Walking the Blackwater Way – Avondhu Way

Description of Trail


The Blackwater Way (the combined Duhallow and Avondhu Ways) is a 168 kilometre linear long distance walking route that stretches from the borders of west County Waterford across north County Cork and into the County of Kerry, following the valley of the River Blackwater. The Way is a richly varied one in terms of topography and features, and includes contouring sections along mountain flanks with great views, passing by ancient monuments such as standing stones, stone circles and cairns, and more modern monuments such as cillins (infant burial grounds) and holy wells. Along the way the towns of Fermoy and Millstreet and the villages of Kilworth, Ballynamona and Bweeng are encountered. Although the off-road sections are never far from a public road, on higher ground the route frequently passes through quite isolated mountain areas of forestry. Although about 28% of the route is on roads that carry fast traffic, the balance consists mainly of quiet tarmac roads, forestry tracks, bog roads and moorland and field paths. Some sections can be wet and muddy in wet weather. Until the last 15 kilometres during which there is a climb of 560m under Caherbarnagh and the Paps, there are no significant ascents, although over the whole route there is an aggregate ascent of 3,700 metres.

First Class B&B

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 17 September 2013

We think this is the 5th year that we have stayed in Abbeyville House and my husband enquired of me if we had put a review about it on Trip Advisor – we hadn’t!! My husband was born in Fermoy and we return every year since retirement for a few days and always stay in Abbeyville House. It’s like staying in a five star hotel – honestly. We have the same room, – No. 3 – although the others all look just as wonderful – and you couldn’t wish to stay anywhere better. The couple that run it, Sean and Mary, are wonderful hosts and keep this House which was formerly a nursing home in the 1800’s in immaculate condition. It is beautifully furnished and decorated in the style of the house and you will be hard put to find a speck of dust. You will have a key to return at whatever hour, sleep in a very comfortable bed in a beautifully decorated and furnished room and then come down to an equally beautifully furnished and decorated dining room next morning for a first class breakfast. They don’t do dinner, but they know of various places in and close to Fermoy which they can recommend to you. Don’t stay anywhere else in Fermoy!!

Room Tip: We always have room no. 3. It was given to us on our first visit and it is a beautiful room with ha…

Blackwater Outdoor Activities


Welcome To Blackwater Outdoor Activities

“Experience the Adrenaline rush, Thrills, Serious fun and Adventure with Blackwater Outdoor Activities.”

We are an established Outdoor Activities centre, based in the picturesque and historic Blackwater Castle Estate in Castletownroche, North Cork.

Our Primary activities on site include:

With Activities and facilities to cater for very large groups, we offer half day, full day, overnight and multiple day schedules for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges, Teams, Corporate, Youth groups, Stags & hens and Parties.

All Activities and Accommodation are based on the Castle Estate in a Private & safe environment. All activities utilise the natural resources of the estate including the River, forestry, walkways, Castle and its facilities.

We pride ourselves on our schedules which are interactive, fun, challenging, and with increased awareness of the Natural Environment and History. Schedules at Blackwater Outdoor Activities are guaranteed to be full of Action, Adrenaline and Adventure.

We are confident that we deliver a superior quality service which meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, particularly in the following areas:

Our Standards:
• Exclusive location & surroundings inc pristine Natural environment.
• Quality, duration, Variance & mix of Activities.
• High Staff/participation ratio = 1:6 with Professional mature staff.
• All Activities and Accommodation are based on site in a Private & safe environment.
• Health, Safety and welfare.
• Quality of Accommodation and dining facilities
• Value for money, Supervision and Evening entertainment on overnight schedules.

We are members of ILAM (Irish leisure and Amenity Management) Our staff are fully qualified and have vast experience in the participation and the organisation of outdoor activities. We use the best of equipment and operate under full public indemnity insurance.

We provide all equipment and guides. Experience is not essential. All groups are fully supervised on all activities.

We are available for group bookings all year round and we pride ourselves on our ability and proven track record in tailoring any activity or combination of activities for any group, on any day to suit their needs.

Enquiries by email please to: brian@blackwateroutdooractivities.com

“The Best of Ireland”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 25 October 2012

We just spent 3 nights at the Abbeyville House and became part of the family. We were treated like royality with a private bathroom, unbelievable breakfasts, quiet evenings and love all around. Our next trip to Ireland will start at Abbeyville House. Mary helped us with everything we needed. If you are in the Blackwater area be sure to book in advance to be part of an Irish Family. We would give this B&B a 5+ rating.

The Carters from Beaverton, OR, USA