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Crosshaven is picturesque village close to the mouth of Cork harbour at the confluence of the Lee and Owenabue rivers. It is part of Ireland’s Ancient East but still only 20 miles from the start of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The maritime ties here, both new and old are everywhere – forests of yacht masts and flapping halyards clink happily together in the wind, boatyard cranes buzz around busily and the laughs of young dinghy sailors learning their ancient sport fill the air - the Royal Cork Yacht Club at the western end of the village has been around since 1720.
Up the hill just beyond the centre of village you’ll find Camden Fort Meagher, a restored old British coastal artillery fort that keeps watch over the mouth of Cork harbour. Most of it is underground which makes it a fascinating visit – see the munitions store, a secret tunnel down to the water, live combat demonstrations and there’s a café with stunning cliff-side views as wide as the giant ships that cruise by.
With its laidback charm it’s no surprise that Crosshaven’s walks are popular. The old railway walk from Carrigaline is a favourite with locals and suitable for bikes, skates and rollerblades too.
It meanders along scenic Drake’s Pool and moored boats nodding in the tide while the Cliff Walk, at the other end of the village, is a gentle climb towards the fort with the reward of dramatic views of Cobh, Spike Island, east Cork and Roches Point.
Crosshaven is a 35-40 minute drive, via Carrigaline, from Cork City and Cork Airport. The 220X bus departs from South Mall in the city centre.
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