Mary O’Brien brings her gang of experts on fun to try out the maze at Smugglers Cove
Does every working parent suffer pangs of guilt when it comes to spending enough time with their children? As a self-employed working mother of five-year-old twin girls, I have already (much to the amusement of my work colleagues) baked quite a few cakes with my children before work in the mornings this summer. In the rush to get out the door to the beach last weekend, I forgot to pack the bottoms of my bikini. Here’s where the working mother guilt comes in again; I went swimming in my knickers so as not to disappoint my two very excited swimming companions (I must admit it was fun though). One of the best things about West Cork is that there is any number of great things to do with your kids once the weather is good and you have the time. The weekend before, we headed to Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Centre in Rosscarbery. Our party of five consisted of myself and my younger sister Louise and our three swashbuckling pirates (who are also cousins and best friends in the whole world), Sorcha, Roisin (5) and Jack (2).
Although we’ve enjoyed more than one expedition already to the Crazy Golf at Smuggler’s Cove, this was our first time trying out the timber maze…and it was sooo much fun for our young adventurers. The maze has four impressive corner towers, with views over the maze, Rosscarbery town and out towards the Galley Head Lighthouse.
The aim is to find the four letters of MAZE, which are attached to a stamper at different locations inside the maze. Once you have stamped all four letters on your card, you make your way to the central tower to look down on the path you just completed. You can also check your time on the way out. One word of caution to parents: Make sure your smallies go to the toilet before getting lost! The end of our adventure turned in to a bit of a Charlie Chaplin comedy; we lost them, they lost us and in the end we made it out with seconds to spare!
All in all though, it was a very successful outing. Next time I’d love to combine it with the Crazy Golf and maybe grab a pizza at the café afterwards. Although Sorcha and Roisin are only five and still perfecting their swing, they knock a great kick out of getting the ball in the hole and the little rafts that bring you over water from one hole to another are brilliant fun!
Also, due to open in August at Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Centre is a huge eight-acre corn maize maze with Cork’s Red FM radio station logo as its centrepiece. The maze was designed by an American Maize maze company and is adjacent to the existing Adventure Centre (we could see it from the central tower in the timber maze). Covering eight acres, it is going to be one of the largest Maize mazes in the country. It is also situated in an area that commands spectacular views of Rosscarbery and its bay, all the way out to the Galley Head Lighthouse and the surrounding countryside.
Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Centre is open from March to September, 7 days a week, from 10am – 8pm. www.rosscarberygolf.com.