Down the Lee Valley
Down the Lee Valley
From our base in Inchigeela, to Gougane Barra where the
Journey Through the Lee Valley
Inchigeela- The Home of Lee Valley Ireland
Beginning in the small village of Inchigeela located in West Cork, discover the home of Irish
Country Clothing - Lee Valley Ireland. Since 1986, Lee Valley has
designed and made high quality clothing in this
rural location in Southern Ireland, taking inspiration from it's beautiful surroundings.
Today we are proud of our wonderful home, including our showroom which you can see in our video.
Continuing on to the magnificent Forest Park in Gougane Barra, covering 339 acres of woodland,
waterways and hiking trails. We traverse the forest dressed in our
favorite Flannel Grandfather Shirts, ideally rugged enough for the
outdoors. Adding our famous Cork Jacket as it gets cooler into the
evening, we set off on an adventure to the source of
the River Lee located high in the Shehy mountains.
For more on Gougane Barra, see our previous Blog Posts Here
Loch Allua- Ballingeary
Our local Lake 'Loch Allua' , a well known fishing spot just east of Ballingeary, is the next stop on our
tour of the Lee Valley. This beautiful fresh water lake forms part of
the River Lee as it moves onward toward the sea.
It is also home to great annual event 'The Éalú Lua Adventure Race', featured in our previous Blog Post Here
The Gearagh based in the upper Lee Valley is a submerged glacial plain and nature reserve and is in fact the only post
glacial alluvial forest in Western Europe.
A great destination for walking trails, many also come to capture the beautiful scenery and sunset views.
For more on the Gearagh see our previous Blog Post Here
As the River Lee continues its flow, we come upon Carrigadrohid where
the Lee crosses under a bridge. The adjoining castle
was built in the 15th century by the famous MacCarthys of Muskerry.
A three story tower, this fine castle is situated not far outside the
market town of Macroom and in recent years has been the subject of
much preservation by local groups.
As we approach the city of Cork, we can see many bridges traversing over the River Lee. The city centre
of Cork is in fact an island, positioned between the two
channels for the River Lee, which meet
downstream in the direction of the docklands as it heads out to sea.
The most prominent of these is the local landmark St. Patrick's Bridge as seen
in our video. This bridge also played a vital part in Cork's trading history,
connecting the north side of the city with the city center so butter merchants could cross easily.
The harbour town of Cobh, once known as Queenstown is most well known
as the departure point of the famous RMS Titanic.
As well as being Ireland's only dedicated cruise terminal, Cobh is the
point where the Lee enters the sea and the conclusion of the Lee Valley.
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