Looking for an outdoor break in Ireland?
Grab your coat, your sense of adventure and get exploring Cork! Fuel your passion for the outdoors and get inspired with our Outdoor Activities page. Should you have any questions or queries, our friendly reception team will be happy to assist you.
Whatever the weather, Ireland is a beautiful country with a rugged landscape that’s perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities, with the Carrigaline Court Hotel within close proximity of all the action!
The fun starts here!
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Ocean Escapes offers the ultimate Cork Harbour Experience. Explore fascinating maritime heritage on a fun guided tour. Experience history, famous landmarks, marine-life, breath-taking views, and famous battle sites.
Highlights along the ancient port waterways include Rochespoint Lighthouse, Blackrock Castle, Spike Island Prison, Camden Fort Meagher, Haulbowline Naval Base (Ireland’s only Naval Base), Blackrock Castle, Martello Towers, Lord Inchiquin and the World’s first Yacht Club, Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic, and more.
For thrill seekers and small groups, Ocean Escapes also operates exciting high-speed ribs. These allow you to avail of custom tours of the harbour throughout the year.
For more information and to book see www.oceanescapes.ie.
Cork Harbour Cruises
Cork Harbour Cruises operates boat trips, day & evening tours, guided tours and private hire from Cork City & Crosshaven. The orange vessel, Cailín Óir with a capacity of 100, upper deck seating – for panoramic 360° views of the spectacular Harbour, indoor heated saloon and onboard refreshments. Sit back, relax and take in the spectacular view that Cork Harbour has to offer.
For more information and to book visit www.corkharbourcruises.com
Only 20 minutes from the City, Farran Wood is an excellent choice for adventure.
Of course, the star of the show is the exciting Zipline course which stretches over 1.2km of tree-top activities. There are a range of circuits available, suitable for families, teenagers and couples!
For more information on Zipit Cork
Golf in Cork
If you’re looking for a weekend of golf, then say no more. Fota Island, The Old Head of Kinsale, Bandon, Bantry, Castlemartyr.
Cork has some of the most challenging, scenic and professional golf courses in Europe. Fota Island alone has hosted the Irish Open 3 times!
So if you’re looking for a golfing weekend away, Cork has everything you need, and more.
For more information on Golf courses in Cork.
Beaches in Cork
We’re very lucky here in Cork, with a host of beautiful beaches right at our doorstep. From Carrigaline, you can head straight down to Crosshaven and enjoy the very popular Myrtleville Beach, with Fountainstown beach just around the corner.
Or you can head to the world-renowned town of Kinsale and pay a visit to the local “Dock” Beach, or the excellent Garretstown beach just past the town.
Further afield, you can visit West Cork for the hugely popular Inchydoney Beach, or Owenahincha. Or if you’re really looking to go off the beaten track, you can visit Cork’s hidden gem in Nohoval Cove.
There are almost too many great beaches to mention, but you can check out this handy guide for more information on many of Cork’s beaches.
Visit our Beaches in Cork page for more information.
FootGolf is the game that blends football and golf into one great sport. Situated on the outskirts of Kinsale in Co. Cork, FootGolf Cork is the first and only purpose-built FootGolf course in the South of Ireland.
Simply take two great sports – football and golf – and combine them into one great activity. You play by kicking a football into specially designed holes and trying to take the least amount of shots as possible. FootGolf Cork features 18 specially designed holes – with distances ranging from 39 to 90 yards.
For more information, visit their website
Rumley’s Open Farm is a unique working farm experience and provides an excellent day out for all the family. Rumley’s Open Farm, situated in 20 acres was transformed in 2012 from a small shop to what it is today and is unique in the fact that it is still a working farm which makes it an enjoyable day out for young and old!
For more information visit rumleysfarm.ie
Funkytown Adventure Centre
Funkytown Adventure Centre is Cork’s Leading Watersports Provider. They offer a wide variety of activities and services throughout Cork Harbor. Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle boarding, Water Trampolining, Passenger Rib Tours and Equipment Hire.
For more information visit www.funkytown.ie
Fota Wildlife Park
One of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions, Fota Wildlife Park offers a very unique experience to its visitors. You and your partner can walk alongside the free-roaming wallabies and peacocks, come face-to-face with lions & tigers, wave at the monkeys, run with the cheetahs. With a number of coffee stations, cafés, and restaurants, Fota makes for an excellent day out for animal lovers, picnickers, and walkers alike.
Visit our Fota Wildllife Park page for more information and family package deals
Cycling in Cork
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in Ireland! We have a list of routes for you to take on your next visit to Cork. A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke!
Visit our Cycling in Cork page for more information
Looking for Horse riding in Cork? Hop Island Equestrian Centre is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays), offering tuition for all levels of riding ability, in classes every hour from 10am to 7pm daily. Private lessons are also available by request. To find out more information visit the Hop Island Equestrian Centre website!
Ballyhass Adventure Group
Looking for a Waterpark in Cork? Ballyhass adventure group is Munster’s largest and most exciting inflatable water park. Based just outside Mallow, (62km from the Carrigaline Court Hotel) covering over 40m squared of an old quarry lake you and your friends can, jump, slide, bounce and race each other around the wipeout style course.
For more information, visit the Ballyhass Adventure Group website
Fishing in Cork
Would you like to try your hand deep sea angling while in Cork? Discover the quint fishing village of Crosshaven.
For more information on fishing click here
Things to do in West Cork
A trip to Cork is not complete unless you visit West Cork! To find out more, visit our West Cork Page
Haulbowline Amenity Park Cork
Haulbowline Park is a new tourist attraction spot in Cork, situated next to the home of the Irish Naval Base! For more information, visit our Haulbowline Park page
For inspiration on things to do in Cork, visit our Breaks Page