If you haven’t yet experienced the hidden gems of the Blackwater Valley then your missing out on the myriad attractions and activities this beautiful, unspoilt area has to offer.
Marvel at gorgeous houses, castles and gardens along the Valley. Kanturk Castle, Millstreet Country Park, Doneraile Wildlife Park and Annesgrove Gardens to mention just a few. Bone up on prehistoric creatures with a trip to the Dinosaur Exhibition in Castletownroche or visit hundreds of donkeys rescued each year at the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll. Relax as the kids enjoy a trip to Little Rascals Activity Centre in Mallow.
For adrenaline seekers experience all the thrills of the hills as you go mountain biking on the Ballyhouras, Ireland’s very first dedicated mountain biking centre, or book in for action packed activities at Ballyhass Lakes including kayaking, rock climbing and archery.
For history buffs the Blackwater Valley Heritage Trail, with its 22 heritage sites including the 3,500 year old megalithic tomb at Labbacallee, is an absolute must see. Visit the interactive exhibition on the history of the Blackwater Valley at the Nano Nagle Centre for heritage, spirituality and ecology. Here too is the venue for one of the many farmers markets in the valley, so it is the perfect place to stock up on the wonderful local produce.
Of, if you’d prefer a spot of fishing, the salmon and trout fishing on the River Blackwater, Funcheon, Awbeg or Ballyhass Lakes will catch the fancy of even the most ardent angler.
One of the best ways to soak up the beauty of this magical valley, and the warmth and hospitality of its people, is on foot. There is a wide array of walkways to choose from including the famous Blackwater Way itself or one of the numerous looped walks in the valley.
For all the fun of the track visit Cork Racecourse, Mallow where there is a lot more going on than just racing. As the sun goes down why not check out what's on at The Glen Theatre in Banteer before you check in to one of the Valleys family fun hotels, charming farmhouses, bed & breakfasts or self catering accommodation.
Wherever you stay you will enjoy a warm welcome, easy conversation, fresh local food and all the help and advice you need for your perfect holiday