Know Before You Go: Cobh is built into a hillside, so any walk or run will likely include running a steep downhill at the beginning to reach the waterfront walk, and a steep uphill at the end to get back to your cottage or car. Length: 3.15 miles. Time: 30 minutes. Terrain: Paved. Difficulty: Moderate to difficult - if you run from the waterfront into the town, the hills are quite steep. Dog-friendly: Yes. Dogs must be leashed. Kid-friendly: Yes. There's even a playground!
This route is around 3 miles as an out-and-back run or walk along the water’s edge in Cork Harbour on Cobh, “The Great Island”. I ran along some apartment building parking lots to hit 3.15 miles. The run starts right on the waterfront and goes past several docks in Cobh, giving you a great view of the city where many Irish left their home country for the American colonies or other places during the great potato famine. You get a glimpse of where the Titanic left on her ill-fated voyage, and can look out over the harbour on one side and back at the brightly-colored row houses on the other side. Lift your eyes up above the houses to one of Ireland’s tallest buildings, Sr. Colman Cathedral. Be sure to stop at the historic placards giving highlights of Cobh’s history.