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Cycling & Hiking

Hiking and Cycling Holidays in East Cork
and West Waterford 


Quality Hotel Youghal is an ideal base for a hiking or cycling holiday in the South of Ireland.


Excitingly, 2021 saw the opening of a new Boardwalk, right outside our door that now  brings you directly into Youghal, seven kilometres away! Not only that, but Cork County Council are currently undertaking the construction of the 22 Km Midleton to Youghal Greenway which will open in 2023.

In the meantime, the Waterford Greenway beckons cycling enthusiasts. This Greenway commences in Dungarvan, a short distance from Youghal (25KM)  

There are several excellent walking and hiking trails nearby. Beautiful woodlands, such as Glenbower Wood  in Killeagh (look out for walrus tusks!), Castlemartyr Wood and Ballyannan Wood in Midleton all have looped walks of various distances.  For those interested in the local history the official Youghal Walking Trail will tick all the boxes and if you venture as far as Cobh, the Titanic Walking Trail is a must!. For sea views, The Ballycotton Cliff Walk is world renowned, but a lesser known and equally spectacular trail  is the Knockadoon Head Looped Walk, just across our bay near Capel Island. These cliff walk trails, as well as the Ardmore Cliff Walk are not suitable for very small children.


These are a few of our choice walking activities in the area. We recommend All Trails for full information on all the walking trails in the region.


Spoilt For Choice, you could say – stay safe on your trek or trail😊


The Youghal Boardwalk

The Boardwalk forms part of the National Coastal Walking Route, providing a formal pedestrian walkway from Redbarn Beach to Youghal Town Centre.
The route stretches along Claycastle Beach to Redbarn Beach, parallel to the reed beds of Ballyvergan Marsh. Ballyvergan Marsh is the largest freshwater coastal marsh in County Cork and accommodates several plant and bird species, it is zoned as a special amenity and is also an important breeding site for migratory birds. The improved access to Ballyvergan Marsh will raise awareness to the the ecological significance of the area’s unique marsh and coastal zone.  





Local Bike Hire is available in Youghal
at O'Briends Place