Castlefarm B&B,
Ballycrenane, Ballymacoda,
Co. Cork, Ireland.

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Things to see and do in East Cork

Castle Farm is an ideal base to tour the area. Please take time to visit the many wonderful places on our doorstep.

We will be happy to assist with any queries and provide expert knowledge on the local area.
East Cork offers many stunning beaches (including the blue flag beach at Garryvoe), salmon rivers, gardens and golf courses within easy reach of Castle Farm.

The area is also renowned for its bird-watching. From Knockadoon Head to Ballycotton, varieties such as the Pale-Bellied Brent Goose, Hen Harrier and the Short-Toed Lark can be seen. Definitely a birdwatchers heaven! And for those who love fishing, why not try deep sea and shore angling – where the All- Ireland competitions are often held.

For walking enthusiasts, there is a wide diversity of trails to be discovered, including forest walks at Castlemartyr and Glenbower and a cliff walk in Ballycotton.


thynes_castle_youghal.jpgYoughal is an historic walled town steeped in centuries of history. Take a visit to the Visitor Centre who provide very informative guided tours. The town was once home to Sir. Walter Raleigh (who first brought the potato and tobacco to Ireland) and Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of East Cork, and it has been well documented that Edmund Spencer wrote part of the poem “The Faerie Queene” in Youghal.

Tynte’s Castle is also a worthwhile visit, and it has been reported, that Tynte was also the owner of Ballycrenane Castle located on the grounds of Castle Farm. The 11th Century Collegiate Church, the Clock Gate which dates from 1777 and the Benedictine Priory also have their own fascinating stories to tell.
In 1954, part of the film Moby Dick was filmed here.


Midleton is a vibrant town located 12 miles from our bed and breakfast. We would recommend a visit to the following:

The Jameson Experience – Old Midleton Distillery

Established in the early 17th Century, it is one of the largest producers of whiskey in Ireland, producing brands such as Jameson, Powers, Tullamore Dew, Paddy and Midleton Very Rare. With a production capacity of 19 million litres, being the largest in the world, a visit is recommended, where you can learn how the produce is made, and be in with a chance to obtain a certificate for whiskey tasting.

Barryscourt Castle

Just north of Midleton stands Barryscourt Castle, the 16th Century castle of the Barry family. The Castle is surrounded by an orchard which has been restored to the original 16th Century design and an herb garden in the bawn.

Farmers’ market

Midleton farmers’ market meets every Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm and offers a selection of quality produce such as breads, preserves, cheeses and organic vegetables.


birdwatching_cobh.jpgCobh has many attractions to offer. Cobh (pronounced Cove) was the main port of emigration during the Great Famine and the statue of Annie Moore, the first emigrant to disembark at Elis Island stands here. The Titanic’s last port of call was at Cobh and the Titanic museum recalls the last movements of both this ship and the Lusitania. Another option to follow the final moments is by taking a walking tour of the town.

The town also hosts the beautiful 19th Century St. Colman’s Cathedral, while just beyond it, a great family day out is to visit Fota Wildlife Park.

During the Summer of 2016, Cobh harbour will host a number of cruise liners which will be worth a viewing.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle situated approx 30 miles from our home was built nearly 600 years ago. According to legend, the stone of Eloquence is found at the top of the tower. As they say “Kiss it and you’ll never be lost for words”. And the grounds around the castle offer spectacular gardens.

Cork City

A trip to Cork City is a must. Voted as one of the Lonely Planet Top 10 cities to visit in 2010, the city has so much to offer. There are numerous attractions from the delightful Cork Butter Museum, Cork City Goal and the Shandon Bells.Follow in the Queen of England's footsteps and visit the renowned English market.


ballycotton_pier.jpgFor those who like more active holidays, why not take in the beautiful views of Ballycotton Bay and lighthouse, whilst taking a walk along the cliff.
You can also explore Ballycotton Island and get a tour of the lighthouse through Ballycotton Island Tours.
Ballycotton forms part of the bird-watching trail beginning in Knockadoon, and has been identified internationally as a home to many unique birds.

Day trips

Castle Farm is situated in an ideal location for taking day trips. Some suggestions are listed below;


This city is the oldest city in Ireland, and was established by the Vikings. Take a tour of the city, visit the world famous crystal factory and see the Edmund Spencer Rice International Heritage Centre.


Why not travel a bit further and visit the beautiful castle in Kilkenny, and return home over the Knockmealdown mountains where you will be able to see five of the counties of Munster.


You can travel west and see some of the amazing sites Killarney has to offer including the lakes, the Gap of Dunloe and Muckross House.

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