An incredible boost for tourism at the seaside destination of Youghal!

Progress is well underway on the extension to the 400-metre boardwalk from Youghal to Claycastle, it is going to extend by 1.5 km – all the way to Redbarn Beach!

With COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the year, commencement of work on this Cork County Council project was somewhat delayed, but great progress is being made now and it is exciting to see the development snaking its way out to Redbarn.

Once completed, the route will form part of the National Coastal Walking Route, providing a formal pedestrian walkway from Redbarn Beach to Youghal Town Centre. The route stretches along Claycastle Beach to Redbarn Beach, parallel to the reed beds of Ballyvergan Marsh. Ballyvergan Marsh is the largest freshwater coastal marsh in County Cork and accommodates several plant and bird species, it is zoned as a special amenity and is also an important breeding site for migratory birds.

Completion of the route will improve access to Ballyvergan Marsh, enhancing the natural heritage experience of walkers – locals and visitors alike. It will raise awareness to the ecological significance of the area’s unique marsh and coastal zone. Additionally, with the development of the upcoming Midleton to Youghal Greenway (which also passes through Ballyvergan), the Youghal area is going to become even more attractive as a ‘must visit’ destination.

(Development pics courtesy of John Hennessy)

Quality Hotel Youghal 2020 Travelers’ Choice Winner

In the top 10% of Tourism Businesses WORLDWIDE!

Quality Hotel Youghal is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious Travelers Choice Award 2020 by the renowned Trip Advisor organization. For several years, the resort has been voted in the top 10 family friendly Hotels in Ireland in Trip Advisor’s Annual Awards listing and this additional accolade is great news for the resort.

Travelers Choice (formerly Certificate of Excellence) recognizes businesses that earn consistently great user reviews. The winners are among just 10% of all businesses on Trip Advisor worldwide. Proprietor, Allen McEnery, was delighted with the news. Allen commented, “This is a major honour for the hotel and our team, is the culmination of an extensive program of refurbishment and upgrades undertaken over the past few winters. It is also testimony the quality of our service and our staff’s focus on customer care.” Allen went on to note, “This year is difficult for everyone in the tourism sector and I know that many of our regular clientele were disappointed that we did open our hotel and self-catering apartments. We felt the health and safety of our guests and staff was paramount. Nonetheless, many of our past guests were still able to book into our Holiday Homes, which are officially compliant with the Failte Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter, and they have been enjoying our magnificent Blue Flag beach and the wide open spaces here at Redbarn.”


Some recent Trip Advisor Reviews

…We were delighted that the restrictions were lifted, and we could leave our county!
This was our second stay at the hotel and it did not disappoint. From start to finish we had a ball. The house and location are fantastic. 2 minutes’ walk to the beautiful blue flag Redbarn beach…. Happy Gilmores food truc, which was open each day outside the hotel, provided restaurant quality food and they cook the best chips I’ve ever tasted!

Fantastic Stay
Just back from three days in Sunny Youghal. QH was ideal for the family. We got a beautiful 4 bed house that was spotless. We were so impressed. It was immaculate with plenty of towels, Pans, Glasses, plates etc. (there was 5 of us) We were a stone’s throw from the beach and blessed with the weather. Sara @reception was a gem to deal with. She was so helpful and gave us some cracking tips on things to do with the Kiddies.Although the facilities were not opened, it did not hinder our stay one bit!

Great Staycation
Really enjoyed our recent stay … The houses were very clean and spacious and just a stroll from lovely Redbarn beach. The staff were so helpful and friendly, from the receptionist at check in to the caretaker on duty. There is a fabulous food van right next to the houses that make really delicious food! Would highly recommend for a lovely beach break!

Beach Getaway
Just spent a few days on the Quality Holiday Homes, was very impressed. The house was very big and kept immaculate. The beach is only a few minutes stroll away. We were blessed with good weather so was an added bonus. I would recommend for those that want to stay close to beach but yet away from the hustle ‘n bustle of a town

Family Holiday 2020
Have to say we had a brilliant time. Reminds me when I was young going on holidays. Kids loved being so close to the beach. The houses where spotless clean and everyone was very friendly. Can’t wait to go back.

Summer Plans for the Quality Hotel, Youghal

News Update re Covid-19

As we are all aware, government measures are currently in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 which means that hotels will not be allowed to reopen until the 20th of July. Here, at the Quality Hotel Youghal, we have been seriously considering the options for the health and safety of our guests post July 20th. We have now taken a tough decision and decided not to open our Hotel, Self-Catering Apartments, Restaurant or Bar for the 2020 Summer Season. Club V Leisure Centre will re-open for members as soon as Government guidelines permit.

Our decision was not taken lightly and was reached through careful deliberation and feedback from customers. We looked at the demographics of our guests, which are primarily Irish families and we had to take their safety first. We realised that it would be impossible to guarantee adherence from children to the necessary measures and social distancing requirements that would prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Nevertheless, our Holiday Homes ARE available to rent from the 20th July. With just our Holiday Homes on offer, we feel that parents will have a much more relaxing holiday break. They will have the wide-open spaces and fresh sea air of Redbarn Beach to enjoy and great family time to look forward to – without having to continually monitor their children’s smallest action. It will be good old-fashioned family fun, like building sandcastles, going for walks on the beach, scampering through Glenbower Woods or even visiting Fota Wildlife Park (which is now open for registered bookings ) or other attractions that may be open, such as Leahy’s Open Farm. There are also a number of take-away options available locally to ensure that everyone gets a holiday!

‘Smell the sea and  feel the sky and let your soul and spirit fly’  Van Morrison.

Building sandcastles with Dad Blue Flag Beach destinationgiraffes in East Cork





Our Holiday Homes will be deep cleaned and sanitised before arrival and best practice will be observed in relation to all contact with members of the team. Our primary focus is the health and well-being of your family and our staff. Your safety is paramount to us and we will take every action possible to ensure your safety. We ask you to look out for each other and stay safe.

Special Notice – Our Holiday Homes are AVAILABLE NOW for employees of businesses and industries who need to stay in the area.

For any queries, please email or tel. 024 93050.  During these temporary measures, our emails and phone lines will be monitored from Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 2.00pm.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience during these extraordinary times. We wish you good health and well-being and look forward to welcoming you to Redbarn in the future when this has passed.

Finally, to the workers on the frontline, we cannot thank you enough for your dedication.

From Allen McEnery, General Manager, and all the team at the Quality Hotel Youghal.

Redbarn Beach

Guest information for Covid-19

Your Good Health is Our Priority this Easter

The Health and Safety of both our guests and our staff are our Number One priority at Quality Hotel, Youghal. Here is what we are doing to ensure you have a great visit to Redbarn – your home away from Home.  Easter deals are still available and details can be found here

Swimming Pool – We maintain a chlorination level in our pool that is above the level recommended by the HSE. The HSE has confirmed that at this level the pool cannot be a source for the transmission of the Covid19 virus. Also, our system is fully automated to ensure that our chlorination level continually operate at this safe level. In addition, our staff manually monitor the chlorination level throughout the day. So, you should have absolutely no concerns about enjoying our pool.

Gym – The Gym receives a deep clean at the beginning and end of the day. In addition, our staff will be sterilizing all equipment throughout the day on an ongoing basis. We have also tripled the number of sanitizing units and paper points.

Children’s Play Areas – The children’s playground and play areas will be deep cleaned and sanitized at the beginning and end of each day. The Bouncy Castles will not be in service until it is safe to do so.  Our indoor Kids Camp Activities and Cinema Club is being postponed until safe to resume. We will be compiling a program of outdoor Children’s activities shortly.

Hotel – We have instituted a two-phase cleaning process, using the high quality Glana product, Zuko Sanitizer. The first is to removed debris from all tables in the bar and dining room as well as dressers and other surfaces in the bedrooms and bathrooms. This is followed by a deep clean sanitizing of all surfaces, paying particular attention to highchairs. There are now bottles of disinfectant and blue towel rolls throughout the public areas. These will be used to wipe down door handles, counters and tables on a regular basis. Our menus are only used once, then binned. We also have instigated a table spacing procedure for social distancing both in the bar and the restaurant.  Additional hand sanitizers and disposable gloves are available for both staff and guests.

Our Food – Executive Chef, Kieran O’Shaughnessy is totally committed to serving only the freshest foods to our guests. Everything is prepared in-house and nothing in bought in pre-cooked. Kieran has lost 7 stone since last February, so he knows a lot about healthy eating!  He serves many foods that will help boost the immune system, such as turmeric, red peppers, broccoli, sweet potatoes, spinach, oily fish, blueberries, Kiwis, garlic, almonds and much more besides.

So, you can be assured that your visit to Quality Hotel Youghal will be in the safest possible environment. We look forward to welcoming you and doing everything that we can to ensure you have a great, great holiday. See you soon!

The most up to date Irish information can be found here:
worldwide information can be found here:

Covid-19 symptoms

Sanitize your hands

February Midterm Fun Times!

We’re Open from the 14th – 23rd February

It’s nearly time to pack your bags for the February Midterm Break! 

There’s a great line-up of fun filled activities for all the family to enjoy, with Kids Camp, Movie Shows, Discos and NEW this year, Teddy Bear Picnics! 

Mum, Dad and everyone is welcome to the Teddy Bear picnics!  so don’t forget to also pack your FAVORITE Teddy Bear in the car on your way to Youghal! Teddy sandwiches and treats  are a specialty at our picnics, and prizes will be presented for the best story on why YOUR teddy is your favourite!

We have some great offers too so why not book today HERE

February Midterm Steals

Movies included on our Calendar of Events include Frozen 2, Sing, Big Hero, The Smurfs, Smallfoot, Finding Nimo, Trolls, The Secret Life of Pets and many more!

See our full Calendar of events below

February Midterm Kids Activities

Looking for an ideal Christmas gift?

Club V Gift Vouchers are the perfect solution!

With Christmas just around the corner, we want to remind you that Club V is the only local  Fitness Centre  open 364 days of the year – Closed just for Christmas Day!Penny Dinners

We have a special request this year and are looking for support  for our Christmas Food Collection for Cork Penny Dinners – Can you help?

Why not give that special person a Club V Gift Voucher this Christmas  that is sure to please. Call us on 024 9350 for further details
Club V opening times this ChristmassChristmas gift vouchers

Club V – your ideal fitness centre

Commit to be fit!

September is the ideal time to re-start your fitness training and there is nowhere better than Club V to get in shape!

Our motto is ‘Your Fitness is our Business’

Club V Fitness Centre Youghal

You will gain benefit with increased fitness and well-being from membership of Club V. This will be achieved  through access to personalised training programmes that ensure you stay fit and and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Our members have been very active over the past year and there has been an upsurge in the use of our facilities and classes. With the increased awareness of the benefits of fitness training, it is also fantastic that Ironman is took place in Youghal this year. We are sure this will inspire even more people to pursue a healthy lifestyle by joining a gym.

Why Club V:

  • We have added a new fitness instructor and two new swimming instructors to our team.
  • We have the largest panel of swim instructors in the region.
  • Our friendly and helpful staff, including 4 Personal Trainers will help you achieve your goals.
  • Our wide range of fitness classes ensure that there is something for everyone, with, Circuits, Kettlebells, Weights for women, Aqua Aerobics, Toning, Cardio and Core, Teen Fit, BLT (Bums, Legs and Tums), and new this season, yoga, cardio kickboxing and Pilates.
  • Excellent opening hours to suit all and the only Fitness club that is open 364 days a year.

This all adds up to a Healthier lifestyle for YOU!

We have several payment options to suit all budgets.  If you have queries, please call  024-93095

Toddler Time has arrived!

Great Discounts on summer season rates

As we head into September, it’s time for the bigger kids to go back to school. So, what does this mean – IT’S TODDLER TIME! and, we have a very special offer just for you, it’s our Toddler Time Family  B&B Super Saver ( HERE)

toddler time on the beachToddler Time is the one time of year when parents with small children can get away and enjoy some fine weather, without crowds of bigger kids cramping their style and space!

We know that toddlers need a lot of care and attention, and that you must keep your eyes on them ALL the time, so we’ve come up with a plan to fill you days away with LOADS of activities to choose from!

  • The Blue Flag Beach
  • The Kiddies Pool
  • The Playground and Playroom
  • Kiddies Movies
  • Kiddie friendly local attractions (Pet Farms and Fota Wildlife Park). ALL with special discounts
  • Buggy-friendly walks on the boardwalk and in the woods.

Building sandcastles with DadFirstly, there’s the Blue Flag Beach, just outside your door – and what toddler doesn’t like to build a sandcastle and dig a pool for Dad (for splashing Mum!). Where better to work off some pent-up energy, which will ensure a good night’s sleep for everyone!

The Kiddies Pool at the leisure centre is perfect paddling place for all. Especially on a rainy day, the temperature is snug and warm inside!

The Playground and Indoor Playroom – Our Playground has a range of toddler friendly equipment, including a climbing frame and slide. It’s fenced off too, so junior won’t ever be too far out of your reach! The indoor Playroom has a range of toys, books, coloring books and crayons to while away some time with Mum or Dad too!

Kiddies Movies take place in the Redbarn Suite in the evenings during Toddler Time. (Check with Reception for details). As this is not a school holiday period, these shows are unsupervised, so parents can enjoy the movies with their smallies too!

giraffes in East CorkToddler Attractions – There are several local attractions that are ideal to bring your toddler. All our guests get a special discount, simply by  presenting their wristbands! Nearby, the world renowned Fota Wildlife Park is sure to excite with its vast selection of wildlife to view – all through easy and buggy friendly pathways, or on their cho-cho train! Locally, at Perks, there are several toddler rides AND Blackbeard’s Play Centre with its soft toy attractions. There’s also Leahy’s and the Ardmore Open Farm to visit too which are perfect for introducing junior to some friendly small animals!

 Book your Toddler Time super saver now!

Ironman Ireland Cork

Ironman – A Fantastic Event for Youghal!

Excitement is mounting in the run-up to Ironman Ireland Cork, which takes place on the 23rd June. It’s the first ever full event in Ireland and a great honour for Youghal. Details of the event can be found by visiting of the Ironman Cork website 

Here at the Quality Hotel we are looking forward to viewing the 3.8 km sea swim which is being held at nearby Claycastle strand and the 180km bike course which passing through Ballymacoda. The 42K run takes place on a 4-lap course in our ancient town and is sure to excite all spectators!

We will be serving food until everyone is fed – no matter what time that is!

Good luck to all contenders, especially our Club V members and the approximate 100 guests who are staying at the resort to take part in Ironman Cork. Our Club V members are: Stephen, Frank, Vincent, Davie, PJ, Thomas, Colin B, Colin C and our lady contender, Laura!

It’s going to be a long day for the athletes, so our priority is to keep everyone fed and happy!

Our food service is open to the public and special dietary needs are being fully catered for 


  • Saturday morning from 6.00 am Athletes & Regular Breakfast
  • Sunday morning Athletes Breakfast from 3.00 am & regular breakfast from 5.00 am
    (see below for our special Ironman Breakfast Menu)

Lunch and evening service:

  • Regular Bar Food offering on Saturday all day and PIZZA available if required until 12.00 midnight
  • Sunday Carvery from 5pm  Carvery runs till late!  Bar food will be served until closing time and we will feed everyone, so it will be a late close! PIZZA will be served until 12.00 midnight

Ironman Breakfast Menu:

Athletes breakfast for Ironman

Visitor Attraction Discounts

Our Guest Wristbands now give you a unique discount to visit the best very visitor attractions in Cork and West Waterford!

To get the summer season off to an exciting start, Quality Hotel Youghal have been working with the superb range of visitor attractions in the region to give guests even better value holiday breaks!

Since 2018, guests visiting the Resort have been issued with a wristband so that they can avail of all the amenities. For 2019, our tourism colleagues at all the following visitor attractions have very kindly agreed to offer Quality Hotel Youghal guests a special discount, simply by presenting their wristbands on entry to their amenity!

The line-up of businesses taking part in this initiative include some of the most popular and family friendly attractions in Ireland! The details of these can be found below, with direct links to their own websites.

For animal lovers, Fota Wildlife Park, Leahy’s Open Farm and Ardmore Open Farm  offer visitors close and personal viewings of all kinds of creatures from lions to bunny rabbits, and from rhinos to pet farm animals – along with rides, play areas and much more, including the chocolate factory at Leahy’s!

Sea adventures are catered for  with a great choice of water activities to choose from. A gentle cruise down the majestic Blackwater River with Blackwater Cruises highlights the tranquility of the ancient river and its natural beauty. For the more adventuresome, Ardmore Adventures offer visitors sea kayaking, archery, paddle boarding and abseiling. Finally, how about hiring a self-drive boat to check out Cork Harbour?  Cork Harbour Boat Hire offer visitor a range of options with something for everyone, both fast and slow! Tours range from one hour to three and four hour adventure tours.

The history of the region is truly fascinating and there are several amazing historic tours, sites and museums to visit. Starting in Youghal, a visit to the recently restored Clock Gate is a must, where storytellers will help you see Youghal in a new light.  A Walking Tour of this historic walled port is  also available with the Town Crier, Clifford Winser, who will fill you in on fascinating historic facts. Traditional Irish music, song, dance & storytelling entertainment is also available in Youghal, with Comhaltas Seisiún Brú na Sí. For less traditional entertainment, the Regal Cinema is well worth a visit. Originally opened in the summer of 1936, the Regal has recently been extensively transformed. Retaining  much of its heritage & history, the cinema now has added modern comforts including a wine bar and cafe. Finally, a MUST for some great family entertainment in Youghal is a visit to Perks Family Entertainment Centre. At 70,000 square feet, Perks is one of the largest indoor funfair entertainment centres in Ireland. Perfect for a rainy day, the centre includes a large selection of rides, games, attractions and the amazing Showboat Casino.

Moving a little west, a visit to Cobh is highly advised. Again, a unique maritime heritage can be found in this colourful town.  Cobh, formerly Queenstown, was the chief port of immigration from Ireland to the new world and the last port of call for the Titanic on her maiden voyage. This history of the town is recounted at the Queenstown Story at the Cobh Heritage Centre.  The Titanic Trail is another excellent option that brings visitors on a tour of the town, recounting the history of Cobh as well as the story of this ill-fated ship. For those who would like to like to experience what it would have been like to be a passenger on the Titanic, visit the Titanic Experience! 

The newest visitor attraction in the region – and one that has received world renown already,  is Spike Island. Spike Island has been home to a 6th Century monastery, a 24 acre fortress, and a 21st Century prison with an amazing history in-between.  Ireland’s Alcatraz would only describe a small part of it! A visit to Spike involves a boat trip from Kennedy Pier in Cobh and is highly recommended.  Booking is advised. While you are still in Cobh, you might like to attempt a prison break yourself- which you can do by visiting Escape Cobh  One final escape may be on the cards for parents who would like a brief respite from the kids! Jungle World in Midleton also offer our guests a special discount, so set them loose at Jungleworld to ensure a good night sleep with tired kiddies!

discounts for visitor attractions in Cork