Perfect Days Out
Timoleague, Courtmacsherry and Locality.
Clonakilty is home to a number of vibrant communities who themselves hold a host of events during the summer.One of these vilages, Timoleague, is home to one of our most beautiful sites. Starting from Clonakilty take the Cork Rd. and head out of town, past the grotto and take your first right onto the R600. Follow the signs for Timoleague.
Once in Timoleague it is possible to park at Timoleague Abbey. The Abbey was
founded by the Franciscan order in 1240 A.D. Ity was built on the site of a monastic settlement founded by Saint Molaga in the 6th century. The village’s name comes from the Gaelic for House of Molaga, (Tigh Mologa). The abbey was extended by Donal Glas McCarthy in 1312, and by Irish and Norman patrons in the 16th century. Enjoy some exploration and take in the views.
Visit the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, a Romanesque building with a tower and stained glass windows designed by Harry Clarke in 1931. Not the only beautiful church in Timoleague, The Church of the Ascension, Timoleague, has remarkable interior mosaics that were created between 1918 and 1925 to commemorate members of the Travers family and Surgeon-General Alymer Martin Crofts (1854-1915). Crofts, who had family links with Timoleague, was born in Cork and joined the Indian Medical Service in 1877. He remained in India until 1914 and was tutor, mentor and lifelong friend of the Maharaja Madho Rao Scindia of the princely state of Gwalior, south of Delhi. Crofts died in 1915 and in his memory, the Maharaja financed the completion of the mosaics at Timoleague church. They are amazing!
An old railway line from Timoleague to Courtmacsherry has been paved over to create a flat easy 5k walk between the two West Cork villages. It is flat and suitable for cycling, walking for people of all ages. You can leave the car in Timoleague and head off towards Courtmac. As you arrive there is a children’s play area and picnic tables. You can continue on through the village and towards the beach, where there are a host of watersports on offer.
For the more serious walkers The Seven Heads walk embraces a very interesting and varied territory in the course of its entire distance of approx. 42.5km around the peninsula. There are plenty of resources available in our Tourist Office in Clonakilty, our many bookshops and in a number of free publications.
Next onto Kilbrittain. On 15th January 2009 a fin whale beached on the strand in Burren, Kilbrittain Co Cork, Ireland. It was an enormous animal. The skeleton was put on display in a permanent position in the local village and is an amazing sight. A video with sound recalls the story of the whale. There is a picnic area with tables and a beautiful woodland walk with a historic castle in the background. It is enormous!!!
One of the newest, funnest and most active adventures to our locality has to be West Cork Secret. Prepare to get exhausted and dirty on the longest water slide we have ever seen! Set in beautiful surroundings, it couples the serenity of beautifully landscaped gardens with the shrieks of excitement from the obstacle course. It featured in last year’s RTE ‘Shakedown the Town’ and there are a number of Youtube videos available. The waterside, the Fury is now 223 feet of speed, fun and splashes.
A day in West Cork Secret is guaranteed to have everyone laughing.