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.
Fantastic atmosphere, with excellent staff👌
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.
great value great fun kids had a ball
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!!
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
Great fun for the Children, large and small😉
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.
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,
Absolutely fantastic place well worth a visit
Great craic, safe for all ages, well worth it.
Kids ages 8-12 enjoyed it, adult thought it was good. The only negative is that groups tend to take over a session too much. There was a group of about 10 teens and our kids couldn’t get on certain things (e.g. rotator) as the group took it over for most of the session. Lifeguard should break this kind of hoarding up. The place is run by very young staff (teens), punctual and polite but I do wonder how they would cope if a serious incident occurred. Overall 4 happy people, but not racing back
Great fun today with the neices
Great fun all (kids and adults).
A brilliant spot. The kids were so safe and really enjoyed their time. Can't wait to go back again
fantastic spot to take the family. staff are really friendly and helpful.the kids loved it.
Thank you for a fantastic afternoon of activities from all in Greenmount Summer Scheme .
Great for the kids and adults
Great activity centre with lovely, friendly and enthusiastic staff !
We had such a great day at the Lagoon Activity centre, would highly recommend for young and old!!!. Fantastic set up, amazing coffee and Pizza to keep the energy levels up also. We will definitely be back. thanks again Paul and team.
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.
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
We have just spent the most fantastic morning at the Lagoon , first did some kayaking and then on to the inflatables , my 11 year old had a ball . Would def recommend here if you are doing a staycation in cork . Very well organised , and the great thing is the weather doesn’t matter . 👍
Attended the floating water park, great fun family event. Note, the water is not clean, make sure not to swallow! Staff very pleasant.
We had a great experience in The Lagoon today and can't wait to return.
Very kind, friendly and helpful people behind the desk today and in the boat. Thanks a mill.
Do not recommend. Staff are unfriendly and woman at entrance today was very rude and unhelpful. Water is also dirty and unclean. It still has to be said that me and my kids did enjoy the water park once we were on it.
Such a fun place with the family and great value
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 😀
Great fun, well run and very safe! Staff were very friendly. Facilities were good also. Even a picnic area and some crepes etc available there.
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.
Pure fun, great staff, fab setting, great value
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!!!
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.
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.
Greatest 45 min of our holiday, really safe, crazy activity for all the family. You dont need to be a good swimmer its easy to get around
Had an amazing day at The Lagoon in Rosscarbery yesterday. We had 13 kids varying in ages from 8-18. They all had an absolute ball. So we’ll organises and safe. All of the employees, lifeguards etc were extremely helpful and great wit the kids. We will be back
Brilliant, Went there with 4 kids aged between 8 and 13 plus a big 50yr lol. Kids loves every minute. Staff were great.
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
had a fantastic time at the lagoon my kids can't wait to go back 😀
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
My kids and I visited today and had a brilliant time. We tried the kayaks, the pedalboats and finished up on the inflatable water park - it was so much fun! The staff were so friendly and accommodating and the pizza was delicious. A great day out, thanks!!
Great spot. My 2 boys had a ball. Great facilities, great value. Friendly staff.
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!!
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!
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!
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