Attractions & Amenities

Castlemartyr Resort

Knight's Bar

The Knight’s Bar an ideal choice for a lighter or more informal meal. The lounge menu features a wide range of freshly prepared food, along with tea, coffee and drinks. Enjoy the terrace with picturesque views over the croquet lawn and gardens.


Franchini’s offers Italian pizzas, traditional pasta & risotto dishes in a warm and enjoyable ambient atmosphere.

The Bell Tower

Situated in the Manor House, the Bell Tower Restaurant is relaxed and elegant and overlooks the formal Gardens. It offers the very best of modern Irish, a selection of vegetarian options and low-calorie dishes are available.

Lady Fitzgerald's Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Castlemartyr Resort is a decadent experience, channelling the vintage style and surroundings of the Downton Abbey era. Served at the Bell Tower Restaurant from 1.30pm to 4.30pm each day.

Children’s' Afternoon Tea

This fun Afternoon Tea which includes personalised cookies, bite size sandwiches and a milkshake or hot chocolate.

The Pod at Castlemartyr Resort

The Pod situated in the Golf Club has a wonderful panoramic view of the course providing a light, airy and contemporary environment to relax & dine in.

The Spa at Castlemartyr Resort

The Spa at Castlemartyr Resort featuring ESPA and Germaine de Capuccini is a Wellness, Spa and Fitness Centre unlike any other, and is the ideal destination for relaxing and pampering during your next spa break.

Address: Castlemartyr Resort, Manor House, Co. Cork
Telephone: 021 421 9000

Castlemartyr Golf Club

Set in an old manor estate in East Cork, The Castlemartyr Golf Resort is an 18-hole, 6,728 yd, Par 72, inland links style course. It is the creation of renowned golf course designer Ron Kirby, whose credentials were honed on such Irish masterpieces as the Old Head, and Mount Juliet, as well as Gleneagles in Scotland.


Local Restaurants

Sea Church

A modern Irish restaurant (and bar), food is locally sourced as much as possible, be it land or sea, before being expertly cooked, situated beside the beautifully renovated St Colman’s Church of Ireland, the space maintains the schoolhouse’s architectural structure while inviting the contemporary styling.

Address: Main Street, Ballycotton, Co. Cork, Ireland
Telephone: 00353212340525

Ballymaloe Country House

Myrtle and Ivan Allen opened Ballymaloe House, their home, to the public as a restaurant in 1964. Managed by the Allen family, it is celebrated internationally as the home of Irish Country cuisine and warm hospitality.

Address: Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork, P25 Y070
Telephone: 00353214652531

Farmgate Restaurant & Country Store

Established in 1983, Farmgate in Midleton, Co. Cork was a small food shop specialising in local, seasonal, fresh produce. In 1988 it expanded to larger premises to develop, along with its shop, the now renowned Farmgate Restaurant and Bakery.

Address: Broderick St, Coolbawn, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 DT99
Telephone: 00353214632771

Ahern’s Seafood Bar

Listed in the Sunday Times' ‘50 best places to eat seafood in Ireland' and recommended by Georgina Campbell’s Guide - Ireland’s leading Independent Food & Hospitality Guide.

Address: 163 North Main Street, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland
Telephone: 003532492424


Michelin Star seafood Restaurant overlooking Ballycotton Bay serving local, organic produce.

Address: The Pier, Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214646768

Ferrit & Lee

The restaurant’s cooking style is modern Irish and European, and the tasteful decor radiates the refined, tranquil atmosphere of a modern bistro.

Address: Distillery Walk, Midleton, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214635235

Local Pubs

The Hunted Hog

The Hunted Hog is a loved local pub for all ages, with its rustic wooden furniture and antique salvage fittings. Sit by the open fireplace or on the riverside terrace and soak up the atmosphere.

Address: Main St, Gortnahomna Beg, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214623230

The Blackbird

Traditional Irish pub in the picturesque fishing village of Ballycotton, renowned for popular live music, craft beers, and extensive Whiskey and Gin collections. Sample their delicious hand-made and locally sourced food from The Field Kitchen. Dog-friendly venue!

Address: Main Street, Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214647884

JJ Coppingers

Established in Midleton in 2016, inspired by classical and contemporary tastes, offers patrons an opportunity to unwind among chattering folk in a laid-back yet upbeat atmosphere.

Address: 55 Main St, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y389
Telephone: 00353214634914

The Schooner Tavern Bar

In the centre of Ballycotton Village, recently the schooner has been given a major refurbishment, bringing it to a high standard of comfort, while retaining its village charm. The Bar and Restaurant and the separate games room are fitted out for your comfort.

Address: Main St, Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Telephone: 003530214646192

Local Area

Cork City

Ireland's second city, a liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan city reinventing itself with spruced-up streets, stretches of waterfront, and an artisan coffee bar on every corner.
Cork City is a university city with its centre on an island in the River Lee, connected to the sea by Cork Harbour. The hilltop steeple of 18th-century Shandon Church (officially the Church of Saint Anne) is a symbol of the city.
The English Market in the heart of Cork City is one of the oldest markets in Cork and a main shopping institution of Corkonians and visitors alike along with the Coal Quay on Cornmarket Street.

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Ballycotton is a beautiful and tranquil fishing village in the East, situated about 25 miles east of Cork city. Ballycotton is surrounded by wonderful beaches. In the village, there is a small beach called the Conger by Ballycotton Pier. Enjoy a cliff walk from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreen beach along a cliff track where you are flanked by meadows on one side and the ocean on the other.

Enjoy a picnic overlooking the beautiful Ballycotton Island Lighthouse or enjoy a takeaway from Skinny's Diner Restaurant.



Midleton is 9 km from Castlemartyr Resort, the historic town has its origins dating back to the 12th century. Midleton derives its name from 'Mainistir na Corann' meaning 'The Abbey of the Coir'.

It is renowned for fine food and drink, offering everything from award-winning restaurants to quaint old pubs. Its most recent attraction, The Jameson Heritage Centre welcomes tourists from around the world to visit the legendary birthplace of Irish whiskey.



Youghal is a seaside resort town, sitting on the estuary of the River Blackwater, a unique place with miles of sandy beaches coupled and a rich medieval history.

Amenities available in Youghal include an 18-hole golf course, floodlit tennis courts, an 18-hole pitch and putt course, greyhound racing, an indoor family entertainment centre, a leisure centre with a swimming pool, gyms, art galleries, a snooker club, a birdwatching hide at Ballyvergan Marsh, and a museum.



Cobh is a town in Ireland, on an island in Cork city’s harbour. It’s known as the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912. Titanic Experience Cobh is a themed attraction in the former White Star Line ticket office Cobh is a pretty harbour town built on a steep hill on Great Island in Cork Harbour. It is just 20 minutes from Cork city and there are hourly rail connections to and from the city.



Kinsale is a colour and vibrant town on the southern coast of Ireland. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns on the southwest coast of Ireland.

Kinsale is 60km from Castlemartyr Resort offering two 17th-century fortresses that overlook the River Bandon: the vast, star-shaped Charles Fort to the southeast, and the smaller James Fort on the river's opposite bank.


Local Beaches


Garryvoe is a mixed pebble beach located in the village of Garryvoe. The most direct way to approach is to leave the N25 at Castlemartyr village and follow the R632 to Garryvoe. Wheelchair access is provided. Garryvoe beach is popular and busy and is situated just off the road from Ladysbridge to Shanagarry. This beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season.

Address: Garryvoe, Co. Cork


Claycastle is a sandy beach located within walking distance of Youghal Town in County Cork. It is very accessible with steps and a ramp and has great facilities including toilets and a public car park. It is a great beach for walking, swimming and relaxing and there are lifeguards on duty during the bathing season.

Address: Youghal, Co. Cork

Front Strand

Front Strand is a sandy beach beside Youghal town in County Cork. It is most suitable for families, picnics and walking as there are plenty of amenities close by. There is also a public car park and toilet facilities are provided.

Address: Youghal, Co. Cork

Inch beach

A beach of two halves, one side is sand backed by rushes and a small river while the other has interesting rock formations jutting out into the bay backed by small cliffs and dunes, making an ideal platform for high-angle shots. A cliff walk offers more dramatic views of Power Head promontory to the East. Two separate roads access either end of the beach.

Address: Inch, Co. Cork

Kids Activities

Leahy’s Open Farm

At Leahy’s Open Farm children can wander around at their own pace, through the museums, play areas, animal sections and newly opened maze. Children can enjoy go-karting, playing in the sand, go through the kiddies’ maze and leprechauns’ cave or drive around on the tractor track.

Address: Dungourney, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 KW14
Telephone: 00353838488142


Trabolgan is well known for its magical surroundings, excellent facilities and range of indoor & outdoor activities for children. The 140-acre park has something for everyone - a safe and friendly environment for toddlers, a host of indoor and outdoor activities for energetic kids and teens, and great entertainment for Mums, Dads and grandparents with lots of opportunities to relax.

Address: Whitegate, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 HY10
Telephone: 00353214661551

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 20km west of Castlemartyr Resort. It is currently the second-largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster.
Fota Wildlife Park’s vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world.
Whether you’re seeking outdoor activities for children in the summer, holiday camps for Easter or simply want to take advantage of some sunny weekend weather, the Park has a variety of things to do for children and parents alike.

Address: Fota Wildlife Park, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, T45CD93
Telephone: 00353214812678

Perks Entertainment Centre

Perks is one of the largest indoor funfair entertainment centres (70,000 sq. ft. of indoor entertainment) in the country and offers a large selection of rides and games to suit every age. Free parking, wheelchair friendly and no admission fee

Address: Seafield, Youghal, Co. Cork, P36 XC92
Telephone: 003532492438

Kartworld Adventure Centre

Kartworld, a purpose-built Kart circuit, 800m long and 7m wide, has the largest floodlit hire facility in Ireland. With up to 20 karts on the track at any one time and the track is flood-lit for your night-time enjoyment. You can also enjoy laser clay shooting, laser tag, human bubble football and lots more. Adventure Park is now the proud home to 15 adventure activities!

Address: Watergrasshill, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214889477

Adventure Activities

Brigfield Buggies

Come and experience a unique 'off-road' trek on your own All-Terrain Vehicle. There are plenty of exciting features to negotiate on our 9-mile trek through some of the rawest and most beautiful countryside around.

Address: Bridgefield House, Castlemartyr, Co Cork
Telephone: 00353868206869

Rally Connection

Specially designed and constructed, reproduces the most testing rallying you are ever likely to experience. Incorporating loops, crests, jumps and water splashes to create the ideal proving ground for novice and experienced drivers alike.

Address: Millstreet, Cappagh, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, X35KN76
Telephone: 003535847000

Atlantic Flight Training Academy

Get the opportunity to handle an aircraft and enjoy the scenery from aloft where sights such as Cork Harbour, Kinsale, and the west Cork coast. You can also experience the thrill of flying a jet airliner! Take control of a high-fidelity fixed-base 737NG flight simulator, with assistance from our experienced instructors.

Address: Building 4500 Airport Business Park Cork Airport, Co. Cork, T12NX7D
Telephone: 00353214888737

Castle & Gardens

Ballymaloe Gardens & Cookery School

The multi-award-winning Ballymaloe Cookery School has been delivering a first-class culinary education to students all over the world since 1983.
Beyond the main cookery school building (once an old apple store), lie several captivating gardens - some carefully designed and highly ornate, others allowed to grow wild at certain times of the year.
Garden Tours are conducted by knowledgeable Garden Guides and are an absolute must for anyone keen to learn more about the history of the gardens, the variety of plants and flowers, daily maintenance and seasonal planting plus organic composting.

Address: Shanagarry, Co. Cork, P25 R274
Telephone: 00353214646785

Fota House & Arboretum & Gardens

Fota House is a fabulous regency-style great country house. It has been restored and conserved by the Irish Heritage Trust so visitors can discover fascinating insights into the contrasting lives of the masters of a former time and their servants in the original surroundings that shaped their worlds.

Address: Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, T45Y642
Telephone: 00353214815543

Blarney Castle & Gardens

Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.
Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words.

Address: Monacnapa, Blarney, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214385252

Lismore Castle

Lismore dates back to 1170, a repository of extraordinary history, from walls marked by cannon balls to the days it was owned by the man who brought Ireland potatoes from America, Sir Walter Raleigh. Cecil Beaton, Lucian Freud, Fred Astaire, and JFK — they’ve all slept a night or more in this private castle on the banks of the River Blackwater.
Set on 7 acres of land within the castle’s 17th Century outer defensive walls. The gardens have many magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons. The gardens are believed to be the oldest in Ireland retaining their Jacobean form and by appointment

Address: Lismore, Co. Waterford
Telephone: 003535854424

Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle is the 16th-century seat of the Barry family. The present castle, with its largely intact bawn wall and corner towers, is a fine example of an Irish tower house. Both the first-floor, main hall and the second-floor great hall have been extensively restored with fittings and furnishings reinstated. The Orchard has been restored to an original 16th-century design and a herb garden has been reinstated in the bawn.

Address: 9 Patrick Pearse Pl, Carrigtohill, Co. Cork, T45 K093
Telephone: 00353214882218

Art Galleries, Crafts & Museums

Ardmore Pottery & Craft Shop

Mary Lincoln established Ardmore Pottery and Gallery in 1983 out of her home in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Ardmore Pottery and Gallery is proud to have sustained its founding ethos: to house under one roof the best of Irish craftwork alongside a working pottery studio.

Address: Cliff Road, Ardmore, Co. Waterford P36A028
Telephone: 003532494152

Kinsale Crystal

Kinsale Crystal was founded by Gerry Daly in 1992, each piece has a very crisp and sharp feel to it. To see this traditional technique, call into the Kinsale-based studio and view one of the demonstrations, available Monday to Friday.

Address: 2 Market St, Sleveen, Kinsale, Co. Cork, P17DK74
Telephone: 00353214774493

Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre

Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre provides arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specialising in pottery/ceramics, glass fusing, jewellery-making, and mosaic-making...

Address: Olcote, Ballinacura, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214777758

Crawford Art Gallery

A National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises over 2500 works, ranging from eighteenth-century Irish and European paintings and sculptures to contemporary video installations.

Address: Emmet Place, Cork City, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214805042

The Gallery Kinsale

Visit The Gallery Kinsale situated on Main Street in the historic harbour town and gourmet centre of Kinsale which is just a twenty-minute drive from Cork Airport and the beginning of scenic West Cork.

Address: Main St, Sleveen, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353868448589

Lusitania Museum & Signal Tower

A selection of articles about the Lusitania. RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner that a German submarine sank in World War I, causing a major diplomatic uproar.

Address: Ballymackean, Old Head, Co. Cork, P17T683
Telephone: 00353214191285

Fishing & Sailing Trips

Seahunter Charters

Youghal Dive Charters offers a charter boat “Sea Hunter” with a luxury finish. The boat is one of the best-equipped vessels available today for both diving and deep-sea fishing. There has been a large investment in making “Sea Hunter” a first-class boat.

Address: Seafield Business Centre, Upper Strand, Youghal, Co. Cork, P36XC92
Telephone: 00353870947903

Kinsale Deep Sea Angling charters

Deep sea angling, wildlife and diving.

Address: Pier Rd, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214774946

Lough Aderra Fishing

Lough Aderra is around 30 acres with an average depth of five feet. It is owned by the South Western Fisheries Board and is stocked regularly with rainbow trout. Anglers can also expect to find a large stock of rudd. The lake is a couple of miles from Castlemartyr Resort, directly on the N25 road.

Address: Lough Aderra, Co. Cork

Sovereign Sailing Yacht Charter

Sovereign Sailing is situated in the heart of Kinsale, one of Ireland's leading sailing centres. If you are an experienced sailor or just curious to try out something new Sovereign Sailing Yacht Charter will provide you with expert sailing tuition. They have sailing activities to suit all levels. There is an extensive range of yachts available for charter all year round.

Address: Marina Office Trident Hotel, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214774145

Blackwater Cruises

Blackwater Cruises leave from Youghal jetty and travel north up the River Blackwater, past Rhincrew and towards the old bridge and the remains of Templemichael Castle. Passing Molana Abbey on the left, it enters a tranquil, unspoilt area of natural beauty, as yet untouched by urban development. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes subject to weather and tides and is the ideal tour for those who wish to sample the hidden delights of Cork's River Blackwater.

Address: Youghal, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353879889076

Cork Harbour Tour

Fun and informative Harbour Tours from Cork Harbour.
Sea Safari is a thrilling experience, a combination of high-speed thrills, a history that spans centuries as well as the rich culture & heritage that abounds in Cork Harbour.

Can collect you by boat from: Cobh, Monkstown, Crosshaven, East Ferry, Aghada, Cork City or Kinsale
Telephone: 00353868208565

Whale of a Time

Mike and his crew have a lifetime of working on the sea and a wealth of knowledge. If the sea is too rough, or a blank is drawn in the hunt for whales, they will take you on a fascinating

Address: Ballydavid, Cloyne, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353863283250

Recommended Tours

Jameson Distillery Midleton

The Jameson Experience is a guided tour which brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life. You'll learn about the hard-working people and field-to-glass processes responsible for the whiskey that bears John Jameson's name.

Address: Old Midleton Distillery, Distillery Walk, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25Y394
Telephone: 00353214613594

University College Cork

UCC's campus is full of many interesting buildings and features. From the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in the Lower Grounds to the Stone Corridor of the Main Quadrangle to the Crawford Observatory, UCC is a great place to spend a few hours.

Address: North Wing, Main Quad, University College, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214901876

Youghal Clock Gate Tower

Costumed storytellers will engage with you as you journey together to each floor of the Tower hearing tales of hero, villain, valiant and much more. A visit to Youghal Clock Gate Tower is more than just a tour – it is the story of 600 years of life in Youghal and the impact the Clock Tower had on the lives of so many of its people.

Address: 85 N Main St, Youghal-Lands, Youghal, Co. Cork, P36FR79
Telephone: 003532420769

The Titanic Trail

Michael Martin's Titanic Trail is a heritage walking tour of Cobh, recounting the history of Cobh & Cork Harbour. In April 1912, RMS Titanic departed from Cork on her ill-fated maiden voyage. Cobh also has historic connections with the Lusitania tragedy, being the centre point for recovery operations and rescue. Titanic Trail Tours recount these stories and the history of Cobh's maritime past, the harbour fortifications and Spike Island.

Address: The Titanic Trail Ltd, Mellieha Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co. Cork, P24PW53
Telephone: 00353872767218

Charles Fort

Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th-century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, the architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history.

Address: Summer Cove, Kinsale Co. Cork, P17AY18
Telephone: 00353214772263

Cobh Heritage Centre

Whether you are interested in the Irish Emigration story, tracing your ancestors, learning more about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, or immersing yourself in our naval and military history, Cobh Heritage Centre has it all and lots more. Learn about the Irish Emigration story, trace your ancestors, hear about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, and immerse yourself in Irish naval and military history at Cobh Heritage Centre.

Address: The Queenstown Story, Cobh Heritage Centre Deepwater Quay Deepwater Quay, Cobh, Co. Cork, P24CY67
Telephone: 00353214813591

Horse-riding & Trekking

Ballywilliam Riding Centre

Ballywilliam can offer arena or beach trekking depending on the tides. The Riding School is great with children. All equipment including hats and boots can be supplied and instructors are available.

Address: Ballywilliam, Cobh, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353214811932
Website: Ballywilliam Riding Centre (Instructor Profile)

Dunsfort Riding Centre

Dunsfort Equestrian Centre provides horse riding lessons for adults and children, beginners to advance. Facilities include an indoor riding school and an outdoor sand area. Pony camps are also run for children during the school holidays.

Address: Dunsfort, Midleton, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353876130150
Website: Dunsfort Equestrian Centre Midleton

East Cork Equestrian Centre

Offering kiddies rides for the under 7s and catering for every level from beginner to advanced.

Address: Ballyspillane, Midleton, Co. Cork
Telephone: 00353874615888
Website: eastcorkequestrian FB page

Monatrea Equestrian Centre

Founded in 1951 with the purchase of ‘Spinster’ whose bloodlines are still to the fore in the Monatrea horses. Guests are given the opportunity to ride through quiet country lanes, grassy boreens and open farmland. The beautiful beaches of Whiting Bay, Ardmore and Ferry Point are on their doorstep which makes for a lovely ride – tides permitting!

Address: The Farmhouse, Springfield Lower, Kinsalebeg, Youghal, Co. Cork
Telephone: 003532494550

Local Golf Courses

Kinsale Golf Club

Kinsale Golf Club has a long and distinguished history and can trace its origins back to 1880. 5 kilometres from the historic town of Kinsale the course is in a rural setting and has stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It measures 6,935 yards and consists of two nine-hole loops finishing at the Clubhouse.

Address: Farrangalway, Kinsale Co. Cork, P17FD73
Telephone: 00353214774722

Old Head Golf Links

A stunning and unique headland reaching out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Head of Kinsale is home to the most spectacular world-class golf course.
Old Head Golf Links is built on a 220-acre diamond of land jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The links and practice area occupy 180 acres and the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliff frame the course.

Address: Kinsale, Co. Cork, P17CX88
Telephone: 00353214778444

Local Walks

Ring-Helick Head

Coastal water front village walk from Ring to the fishing inlet of Helvick. Here you can enjoy stunning views of Dungarvan Bay and the Comeragh Mountains. Stop for tea/coffee at a lovely old style traditional Pun ‘The Seanachai’.

Moanabawn Forest Trail

Travel to Lemlara to enjoy a beautiful forest circuit trail walk. The mature forest region in North East Cork is located approximately 6-7 miles North of Midleton. Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee in The Thatch Pub, Lisgold.

Knockakeo Forest Trail

Located in Dungourney, this walk includes scenic countryside views, holy well and a beautiful lake set in the middle of the Forest. Followed by refreshments at the Old Traditional Kitchen at Leahys Open Farm adjacent to the forest.