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 place. Very well run and very safe. A must visit if in west Cork.
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
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 . 👍
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.
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.
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
Awesome experience and so much fun. Not too easy and not too hard. Great time and would defo do again.
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
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.
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
great for all the family.
Heading towards the 40's but still love the inflatable water park so much, my teenagers always have a ball too.
Great craic, safe for all ages, well worth it.
Great experience , staff very helpful , equipment great , cafe with hot food for after to warm up , toilets and showers on site
Big family group. Highlight of the family holiday. Kids loved it. Well worth a visit!
It is a very family area for all ages and I really enjoyed my day
Fantastic atmosphere, with excellent staff👌
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 spot. My 2 boys had a ball. Great facilities, great value. Friendly staff.
Fabulous spot in wet or beautiful weather ! My kids and friends had a ball here ! Well worth a visit great value!
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
Great place. Really enjoyed Kayaking.
We had a fantastic day with our three chikdren at the floating water park...even our 16 year old enjoyed it. Even the rain couldnt dampen the experience and the staff were very friendly. I would recommend wearing aqua shoes as it can be shallow and stony underfoot.
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.
We had a great experience in The Lagoon today and can't wait to return.
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!!!
Absolutely fantastic place well worth a visit
Kids had a ball... Lots or running, swimming & climbing... For the spectators, the coffee was really good
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
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
Fun afternoon for all. Staff were friendly and helpful. Lovely atmosphere and buzz around the centre. Hope to go again next summer.
Staff were great very accommodating, brilliant day had by all will definitely be back.
Great fun today with the neices
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.
Great place. Very well run and very safe. A must visit if in west Cork.
A brilliant spot. The kids were so safe and really enjoyed their time. Can't wait to go back 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
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.
Pure fun, great staff, fab setting, great value
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
Water park is great fun! Friendly helpful staff. Warm showers!
We had a great time at water park well worth it and the staff were brilliant 😊
what a fantastic day out for all the family can't wait to return and lovely friendly staff
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.
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
We visited today, amazing place, staff were so helpful. Well done to everyone. 5 stars👏