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.
We had an awesome day here! Great set up, lovely friendly staff and yummy snacks. It is in such a beautiful location. I'm not sure who had more fun me or my 5 year old. We will definitely be back.
Went with my 8 year old, had an absolute blast,was in bits after the activities and still went out on the kayak after. Staff are amazing and so helpful. Will return on our next trip.
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 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
Kids loved it definitely will do it again well worth the money, will do kayaking and pedal boats next time make a day of it
We went kayaking yesterday had super time in such a safe environment. Staff were excellent giving us great instructions. Keep up the good work can’t wait to go back
A win win for parents and teenagers … Having two teenagers who are reluctant to go on holidays with their parents is a challenge but we could not recommend the Lagoon Activity Centre more - 1st day did water park and we were back a second day to race parents in kayaks across the
Brilliant a must for family fun in West Cork
Great fun day out
Great fun today with the neices
great for all the family.
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. Really enjoyed Kayaking.
what a fantastic day out for all the family can't wait to return and lovely friendly staff
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.
Kids had a ball... Lots or running, swimming & climbing... For the spectators, the coffee was really good
Kids and hubbie had a ball. Wetsuits optional, all wore life jackets and everyone seemed to enjoy. A little boat brings you from the pier to the feature in the lagoon. Life guard supervised also. Great spot. Would return
Had a fab time here the kayaking was brilliant
Kids had a great day out here well worth every penny n kayaking will be back again thsnks
had a fantastic time at the lagoon my kids can't wait to go back 😀
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 😀
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
A group of 17 of us had a fantastic trip to the lagoon today from adults to age 8. So much fun for everyone, the staff were incredible and friendly. Highly recommend a visit, well worth the trip !
Loved it big time. Must do experience of county cork, right after the butter factory.
Fantastic atmosphere, with excellent staff👌
Thank you for a fantastic afternoon of activities from all in Greenmount Summer Scheme .
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
We visited today, amazing place, staff were so helpful. Well done to everyone. 5 stars👏
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!!
Lovely well maintained park . Have seen the bin collection guy here even in a sunday morning good parking area.tennis court for older kids lovely lake view and only a walk from the shops and restaurants.
This activity centre is so much fun, and easy to find in Roscarbery! The staff were wonderful and friendly. Life jackets are supplied, and wetsuits are available if you need them. There are showers and restrooms available, and food to purchase also. The Lagoon Activity Centre is a great laugh. It's a bit on the slippy side, so be prepared to fall into the water if you're walking or running too fast! The water is salty, and while it's around 3ft deep in some places, it's much deeper in other parts. You can also hire out peddle boats, stand up paddle boards and kayaks also. A great activity centre for both adults and kids! 5 out of 5!!
absolutely brilliant day. myself my partner and 2 kids age 10 and 13 were here yday and had an absolute ball. staff were so nice and friendly. everything was explained so everyone was safe. we were absolutely wrecked last night which was all signs of a good day. plenty of exercise got. would definitely recommended. I just didn't like how salty the water was which I ended up in more than on the obstacle course ha 🙃
A brilliant spot. The kids were so safe and really enjoyed their time. Can't wait to go back again
Staff were great very accommodating, brilliant day had by all will definitely be back.
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
Pure fun, great staff, fab setting, great value
Great craic, I went with my 9 year old son. Wrecked afterwards but definitely worth it. Looking forward to doing it again.
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.
It's ok place
Did the waterpark and pedal boat and kayaking - fantastic day out. Even in the rain. Highly recommend.
Great activity centre with lovely, friendly and enthusiastic staff !
We took the trip from Cork City to The Lagoon Activity Centre for the day and it did not disappoint. We had an 8 year old with us and he really enjoyed the water park, as did we it is really great for all ages. Wetsuits and life jackets were provided and there was lovely hot
Great for the kids and adults
Great spot to visit...we loved it.Great value,great coffee and ice-cream.The 2 lads working there were very helpful.Would definitely recommend this for a family fun day out.Already planning our next trip.
It is a very family area for all ages and I really enjoyed my day
Great spot. My 2 boys had a ball. Great facilities, great value. Friendly staff.
great value great fun kids had a ball
What a brilliant place to visit highly recommend you pay The Lagoon a visit was there today with Greenmount Summer Scheme fantastic fun had by all the children and leaders thank you Paul will definitely be back next year