Woodpoint House is close to the start of both the Seven Heads Walk, and the Wild Atlantic Way, a hugely successful rebranding of the entire west coast of Ireland. In addition to these longer walks there are numerous short walks in an around the village, taking in woods, beaches and stunning scenery. Several walks are marked out in Woodpoint House’s own grounds, taking in the woods and wild flowers and shrubs such as fuschia, bluebells and wild garlic.
There are a huge selection of beautiful beaches and coves to choose from for a picnic, locally, such as Courtmacsherry Strand itself, Coolmain Strand, and Broadstrand, to further afield, such as Dunworley Bay and Clonakilty Bay with the award-winning Inchydoney beach.
Boating and fishing
Almost every water-based activity is represented in Courtmacsherry, from kayaking to wreck-fishing. Woodpoint House is closely associated with Courtmacsherryangling.ie who have a variety of boats available for charter or hire. Talk to Trish about arranging an angling package. Fish caught locally include sea bass, skate, ray, wrasse, pollock, mackerel, dogfish and even blue shark.
Food and culture
There is a regular country market where shoppers can buy locally caught fish, fruit and vegetables, home baking, jams and pickles. Further afield, Clonakilty has numerous boutiques and shops selling a wide range of goods. Clonakilty is also home to DeBarras, the renowned West Cork music venue. Several gourmet restaurants are within a short drive, including the Pink Elephant on the outskirts of Kinsale, and Deasys in Ring.
There is an established horse and pony centre at the foot of the hill, where riders of all abilities are welcomed and can have lessons in the arena, or go out on treks with BHSAI registered instructors.
The famous Old Head course at Kinsale offers 36 holes of spectacular cliff-top golf. There are more local courses, such as Bandon, offering 18 holes of parkland golf in the grounds of Castlebernard, and Dunworley, a local nine hole course.
There are several festivals in Courtmacsherry in the summer months, including the July Strand Horseracing Festival, the Village Festival in August and the Storytelling Festival in September. Courtmac is a good base if you are attending other festivals, like the Guitar Festival in Clonakilty, being close to the action but also offering peace and quiet when you’ve had enough music.