Arrive in Cork City – travel 36km due north(ish) to Ballyvolane House . Stay in luxury accommodation in the historic country house or go Glamping in one of the three or four person bell tents in the grounds. It’s a fully catered, luxury camping experience with all meals, drinks, and afternoon tea laid on in the main house.
You are not exactly roughing it, but you are escaping to a peaceful, rural idyll in beautiful parkland on the banks of the storied Blackwater River. It’s claimed to be Ireland’s finest salmon run, a legendary place amongst anglers the world over.
And while you may not have the skills to cast flies for the King of the River, you can go after no-less sporting rainbow trout in the estate’s lakes. If you are unused to fishing with the fly rod, experienced instructors are on hand for beginners.
There are lots of activities and experiences for kids and adults in the grounds, but you may just want to spend your first one or two days just finding some peaceful spaces and decompressing