Self catering holiday lodges in Castlemartyr

Castlemartyr is a village in east County Cork, Ireland, just 6 km from the coast and 16 km from the sandy beaches in beautiful Youghal. Its proximity to Cork city 30 km, makes the resort a great base for holidays.

The village has some historical sites and remains from the Bronze, Middle Ages and Norman times.

Castlemartyr is a ruined castle situated in the grounds of Castlemartyr Resort, a 5 star luxury resort hotel in the town of Castlemartyr, about 20 minutes’ drive from Cork City. The castle was first built in 1210 by the Knights Templar under leadership of Richard Earl de Clare.

Castlemartyr is set amongst picturesque woodland; it is a historical village with a range of sites of archaeological and socio-cultural interest, reflecting virtually every era in the country's history and pre-history.

Ballymaloe House & Cookery School is situated on 100 acres of organic farmland in the rolling countryside of East Cork, approximately 10 minute drive from Castlemartyr.


East Cork has a wealth of historical and maritime inheritance and many exceptional holiday attractions, which make it an ideal hub for interesting and fun-filled holiday activities for both adults and children.

Leahy’s Open Farm a 15 minute drive from Castlemartyr has a range of on the farm indoor and outdoor activities including a go kart track, adventure trail & climbing towers, dun’s mystery maze, crazy golf, indoor play barn, petting farm and much more.

Trabolgan a 140 acre holiday park venue has something for everyone – offering a host of indoor and outdoor activities for toddlers, kids and teens. Toddlers will enjoy meeting their TV characters, like Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly. There is also an indoor Water Centre that contains a Sub Tropical Wave Pool with a Super Waterslide, wave machine and toddlers pool perfect for the whole family.

For another fun family day out take a trip to Fota Wildlife Park, located on 100 acres at Fota Island 22 km west of Castlemartyr Resort. It is the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster – another perfect day out for the whole family!

Golfers will enjoy the challenging 18 hole golf course close to the lodges, noted as one of the best golf courses in Ireland.


Visit Cobh best known known as the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912. Titanic Experience Cobh is a themed attraction in the former White Star Line ticket office. Cobh is a charming waterfront town dotted with brightly coloured houses and overlooked by a splendid cathedral.

Kinsale a popular and fashionable historic port and fishing town is one of the most picturesque in the south-west coast of Ireland. Its safe harbour makes Kinsale the ideal place to try your hand at a selection of sea activates including yachting, sea angling, Dolphin & Whale Watching Trips.
Two 17th-century fortresses overlook the River Bandon, Charles Fort to the southeast, and the smaller James Fort on the river's opposite bank. The 16th-century courthouse building houses the Kinsale Regional Museum, with a variety of displays on local history and information about the 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Cork city with its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, nightlife and visitor attractions is just 30 km away making Castlemartyr Holiday Lodges a great destination for everyone. While there pop into the famous English Market and enjoy traders selling organic and locally produced food in an 18th-century covered market.

Castlemartyr Holiday Lodges provide excellent accommodation ideal for a gathering of friends, wedding guests looking for a self-catering option, a relaxing retreat for couples or an ideal base for a family friendly holiday in Cork.