The River Blackwater rises on the Cork Kerry border. It flows in County Cork through the towns of Mallow and Fermoy, then onto County Waterford through the towns of Ballyduf, Lismore and Cappoquin and finally enters the sea at Youghal.
When one thinks about tourism in Ireland, names like Killarney, Connemara, West Cork and Donegal might spring to mind, but when you ask someone in the know where is the best place for fishing in Ireland, where are the best places for horse riding, canoeing, kyaking, golf, walking, cycling, mountain biking or eating out - somewhere along the Blackwater Valley will be mentioned.
The landscape along the valley is as varied as the industries and people who live there. Strong traditions for theatre, music, dance, sport and fishing have sprung up all along the valley. While tour busses criss-cross the Valley on their way to the 'tourist destinations', those who know better settle in for a wonderful time in the Valley.
The Blackwater Valley also has a wealth of wonderfull accommodation. Self catering, hotel, bed & breakfast are all there in wonderful locations.
The Blackwater Valley is also well known for its amazing fertile land. Good land produces good food and this has to be experienced to be believed.
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