standpoint, and doesn't try to be. Like Waterford, the area surrounding Cork is beautiful.

Since you're headed for Dingle, I'd focus on the Cork area if you need to choose between Cork and Waterford. West Cork (county) is especially scenic.

By the way, you'll love Galway as well as everything you'll see between Dingle and Galway.

Have a great trip!

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I agree with other posters--no great scenery in Waterford. It has a sort of industrial look. Not worth a stop since the crystal factory closed. Kinsale and Kenmare are nice towns.

Posted by
2256 posts

I would recommend Kinsale, a very pretty town with great food and an entertaining ghost walk at night.

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Thank you all so much! I appreciate all your responses. I am going to check out Kinsale and Killarney if I have time to hop off the trains.