Outdoor Activities In Cork

Outdoor Activities

Cork Harbour Tours 
Cork is the second largest Natural Harbour in the world. Tours of the harbour are on a personal level, with a skipper and guide with a max of 9 passengers at any time. Each tour endeavours to link up with our resident pod of bottlenose dolphins.  
The tour  explores the extensive and rich history in and around the harbour, looking at Martello Towers, Forts Camden, Carlisle, and Mitchell, St. Colmans Cathedral, Cobh (last port of call for Titanic) and Hullbowline, home to our naval fleet. Tours may also look at current commercial traffic, liners and navigation within the Harbour. 

Cork Harbour Boat Hire
Cork Harbour Boat Hire offer self drive boats for a truly unique experience. Take a Self-Drive Boat Ride with Cork Harbour Boat Hire from The Port of Cork Marina only a short distance from Hayfield Manor. Take a trip under some of the historic bridges of Cork right up to the Franciscan Well or take a trip to Blackrock Castle and maybe spot a seal or two on your way! No matter which route you take, you are guaranteed an enjoyable boat trip. www.corkharbourboathire.com 

Atlantic Sea Kayaking- Under The Bridges Tour
Atlantic Sea Kayaking provides state of the art double sea kayaks and with their many years of experience, they will guide you under the bridges of the River Lee, float down under Patrick’s Bridge, past the Marina and onwards towards the beautiful Blackrock Castle. The trip begins at 6.30pm and finishes about 9.00pm, however other times are available for groups of 4 or more. This is an exciting trip which takes you through the waterways and under the bridges of the beautiful Cork City. 

Cork's Sea Safari 
Our islands and tranquil river estuaries are some of Cork’s most beautiful attractions & offer a wide variety of interesting and appealing sights. Our history spans centuries, examples of which are plentiful throughout our harbour. This combined with our scenic coves, beaches and bays as well as the marine and bird life makes Cork Sea Safari a unique and unforgettable experience. Fun and informative Harbour and Dolphin Watching tours from Cork Harbour are also available, combined with the unique opportunity to experience high adventure and pure exhilaration. www.safari.ie

Surfing & Sailing
The coastline around Cork experiences some of the best waves suitable for surfers, and it is therefore no surprise that this sport is growing in popularity.  In some of the more well known areas, Surf Schools provide tuition and equipment for hire. 
It is also possible experience other water sports like canoeing and kayaking. www.oysterhaven.com 

Cork Walking Tours: Cork Tasting Trail
This Cork trail is very relaxed with an engaging and experienced tour guide. This trail appeals to a very broad range of people from those are just enthusiastic about food to those who want to see and taste the best of what Cork has to offer. The tour brings people to various places that are off the usual food route while offering generous and frequent tastings throughout. The trail includes many different markets, bakers, butchers, fishmongers and many more while also meeting the people behind the production of some of the best food in Ireland. A little history of the city will also be told along the way. www.fabfoodtrails.ie

The Titanic Trail:  Walking Tour of Cobh
The entertaining and innovative Titanic Trail has been operating every day since 1998. The one hour escorted tour, with specially trained guides, brings to life the story of Titanic, and the events in the town on the day Titanic left her last anchorage to sail into her icy fate in the North Atlantic. The Titanic Trail has been filmed by 20th Century Fox, National Geographic and many other travel documentaries. www.titanic.ie

Farran Woods
Zipit, at Farran Woods, is a high wire forest adventure park with a difference. A place for young and old, where children can let their imagination run wild and where adults can embrace their inner child. 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. Children from age 7 to adults can enjoy up to 4 hours of excitement and adventure. Zipit offers a unique outdoor experience for everyone to enjoy. 

Fitzgerald Park
The gardens play host to Cork Museum, Riverview Café, sculptures, a waterlily-bedecked pond, a variety of sculptures and even a skate park. Daly's Bridge, built in 1926, connects Sundays Well Road with these charming formal gardens. This pedestrian bridge is made from timber planks and is known locally as the 'Shakey Bridge' which spans the river Lee, the habitat of many graceful swans. Fitzgerald Park is a short 10 minute stroll from Hayfield Manor. 

Ballycotton Cliff Walk 
The Cliff Walk is from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreen beach along a cliff track where you are flanked by meadows on one side and the ocean on the other. It starts at the end of Ballycotton village. The walk extends over 5 miles on a foot worn track along the cliff face with stunning views and passes Ballytrasna beach. There are many stiles to cross on the route (therefore not suitable for bikes or buggies). Our dedicated Concierge team can provide a map of the walk as well as driving directions should you require them. The cliffs are located approximately 50mins from Hayfield Manor.