Welcome to the Lagoon Activity Centre, Rosscarbery. A place where you can relax, feel free and take in the breathtaking serenity and beauty of West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way.
At the Lagoon Activity Centre you will be able to take on our inflatable water park, rent a kayak, take the kids pedal boating, try your hand at stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or for the less adventurous, simply relax on our over water deck or in the garden and enjoy some fresh coffee and food in our garden cafe.
We are situated on the in-land side of the N71, or as most people know it, the Clonakilty to Skibbereen road. When you are driving to Skibbereen from Clonakilty, if you look to your right you will see our white beach hut and the Lagoon where we operate from.
The main causeway across Ross estuary was part of the new Post Office road between Cork and Skibbereen. It was built between about 1810 and 1814. As parliamentary papers from London show, the route across the tidal sand flat represented a considerable deviation from the original, planned route, and additional costs were incurred. In the end, the new section of road at Rosscarbery became part of a long-running dispute between George Kingston, supervisor, and William Larkin, surveyor. Nevertheless, just over two hundred years later, the structure remains in good condition and serves as evidence of its good engineering design and strong foundation (Anthony Beese 2017).
‘Twas quite admired by everybody in the neighbourhood.’ (Ann Plumptre 1817).
With the causeway built, this effected the flow of water from Rosscarbery bay and the way the bay flushed out. This caused a build up of sediment and along with the baking heat of the summer sun, an unbearable stench arose. Cork County Council decided to do something about the stench and in the 1970’s they dammed the bridge on the western extremity of the causeway to permantly flood the in-land side of the bay. This would prevent the water level from dropping below 3.2m of the lowest tide at sea level at gives the Lagoon an average depth of 3 feet today.
In todays Ireland damming like this would seem an unspeakable act but it has created a mini ecosystem that would not exist otherwise. The Lagoon is an ecology of sea snails and worms, krill, shrimp, crab, pollock, mullet, silver eel, sand fish/rock fish and bass. All of these attract larger predators such as sea otters along with an extensive birdlife, including cormorant, little egret, heron, ganet, mute swan and many species of duck.
Visited the Lagoon during the Summer with my two kids and they had a ball. From the moment we arrived the staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant. Lovely coffee available too. Shout out to a young lad called Ciaran who went over and beyond to help us. We look forward
Absolutely Amazing Day had at The Lagoon!! The rain did not matter in fact the kids said it made the water park more Fun!! All the staff were so so friendly and helpful. Thanks to all the staff and Pizzas were wow!! We’ll be back!!
Great fun, great staff.
Absolutely blown away by my experience at the Lagoon. Staff were exceptional and went above and beyond my expectations. The lads doing the lifejackets and wetsuits were so friendly and professional. The waterpark itself was great craic and all my group had a ball. The whole set
Great place. Really enjoyed Kayaking.
Big family group. Highlight of the family holiday. Kids loved it. Well worth a visit!
Great fun all (kids and adults).
A big thanks to Paul and his expert team at The Lagoon. The girls had a superb time yesterday evening. Great atmosphere with a very good approach from staff to people's safety. The Lagoon really is a MUST stop on the Wild Atlantic Way for family fun.
Awesome experience and so much fun. Not too easy and not too hard. Great time and would defo do again.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Everything very clean. We were very well supervised while in the water park and hence had lots of fun. Thanks to all the staff
Access to safe water, excellent coffee and great for model yacht racing!!
Went to the Lagoon Activity Centre today for the first time and we had a ball. Went on the paddle boat and got a kayak each. Everything was very straight forward. Staff were very friendly and extremely helpful and such amazing value. Will definitely come back for some more fun when I come to west cork again.
Great day out for both adults and kids, any foot protection would be welcome, as you wouldn't notice the sore feet during the activity but definitely afterwards lol... ( Well worth it tho ☺️☺️).....
Fabulous spot in wet or beautiful weather ! My kids and friends had a ball here ! Well worth a visit great value!
Kids had a great day out here well worth every penny n kayaking will be back again thsnks
Great spot. My 2 boys had a ball. Great facilities, great value. Friendly staff.
Went pedal boating at the Lagoon last Wednesday. Had a fab time, very reasonable and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Great day out.
Very well run adventure park.Theres a pretty big inflatable park with water slides, trampoline & obstacles which you get to by speed boat & overseen by lifeguards.There are also peddle boats,kayaking & paddle boards for hire.It has a small shop for drinks & sweets & they make homemade pizzas as well.Good COVID19 measures here & the toilets are spotless.There are a few benches outside & it's great for a picnic in the good weather.
This is our second time here at the lagoon , as always a super morning with lots of fun for all the family. Great new addition is the big big big slide!! Staff as always very professional a d extremely helpful We will be back again thanks to all the team at the Lagoon Activity
From beginning to end Paul and the guys at the lagoon activity center were friendly and professional. The facilities are just fantastic and the floating waterpark was a huge hit with my children. I would highly recommend a visit, we’ll definitely be going back next summer when it reopens.
3 kids from 8 to 11 had a brilliant time on the waterpark activity whilst mammy and 2 small ones had some ice cream and enjoyed the good weather 😀
Staff were so helpful and friendly. Boys were aged between 9 and 11 years in our group. They truly enjoyed every minute. Only complaint they had was they wanted more time for their session. Highly recommended!!!
Great activity centre with lovely, friendly and enthusiastic staff !
Kids had a ball... Lots or running, swimming & climbing... For the spectators, the coffee was really good
Great times to be had. Myself and my son even went out in the pouring rain, but bring a wetsuit. We laughed so much. Thanks to all at the lagoon activity centre. Lovely staff.
It's ok place
Great fun for the Children, large and small😉
Water park is great fun! Friendly helpful staff. Warm showers!
A brilliant spot. The kids were so safe and really enjoyed their time. Can't wait to go back again
great value great fun kids had a ball
Great fun today with the neices
Great fun day out
Book early. Always a hoot. For all ages! I'm early 50s and go with the teenagers every summer. The new pyramid is a testing climb but worth it. I started with this and got the wetting out of the way early on! Could do with clearing out of the pond scum which accumulates in two
We had a great experience in The Lagoon today and can't wait to return.
Great place. Very well run and very safe. A must visit if in west Cork.
Enjoyed a great family day out at The Lagoon today! Well run, organised, safe fun on the water. We'll definitely be back again! The big slide was my favourite!!
Great family day out. The centre is run very well. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. We've done a few of these water activities and this one is by far out favourite. You take a short boat ride out to it which was very exciting for the kids also. Toilet facilities are very clean and plenty of hand sanitizer. The whole experience from start to finish was fantastic. We'll definitely be returning. Would highly recommend. Our kids are 13 and 11.
Great place. Very well run and very safe. A must visit if in west Cork.
The water park is great fun for the whole family. The kids loved it....and the daddy loved it. The Iceberg is a hard climb but totally worth it. We're living locally and have gone a couple of times....and will be back.
We went lagoon activity centre today and enjoyed it immensely, thanks to the excellent members of staff who helped us when we had a problem with our car,they couldn’t have been more helpful. Recommend to anyone, great fun.
Excellent choice of activities for all ages and abilities- great fun for all the family. This is our 5th year to holiday in Rosscarbery and always come back to the lagoon for more. The water park is a huge addition & great craic in all weather!
We had a great time here this weekend. My eldest happily went out kayaking and enjoyed the large open space. The rest of us did the water park which had so much to do and was really fun.
Great experience , staff very helpful , equipment great , cafe with hot food for after to warm up , toilets and showers on site
Kids loved it!
Great experience. Friendly staff. If the weather is good the place will be a super fun. Very safe place, just 4 feet deep.
Staff very friendly , quaint , little coffee shop , 2 toilets a selection of water sports