“We availed of the extensive facilities for a team building session in the afternoon, had a pre-dinner drinks reception and then enjoyed a Murder Mystery game over a delicious three course meal.  I would highly recommend Ballinacurra House.”

Carbon Group, Cork

Team Building

“Your seamless service and constant good humour allowed me to feel completely at ease and host a weekend that was a triumph in event management. The Carphone Warehouse will certainly be back for more and if I have anything to do with it, so will many more clients of mine.” George Goldsmith Sporting Agents, Scotland.

A strong company needs good leadership and a cohesive team to implement its strategies. And a strong team cannot be chosen – it has to be developed over time through communication and trust.


There are many team building opportunities that we can organize for you on-site.  We regularly work with a professional event management company who can organise a wide range of both inside and outside events (see www.teambuild.ie).  Some of the events we can organise include:

  • ‘Disaster Chef’ – Our Head Chef, David Rice, spent two years at Dublin’s premier cookery school Cook’s Academy.  So why not try your hand at a cooking team-building event with a difference.
  • Murder Mysteries- we can bring in the experts to conduct a dinner or day-long ‘Murder Mystery’ for your group.
  • Treasure Hunt – If you want to get physical, we have developed a treasure hunt for teams around the area where you need to solve clues to win a prize. This has been done on bikes.
  • Kayaking – We can bring in a professional kayaking instructor to give basic instructions and then you can participate in races or kayak polo on the Ballinacurra Creek.
  • Art and Pottery - Right next door to Ballinacurra House is the Kinsale Pottery and Art School. They can put together various corporate programmes to discover the creative side to all executives.
  • Cooking and Entertainment - Why not split into groups to prepare your own evening’s entertainment. Whilst one group can be working with our chef in the kitchen preparing dinner, another can be working with a musical director preparing the evening’s entertainment.
  • Obstacle Course Challenge - We can setup many large inflatables and you compete in teams doing a range of activities.
  • Laser War Games - We can bring in the experts and you can do you own war games in our forest.
  • Strictly Come Dancing - What about putting on your dancing shoes, choose a couple of judges between you, we’ll organise some professionals to give you a quick training lesson – and away you go.  Nice to see you…to see you…
  • The Apprentice - Don’t be surprised to see corporate teams running around Kinsale trying to complete their challenges put to them by our own Alan Sugar.
  • Laser Clay Shooting, Archery, etc – many of these types of activities can be brought in for your group.
  • And many moreContact Us for a full proposal of the options either inside or within the grounds.


Off-site there are also many possibilities and all within a 20 minute radius of Ballinacurra House. Some of these include:

  • Oysterhaven Outdoor Activity Centre (www.oysterhaven.com) – This professionally run multi-activity center develops team building events which can include windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, adventure trails and team challenges.
  • Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre (www.kinsaleoutdoors.com) – The Centre is based in the town and offers corporate team building days including sailing, canoeing, board sailing, rock climbing, body boarding, orienteering, team challenges and archery.::Sailing – We work closely with a number of professional sailing instructors which can give basic tuition and then take the teams on a race in Kinsale Harbour. (www.sailireland.com) or (www.sovereignsailing.com)
  • Paint Ball - This gives you the chance to work together to ‘shoot’ the boss and ambush your colleagues in friendly fire. This group based activity involves teams playing on 70 acres of mature woodland whereby you have to ‘capture’ the flag, village, etc.
  • Deep Sea Fishing -Your chance to challenge the Atlantic in these professional boats with experienced fisherman to guide you to the best fishing locations. (www.solcon.nl/kinsale)
  • Horse Riding - the West Cork Equine Centre has both indoor and outdoor jumping and dressage arenas, cross country course and beach rides. Or they will do horse based challenges for the complete novices.
  • Sea Kayaking - They provide the equipment and tuition that will enable even the novice to enjoy this experience along the stunning West Cork coastline. (www.h2oseakayaking.net)
  • Golf – See the separate section on Private Golf for full details on the various courses in the area.