Will there ever be a year quite like 2020 again? Surely not in our lifetimes! Summer 2020 will be remembered as the summer of the staycation, the summer where outdoor dining became à la mode, where deciding which face-covering best matched your skin tone became your biggest fashion decision, and where cycling, hiking and all manner of outdoor pursuits became the new “going out”.

Yes, despite everything, we are determined to make the most of this new normal and here, at Hotel Isaacs we are no different. Dare we say it but there is almost a charm to it all. Our boutique hotel nestled in Cork’s Victorian Quarter is alive with the sound of excited families, solo-seeking adventurers and loved up couples eager to experience the best of these gloriously long (and mostly sunny) days. In our last blog, we focused on some of the amazing things to do outdoors in Cork City.

This time, we’ve decided to focus on something a little different- an alternative way to spend a day in the Cork area.

Hop Island Equestrian Centre

A mere 20 minute drive from Hotel Isaacs (or hop on the regular 223 city bus that drops you outside the centre) Hop island Equestrian Centre is the perfect way to spend a different type of morning/afternoon. The best news is that you don’t need to have any previous riding experience to enjoy this friendly centre. Class sizes are small (there were only four in our group the day we went) and cater for all levels of rider with extremely patient instructors. They certainly needed the patience with my nervous disposition anyway. The best part? The final part of the lesson involves a short trek on the beach overlooking Mahon Point. Afterwards, sit out at the picnic tables overlooking Cork Harbour and take in one of the lesser-known beauty spots in the area. Don’t forget to bring some snacks for the horses too.

Cork-Crosshaven Greenway

If you haven’t jumped on the cycling bandwagon, this picturesque greenway will surely help you take the leap. Bring your own bikes or hire out one of the city’s Coca Cola rental bikes and get into the cycling craze on this safe (the Marina is now fully closed to cars) and fun greenway. For those wanting to combine a trip to Hop Island with some cycling, the Equestrian Centre is located just beside the Rochestown car park section of the Greenway with amazing views of Cork Harbour. Cycle as little or as much as you want. For those who really fancy a challenge, why not go the whole way to the picturesque coastal town of Crosshaven?
Crosshaven Cork, costal town near Hotel Issacs Crok


One of my favourite towns in Cork! If you’re looking for a pretty place to simply wander around and refuel after an intense morning’s activities, Crosshaven ticks all the boxes. Just a half hour drive from Hotel Isaacs (or hop on the 220X city bus), there really is no place better to relax and take in the stunning harbour boasting the world’s oldest yacht club formed in 1720 as well as a prime spot for sea angling. Visit Camden Fort Meagher, admire the views of Roches Point Lighthouse (where the doomed Titanic docked) or take a dip at one of the many nearby beaches (Myrtleville and Fountainstown are two favourites with locals).

Hungry yet? We thought so. Fear not, we have you well catered for. Choose from a mouth-watering meal at our award-winning Greenes Restaurant where residents enjoy an exclusive 15% food discount or how about Ireland’s number one cocktail bar, Cask? Choose to sit inside or outside in our heated courtyard with the view of Cork City’s only waterfall providing the backdrop to the perfect end to your action-packed day of adventure.

About The Author

Colette is a hotel receptionist working at Hotel Isaacs Cork. Her favourite part of the job is meeting the many guests coming from all corners of the globe and sharing with them all the wonders that Cork City and County has to offer. One of her great passions is travelling and exploring new places especially museums, galleries and castles. "One of the things I feel very strongly about is how so many people in Ireland are completely unaware of some of the hidden treasures right on their door-steps. When people go abroad, they push themselves to see all the cultural delights on offer but too often, they have no idea how great what is right in front of them, readily available every day is. I came to Cork as a student in 2008 and I too limited myself and didn't push myself to explore. It took a friend to take me off and show me how truly amazing this city and county is and this is what I want to share with my guests and readers.

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