Sail direct to Cork by ferry from Brittany in France. Founded by Vikings as a trading port, multi-cultural Cork is Ireland’s foodie capital and second biggest city, home to the English Market and Munster rugby club. Cork is the gateway to the Emerald Isle’s rugged west coast and the world-renowned Blarney Stone. Don’t expect the locals to be drinking Guinness here. Residents are more like to choose the smooth taste of local Murphy’s over the black stuff favoured in the capital.