Going Out

outYou couldn't find a better location from which to explore the South of Ireland.

Driving Tours:

Farran House is perfectly located for touring the South of Ireland. We less than an hour away from The Wild Atlantic Way and The Ring of Kerry. We provide maps with suggested touring routes.

Cork City (15 mins):

Cork is Ireland's second city and a former European city of culture, it is just 15 minutes from Farran House. We provide maps and details of its the shops, restaurants, galleries and museums.

Blarney Castle (20 mins)

Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest Chieftains. Tourists visiting Blarney Castle may hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone. Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens. There are paths touring the grounds with signs pointing out the various attractions such as several natural rock formations with fanciful names such as Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave and the Wishing Steps. https://www.blarneycastle.ie/

Walking :

Farran Wood (5mins) Once part of the estate of Farran House, it is now a public forest park, run by the forestry board. It is located on the banks of the iniscarra resevoir, there are miles of tracks and paths, Its great place for walking or jogging. It is 2 miles from the house

The Gearagh (20 mins) “The Wooded River” is the remains of the only post glacial, alluvial forest in western Europe.  The Gearagh Loop which is approximately 6.5 KM. This is also a popular spot for birdwatchers.


Zipit (5mins) are located in Farran woods, if swinging out of trees is your thing - great fun. https://www.zipit.ie/locations/farran-wood

Horse riding :

-Lee Valley Equestrian Centre (10 mins) http://www.leevalleyequestriancentre.ie/
-Kinsale Equestrian Centre, (35 mins) www.kinsale-equstrian.ie
-Ballinadee Stables (35 mins) Bandon, Co Cork 0214778152

Greyhound racing :

Cork Greyhound Race Co. Ltd (10 mins)
Curraheen Park, Curraheen,
Cork (021) 4543095
Wednesday,Thursday and Saturday evenings

Water-skiing :

Carrig Waterski Centre (15mins)  http://www.discoverireland.ie/activities-adventure/carrig-waterski-and-wakeboard-centre/45752

Cork Powerboat and Waterski Club (15 mins)
Agherinagh, Dripsey, Cork, Ireland
Phone: 021 733 4605


Coolmain (40 mins)
Rosscarberry (50 mins) Swimming:
Farran wood - Lake swimming (5 mins)
Leisure World, Bishopstown (10 mins)
The Leisure World facility comprises of a 6-lane 25m swimming pool, gym, aerobic and steam room. Tel: 4346505

Whale watching:

Whale and dolphin migratory paths pass through the waters off the West Cork Coastline. Excursions can be organised all year round except March, April, May.

Water Sports:

Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre (40 mins)
Tel. 021 477 2896.

Sea Fishing (30 mins):

A boat leaves Crosshaven daily at 10:00am and returns at 4:00pm, costs around 60 Euro per person including the hire of all fishing gear.
Telephone: 021 4831843

Clay Pigoen Shooting (20 mins):

Lock Stock and Barrel
Waterfall, Cork Tel 021 488 5260


This part of Cork is rich in castles, stone circles and standing stones, we have books at the house.

Bus Tours:

Corcorans Executive Travel
l8 College Street, Killarney ~ Tel +353 64 36666
They take the hard work out of the ring of Kerry


Visit our blog for some pictures of where we like to go.