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Things to Do

Things to do
in the Local Area

You will never be stuck for things to do when you are enjoying your stay in Carrigshane House, that's our guarantee. Located in Midleton, there is a multitude of things to do in the area. We are also close by to the many golf courses & visitor attractions in East Cork including Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre, Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh Heritage Centre, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Blue Flag Beach at Garryvoe.

Fota Wildlife Park

A short drive from Carrigshane House, Fota Wildlife Park is an amzing day out for everyone in the family. The 100-acre wildlife park, host many of species of animals from lions and cheetahs to penguins and monkeys. The animals are provided the highest possible quality of life and housing with large open spaces for them to roam. There are many tours available for families or you can roam freely on the 4.5km of walking roads to see all the animals in your own time.

Jameson Whiskey
Heritage Centre

The Dingle Peninsula is a paradise for walking, with spectacular mountain and coastal scenery. It is extremely popular with climbers, walkers and trkkers from all over Ireland and the world. From multi day hike such as the internationally recognised Dingle Way and Kerry Way to shorter day hikes and and mix of short linear and loop walks, you will find plenty to do in Dingle if you enjoy walking.

Golfing in Cork

Kerry is home to some of the most beautiful and famous golf courses in Ireland

  • Old Head Golf Links
  • Lee Valley Golf & Country Club
  • Cobh Golf Club
  • Bantry Bay Golf Club
  • Fota Island Golf Club
  • Cork Golf Club
  • Water Rock Golf Course
  • Fermoy Golf Club
  • Kinsale Golf Club
  • Bandon Golf Club

Things to do
in the Kerry

Located in Cork, Carrigshane House is the perfectly situated to explore the wonders of Kerry. From the local attractions to the amazing stops along the Ring of Kerry such as the Skellig Islands and the many historic and natural locations in Killarney.

Ring of Kerry

This is Ireland's best known tour. The 110-mile (176km) circuit of the Iveragh Peninsula is a marvelous roller-coaster drive over mountain passes, through forest, bog-land, by rivers and lakes and by beaches. Experience some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery as well as visit some amazing historical sites. Stop off along the way in some of the many towns for a bite to eat or a walk along some of the many trails.


Killarney National Park

The National Park comprises of 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of beautiful lake and mountain scenery. Entrance to the park is free. The Park is famous for its' native natural habitats and species including oakholly woods, yew woods and red deer. The National Park Visitor Centre (located at Muckross House) and the Information Point at Torc Waterfall provide information on all aspects of the park. Access for visitors with disabilities to The Visitor Centre. The Education Centre, located at Knockreer House, provides a range of courses related to nature conservation and the ecology of The National Park for school children, students and other groups.

Muckross House and Gardens

A magnificent Victorian mansion, beautifully situated amidst the splendid and spectacular landscape of Killarney National Park/Muckross Lake. Embrace tradition by visiting Muckross Traditional Farms representing the lifestyles and farming traditions of rural Ireland in the 1930s.

Ross Castle

This Castle may be considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. The date of its foundation is uncertain but it was probably built in the late 15th century by one of the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Much of the bawn was removed by the time the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle sometime in the middle of the 18th century. The castle contains 16th and 17th century oak furniture. Access for people with disabilities to the ground floor only by prior arrangement.

Torc Waterfall

Torc is the Gaelic word for wild boar. This was the favourite hunting ground for these animals. To reach the top of the waterfall you must be prepared to climb 90 steps.

Ladies View

This gives you a commanding view of the Killarney Lakes and Valley. How "ladies view" got its name is: - Queen Victoria visited Ireland and she brought with her, her Lady's in Waiting. They did the Ring of Kerry tour and when they reached this section of the ring, they were so impressed, that they had a 3 hour stop admiring the view. Hence the name.

Gap of Dunloe

On our doorstep we have Ireland's most scenic glacial valley, renowned for it's tours and as a walking paradise. Kate Kearney's Cottage, dating from the mid-1800s is a popular spot for great food, drink, music and dancing sessions.


Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntohill is part of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range. Carrauntohill is 1160m high and offers amazing views all the way to the ocean on a clear day. This climb is recommended for experienced hikers only.

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