This is a guide to running in County Cork, the largest and the southernmost county of Ireland, named after the city of Cork. One challenge for runners is that some of the most scenic roads lack a shoulder or sidewalk so they aren’t safe for running. We’ve chosen routes in some of the most visited spots in County Cork, with a focus on scenic and safe waterfront runs and some off-road options.
Some of the best places to run in County Cork are along the River Lee in the city of Cork, including a route incorporating Blackrock Castle. In the colorful town of Kinsale, there’s a pleasant route along the River Brandon. We’ve also mapped waterfront routes in Timoleague, Clonakilty, and Schull, which is the gateway to the clifftop trails at Mizen Head. For some easy trail running, enjoy Ballincollig Regional Park near Cork, and the Glengarriff Woods Nature Preserve.
There’s a multitude of scenic roads in County Cork — runners should use caution as most are narrow and lack a suitable shoulder/sidewalk. Also, this being Ireland, always come prepared for damp & windy weather.