Youghal is the last port of call for the mighty 104 mile Blackwater river that has come all the way from North Kerry, famously... more » swinging south at the dog leg in Cappoquin.
We won't be telling you the full story, but as a precursor to any planned boat trip you take with Blackwater Cruises's Tony Gallagher, we've got a selection of stories from Tony himself, Mick Hackett, Kieran Groeger and Glenribbeen Eco Lodge's famous Peter O'Connor that will captivate. A special thanks to these raconteurs for helping to bring the stretch from Yougal to Lismore to life with such aplomb.
We guide you through some of the most magical verdant countryside in the country, along the banks of the famous Blackwater river where salmon and trout are in abundance. Famously turning southward at Cappoquin for its final 15 mile journey, enjoy the history and stories around the bend area of this famous fishing river.
A famous neighbour of Peter's, travel writer Dervla Murphy, wrote in her book 'Wheels within wheels' that 'my first journey took me through countryside that had scarcely changed since Thackeray described it in 1842':- "Beyond Cappoquin the beautiful Blackwater river suddenly opened up before us..driving through some of the most beautiful rich countryside ever seen'. She added 'the road since then has been widened and picnic areas have been added and rhododendron has taken over a lot of wild areas, but the landscape hasn't changed'. This from a woman who has seen all the sights and terrains of the world; that she made this valley her home says it all.
The author of 'Vanity Fair' was also right to be captivated by this section of the Blackwater valley. The countryside from Lismore right down to Youghal via Cappoquin and Villierstown is stunning and deserves plenty of time for photos, riverside strolls and maybe a picnic at one of those tables. less «
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