In the summertime when the weather is fine
Yes, summer is here! Blue skies, sunshine, long evenings, warm days, picnics, barbeques... Finally, after what feels like an eternity of dull days, we have something to look forward to. Here, at Hotel Isaacs, we are officially open for business! To say we are excited for a return to some degree of normality would be an understatement. The novelty of working behind the scenes has well and truly worn off and we are delighted to welcome back our guests. We miss the chats, we miss the laughs, we miss planning your adventures. Speaking of adventures, this “time out” has given us ample time to explore many of the outdoor parts of Cork City. Rest assured, there will be plenty of space to stretch your legs and take in some different views on your next trip to Cork. Here are our top picks:
A tranquil pond with ducks, a playground, pavilion, sky garden and loads and loads of green space are just some of the reasons why we love Fitzgerald’s Park, a leisurely half hour walk from Hotel Isaacs (or hop on the 208/205 bus). Just in case of some inclement weather, the park also houses a free history museum. The perfect place to escape the summer showers!
For those in search of a longer walk, the Lee Fields, an extra 10 minutes’ walk from Fitzgerald’s Park provides a beautiful riverside walk, popular with locals for running and walking their dogs. Of course, as the name suggests, the walk also comprises of masses of fields, perfect for picnics and watching the world go by. For those not in the mood to walk from the city, the Lee Fields has its own convenient car park.
A popular area for coarse angling and a 25 minute walk from our City-Centre boutique hotel, Cork Lough is a shallow freshwater limestone lake and an important wildfowl area with its own resident swans (watch out for the black swans). You don’t have to be a nature enthusiast to enjoy the lakeside walks or sit back on one of the benches to enjoy a relaxing sunset.
The River Lee is the life source of our city but did you know that it has its own resident otter? Take a stroll down any of the city channels and you just might see it. Our personal favourite walking route is along the north-side of the river, which just happens to be where the Otter Trail begins on Camden Quay and finishing in Fitzgerald’s Park. Approximately 2km in length, the route starts less than 5 minutes from Hotel Isaacs and encompasses many cafés, quirky shops and benches to sit a while.
An old greenway complete with railway murals, a riverside walk, a charming 16th century castle and observatory and some fresh sea-air at Cork’s estuary? Sound appealing? Perfect for walkers/runners and cyclists, the 2km trip to Blackrock is well worth the effort. For those that want to make the journey shorter, there is a regular bus service as well as a sizeable car park.
Cork’s steepest hill is not for the faint-hearted but given its proximity to Hotel Isaacs (right at the bottom of the street), it would be a shame not to rise to the challenge. Prepare to be rewarded with the best view in town at the top from Bell’s Field (you might just recognise it as one of the prime filming locations for The Young Offenders).
Of course, you are bound to have worked up an appetite after all of that exercise. Enjoy a delicious meal by Cork’s only waterfall at our award-winning Greenes Restaurant (residents enjoy an exclusive 15% food discount too) or unwind over a uniquely crafted cocktail at Cask Cocktail Bar. Summer nights are the best after all.