Buggy-friendly parkrun – Bere Island

Bere Island parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy Friendly rating: 9/10

Scenery: 10/10

Course:

The stunning course is all on tarmac and starts with a 400m hill, this can be quite hard to start with, especially when pushing the buggy, but it is the hardest part of the run so it’s nice to have it over and done with at the beginning. There is quite a steep hill towards the end near the post office but it is fairly short.

The scenery is just beautiful the whole way around – you can take in the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Lonehort Viking Harbour and pass the military fort which was built in 1898. It is so hard on such beautiful runs like these to resist the urges to stop many times to keep taking photos, especially on a sunny day. 

Facilties, cafes and playgrounds:

Bere Island parkrun was one of our favourite runs. Getting the ferry and the bus to and from the start was just another adventure for the kids and we used the time to enjoy the chats with some of the locals and other parkrun tourists. They hold the post run coffee and tea in the local cafe where you can enjoy a nice scone and coffee with all the other parkrunners.

We took the ferry from Castletownbere and arrived a little before 9am to get everything sorted – you will need cash for the ferry and bus fare too. There are toilets and dressing rooms at the start/finish of the run. 

Overall:

If you can get to this part of Ireland that I would absolutely 100% recommend this parkrun. The camaraderie, location and views make this one not to miss! 

Buggy-friendly parkrun Cork – Ballincollig

Ballincollig parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy Friendly rating: 9/10

Scenery: 7/10

Course:

Ballincollig parkrun starts at the the regional park car park – the one with the toilet. There are a few entrances to the park so it’s important to make sure you get the right one. It is a busy parkrun with numbers usually around 300 – 400 and it has quite a narrow start. This can make running with a buggy a little difficult as there is often no room to pass for the first few hundred metres and buggies are asked to start at the back. Continue reading

Buggy-friendly walks Cork – Farran Forest Park

Location: Farran Forest Park, Cork (20km west of Cork city and just north of the N22 towards Macroom)

Path:  Enclosure trail (1.2km | 25 mins |easy) Continue reading

Buggy-friendly walks Cork – Little Island

CARRIGRENNAN WALK

Carrigrennan Walk, Sli na Slainte, Little Island

Location: Little Island (this walk is around the sewage plant. Don’t be put off, it is a lovely walk next to the water)

Path:   2.4km looped (see Irish trails for more) Continue reading

Buggy-friendly walks Cork – Castlemartyr

Baile Na Matra

Balie na matra castlemartyr

Location: Baile na Martra Woodland Walk, Castlemartyr

Path:  Looped, rough terrain (sturdy buggy recommended) – 3 walks (see Coillte ) Continue reading

Buggy-friendly walks Cork – Rostellan to Whitegate

We have been very quiet of late with other projects on the go and preparing for a move to the west. However I am delighted to share another great walk in Cork from Theresa of Eat.Play.Love Take it away Theresa…

The People_s Path, Rostellan to Whitegate

Location:  Rostellan , East Cork just a 15 minute drive from Midleton, located on the Whitegate road.

Path:  Buggy and wheelchair accessible coastal path Continue reading

Buggy-friendly walks Cork – Ballyannan Woods

Ballyannan Woods Walkway, Midleton

Location: Ballyannan Woods, (near Midleton), Co. Cork

Path:  Woodland walk / safe walkway off the road also which is scooter and buggy- friendly Continue reading