Shandon View

Shandon Orienteering Project

Welcome to the Shandon Heritage Orienteering Course which brings you on a ramble through the streets and lanes of this important Architectural Conservation Area.


What is a Heritage Orienteering Course?

This orienteering course consists of a series of fixed checkpoints. The checkpoints are located close to interesting architectural features. You can use the downloadable map to navigate your way around the streets following the clues provided.


There are 5 orienteer checkpoints, identified by 5 unique tiles, located at key points of interest on the following streets; North Mall, Blarney St, Shandon St, Bob & Joan Walk, Popes Quay.

Checkpoints - Public Art Competition

This project is focused on encouraging people of all ages to get involved with the heritage of the area. We held a public art competition to find drawings to print on the orienteering checkpoints. We encouraged people to go out and look at the area with fresh eyes, draw what they see and submit drawings of the architectural features in the area. We recieved 74 high quality entries and the winning drawings were printed as permanent markers at each orienteer checkpoint location.

Start the Course:

You can download the map with the locations of the checkpoints marked here (INSERT MAP LINK). The starting place, the sequence of checkpoints, and the finish location are also shown.

Using the map and the clues provided, you can navigate from one checkpoint to another in the order specified. In addition to the drawing and orienteering flag, each checkpoint will have a QR code which links back to this site where more information about the stories of the area can be found.

Click on the first checkpoint below to get started.


The project was delivered by Abarta Heritage and artist Sheelagh Broderick, who both have a strong track record in facilitating public engagement projects in a variety of settings with the support of Cork City Council Conservation office. This project is funded through the Cork City Heritage Plan with support from Cork City Council, the Heritage Council and Creative Ireland.


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