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West Cork

Lively towns and lovely landscapes

One of the most treasured corners of the country, West Cork holds a collection of special towns with heritage trails, stunning vistas, and manor houses.

Discover West Cork

Explore West Cork, a region in the southwest of Ireland famous for its coastal towns, magnificent landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and longstanding food scene. With an abundance of picturesque towns, West Cork is well worth exploring.  

Nestled in between Bantry Bay and rolling hills, Bantry offers a range of activities from exploring Cork’s largest market for delicious food and crafts, to admiring the beauty of a Georgian manor house at Bantry House and Gardens. The house was built in 1710 and has impressive interiors fitted with luxurious furniture, sculptures, and paintings. The gardens have seven terraces and a stunning fountain overlooking the serene bay.  

Continue your adventure to Skibbereen, considered the capital of West Cork and a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding towns of Baltimore, Mizen head and Castletownshend. Visit the Skibbereen Heritage Centre to learn of the resilience of the local community during the tragic Great Famine.  Indulge your creative side at the West Cork Arts Centre, where contemporary Irish art takes center stage. 

Next, venture to Clonakilty, a town renowned for its warm hospitality and vibrant atmosphere. Roam the colorful streets lined with traditional pubs, where the melodies of lively music spill into the air. Dive into Clonakilty’s musical heritage at De Barra’s, a legendary pub known for its fun live-music performances. 

Complete your West Cork journey in Schull, a charming coastal village with a tranquil ambiance. Enjoy a wander along the harbor, savoring the beauty of the surrounding scenery. For a unique experience, embark on a boat trip to Cape Clear Island, immersing yourself in ancient ruins and Celtic culture. 

Throughout your travels in West Cork, be sure to embrace the region’s breathtaking natural beauty. Embark on scenic coastal drives along the Wild Atlantic Way, revealing hidden coves and dramatic cliffs. Engage in outdoor activities like kayaking, surfing, or hiking, allowing the rugged landscape to captivate your senses. 

Indulge your taste buds in West Cork’s renowned culinary scene, where fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, and locally sourced ingredients take center stage. From quaint cafes to award-winning restaurants, you’ll discover a gastronomic journey that delights the palate. 

In West Cork, every town has its own story to tell and its own unique allure. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the region’s charm, immersing yourself in the rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes that define this captivating corner of Ireland.

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