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.
Loved it big time. Must do experience of county cork, right after the butter factory.
It's ok place
This was such a fun day out for adults AND kids. We kayaked, SUPd, and went on the activity park. They have a great set up, and great staff
Brilliant, Went there with 4 kids aged between 8 and 13 plus a big 50yr lol. Kids loves every minute. Staff were great.
We loved it...well run with friendly helpful staff...change in your cars as changing rooms are limited...
The experience was mixed. If you’re fit you’ll get lots from it . Less so if you’re less so. We went with our Autistic son who felt limited in the things he could because the access to certain obstacles involved going through others he couldn’t manage. Other reviewers have
Great place during the summer when the water park is there they allso have kenewing peddle boats and paddle surfing and a small shop that sells ice-cream and other stuff.
Fantastic atmosphere, with excellent staff👌
Went here today did kayaking and the water park.. We had a great time loved every minute of it the water park is a great experience, great for kids and adults.. Definitely will be returning before school starts. Staff very friendly which is a plus.
Water park is great fun! Friendly helpful staff. Warm showers!
The Lagoon Activity centre was extremely well runnIt is great fun for the family, from 8 years plus!nHighly recommend it, cant wait to go back
It's brilliant but changing rooms are small.
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 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 fun for the Children, large and small😉
Absolutely brilliant, kids really enjoyed the kayaking which is really safe. Will be back soon
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
Great time kayaking first then water park we all had fun teens also had a great time just needs a little cleaning around water park some wood and rubbish floating around
Great place. Very well run and very safe. A must visit if in west Cork.
Very kind, friendly and helpful people behind the desk today and in the boat. Thanks a mill.
Would highly recommend birthday party here staff were so helpful before and on the day. Children had a ball on the water park and birthday boy had the best fun. Enjoyed the lovely warm pizza in adjoining garden.
A really great thing to do with children of all ages!! Tired arms today but such good fun! nWell organised and safe out with lifejackets. They provide wetsuits if needed. nDefinitely recommend
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.
It’s my third time in the Lagoona and it never disappoints. I came to do SUP and it was very enjoyable. Prices are also reasonable. Beautiful setting and so many other things to do around
Big family group. Highlight of the family holiday. Kids loved it. Well worth a visit!
Booked for family of 4 as part of our holiday in West Cork and Paul the manager was very accommodating when we had a problem with the time we booked. We had great fun on the inflatables…kids loved the slide and the hamster wheel! There are lovely warm showers after too. Staff were great. We had previously been as a few times and and we will definitely be back again…it doesn’t get old!
Great craic, safe for all ages, well worth it.
I would likely recommend The Lagoon Activity Centre. The family really enjoyed the Total Wipeout style course. They were all smiley and tired afterwards. The coffee was good and the place is very well run and easy to navigate. It is a must see and do in West Cork!
Great place for all the family.
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
Fantastic activity centre kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Great fun plenty of exercise. Staff were friendly and helpful today especially Dylan with welcome and wetsuits etc. Recommend it highly kids of all ages will love it. Will be back again.
Great craic, I went with my 9 year old son. Wrecked afterwards but definitely worth it. Looking forward to doing it again.
Had a fab time here the kayaking was brilliant
Great morning on the inflatables with 2 adults and 3 kids. Very well organised, friendly staff and good value in the cafe. Would highly recommend this activity, we all had great fun.
Great place. Really enjoyed Kayaking.
Great fun for all the family, staff excellent and facilities, well worth a visit. Will definitely be back
Absolutely enjoyed this activity centre, it's even great for those people who have a fear of water or can't swim, cos the water is only 3ft deep. So safe enough. Definitely go on this again, loads of fun to be had, in good weather and bad. Brilliant fun
Such a fun place with the family and great value
Really, really enjoyable experience at the Lagoon. Wetsuits and life jackets provided, with both changing rooms and showers (for rinsing off only) available. Staff at reception and on the boat were very friendly and chatty. The course was very fun, and the 45 minute time was
Did the waterpark and pedal boat and kayaking - fantastic day out. Even in the rain. Highly recommend.
Absolutely fantastic place well worth a visit
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 😀
Had a great time with my kids on the inflatable water park. Staff were helpful and friendly. Change rooms are a little small when everyone is trying to get changed after, but thats a minor complaint. Will definitely go again
Everything was excellent 👌 I honestly haven't had that much fun in years! It's brilliantly organised and the staff are so nice! Some great memories have been made today. Thank you
Great place for both adults and children, wetsuit available if you done bring your own, life jackets also, the lagoon is on about 3/4 foot deep so safe for all type of swimmers, water is salty (seems maybe dirty and stagnant to me but I'm no water expert). Big area for running around on and plenty of obstacles to tackle and then the slides
We had a great time at The Lagoon Waterpark. The five of us took part, kids from 8 to 15 and we had great fun. The only thing for us was that a couple of the inflatables could have had more air in them and showers stopped before we had a chance to use them when we finished,