Fill your heart with Macroom
1. Experience The Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella Farm with a bespoke guided taste trail tour.
See Ireland’s first Water Buffalo herd, the young calves and milking parlour. Witness the mozzarella cheesemaking and finish with a tasting plate from farm fresh cheeses made at the Dairy.
2. The Gearagh, a statutory nature reserve - Europe’s only alluvial forest
Think: The Everglades in Florida. Think: The Mississippi Delta. Think: The Gearagh in Macroom. On a smaller scale than the former, The Gearagh has a similar pattern of streams, waterways, thickly wooded islands, overgrown marshlands and a variety of wildlife; but, thankfully, no crocodiles. A walker’s paradise.
3. Gougane Barra National Forest Park
An area of wild and beautiful scenery, this magnificent Forest Park covers over 137 hectares. It is tucked in a lush valley at the edge of the Sheehy mountains, the ideal place to hike, get in touch with nature, picnic and inhale the fresh air. Steeped in history, there is a tiny island at the edge of the lake at the entrance to the Forest Park where St. Finbarr, patron saint of Cork, founded his early Christian monastery in the 6th century. It is home to the world renowned Gougane Barra Chapel.
4. The Toy Soldier Factory
The only Toy Soldier Factory in Ireland with Europe's Largest Battle of Waterloo Exhibit. Daily Workshops available.
5. Béal na Bláth
A small nearby village is home to the site of the ambush and assassination of Michael Collins.
6. Macroom Castle and Grounds
Macroom Castle ruins, the boyhood home of William Penn, stands on the west square of Macroom. Some parts of the castle are still to be seen in the grounds of the castle demesne, which is a public park, with beautiful riverway walks, situated in the heart of the town. The castle walls with old stone, arches and guns providing an elegant centre for the town.
7. Coachford Aquapark
Munster’s newest, largest and most exciting inflatable water park. Covering over 40m squared of The Lee Valley Harbour on the Innisscarra Dam. You can, jump, slide, bounce and race each other around the wipeout style courses. Try out the first inflatable Catapult in Ireland!
8. Kayak Rental
Kayak Rental Inchigeelagh, for those who want to explore the waterways by themselves. They offer a range of flexible and competitive rental rates for kayaks. Rental cost covers all the equipment you’ll need for a day of exploring (excluding wetsuits).
9. Zipit Farran Woods
Zipit is a treetop high ropes forest adventure park with a difference. A place for young and old, you can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, even ride a bmx across a bridge, before zipping down one of our many ziplines
10. The 9 White Deer Brewery Tour
This is a one hour tour for groups over 10 people only. This tour gives you an in-depth account of the local history of Baile Bhuirne, brewing and fermentation processes. At the end of the tour, the guide will hold a questions & answers session to ensure you do not leave with any unanswered questions. This tour includes a tasting of beers and a bottle of beer of your choice on departure.