The Centre for Organic Horticulture Research is embedded within the the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at University College Cork. It makes use of the extensive teaching, laboratory, growth room, glasshouse and outdoor growing facilities within the School of BEES.

In addition to these facilities COHR is based at Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen, County Cork (c. 80 km west of UCC) in a purposely configured teaching and research base alongside certified organic growing facilities, a large poly tunnel and outdoor growing area.

For information on how to get to the School of BEES, see here.


To get to COHR at Liss Ard Estate:

By private transport:

From Cork City, take the N71 to Skibbereen (c. 80 km). At Skibbereen, follow the one way system to the 'Regal' roundabout (by Lidl supermarket). Follow the signpost for Castletownshend (R596). The entrance for Liss Ard Estate is well signposted and is c.1 km on the right-hand-side. Follow the main avenue (c. 800 metres) to Liss Ard House. The COHR teaching/research base is located in the old 'Coachhouse', opposite the main house. There is parking here on the right-hand-side of the avenue.

By public transport:

Bus Eireann operate a number of public bus services to and from Skibbereen, including number 237 and 252. More details are available here.

About Liss Ard

COHR and the MSc in Organic Horticulture is based in a new teaching and research centre at Liss Ard Estate.

Liss Ard Estate is a magical estate of country manors, gardens, trails, ponds and lakes where nature, art, modern luxury and elegance come together in perfect harmony. This beautiful 200-acre estate encompasses the Victorian Liss Ard Country House, with its contemporary design, and adjacent Garden Mews, and the Liss Ard Lake Lodge, a Victorian Dower house overlooking the 50-acre lake available for exclusive use.

Lios Aird (Gaelic meaning high fort) is located on the original site of a ring fort and souterrain with a commanding outlook over the surrounding countryside. The 150 acres of gardens, ponds and forest offer an experience that has been described as one of space, perception and peacefulness. With acres upon of acres of gardens and trails, the woodland walks with their specially designed pathways offer guests a truly contemplative experience with enchanting vistas around every corner. Liss Ard has been planned to reveal a collection of ‘garden spaces: the lakeside walk, the waterfall garden, the woodland garden, the water garden and arboretum and the wildflower meadow. The Irish Sky Garden is one of the biggest attractions at Liss Ard. The giant earth and stone work called The Crater, made by famed artist James Turrell, with its contemplative ‘Vault Purchase’ or plinth at its centre is a living piece of art.”

For more information on Liss Ard, see their website:


Sky Garden at Liss Ard

Sky Garden at Liss Ard

Centre for Organic Horticulture Research

School of BEES, Butler Building, Distillery Field, North Mall, Cork