When I first moved to Cork from Dublin, Blackrock Castle was a ruin with a stone tower jutting out into the last lengths of the River Lee surrounded by warning signs, scaffolding, fencing and a fair bit of rubbish. Today it stands restored, proud and home to an observatory (part of University College Cork) and an excellent cafe / restaurant.
From here a walkway then leads on around the estuary edge, a popular haunt for family walks and joggers of all descriptions. It is great to see how this area has been developed to make the most of its surroundings.
Here are some images of Blackrock Castle late in the evening, largely taken in the hour of blue light, just before it goes truly dark.
While the observatory is run by UCC, it has plenty going on and is not strictly the preserve of college students, as can be found at Blackrock Castle Observatory. Those who are partial to their food, coffees or something stronger may want to check out Castle Cafe.