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Family Activities

Hotel Facilities

The Quality Hotel Clonakilty is the perfect location for family activity breaks West Cork. This family friendly hotel in Cork offers a warm welcome for families while offering them a range of activities in the area. To view the childrens facilities available in the the hotel, such as the jungle gym, teen zone, cinema and children's camp, please Click here .

The West Cork Model Railway Village

The first of its kind in Ireland, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of life in West Cork during the 1940's. Situated beside picturesque Clonakilty Bay, The Model Village depicts in miniature, life and industry in West Cork as they were 50 years ago. The theme is enhanced by the miniature working railway. In addition to the model village, the "Tsu Tsu" - is an old style train that travels around the town at different stages during the day picking people up at the Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre, on its travels to explore the town of Clonakilty and Inchydoney. T. +353 (0)23 88 33224,

Inchydoney Beach

Inchydoney Beach was at one time was an Island and is situated 4.5km from Clonakilty. The beauty of The Island (as it is still known locally) with it's magnificent beaches divided by a promontory known as "The Virgin Mary's Bank" has been appreciated by many over the years, and inspired the poet Callanan. Today, the blue flag beach is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll or for a fun filled day for all the family.

Jungle City

Fresh from London and Edinburgh Frindge Festival, 24 brightly painted life - size animal sculptures have been installed in every nook and cranny around Clonakilty town. Jungle City is a free attraction that both children and adults will  absolutely love! They are beautifully decorated by local and international artists.  The five types of animals featured in Clonakilty Jungle City include Elephants, Tigers, Orangutans, Crocodiles and Hornbills.  these are all featured in Clonakilty Jungle City because they are endangered because they are losing their forect homes. 

"Smugglers Cove" Golf Adventure Centre/Rosscarbery Pitch and Putt Course

Be a pirate for the day at the "Smugglers Cove" Golf Adventure Centre.  This  fantastic new facility, opened in 2012 should provide hours of entertainment for all the family. They also provide both adult ad children's clubs, where required.   Just last year, a purpose built maze was added and this is proving a challenge for both adults and children alike! Tel. 023 88 48054. 

Suitable for both novices and experienced players, a links-like course is also available at Warren Strand.  It has both a long and short course option, so even the most dedicated golfer will find it entertaining.  They also rent both adult ad children's clubs, where required. The Warren, Rosscarbery - Tel. +353 (0)28 48203.  

Rebel Adventures

Adrenalin fuelled action packed adventure. War games based on state of the art military equipment, each player gets and machine gun and grenade launcher. Ammunition is FREE, making it much cheaper than paintball. Suitable for anyone aged 10 upwards. Also available is LASER CLAY SHOOTING, FISHING, GOLF, INFLATABLE CHALLENGES and TEAM BUILDING events. Rebel Base is just outside Clonakilty, just a 3 minute drive from the hotel.
T: +353 (0)23 88 43998 or +353 (0)87 1233117,

West Cork Surf School

Located at the blue flag, Inchydoney beach in Clonakilty, the West Cork Surf School, is the first established Surf School in Cork and are recognised by the Irish Surfing Association (ISA). They run lessons all year round and are open seven days a week throughout the summer. During the winter months we cater for individuals and small/large groups on Saturdays and Sundays and large groups (8+) during the week. Individuals and groups are welcomed, as are all levels of ability from beginner to pro!. T: +353 (0)86 8695396,

Atlantic Sea Kayaking, Skibbereen, West Cork

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, West Cork's coastline is dotted with deserted islands, ancient castles, sea caves and and abundance of marine life. Atlantic Sea Kayaking offer an unique opportunity to explore this wild and colourful landscape in a nature friendly way. We offer Kayaking in safety and comfort, expert and friendly instructors, quality equipment. All ages and abilities catered for. I.C.U. and Irish Tourist Board Approved. Tel. +353 (0)28 21058,

Horse Riding and Pony trekking

Clonakilty Equestrian Centre is situated just minutes from Clonakilty town.  Trekking is a wonderful way to take in some of the fantastic scenery for all the family.  Lessons are also provided for all different levels at the centre.   Tel. +353 (0)23 8833533

Fota Wildlife Park & Fota House & Gardens, Cobh, East Cork

At Fota Wildlife Park you can come face-to-face with over 90 species of exotic wildlife! Appreciate the tranquil surroundings and see conversation in action. Fota Wildlife Park is not like an ordinary zoo. Wherever possible they have chosen animals that thrive in a free-range environment, which allows them to roam free, while mixed with other species and with us human visitors! Situated just over an hours drive from Clonakilty, take the N25 and then the Cobh exit. Fota House & Gardens are located in Carrigtwohill and is a great example of regency architecture. The gardens house a fine selection of rare and tender trees and shrubs. T. +353(0)21 481 2678,

Looking for even more? Check out other activities in the area or visit our Golfing & Angling page.