At the start of summer we spent two nights in the magical Top of the Rock Pod Pairc in Drimoleague, Co Cork. During our stay we spent a day exploring Glengarriff and the area. Part of our day was spent visiting Molly Gallivan’s Cottage & Traditional Farm. It was a spontaneous stop off and we weren’t expecting much – boy were we wrong! A visit to Molly Gallivan’s ended up providing us with memories to last a life time!
Molly Gallivan’s is a cottage over 200 years old located outiside Kenmare, County Kerry. As well as a cottage and farm there is also tea rooms and a gift shop. Stepping into the shop you immediately feel as if your stepping back in time. With low ceilings, exposed walls and the smell of turf in the fire Molly Gallivan’s is old world charm.
Before heading out to the farm visit the original cottage. Have a look at Molly’s homestead. Visitors are welcome to wander around Molly’s traditional farm which remains much like it was from years gone by. The farm is home to some animals and an impressive neolithic stone row.
Admission to the farm is simply a donation of your choosing that is paid after your visit. Visitors get a map and a cup of animal feed at the til. We spent just under an hour at Molly Gallivan’s learning about life in the past and being ‘chased’ by donkeys. The famine house & neolithic stone row were standouts for us. It was a spontaneous and memorable visit and well worth a stop!
This Irish Family Top Tips
- Less than 20 minutes from Glengarriff, Co Cork follow the mountain pass towards Kenmare.
- Plenty of parking across the road.
- The farm walk is about 500 metres. The path is decent but leads up a hill and is not entirely buggy/wheelchair friendly.
- The two donkeys love bread and send This Irish Boy running up the hill, but I think they were for most part friendly.