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.
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
Great fun, great staff.
Great activity centre with lovely, friendly and enthusiastic staff !
Very kind, friendly and helpful people behind the desk today and in the boat. Thanks a mill.
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 spot. My 2 boys had a ball. Great facilities, great value. Friendly staff.
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!!
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.
Great fun day out
It is a very family area for all ages and I really enjoyed my day
Awesome experience and so much fun. Not too easy and not too hard. Great time and would defo do again.
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
Such a fun place with the family and great value
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.
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
We visited today, amazing place, staff were so helpful. Well done to everyone. 5 stars👏
Took my two grandchildren to The Lagoon today. They had an absolutely great day and are already planning a return trip! The efficiency and friendliness of staff is second to none! Couldn't recommend it enough. Well done everyone!
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.
Fabulous spot in wet or beautiful weather ! My kids and friends had a ball here ! Well worth a visit great value!
It's ok place
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 for all the family.
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.
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.
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
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
Water park is great fun! Friendly helpful staff. Warm showers!
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!
Pure fun, great staff, fab setting, great value
We had a great time at water park well worth it and the staff were brilliant 😊
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!!
Fun day out and great for family time! The water surprisingly not even really cold maybe due to the shallow water. Fun for all ages
what a fantastic day out for all the family can't wait to return and lovely friendly 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
It's brilliant but changing rooms are small.
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.
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.
Thank you for a fantastic afternoon of activities from all in Greenmount Summer Scheme .
Great fun all (kids and adults).
Great craic, safe for all ages, well worth it.
great value great fun kids had a ball
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 😀
Very nice staff were very nice
Kids had a ball... Lots or running, swimming & climbing... For the spectators, the coffee was really good