Royal Cork Yacht Club

The Royal Cork Yacht Club, founded in 1720 and located at the village entrance, the oldest yacht club in the world, boasts a large sailing membership and a fleet ranging from the smallest sailing dinghies to fine ocean racing and cruising yachts. Among the local, national and international fixtures hosted by the club is Ireland’s premier yachting event ‘Volvo Cork Week’ – a biennial gala of international sailing competition and festivities. This year’s premier week long event will run from 10th – 15th July 2016. READ MORE

In 2015 the RCYC was awarded the ISA / Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year and in 2014 was awarded the ISA Training Centre of the Year. Also in 2015, the RCYC was twinned with the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM). The RCYC is the only yacht club in Ireland or the U.K. to have such a Twinning Agreement and is the first club to have been invited to Twin with YCM since 2006. READ MORE

Local Attractions

Camden Fort Meagher

Camden Fort Meagher is internationally recognised as being “one of the finest remaining examples of a classical Coastal Artillery Fort in the world”. For almost 400 years the fort has played a key role as a strong strategic position for the defence of Ireland, the west coast of England and Wales. Almost two-thirds of the fort is located underground in a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers.

Did you know that Camden Fort Meagher is in the “Ancient East” and just 20 minutes from the “Wild Atlantic Way”. The Fort is a must-see attraction when touring the Cork/Kerry area – Ireland’s premier tourist region. The diverse landscape, ranging from the beautiful unspoilt ruggedness of the West Cork coastline to the lakes and mountains of Killarney, never fail to delight even the most discerning visitor. READ MORE

Local Walkways

Grassy and Cliff Walk
The walk outlined in blue takes us from the village along the Point Road, past “The Merries” amusements, Crosshaven Boatyard, Point Garden and slipway and to the end of the Point Road, where we reach “The Grassy Walk”. Climb the pathway to the viewing area above from where you will enjoy magnificent views of the inner harbour: Spike Island, Haulbowline and the historic town of Cobh. Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney. Here you are also at the entrance to Camden Fort Meagher. Through the carpark nearby, one can view the outer harbour and Roches Point. Graball Bay lies below. Located here is Convicts Quarry, whose stone was used to build the Fort, then known as Fort Camden. You can decide to complete that walk by returning to the village along Camden Road or continuing the walk outlined in yellow, which will take you down to Graball Bay.

Continuing walking, you have the option of staying up on the cliffs or walking along the shore. Again you have the option of returning by Graball Road or continuing on to Church bay, another swimming area. READ MORE

Food & Drink

Crosshaven is a rich and vibrant village, offering a wide choice of food and drink for all tastes.

Whether you are looking for a breakfast treat, soup and a sandwich, a gourmet feast of local seafood, a succulent steak, a hearty traditional pie or fantastic fish and chips, it’s all on offer on your doorstep in Crosshaven. There is a choice of places to go, all offering a warm welcome and great food, so make sure you venture out and sample some of delights on offer.

If you are looking for a relaxed coffee, or maybe a cold pint and some traditional Irish pub atmosphere, you we’ll be spoiled for choice in Crosshaven too. There are craft and coffee shops, and some great pubs, all in walking distance in the village, so no matter what you are looking for, it’s there to be found.

Whatever your tastes, Crosshaven will welcome you with open arms and spoil you with authentic flavours and traditional hospitality. Venture out and enjoy!

Sea Activities

Crosshaven sits on the edge of Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. The islands, river estuaries and beaches around the harbour are host to a wealth of rich history, stunning scenery and interesting wildlife. There are a selection of tours available, whether you are interested in the historic forts of Camden and Carlisle, Spike Island Prison, Rochespoint Lighthouse, Haulbowline Naval Base or Cobh Harbour. The waters in and around the harbour are also home to basking sharks, grey seals and common & bottlenose dolphins, as well as a rich variety of marine bird life.

If you prefer to be more actively involved with the water, then you will not be disappointed. Crosshaven is home to the world’s oldest yacht club, so it’s no surprise that sailing is a huge part of the way of life here. You will also find a selection of other water sports and activities, from kayaking to sea fishing, so whether you are an old hand or looking to try something new, it’s all here for you in Crosshaven.