old mill has been completely restored by FAS over the last couple
of years. At the rear is a water wheel powered my a millstream. The
River Larne flows alongside and is a good trout fishing spot. The
mill is also being developed as a small business park.
the car park of O'Riadas at the top of Masseytown, the remains of
the main keep of Macroom Castle can be seen. A castle has stood on
this site since Norman times and in its heyday was comparable to The
Tower of London. Unfortunately all that remains today is the rear
wall of the keep, the castle gate entrance and ruins of some walls.
Castle Demense is probably one of Macroom's best kept secrets. 100's
of acres of wooded grounds, secluded riverside walks, panoramic views
of the town and Sullane Valley. On a summer's day there is no better
place to escape from the world for a few hours.
Leaving Macroom on the left hand side is a life size cast bronze bull
- showing Macrooms' heritage as a mart (cattle) town
, Castle Street
museum besides having many items of local historical value, has one
of the finest collections of the West Cork hooded cloak. The rectory
is part of the now closed Protestant Church.
has a weekly cattle mart on Tuesdays and sheep on Thursdays. Special
sales are held on other days.
very popular place for locals during the summer. Above the weirs the
river is ideal for swimming. A river walk extends from the weirs to
the town bridge, easiest access to the weirs is down the lane beside
McCarthy's Esso service station. There are 2 GAA football pitches
below the weirs.
miles from Macroom on the Road to Inchigeela, there is an area of
alluvial forest which was formed in the basin of the Lee at the end
of the Ice age. This is called the Gearagh, an old Irish name for
a wooded river. It is the only extensive remains of Alluvial Forest
found in western Europe. It was described by a 17th historian as "
an immense plain covered with trees and divided by the River Lee into
1,000 islands". It is a unique place of streams, narrow channels and
small islands. Here are found some very rare plant and insect specimens
which have been investigated and recorded by famous naturalists and
scientists since the 19th century. There are 100's of species of flowers,
plants and ferns. During the autumn and winter months migratory birds
arrive in vast numbers and flocks of wild duck, snipe, woodcock, curlew,
lapwing and swans can be seen on the islands. With foxes, stoats and
otters in abundance the area is a treasure trove of wildlife.