An Early Bird Menu To Whet The Appetite at Pier 26

Mouth-watering food at an affordable price at this seaside restaurant Pier 26.

Pier 26, the restaurant/bar situated at beautiful Ballycotton Pier, has a reputation for fabulous seafood. Head Chef Dan Guerin was one of 6 shortlisted finalists for the 2017 Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year. Dan launched his new early bird menu in November and is available from 5-7pm, Wednesday through to Sunday. If you would like to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, Pier 26 offers a courtesy car to bring you home. Just let them know when you book your table!

To book a table, call +353 21 464 6768 or email
“Lovely room, super wines, charming service, and another East Cork star.” John and Sally McKennas’ Guides “Simply and carefully cooked to bring out the best in these carefully sourced ingredients, every dish is appealingly presented without undue fuss, served with efficiency and charm –
and tastes wonderful. Quite the little gem.” Georgina Campbell Guides

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Festive Experiences along the Ring of Cork

We are well and truly into the festive season and the jolly spirit can be seen all around the Ring of Cork. It’s time to start planning a few things you can do with family and friends on the run up to Christmas and also during the Christmas season. Have a very Happy Christmas and enjoy many of our gems this festive season around the Ring of Cork.

After a few days in the house, you will begin to get some cabin fever! Why not get out in the fresh air and enjoy some of the beautiful walks along the Ring of Cork. Some of our favourite during the winter include Ballincollig Regional Park, Crosshaven Railway Walk, Youghal Boardwalk, Farran Woods, Glenbower Woods.
A beach walk is also a great idea. There is nothing like the fresh sea air walking along the beach. Some of the most spectacular spots for walks are Redbarn and Claycastle in Youghal, Rocky Bay near Crosshaven and the secluded White Bay beach near Whitegate. Other local favourites include Youghal Front Strand, Myrtleville Beach near Crosshaven and the very popular Fountainstown which has a direct bus service from the city. And that’s not all, you also have Inch Beach near Aghada, Garryvoe Beach, Ardnahinch beach, Ballynamona in Shanagarry, Ballycroneen Beach near Cloyne and the quieter Ballywilling Beach near Garryvoe. 

Are you looking to take a break away and relax with all the family this Christmas? The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Cork have a fantastic festive family offer over the festive period. Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones and creating memories to last a lifetime. A break away allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season.
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Cork are offering a two-night family holiday in an interconnecting family room for two adults and up to three children. It also includes complimentary access to the Fitness Club with special dedicated hours for family time every day. Younger guests also have access to the fantastic Blu Birds Kids Club which is a fully supervised kids club available during Christmas holidays with festive-themed activities. This allows the little ones to have lots of fun, while you get a chance to unwind and relax in the newly refurbished Spa.
This package is available from the 20th December 2019 through to 5th January 2020 with prices from €230 per night, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It also includes festive treats and hot chocolate before bedtime, a super Buffet breakfast each morning, dinner together on one night in the cosy setting of Maestro’s Restaurant and a Global Explorer’s welcome pack on arrival for each child. For more information check out their website here.

Aherne’s restaurant has been running since 1923. It originally was a tradition pub and shop which sold everything from a pint of Guinness to a pound of Butter. Now, it specialises in delicious seafood with boutique accommodation. It is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious food this Christmas with a warm welcome. It is also a great place to gift your friends with a voucher this Christmas to use in the New Year. A real Christmas treat for friends.
If you are looking for a tasty treat out with family, friends or colleagues this Christmas. Get in the festive spirit on the 13th of December and enjoy a delicious meal in Ahernes. You can choose from two delicious menus and afterwards you can enjoy some music with Mick Mangan and Mark Ansbro from 8pm.
If you are looking to plan a spectacular New Years, why not book in for their impressive 4 course Gala dinner on New Year’s Eve. You can enjoy the talented Jason Turk on Piano for the evening while dining. For more information check out their website here.

Over the Christmas break, why not try the Jameson Experience in Midleton. The Jameson Distillery is located in Midleton and has over 15 acres with buildings dating back to 1794. You can pick between two fully-guided tour around their heritage grounds. You will come face-to-face with the largest pot still in the world, see the new micro-distillery in action, experience the live maturation warehouse, and taste their famous whiskeys along the way.
The first is The Jameson Experience Tour which is a fully guided tour around the original Midleton Distillery and lasts about 75 minutes. You will hear all the stories from the history of the famous whiskey. You also get to tickle your taste buds by tasting three famous whiskeys, one being Jameson. The other tour you can try is the Behind the Scenes tour which helps you gain a deeper knowledge and insight into the history and production, along with hear the stories of Jameson Irish Whiskey. On this tour, you get to taste the premium whiskeys. This full tour lasts two hours. Perfect activity to do with friends over the Christmas season.
If you are looking to do an activity with the kids and get everybody out in the fresh air, why not let them explore the fairy trail at Ballincollig Regional Park. Ballincollig Regional park is located on the South bank of the River Lee and much of it lies on the river’s floodplain. The park allows you feel like you are in the countryside without having to travel far outside the city. A very popular spot in the park to tickle your kid’s imagination is The Fairy Trail, a little spot where the fairies of Ireland come to live. Get their imagination flowing.

Nothing beats a hot chocolate and fresh baking over the festive season with family. Christmas is all about treating yourself so why not enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate and treat with the family at Bite Size in either Ballincollig or Midleton. They have the most delightful cakes, tarts and treats that are freshly baked every morning and waiting for you to enjoy this festive season.

If cabin fever is kicking in and you are just sick of turkey sandwiches, why not enjoy a lovely fresh walk by the sea in Crosshaven, followed by a tasty seafood meal at Cronin’s Pub. This food gem is located in the heart of the seaside town of Crosshaven.
‘Cronin’s Pub’ has an incredible history. Sean’s parents bought the former ‘Kennefick’s Hotel’ in 1970 and ran it as ‘Crosser by the Sea’. Sean married Thecla who brought her love for cooking to ‘Cronin’s Pub’ and made it a beautiful lunch venue with lots of fresh seafood. Their son Denis got his love of cooking from his Mom and opened the ‘Mad Fish Restaurant’ which has picked up lots of well-deserved food awards. All the produce is sourced locally, freshly prepared each day and delicious. Our favourite dish is the mussels as they are absolutely divine!
A Spot of lunch at FOTA ISLAND RESORT

Escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season at the luxurious ‘Fota Island Resort’. Why not treat yourself to a spa day, followed by a spot of lunch in this luxurious hotel. Enjoy a casual lunch in the Amber Lounge or tickle those taste buds with their Thai style cuisine at Spike bar. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas over the festive season.

Nothing beats a road trip with family over the Christmas season. Why not go on a road trip along the beautiful East Cork. We would recommend doing the Ballycotton Cliff walk as it is one of the most beautiful walks in Ireland. Nothing like a fresh walk with the sea air over the festive period.
Afterwards, when you have built up an appetite, pop into the ‘Kilkenny Café. You can indulge in tasty Artisan Irish food for breakfast or lunch after your picturesque walk. If you are looking for something a little sweeter, you can enjoy some afternoon delight with their home baking and barista coffee.
Another gem near Ballycotton is Pier 26.  This gem is located in the heart of Ballycotton on the pier. You get a mix of old and new as you walk in the door as they have a welcoming traditional pub packed with character, along with an award-winning restaurant which features fresh fish straight out of the sea. They offer brunch, lunch and both an early bird menu and a la carte menu. The perfect stop on your road trip around East Cork.

If you are looking for a festive night out, why not go to see some of Cork’s best musicians perform at the Jackdaw Sessions on stage every Thursday night in J.J. Coppingers Bar at 9:30pm. You can pop along to enjoy the music with a coffee, wine or even treat yourself to their famous cocktails. A great night out with friends and family with a gig to remember.

Get your creative juices flowing with this acrylic painting class over the festive season. Every Friday between 10:30am and 12:30pm, you can enjoy acrylic painting classes with Carmel O’Callaghan at Castlemartyr House Gallery & Gifts. The perfect escape into creativity over the festive season.
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Risk Management- How to protect your business

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Santa Experiences Along The Ring of Cork

The festive season is upon us and it’s time to start planning some Christmas events as a family. In this blog post, we are excited to share with you magical Santa experiences along the Ring of Cork for you to enjoy together. Watch the wonder in your little one’s eyes as they take in the magical experiences of the festive season and embrace the joy in the air. It’s time to start thinking about magical Santa experiences to help you create memories to last a lifetime.
Immerse yourself in a unique Christmas experiences in a 200-year-old property at Fota House. Enter the house and be met by a warm open fire before being transported through a magical experience. You will make your way through the unique house to find all the ingredients for the famous Fota plum pudding and there will be a few special characters along the way to help you out. Take in the charming decorations throughout the journey before meeting the main man himself Santa Claus. A very traditional style of experience where every child will get to chat to Santa Claus himself and of course get a special gift to remember the day.
This Enchanted Christmas event runs Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December from 11am to 6pm. There will be lots of photo opportunities so be sure to bring your camera to get snap happy. For more details, you can check out their website or book online here. (Link here with
If you are looking for a magical experience for all ages, Wonder at Fota Island Resort is exactly what you are looking for. This year wonder is a new concept for 2019 and will bring on a fun adventure with the elves. You will be greeted by lots of new characters who will guide you throughout your experience at Wonder. What we love about this experience is you will get to meet Santa Claus himself at his grotto at the start of the magical world in Wonder. Afterwards, you can soak up the full Wonder experience as you make your way through the magical forest and festive journey. You will be met with enchantment and magic as you wander through the fairy-tale experience. Guaranteed to create memories to last a lifetime.
Wonder will begin on the 23rd of November and run until the 23rd of December. The full experiences will last one to one and a half hours in total. You can also enjoy a festive market before or after your booking to soak up the festive atmosphere. For more details, you can check out their website or book online here.
Enjoy a magical experience as you visit Santa’s Village at Leahy’s Open Farm. When you arrive, you will start your experience at Santa’s workshop where if you keep your eyes peeled, you will meet Mrs. Claus herself. If you are lucky she might share her baking secrets for her famous Christmas cookies with you. Along your journey, you will meet all the fairies of the magical land and even learn a few new tricks in the Elf school. You will then get to meet the main man himself Santa Claus for a chat and to receive a special gift.
Santa village will open on Saturday the 30th of November and the tours will start between 4:30pm – 6:50 pm on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10am – 6:50pm on Saturday’s on Sundays. For more details, you can check out their website or book online here.
If you are looking for a very unique experience, The Cork North Pole Outpost Experience is what you are looking for. Full of fun and imagination. This experience is an imaginative theatrical production that brings to life the real values of a good old fashioned Cork Christmas. Every year is different and unique for all that visit it. You enter a secret location in the woods which turns into a magical world of Elves. Meet lots of exciting characters throughout your experience and you will even begin your Elf in Training programme along the way. You will pay a visit to lots of rooms during your journey throughout the house from The North Pole Post Office, Toy Building School, The Pine Elves Christmas Tree Elforation Workshop, Mrs. Claus Cookie Kitchen and of course you will get to visit Santa Claus himself.
The whole experience lasts for 75 – 90 minutes and is perfect for all ages. For more details, you can check out their website or book online here.
Perks Entertainment Centre in Youghal is also having a visit from Santa Claus himself this festive season. Santa arrives on Saturday November 16th to give you a magical experience with your family. You can visit him every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 6pm up until December 22nd. This experience is free and all children will receive a free parcel from Santa himself. Perks Entertainment Centre is full of things to do so why not book bowling, magazone lazer or the play centre and make a day out for all the family.
The festive spirit will be turned on in Midleton on Friday the 22nd of November with the switching on of the Christmas lights. There will also be a guest appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with lots of carol singing. Santa will be arriving on his Christmas bus at 3pm
and bringing lots of festive fun and cheer with him. It will be a festive night of family fun, music, dance and much more. A lovely festive Christmas evening for all the family.
The town of Youghal is hosting a festive night on Saturday the 23rd of November to switch on the lights with Santa at 5pm. From 3pm you have the opportunity to visit Santa in his Grotto and take in the festive atmosphere around the seaside town. Enjoy the street performers and Christmas carols. The perfect way to start the festive season.
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Compostable Take-away Boxes to Cut Food Waste For Irish Businesses

Businesses across Munster commit to reduce food waste 100 compostable boxes to be provided free of charge to participating food businesses Irish food businesses waste 150,000 tonnes of food every year. A new initiative is encouraging businesses in Munster to reduce food waste. The Savour Food initiative supports food businesses to reduce their waste and […]
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The Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork launches an impressive spa refurbishment with a new Sweet Retreat stay

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork is a warm and inviting destination on the doorstep of Cork city and a beautiful blend of the eighteenth century Ditchley House – a fine listed manor house, impeccably restored – and two contemporary wings. Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork is also home to an impressive Spa, now recently refurbished to elegant and welcoming effect.

The recent €100,000 refurbishment designed by the team at Adrian McCarthy Interiors has created a chic series of interiors in The Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork, with glowing pools of light from the new mood lighting, a cooling new air conditioning system, stylish herringbone parquet floors underfoot and striking wall treatments, all contributing to an atmosphere of luxurious relaxation. With nine treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and relaxation suites, The Spa uses gorgeous Elemis treatment products, Lycon waxing, Gelish and OPI nail care for manicures and pedicures and, most recently, offers the exquisite handmade bath & body products from Australia’s Peppermint Grove.

To celebrate the new look and the exceptional new experience of a treatment at The Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork, there is a special Sweet Retreat available which includes a choice of two treatments from a selection including a Mini Facial, Swedish Back Massage, Indian Head Massage, Full Body Scrub or a Full Body Wrap.

Followed by a leisurely Afternoon Tea experience served in the hotel’s Maestro Restaurant, Sweet Retreat includes an overnight stay in one of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork’s contemporary, inviting rooms, overlooking the surrounding landscape of Little Island. Sweet Retreat at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork includes two spa treatments, afternoon tea and an overnight stay with breakfast and is available from €130 per person sharing.
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Unnerving & Abiding Maritime Mystery – The Youghal Connection

As we approach our Spooky Wookey season when it’s all “Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggie beasties”, I feel it timely to remind you of the Youghal link to a particularly Spooky Wookey occurrence at sea, back in the late 1800s. I write, of course, of the great unresolved maritime mystery – the “Mary Celeste”.
The story begins on Nov 7th 1872 when the sailing vessel “Mary Celeste” set out from New York, bound for Genoa, in Italy. On board were the Captain, Benjamin Briggs, his wife, his 2-year old daughter, together with his experienced 7-man crew and a cargo of 1700 barrels of industrial alcohol. All fair sailing and ship ahoy etc. etc.…..nothing unusual about that! However, just 28 days later “Mary Celeste” was spotted, adrift and abandoned, sails slightly damaged, but its cargo intact, by a Sea Captain Moorhouse, on board his ship “Dei Gratia”. This was strange, very strange….ship not manned, her food and water reserves in order, though her lifeboat was missing. There was even a meal prepared and there were glowing embers in the stove. Curiouser and curiouser!
Where was the Briggs family? Where was the crew? …What happened? NOBODY KNOWS!
There has been and still is huge speculation and many theories as to what happened, including piracy, angry sea gods, mutiny, severe waterspout, even alien abduction, as to what occurred on the Mary Celeste – all discounted.
Captain Moorhouse and his crew took “Mary Celeste” to Gibraltar and were eventually, though subject to suspicion by the Gibraltar Attorney General, awarded salvage and commended for their resourcefulness and courage.
So what happened to the “Mary Celeste” after that? Well now, she did not have a happy ending – She was sold by Captain Moorhouse & Co at a considerable loss. She subsequently lost lots of money sailing the West Indian shipping routes and tragically, 3 of her captains died in service. She was not instilling much confidence within her industry. She succumbed to the deep when she was deliberately steered into a reef off the coast of Haiti and wrecked, by Gilman C. Parker, a less than honest captain. He was attempting an insurance scam (yes, insurance fraud even back in 1884). He was charged with fraud, found guilty, imprisoned and died shortly afterwards.
Now we come to the “Dei Gratia” and the Youghal connection. Eventually, I hear you say!
Well, here it is. The “Dei Gratia”, she that discovered “The Ghost Ship”, was sold in 1881 to the successful Youghal shipping merchant, Martin Fleming. She continued to operate in and out of the busy Youghal harbour until 1907. “Dei Gratia” too had her own share of troubles though– she sank twice, was re-floated twice, thus gaining an “unlucky” tag in her industry. She ended her days as a coal hulk at Cobh. Today, the story is that she lies buried under one of the piers at Haulbowline Island, Co. Cork.
The Youghal shipping merchant, Martin Fleming, continued in his successful shipping business and went on to purchase the beautiful “The Kathleen and May” in 1908 to replace the Dei Gratia and to join her sister ship the first “Nellie Fleming” – Ships that are much loved by the Youghal and East Cork population.
On the 23rd morning she came on a craft
That was drifting like fog from the west
The crew were amazed that the ship was afloat
With no man on the Mary Celeste”
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Our Top Halloween Experiences

Mid Term break is just around the corner and the Ring of Cork is full of exciting things to do this Spooktacular Halloween break. Whether you’re looking for some scary activities to try with friends or searching for some fun Halloween fun with the kids, there is plenty on offer along the Ring of Cork. In this blog post, we are going to share with you some of our favourite spooky activities to try this Halloween break. You are guaranteed to gather some spooky tips and tricks.

At Ballymaloe’s BOO, you can follow the theatrical trail full of spooky characters and magic spells. This spooky activity is an interactive experience which will allow you to meet some exciting characters throughout the trail full of spells. It is suitable for both younger and older kids. BOO takes place in Ballymaloe from the 25th to the 31st of October between 10am to 5pm. The earlier shows between 10am to 1pm are aimed at the young kids and after 2pm, the lights go down and the scare levels rise for the full experience. The full Halloween experience will tell a story as you move through the interactive experience, meet characters, solve puzzles and much more. Book your tickets here.

If you are looking for a unique activity to get the fear and adrenaline pumping this spooky holiday, be sure to try the Escapade Cobh. These escape rooms are a great activity for a group of friends to work together to solve a puzzle and escape the room before the time is up. There are lots of different rooms you can try, from “Escape from Spike Island”, “Late Night Bank Heist” or you can even help “Sherlock Holmes” to solve his final case. It is the perfect activity to try this Halloween with friends. For more details check out their website here. 

If you are looking for a fun family day out, the Spooky Town at Fota Island Resort is exactly what you are looking for this midterm break. Located in the spooky woodlands at Fota Island Resort, you wander through the spooky town to find all creatures along the way. Get into the scary Halloween spirit as you make your way through the forest full of graveyards, witches, pumpkins, ghosts and much more. Spooky Town is open from Friday the 25th of October to Friday the 1st of November and is ready to give you a spooktacular experience.  Book your tickets here. (Link the ‘here’ with

If you are looking to take the kids out for some Halloween fun this midterm break, why not check out Leahy’s Open Farm as it hosts BOO. Experience the haunted hay rides, explore the witches forest, hear the scary stories and have lots of fun with Halloween games. Be careful the witch doesn’t put a magic spell on you! If you want to add even more excitement to the day, you can book for chocolate lollipop making or pumpkin carving fun. This event is taking place on Saturday the 19th of October, Sunday the 20th of October and from the 26th of October until the 1st of November between the time of 11am – 4pm.  Book your tickets here.  

Nothing beats getting out in the fresh air during the midterm break and we have the perfect place to do this. Be sure to go and check out the self-guided Halloween Ramble around Fota Arboretum and Victorian Working Garden. Why not pop on your Halloween costume and explore this daytime adventure. Follow the trail to the end and pick up a little treat back at the house. This spooky trail runs from Saturday the 26th to Monday the 28th of October and also on Halloween, Thursday the 31st of October. For all the information, you can check it out here. 

If you are really looking for a scare, this experience is for you. Spike Island After Dark wont fail to get your heart racing and put chills down your spine. Walk the abandoned prison at dark, sit in a solitary cell and experience this prison island and all its secrets at night. Learn about the frightening history which isn’t for the weak hearted. Are you brave enough to experience the haunted island after dark this Halloween? Be sure to book your tickets if you dare here. 

Fota Wildlife Park is always fun but it is even more fun when there are lots of Halloween events taking place. Go and explore the park with all it’s wonderful animals and enjoy the extra Halloween treats around the park. From the 28th of October to the 3rd of November, the park will be full of extra events from spooky arts & crafts, fearsome face painting and animals of Halloween exhibitions. You can check out all the details of the events here. 

If Spike Island After Dark is a little too scary for you, a day time tour might be more a little easier on the heart! In the last 1300 years Spike Island, has been host to a 6th century Monastery, a 24 acre Fortress, the largest convict depot in the world in Victorian times and centuries of island homes. The island’s rich history has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints. Today the island is dominated by the 200 year old Fort Mitchel which became a prison holding over 2300 prisoners. Take a tour and learn about the history of Spike Island. For more information check out their website here. 

Another great family day out this Halloween is at Rumley’s Open Farm. A Halloween theme will take over the farm from the 26th of October to the 4th of November. Explore the farm and discover the witches, pumpkins, tractor rides, face painting and enjoy lots of spooky treats. On Monday the 29th of October, you can enjoy a disco between 2:30pm – 5:30pm with a live DJ. The disco will include games, sweets, spot prizes, fancy dress competition, face painting and much more. For more information check out their website here.

Trabolgan is always full of fun and excitement and this Halloween they have added lots of additional Halloween activities to their schedule. In addition to their normal activities such as swimming, crazy golf, go karting, zip lining and much more, you can enjoy lots of additional fun over the Halloween break. Some of the Halloween schedule includes spooky Halloween trails, spooky mansions Halloween show, catch the witch games, fancy dress, Biddidy Bobbidy Boo at the plaza, pop goes the pumpkin, poison apple making, superhero spooktacular, family pumpkin parties and much more. Book in for a few nights at Trabolgan or even visit with a day pass. For all the information, check out their website here.
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Spectacular Autumn Walks Along The Ring of Cork

Exploring the Ring of Cork’s beauty throughout the Autumn season is one of the most magical experiences. The best way to explore is to get out in nature, breathe in the fresh air and listen to the crunch of the leaves under your feet. You are guaranteed to get mesmerised in the spectacular Autumnal colours and breathtaking scenery.
In this blog post, we are going to list some of our favourite walks along The Ring of Cork this Autumn season. We will also share some fun experiences and tasty gems you can try after your refreshing walk. Nothing beats the fresh Autumn air as you enjoy the spectacular scenery on offer along the Ring of Cork.

The Ballycotton Cliff walk is one of the most beautiful walks in Ireland. It consists of 5 miles of cliff to the beach in Ballytrasna. Walk along the worn footpath and take in the unbelievable views. This coastal cliff walk is known for its spectacular scenery, wildlife and natural beauty. If you are looking for a fun activity  afterwards, be sure to head out on the water with Ballycotton Sea Adventures for a guided tour around Ballycotton Island, Ballycotton lighthouse and the picturesque coastline. And if you have built up an appetite with the sea air, there is something to tickle everybody’s taste buds at Pier 26. Their menu offers a wide choice from their famous Seafood Chowder and Confit free range duck leg to slow roast pork belly and Ballycotton hake.

The Ballincollig regional park is a popular gem along the Ring of Cork, located on the South bank of the River Lee. One of the key features of this park is you feel like you are in the countryside without having to travel far outside the city. People are drawn to its natural landscape and peaceful walks. Many trails take you through the forest where you have fresh flowers along the pathway and you can enjoy the peace and tranquility. There are lots of paths to choose from, all twisting and turning back and forth from the water, so you can make your walk as long or as short as you like. Each walk allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery in the park. After your walk, you can grab a coffee and a homemade treat at Café Chico which is based in the historic Regional Park and relax overlooking the water.

Crosshaven is one of the most picturesque spots along the Ring of Cork for an Autumn walk. A very popular walk is from Kilnagleary, near Carrigaline, which brings you right into Crosshaven. This walk runs along the old Cork to Crosshaven railway line which was in use from 1904 to 1932. As you walk along the path, you have the Owenabue River by your side all the way to Crosshaven. You can take in the beautiful surroundings, observe the wildlife and breathe in the fresh sea air. When you get to Crosshaven, you can grab a bite to eat in Cronin’s Pub. This gem is known for its fresh seafood, divine mussels and delicious dishes.

The boardwalk in Youghal offers a beautiful walk into the town. The Eco-Boardwalk is a 400 metre hardwood panelled beach walkway, stretching from Front Strand Beach to Claycastle Beach. It is an ideal for buggies, wheelchair users and small bikes. You can build up an appetite on your walk and enjoy a bite to eat in Youghal town in Ahernes Townhouse and Seafood restaurant. Taste the finest fish, freshly caught seafood, locally reared beef and lamb and much more.

The Ring of Cork is known for its breathtaking coastline so it has an abundance of beach walks to enjoy the fresh sea air. Some of the most spectacular spots for walks are Redbarn and Claycastle in Youghal, Rocky Bay near Crosshaven and the secluded White Bay beach near Whitegate. Other local favourites include Youghal Front Strand, Myrtleville Beach near Crosshaven and the very popular Fountainstown which has a direct bus service from the city.
And that’s not all, you also have Inch Beach near Aghada, Garryvoe Beach, Ardnahinch beach, Ballynamona in Shanagarry, Ballycroneen Beach near Cloyne and the quieter Ballywilling Beach near Garryvoe. You are spoilt for choice with beautiful, picturesque beaches to walk along this Autumn.

If you are looking for an escape from the city, Farran Wood is exactly what you are looking for. It is located just off Inniscarra Lake and is surrounded by views of the lake, forest and countryside. You can enjoy a walk throughout the forest and pick from lots of different paths, some which offer a relaxed walk while others offer a more challenging walk. One of our favourite walks is the lake walk as the views are breathtaking. If you are looking for a bit of an adrenaline pumping experience while in Farran Wood, you can check out ZIPIT Forest Adventure and explore the forest on the treetops or by zipping through the trees.

A walk which is very popular with the locals is the Grassy and Cliff Walk in Crosshaven. It is a walk that will take your breath away as it offers spectacular views of the harbour from start to finish. The walk takes you along the Point Road until you reach The Grassy Walk at the end of the road. You can climb up the path to the most sensational viewing area. You have breathtaking views of Spike Island, Haulbowline and Cobh. You can continue the walk or return to the village along Camden road. If you continue the walk you will be brought along the cliff on a well-worn path which will bring you down to Graball Bay. After your walk, you can go experience Camden Fort Meagher which is a coastal defence fortification located in Crosshaven. 65% of the fort is located underground in a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. The fort was built to defend the mouth of Cork Harbour in the 16th century.

If you are looking for a woodland walk in East Cork, Glenbower Wood won’t disappoint. It is located in the friendly town of Killeagh as you take the turn off by the Old Thatch pub in the village. You can walk through the forest trail and enjoy the surroundings in this picturesque gem. As you enter the park, you can take one of the beautiful trails on offer. Go for a walk in this peaceful destination, enjoy the fresh autumn air and admire the vibrant leaves changing colour. The perfect walk this Autumn.

Heritage walks are always a great way to explore and learn something new about an area. Glanmire Heritage society have put together three walks to promote heritage and culture in Glanmire. You can enjoy the Sallybrook Walk, the Glashaboy Walk and the Rathconney Walk and download the walk guides here. A great way to learn about the history, culture and people. After your walk, you could grab a bite to eat in the Elm in Glounthaune. Enjoy their Bluebell Falls Goats Cheese Salad at lunch time, their slow cooked lamb shank or madras chicken curry on the a la carte menu or pop in on a Sunday for their famous carvery Sunday lunch. The perfect way to end the day after your Autumn walk.

Fota House is surrounded by the most spectacular gardens which are perfect for a fresh Autumn walk. If you are looking for a tranquil walk, we would highly recommend Fota’s internationally recognised arboretum and gardens. The gardens are open all year and offer a walk full of tranquility and serenity. The palm walk, orangery and atmospheric Victorian fernery are not to be missed during your visit. You can tickle your taste buds after the walk in Fota Island Resort with their popular Thai style cuisine at Spike bar.

Nothing beats a walk in the woods in the Autumn. Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy nature and listen to the sound of the crunchy Autumn leaves under your feet. The Ring of Cork has lots to choose from when it comes to picking a wood to enjoy nature. Some of our favourites include Ballyannan Woods in Midleton, Castlemartyr Woods, Currabinny Woods near Carrigaline, Glenbower Woods in Killeagh, Marlogue Woods in Cobh and Rostellan Woods, Aghada and of course Farran Woods near Ovens.

It is always a good idea to do a walking tour to learn more about an area. You may think you know an area very well but you will always discover new things on a walking tour. Learn things about the place you mightn’t have ever known before. You can discover the history of Youghal on this Happy Feet Walking tour. Join their walking tour and go on a journey through time to hear stories of witchcraft, piracy, famine and espionage. After all that walking you might be looking for a bite to eat and we would recommend the ‘Red Store Restaurant’. The original Grain Store dates back to the 1900’s and is now known as a great spot for food in the busy seaside town.

The Knockadoon looped walk is a beautiful walk which gives you a mixture of cliff, track and road throughout. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery, breathe in the fresh sea air and observe the wildlife surrounding you. The walk begins on the cliff edge which spectacular scenery along the path. It then turns inland to return to Knockadoon Pier by road. After your walk, you could take a trip to the Kilkenny Café in the Shanagarry Design Centre to enjoy some afternoon delight with their home baking and barista coffee.

If you are looking for a few walks to try this Autumn, you can download the new Ring of Cork Heritage Trail. It allows you to explore the heritage and learn about the stories along the Ring of Cork. It has over 35 places to visit so you will be spoilt for choice. You can pick up a A3 map from your local tourist office our download it here.
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Fáilte Ireland’s Local Experts programme comes to Cork

The KNOW CORK Local Experts Programme comes to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday 24th September
Fáilte Ireland’s Local Experts Programme comes to Cork for the first time this month. The programme has been developed to support anybody involved in the tourism sector and the local community who is in regular contact with visitors.
Local Experts equips local people with information and expertise. This allows them to create positive experiences which will benefit and grow the local economy.
This programme consists of a 3-hour interactive and dynamic workshop on what to see and do in Cork.
Become a Local Expert by attending one of the workshops listed below:
Tuesday, 24th September: Páirc Uí Chaoimh, from 09.30 – 12.30 (registration from 09.00) & 15.30 – 18.30 (registration from 15.00)
The FREE programme features annual events; social media initiatives; a Visitor Attractions Pass and opportunities to network with other tourism professionals.
Explaining the programme, Linda Campbell, Visitor Engagement Manager with Fáilte Ireland said:
“The Local Experts programme has been a great success so far, with people from across the tourism industry and local community participating in the workshops, joining the network and sharing ideas and business. It’s great to see local businesses passing the baton and sharing business by recommending others in the area. We know how important local knowledge is in making the visitor experience memorable and positive and this programme helps to maximise that, working together with our growing network of Local Experts.”
Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority is calling on all visitor-facing employees, local volunteers and people in the Cork community that regularly interact with visitors. So, if you work in a tourism business such as a B&B, a hotel, self-catering accommodation, restaurant, pub, retail store, taxi company, or if you are active in your local community, this programme is for you.
This is a free event and places are on a first come first serve basis. To register for the Workshop please email:
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Cronin’s Pub wins “Best Regional Pub” for outstanding food

Congratulation to Cronin’s Pub & Mad Fish Restaurant who won Best Regional Pub in the Food Category for the The Irish Pub Awards on September 9th 2019. They will join other regional winners, Wrights Anglers Rest, Russells Select Bar, The Hanged Mans, The Strand Cahore, Murph’s Bistro at Derragarra Inn and Paddy Coyne’s Pub, at the Irish Pub Awards national gala which takes place on November 20th at the RDS Concert Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin, where the overall winner will be decided on the night. The overall winner and individual category winners will receive a customised plaque for their premises, as well as digital assets for online promotion.

Any member of VFI and LVA is eligible to enter the Irish Pub Awards. And this year saw a record number of entries according to the Irish Pub Awards website. If anyone wants to attend the Gala taking place on November 20th, they can purchase tickets online:
From all of us at the Ring of Cork we wish them the very best of luck on November 20th!
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