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New ferry route puts Cork on the map

8th February 2010 Print
Castlemartyr Resort

Make way for Ireland’s new hotspot; Cork city. It’s been named as one of the top ten places to visit in 2010 by leading global travel insiders* (alongside destinations like Singapore and Vancouver) and now a new sailing route from the UK with Fastnet Line has made it even easier to discover this exciting city in South-West Ireland.

To celebrate this, the stylish Castlemartyr Resort is offering two nights including a full Irish breakfast and a gourmet dinner for just £195 per person**.

Cosmopolitan Cork, situated on the River Lee, offers a host of delights for today’s discerning traveller, including a thriving arts and music scene - the city plays host annually to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which last year attracted 20,000 visitors from across the globe. There are also plenty of great shops and restaurants, with Cork being one of the only three cities outside Dublin to boast its own Brown Thomas – Ireland’s luxury fashion and lifestyle department store, which even stocks Victoria Beckham’s exclusive dress range.

Outside the city itself, there are a host of attractions and historic sites, such as the famous Blarney Stone, the Titanic Museum at Cobh where the ship last docked, the idyllic Fota Island Wildlife Park and the Jameson’s Distillery.

Castlemartyr Resort, a stunning five-star retreat just half an hour from the city centre, is the perfect base, giving you easy access to explore the area whilst also enjoying the magnificent 220-acre setting of this manor-house hotel with its 103 stylish rooms and suites, gourmet dining, an impressive spa and wellness centre and inland links golf course.

It has attracted the likes of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, thanks to its combination of traditional five-star standards with contemporary design and world-class facilities. However, to mark the launch of the new ferry route, Castlemartyr Resort is offering a host of great deals for 2010 - so you don’t have to be a pop star to afford a taste of luxury.

Bryan Davern, deputy general manager of Castlemartyr Resort, commented, “We’re delighted about the new ferry route. Access to Cork from the UK is getting better all the time and we’re certainly seeing more UK visitors.

“There’s so much to discover in this part of Ireland which means it’s best to have a car and now, with the Fastnet Line, you can simply bring your own. It will particularly appeal to families and golfers, who don’t want to be constrained by airport luggage allowances that are increasingly stringent.”

Fastnet Line’s new return crossing from Swansea to Cork commences 1st March 2010, with some excellent introductory offers – so you can forget about those baggage allowance nightmares and pack as much as you like – whether it’s shoes, handbags or golf clubs – and treat yourself to the ultimate Irish escape.

Guests at Castlemartyr Resort can enjoy a two-night stay in a deluxe room with a full Irish breakfast each morning and a gourmet dinner in The Bell Tower restaurant for just £195 per person. For bookings visit

Sailings are six nights a week and there are extensive facilities onboard including bars, restaurants and shopping as well as a cinema and child area to keep the kids entertained. For details visit

* Source; Lonely Planet, published 2009
** Weekend rate, based on two sharing

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Castlemartyr Resort