"The town that never reared a fool"

Nestled in the heart of the Lee Valley, Macroom's historic market town has been attracting people since pre history. It is rich in history and folklore and makes the perfect base to explore the south west of Ireland. It's only 45 minutes from Cork City and Killarney. There is a beautiful selection of things to do in Macroom and the Lee Valley, and it's a great stopping point on your way to West Cork or the Ring of Kerry, as its a mid point on the Wild Atlantic Way. It has some characterful hotels which appear to have stopped in time, quaint cafes and a wonderful pub culture. Its also home to a growing array of watersports for the more adventurous of you out there. So if your looking for tourism attractions in Macroom, keep reading.

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An idyllic walk down the castle grounds, amongst the ancient trees laid down by Lady Ardilaun and her forefathers, the path way winds along by the banks of the Sullane River. The grounds were gifted by Lady Ardilaun to the people of Macroom. Traversing the path will bring you under a beautiful Beech Tree, much loved by locals. And on then to a junction, to the left will bring you to the 'back gate' of the Castle grounds, to the right will bring you to a bridge which brings you across into Tom Creedon Park from where you can either go to the weirs and its resident heron or down the Town Park to get a view of the castle from the other side of the river. The later part of the castle grounds was developed into an 18 hole golf course. Macroom Golf Course's location makes for some of the most scenic rounds of golf in the country. The whole walk is perfect for a leisurely stroll and around 1-2km in length.

Tourism Attractions in Macroom

As we have seen there are a wealth of tourism attractions and things to do in Macroom. Not only that, Macroom is a stones throw away from Cork City, West Cork and the Ring of Kerry. Keep an eye out for further blogs about great things to do in the south of Ireland. Trip Advisor, Pure Cork and Original Irish Hotels also act as great resources for things to do in Macroom so be sure to check those out too.