You are Self-Catering at Carleton Village, Youghal checking in mid-afternoon. Unpack and head to Youghal Visitor Centre on Market Square , in the town centre. The staff here are happy to answer all your questions and offer you great advice in ensuring your stay in Youghal is a happy one. While there pop into the in-house Heritage Centre – entry is Free. The exhibits here give you a great outline of Youghal’s origins and its development down through the centuries.
After some supply shopping in any of our many supermarkets .we suggest you get pails and spades ready and drive to Claycastle beach (approx. 5/6minute drive). Access to the beach is very so convenient with adjacent ample car-park and an Eco Boardwalk which is ideal for those using a child buggy. This beach is wonderfully safe, with fine sand – an essential ingredient for sandcastle activities, so loved by children. Enjoy the sounds, sands and splashing about at Claycastle – your time is your own.
Time to head back to Carlton Village, however, not before a call to Perks Entertainment Centre – a haven of indoor fun (less than5 minute drive) and a favourite spot for the children. Mum & Dad can enjoy the dodgems, while the children will relish an array of amusements.
Dinner: After such a busy first day in Youghal – we want you to enjoy a casual and relaxing family meal. Call into Clancys Bar & Restaurant on your way back to Carlton Village. Clancys provide a varied menu and kiddies are well catered for. Outside dining is a most unusual patio area with a sea view is also an option – give it a try.
to-day, after breakfast, we suggest you travel a little further afield. Visit Fota Wildlife Park (40 minute drive approx.) Fota Wildlife Park –is a dream to all children and a very special place for a family visit. Make a day of it – bring a packed lunch or eat at one of the many cafes/restaurants at the Park.
It’s been a long but enjoyable day so now might be a good time to have a refreshing swim and dine at the on-site BBQ at Carleton Village.
Have a long drawn-out breakfast – the kiddies will play at the onsite play area. For a mid morning activity we suggest Crab Catching at the Harbour. No Summer in Youghal is complete without the excitement and sense of achievement of a few hours spent crab catching down by the harbour. You won’t believe how loud the kids will squeal with their first catch. Have a competition among yourselves….The whole exercise is FREE and the equipment is basic – a length of twine, a bucket and a bone from the butcher. Go on give it a try. – you will love it! Youghal Crab Catching Instructions
While at the Visitor Centre book a cruise on the majestic River Blackwater. Skipper Tony Gallagher and his trusted first-mate “Pharaoh” will steer you up the River, telling you the tales, some tall, some not so tall, about the surrounding area and the families that once dwelled there. Allow 90 minutes for this trip – be sure to dress warm.
One back on Terra Firma you are ready to eat….Call to Aherne’s Townhouse & Seafood Bar for lunch. In the comfort of the charming bar you can choose from their great seafood menu – though you are not limited to fish – the menu is vast and the children are catered for too.
On finishing your meal you really need a walk you must make a visit to The Raleigh Quarter of Town, so called after Sir. Walter Raleigh, once mayor of Youghal and said to have brought the first potatoes and tobacco to Ireland. In this section of Youghal you have the 13th century Medieval St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, The Town Walls & The Medieval Gardens – all open to the public and admission is FREE. A tour of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church is available at a small fee – It is quite special and so well worth the visit. The children will really love the Pop-Up Museum and scale model of the Town housed within the Church.
Dinner: The Red Store, which faces you on your return from The Raleigh Quarter is exactly what you an ideal spot for your evening meal after such a busy day. An extensive Bar Menu is available through to 9:30pm – The sheltered outdoor courtyard area is ideal of children and will prove to be a smashing final dinner on your 3 day trip to Youghal.
As a last hurrah in Youghal, how about a an evening of traditional music. Ceolta Si is a group of traditional musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers, who have been entertaining the people of Youghal and it’s visitors of over 20 years. Ceolta Si, the show, takes place at Bru na Si, just about a 5 minute drive from Carleton Village, and will prove to be an evening of lively entertainment for all the family .
You will have 3 very busy days fun in Youghal and surrounding area.