This beautiful area of Cork has an abundance of activities including championship golf courses, fishing, water sports, quad biking. A little nearer to home is Ballycotton village, five minutes drive and maybe have lunch at our sister hotel the Bayview before heading off on the spectacular Ballycotton Cliff walk? There's also fishing, water sports, quad biking, the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School and horse-riding within a few minutes of the hotel.
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Children are spoilt for choice for things to do in the area. The ever-popular Trabolgan is located just 20 minutes drive from Garryvoe Hotel. The sub-tropical pool with a wave maker is a must for all the family and there are many other activities to choose from including archery, abseiling & tennis.
Fota Wildlife Park is well worth a visit with a huge variety of animals from all over the world to see including giraffes & zebras. Just around the corner from the hotel is Bridgefield Buggies which is an outdoor quad safari suitable for all ages. Leahy's Open Farm, situated just 15 minutes from the hotel, is a family run open farm with a large selection of animals to see with playgrounds & picnic areas on site too.
Perks Entertainment Centre in Youghal offers ten pin bowling, an adventure play centre, laser, snooker & pool, as well as many more activities. Midleton's Jungle World is a large indoor activity centre perfect for the smaller kiddies, while the Gate Cinema offers all the latest movie releases.
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Directly across the road from the hotel is one of Ireland's finest beaches, a blue flag beach, Garryvoe, stretching for miles and popular with kite & wind surfers, as well as those keen on catching fresh fish.
Take to the surf in nearby Whitegate at the Swell Surf School which offers 1 on 1 tuitions as well as group lessons. The Ballycotton Cliff Walk is renowned in the locality for its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Horse riding facilities are available at Dunsfort Equestrian Centre and Ballyspillane Equestrian Centre, both within fifteen minutes of the hotel.
Try your hand at a round of golf at the beautifully located Youghal Golf Club or spend an hour at Youghal Tennis Club which offers daily membership to visitors.
- Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours
- Swell Surf School
- Youghal Golf Club
- Cork Mini Marathon
- Kayak Cork Harbour
- Actionpak, Paintball, Kinsale
- Whale of a Time, Aghada
- Boat Charters
- Ballycotton 10
- Fota Golf Course
Shanagarry Design Centre, located just 5 minutes from Garryvoe Hotel, offers customers a large variety of beautifully crafted pottery, accessories, jewellery, fashion, homeware and gifts.
The Centre is also home to six design studios where members of the public will be able to see local artists create their handcrafted pieces. In Midleton, you will find the Market Green Shopping Centre, as well as the popular Courtyard Craft & Exhibition Centre which displays local art & crafts and is also home to the popular Silverstone Dimensions, run by an Israeli Sculptor.
Midleton Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning, will allow you to sample to best of local produce. Mahon Point Shopping Centre & Retail Park is just 25 minutes from the hotel and has over 30 shops to choose from. Debenhams, Carraig Donn and Tommy Hilfiger are popular spots as well as the 13 screen Omniplex Cinema.
The nearby village of Cloyne is home to one of the few surviving round towers in Cork. This particular Round Tower is thought to have been a place of refuge for Christian monks at times of attack and plunder.
Cloyne is also steeped in GAA and the statue of perhaps the most popularly celebrated son of GAA Christy Ring can be seen in Chapel Street. Local Ballycotton pub, the Blackbird, is a regular spot for live music at the weekends, often featuring national & local talent.
Visit the Heritage Centre in Youghal which displays artefacts, images and models that illustrate the history of Youghal and then take the Heritage Trail which will take you to see important landmarks in this seaside town. Fox's Lane Museum provides a fascinating display of some 600 restored gadgets that were used during the 1850s up to the 1950s. The Nook Bar holds a Trad & Folk Night every Wednesday during the summer months.
The award winning Jameson Heritage Centre is a lovingly restored 18th century distillery, located just fifteen minutes from the hotel. A guided tour details the story of Irish whiskey with an audio-visual presentation and a sampling of the renowned Jameson Whiskey in the bar.
On a Tuesday night Wallis Bar in Midleton is a good spot to enjoy traditional Irish music, while Wednesday night is their 'Open Mike' night and on a Sunday night you will find popular bands playing such as J90 or Arcadia. The colourful town of Cobh, which is about 30 minutes drive from Garryvoe Hotel, is a harbour town steeped in maritime history. Visit the restored Victorian Railway Station to discover the Queenstown Story, a multimedia exhibition detailing the story of emigration from Cobh during the great famine as well as the era of the great Liners in the 1950s. The Titanic, 'the safest liner in the world', made its last port of call to Cobh on its fateful maiden voyage. The Titanic Trail brings visitors to see the original buildings, streets and piers that the Titanic's last passengers used.
Nowadays, many cruise liners visit Cobh during the summer period, some of which invite visitors onboard. The liners are welcomed to Cobh with fun & festivities including free concerts, children's activities and local arts & crafts.
- Tyntes Castle
- Jameson Whiskey Distillery
- Cobh Heritage
- Titanic Trail
- Cork City Gaol
- Blackrock Observatory
- Cloyne Round Tower
- Cloyne Cathedral
- Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
- Fota House & Gardens
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