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Midleton Map and Tourist Information
Midleton Map.pdf
You are now in the heart of East Cork, where you will find a very warm welcome. Our staff at the Midleton Tourist Office will be happy to help you with holiday plans, local information and accommodation advice. We in Midleton & Area Tourism wish you a relaxed and happy stay in our midst.

Midleton - www.mideltonchamber.com
Tracing it’s origins from a Cistercian monastery founded in 1180, Midleton was developed as a market town from 1608. Its early reputation for good food and drink is continued today by its fine restaurants and Farmer’s Market, and Midleton Distillery

Jameson Experience www.jamesonwhiskey.com
This is a large distillery founded in 1825 showcasing the production of whiskey in Midleton including a guided tour and sampling of whiskey.

Leahy’s Open Farm & Farmhouse Museum - www.leahysopenfarm.com
A trip down memory lane. Visit the old farmhouse and farmyard with its exhibit of vintage farm machinery. View the farm animals and fowl. See the cows being milked and the little pigs being born. Enjoy a boat trip in the little canal. Relax in the intimate coffee shop. Children’s playground on site. Set in wooded countryside 9 miles north west of Midleton.

Fota Wildlife Park and Arboretum
www.fotawildlife.ie
FOTA Wildlife Park is an ideal family day out. Come face to face with over 90 species of exotic wildlife.
Appreciate endangered animals such as cheetahs in action. Children will enjoy themselves on the free playground while you enjoy a coffee nearby. You will be able to choose from a wide selection of souvenirs at the gift shop. FOTA’s primary aim is the conservation of and breeding of endangered species. Your entry fee is a direct contribution towards conservation programmes  in Ireland and world-wide.

Trabolgan www.trabolgan.com
A unique concept is all-family holidays with magnificent recreational facilities including a sub tropical pool. Set in a delightful woodlands, Trabolgan is Ireland’s premier holiday and leisure complex.

Ballyannan Woods
An ancient waterfront woods that is an attractive local wood with a picnic area.

Monuments in Midleton
Until recently Midleton only had one public monument. But since the 1990’s several more have been erected including Nellie Cashman (wild west heroine) and the Kindred Spirits Choctaw Monument.

Loughaderra Lake
Travelling westwards on the N25 the visitor discovers picturesque Loughaderra Lake 3.5 miles from Midleton. The origins of the lake are steeped in folklore, while fishing is popular in season. One can also admire the graceful swans and the various species of wildlife.

Castlemartyr Resort
The great mansion is now a hotel. The former ballroom now a bar which boasts one of the most beautiful and ornate ceilings in
Ireland. The grounds are tastefully manicured and the beauty is greatly enhanced by the lake, while the imposing Fitzgerald Castle close by is of particular historical interest.

The Midleton Food and Drink Festival epitomizes the new food culture that has developed in Midleton, combined with a truly remarkable extravaganza of fun. Its ethos is to develop the Festival into a magnificent flagship showcase of the highest standard in Ireland. Set in the undulating and bountiful countryside of East Cork, Midleton has become southern Ireland’s hub of culinary excellence. With a long held and world-renowned reputation for whiskey making traditions and more recently, its fine Farmers Market, Midleton is a perfect setting for our Food and Drink Festival. The rich resources of the surrounding farmland and the wealth of excellent seafood available from nearby Ballycotton has made the Festival a celebration of its authentic and locally produced fare!

Ring of Cork Heritage Trail
Built on a deep heritage, South and East Cork offers some of the finest locations for unique and memorable holidays. With its vibrant villages, historic towns, dramatic coastline, the finest of local produce and a wealth of fun family activities, Cork is the perfect getaway location.There is an amazing selection of accommodation on offer, from camping to being pampered in some of Ireland’s finest resorts and spas. Explore the region and experience not only its varied charm, but the diversity of its history and culture.
Ballyannan Woods
Ballyannan Wood is a beautiful mature woodland located at the Dwyers road in Midleton. It has been in existence from the early 1660’s. Ballyannan townland was owned by the Hodnett family until 1653. St John Brodrick turned the Castle into a fortified mansion. The castle lies outside the woodland but the stone gate pillars, ruined cottages, and boathouses remain in the wood as a reminder of the past.

Description: Wood & History Walk
Start Location: Midleton Park Hotel
Distance: 6km Time: 2hrs
Footwear: General

Historical Walk
Walking on to the main street turn right. The first building was originally Coppinger’s Brewery (1794). Further up is a stone building designed by Pugin (1851) now Coppinger’s Bar. Continuing up the main street crossing Connolly Street with Midleton College on your right (1696). Stroll up to the Courthouse (1829), crossing the street to AIB Bank (1901), continuing back down may turn on to Church Lane to visit St John the Baptist’s Church.
Returning to the Main Street, next building of interest you will pass Midleton Library (1789, Midleton Market House). Down at the end of Main Street is Midleton House built by the Coppinger Family 1790’s.

Description: History Walk
Start Location: Midleton Tourist Office
Distance: 2.5km Time: 1hr
Footwear: General

Monument Walk
Many monuments are within easy walking distances from our tourist office.
1) Kindred Spirit Choctaw Monument
2) JFK Coolbawn Riverside Way
3) Nellie Cashman, North Riveside Way
4) Clonmult Monument, Top of Main St
5) The Gyrator,
 Top of Main St Roundabout
6) Sheep around the Post, Hospital Road
7) Boy & Geese, Top of Hospital Road
8) The Pip Man, Outside the Courthouse

Description: Monuments of Interest
Start Location: Midleton Tourist Office
Distance: 3km Time: 1.5-2hrs
Footwear: General

A Hill Walk
Leading out of Connolly Street passing Midleton College (1696). Walk out the Dungourney Road passing the new distillery on your right.  Approximately 1km further turn left  start to climb a steep hill,  at the top of the hill there is sign for the Paddocks Holiday Village, follow this farm road until you emerge onto the main road. Take a left and 500m on, you will pass the famine graveyard, continue past East Cork Oil taking another left and follow this road straight back into Midleton town.

Description: Hill / History Walk
Start Location:  Across from Library
Distance: 6km Time: 3hrs
Footwear: Flat Comfortable


PLEASE BE ADVISED OF STEEP HILL MID PART OF THIS WALK

Curragh Woods Walk
You can drive to the Curragh Wood. Start at the Tourist Office and head to Main Street. Turn right and head due north to Gyrator, on the left, in a narrow valley there is a car park and picnic area. This is the access to the Curragh Wood. Take the forest trail to the top of the hill, it can be quite strenuous.  At the summit (130m) there is a vista of East Cork stretching from FOTA on the West to Castlemartyr on the East with Aghada / Roches Point due South. At your feet is Midleton. This view reveals the reason for the other surprise in Curragh Wood - the large hill fort or ditched enclosure, which dates from the Iron Age. (700 BC to 400 AD). Clearly the site was considered sufficiently important to become a centre of local power in prehistoric times. Good walking shoes are recommended and a reasonable level of fitness is advised. Don’t forget to bring a picnic.

Description: Hill / History Walk
Start Location:  Across from Library
Distance: 6km Time: 3hrs
Footwear: Flat Comfortable

OTHER ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES OF INTEREST
SOME ATTRACTIONS IN THE MIDLETON AREA
MIDLETON WALKS
- Jameson Experience
- Cloyne Cathedral and Round Tower
- Ballymaloe
- Shanagarry & Ballymaloe Cookery School & Gardens
- Ballycotton
- Castlemartyr Resort
- Roches Point - last stop of the Titanic before its fatal voyage. 

ARTS & CRAFTS

- Crafty Hands Pottery Studio, Midleton  087 9028186
- Shanagarry Design Centre, Shanagarry 021 4645838
- Fine Art Framing Studio, Midleton 021 4631540

CASTLES TOWERS & CHURCHES

TOWERS
- Round Tower Cloyne -
  one of just two round towers in County Cork

CHURCHES
- Cloyne Cathedral
- Corkbeg Church (Princess Diana's ancestors buried here)
- Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Midleton
- Holy Trinity Church, East Ferry
- St John the Baptist's Church, Midleton

CASTLES
- Castlemartyr - Estate of the Earls of Shannon
- Ballyannan Castle
- Ightermorragh Castle
- Inchiquin Castle
- Cahermone Castle
- Shanagarry Castle, Estate of William Penn

SITES OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE
Killeagh - Site of 7th century nunnery
Sunville - Home of William Penn
Midleton College 1696 -
(Oldest school in East Cork)
East Ferry / Rath Coursey, a route that led to an ancient ferry leading to Cork

Garryvoe Beach
Driving through the village of Ladysbridge one proceeds to Garryvoe Beach. Other safe sandy beaches at Ballinwilling and Ardnahinch make this an ideal venue for sunbathing, with breath taking views of Ballycotton islands. At nearby Ballymacoda and Knockadoon, Irish is still spoken.

Crafts at Shanagarry
The next stop on the East Cork Ring will be Shanagarry, which is fast developing as the craft centre of East Cork. Stephen Pearce Pottery, Kilkenny Design Centre and
Ballymaloe Craft Shop have a wide variety of gifts to suit the most discerning tastes and one can do a tour of Shanagarry Pottery by prior arrangement.

Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens
The Edwardian gardens at Shanagarry have been lovingly restored by Darina Allen and are a delight. They include a elegant geometric vegetable garden, a formal fruit garden, and the largest formal herb garden in Ireland.

Picturesque Ballycotton
At Shanagarry Cross there is a linkage to Ballycotton, a delightful fishing harbour much favoured by anglers. It has a long, interesting maritime history, and the coastal path from Ballycotton to Ballytrasna and on to Ballyandreen has unrivalled views of the Atlantic Ocean. The area is also rich in wildlife and on your return to the ring you may be fortunate enough to hear the dawn chorus at the Ballinamona Bird Sanctuary.

Medieval Cloyne
Cloyne, a quiet historic town which is the next place of particular interest. Rich in heritage, St Colman founded the monastery at which the round tower still stands. Bishop Berkeley
was Bishop of Cloyne from 1734-1753. Cloyne Cathedral has an impressive monument to his memory. A statue of the famous hurling star Christy Ring stands at the entrance of Cloyne GAA grounds.

Bird Watching at Rostellan Lake
Leaving Cloyne one travels on the Rostellan road to White Well Cross on the R630. Here there is a linkage to Rostellan, Aghada and Whitegate. One can enjoy the Bird watching at Rostellan Lake and Woods, and further on can catch panoramic views of Cork Harbour from Whitegate and Roches Point.

The Beautiful East Ferry
Return to White Well Cross and continue on the R630 to the little village of Saleen. Turn left and you join the glorious East Ferry drive with views of Cobh and Whitegate in the distance. There is a boating marina at Marlogue on the far side of the East Ferry, while many boats operate from the East Cork side. The narrow winding road adds to the attractiveness of the area and once again wildbird species can be viewed. There are several local historical plaques which reveal the heritage of the area.

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Midleton Area Map.pdf