Glamping in Cork

coomarkane visitor centre
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Just back from a lovely trip to Coomarkane visitor centre in Glengarriff. Was glamping! Took my 13 year old daughter with me. We were able to cook on the campfire. Everything was very eco friendly with compost toilets and covid restrictions in place. Peace and quiet was lovely. Definitely need a car!
We were there for 2 nights. First evening we built the campfire, was great fun collecting sticks from the lane and we made potatoes wrapped in tin foil, threw them in the fire, then we had a kettle and a pot. Fried sausages in that and then put beans in was delicious. The potatoes cooked perfectly! All cutlery is in the little shared kitchen and they also had a little fridge for each cabin. (Only 2 cabins on the site) Toilet is outside which was fun. Solar lights led the way but they did provide a torch also in the cabin. Cabin had tv and dvds but we didn’t turn tv on once.

Next day we had a toasted sandwich at a cafe and beside the cafe was a little boutique called B/Apparel run by a really stylish lady (Beatrice). My daughter bought a lovely jacket. Next we went to visit a friend Mags at Bumblebee flower farm which was about 30 mins away. When we got back we lit the fire again but only made tea as we had a big dinner. Casey’s Hotel seemed to be the popular spot for eating as it was booked up so good to know to book in advance especially with covid restrictions.

We went to Poeleen forest for a walk and it was beautiful. The waterfall walk isn’t far and the river is gorgeous so peaceful and perfect for our little picnic.

We took the trip to Garnish Islands next morning – takes about 15 minutes. Beautiful island with high italian influence. Beautiful gardens too. There is a cafe on the island with basic sandwiches and tea etc.

Seeing the seals on the trip over was a highlight. Next stop was to Kinsale where I was visiting another friend. We ate in the Blue Haven Kinsale delicious meal and we stayed in the Pier House Guesthouse which was almost 5 star in my opinion. Tea and coffee and ice all available and a lovely area to sit and chill. The decor was very shabby chic/Sea themed highly recommend. Power shower was very welcome too!

A lovely trip and want to go back!

Visit them on Facebook at @coomarkanevisitorcentre/

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