Some suggested days out include:
There has been much written about the famous Blarney Castle. Each year thousands of visitors from all over the world come to "... Kiss the Blarney Stone ..." ; in so doing people hope to gain the elusive gift of eloquence.
"... there is a stone that whoever kisses never misses to grow eloquent, he may clamber to a ladies chamber or become a member of parliament ..."
Blarney is located about 35km from Macroom. If you stay in the Castle Hotel you will be ideally based to visit the Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone, do some shopping and return to Macroom in time for dinner!
Take an historic stroll around the Bealick Mill a 19th century cornmill, beautifully restored, famine exhibition, local records – don’t forget our beautiful authentic pubs!
1922 – step back in History and visit Beal na Blath – site of Michael Collins shooting in 1922. View our Discover Michael Collins information here, including literature detailing his visit to The Castle Hotel (then called The Williams hotel) on his last journey!
The other Castle – explore Macroom Castle, a 13th century stronghold of the O’Flynns, Lords of Muskery.
Within the Lee Valley catchment lies the culturally distinct are of the Múscraí Gaeltacht one of the few remaining Irish speaking areas in Ireland. Here you will find the villages of Baile Bhúirne (Ballyvourney), Baile Mhic Íre (Ballymakeera) and Cúil Áodha (Coolea) on the river Sullane, Beál Átha ‘n Ghaorthaidh (Ballingeary) and Guagán Barra (Gougane Barra) on the river Lee and the villages of Reidh na nDoirí (Renaniree) and Cill na Martra (Kilnamartra) astride the ridge that forms a watershed between the two valleys.