Ballycotton Lighthouse Tours
Are you ready for an exhilarating, unique and magical experience? Have you got your sea legs sorted? Ballycotton Lifeboat Tours offers a unique, truly magical guided excursion to Ballycotton Lighthouse, one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland. Travel in an open-topped boat (warm clothing advised) and visit the Ballycotton Island summit, explore the lighthouse and enjoy stunning views from the Ballycotton Lighthouse lantern balcony. Open Monday to Sunday seasonally (first tour begins at 10am), and subject to weather and availability, the tour takes approximately 90 minutes, meeting at the Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours Information and booking kiosk at Ballycotton Pier. Visitors are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure. For more information, or to book your tickets, please call 021 4646875 to secure your place. Price: Adults €20, Children (under 15) €10 and family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) €60. www.ballycottonislandlighthousetours.com
Blackwater River Tours
Want to know what Stanley Kubrick had to do with the Blackwater River? Want to get an unprecedented view of Ballynatray Estate? Want to take a walk (or sail) down memory lane? Blackwater River Tours offers a historical (and occasionally hysterical) voyage through the history of East Cork, experiencing a life on the ocean wave with your Captain, Tony Gallagher on board his 28 foot half-decker fishing boat. Originally used as a passenger boat in Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry, “Maeve” now serves as your gateway to the hidden delights of Cork’s Blackwater River. Operating from April to November each year on a daily basis, Blackwater River Tours depart 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 you will enter a tranquil, unspoilt area of natural beauty, as yet untouched by urban development. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and costs €20 per adult and €10 per child. Tours are subject to weather and tides. To book your tickets, call Tony on 087 9889076.
Cross River Ferries, Cobh
Established in 1993 Cross River Ferries operates two ferries – the “Glenbrook” and the “Carrigaloe” – which service the River Lee connecting the communities on both sides of the harbour. The ferries can carry 200 passengers and 27 cars. The crossing from Glenbrook to Carrigaloe takes 5 minutes and is a convenient and pleasant way to avoid traffic congestion around Cork City. The service operates 7 days a week including Bank Holidays, from 7am to 10pm each day. The crossing from Glenbrook to Carrigaloe takes 5 minutes. The ferries run daily and reservations are not required. Payment is taken onboard ferry. For full timetables and additional information, please visit www.crossriverferries.ie
Whether you fancy deep sea fishing with an ocean of opportunity, spending time surrounded by wildlife and wild salmon and trout or sitting quietly in some of the most fabulous landscapes in the world fishing for pike or coarse fish, East Cork has it all. For more information about fishing in the area, please visit www.fishingireland.info