Rocky the Outdoor Kid

Hello my name is Rocky and I like to go to the Top of the Rock.

As you can see, I’m an outdoor kid. I bring my bike and cycle around the Pod Páirc. There’s lots of hills and hollows and sometimes I get to cycle on the road when my Mum and Dad go cycling with me. We can cycle to Drimoleague which is just one km away… It’s nice going down there, but it’s a big hill to climb all the way home!

Some day I’ll be old enough to cycle the Sheep’s Head Way to Bantry, but for now the Pod Páirc is fine, and I meet some good friends there too! The pods are like a den. Each one is different. We stay in the Orchard pod. There are lots of small juicy apples. It’s nice to hear the rain outside and be cosy inside.

Pod Páirc Playground

The Pod Páirc PlaygroundThe Pod Páirc playground is fun… There’s a big basket swing… big enough for me and my two brothers! The slide goes down from a grassy mound and it’s great for the smaller kids, as there is a “step” challenge on the way up. Beside it there’s a camp fire. Last night we made a bonfire and cooked sausages. Everybody sat around on the big rocks and sang in the firelight.

The Pod Páirc is great for “hide and seek”. There are lots of trees to hide behind as well as fences and bushes to get in underneath. He also keeps cows and sheep. Sometimes a cow will give birth to her calf in the field. I got to feed the lambs the other day. The sheep are called Dutch Spotted . They come from Holland. He also has these funny spotty cows called Droimeann… They are one of the oldest cattle breeds in Ireland. The goats are funny and have lots of different names!
Swing at Top of the Rock

There is a long walk all around the farm. It runs along the river. Once I saw an otter. From the bird hide I could see the herons’ nests. We had to be very quiet. We also get to do the FARMHANDS program for kids and’s good fun!
FARMHANDS is a great fun and learning experience. My mum and Dad came with me. We did the bale maze, got the hayride and milked the cow. The we did the worksheet. Its nice to go home with the FARMHANDS certificate!

There are lots of things to do nearby. We walked to the Alpaca Farm…there were baby alpacas, giant rabbits and donkeys. Another day we played Pitch and Putt in Drimoleague… It’s a great place to learn how to play. On our way home we bought fish and chips.

Family trips in the car are fun…one day we went to the Model Railway in Clonakilty. Another day we did canoeing and paddle boats in Rosscarbery and then went to Pirates Cove.

Glengarriff Woods and the seals at Garnish Island were awesome. Our trip to the Mizen Head and Barley Cove Beach was well worth the journey. On the last day we even crossed the sea to Heir Island where there is a great beach and lovely walks. Zippit is only 45 minutes away in Farran near Cork

I’m looking forward to going back to the Top of the Rock this year!