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The historic village of Castlemartyr in County Cork is just under half an hour’s drive from Cork City and has had famous names such as Sir Walter Raleigh, Robert Doyle and Lord Chief Justice Henry Orrery who would have once called it home. The village and its surrounding area makes a perfect area for those looking for some time away.
Castlemartyr has a variety of hotels based in the village and just outside of it. These range from low end to very high-end hotels - all great options for a special occasion or for a quiet weekend away. Whether it’s a hotel in the village or in the quiet countryside, Castlemartyr has a good selection of hotels catering to most tastes.
Castlemartyr is steeped in historical features and outdoor activities that could easily fill a day or two of sightseeing. This includes Geraldine castle, a castle linked to the Fitzgerald clan who once reigned over Castlemartyr and its surrounding area.
Visit Castlemartyr woods or nearby Garryvoe for peaceful walks and to feel at one with nature.
Castlemartyr itself has discoveries such as the Ice House, the ruined chapel and a graveyard where Richard 4th Earl of Shannon is buried. Once you’re finished exploring the village pop into Pat Short’s Bar with its traditional interior and river side setting.
If you’re staying in self-catered accommodation then do call into the Village greengrocer shop for fresh local produce such as vegetables, fruits, local jams, juices, deli items and cheeses.
Visit the nearby market town of Midleton, or head on to the seaside area of Garryvoe and take a walk along the beautiful beach. There is then The Stephen Pierce Pottery shop in Shanagarry where wonderful pieces of pottery can be picked up.
Only fifteen minutes’ drive away from Castlemartyr is Ballymaloe, a town that has become notorious for its wholesome food and exciting cultural offerings. Spend a day at a cookery class at Ballymaloe House, a cookery school founded by Darina Allen, one of Ireland’s favourite cooks, and learn how to make a new exciting dish. There is then the annual Ballymaloe LitFest, an event celebrating food and wine at Shanagarry Estate. Here, attendees can enjoy over 40 events, including wine tastings, book readings, as well as garden and foraging walks.
In Castlemartyr, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or a drink. Along the main street are several great pubs and bars that offer excellent food and local entertainment.