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The stunning coastal region of West Cork is one of the most remarkable places in Ireland. Savour some of the best food you will ever eat in towns like Kinsale, drive through charming villages in the stretch from Clonakilty to Skibbereen, and enjoy dramatic views of wooded peaks in Gougane Barra Forest Park.
A combination of first-rate local produce and ingenious chefs and food producers makes West Cork the foodie hub of Ireland. Among the many local food festivals is the Taste of West Cork, a distinctive mix of markets, cookery demonstrations, contests, dinners, and tastings.
If the wild, enigmatic seascapes of the Beara Peninsula are enough to inspire literary leanings in you, make for the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry. Held every July it features talks and readings by acclaimed writers and workshops on everything from poetry to songwriting.
With just over 100 residents, Cape Clear Island is the most southerly inhabited part of Ireland. Take the ferry from Schull and enjoy this singular setting with an equally unique storytelling festival. Irish and international storytellers and musicians perform in the stunning surroundings during a three-day festival that includes walks, workshops and set dancing.
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is one of Europe's foremost chamber music festivals, attracting some of the world’s most exceptional musicians to Bantry in late June and early July. Enjoy uplifting music from early until late in the stunning setting of Bantry Bay.
Kinsale Rugby Sevens There is more to Kinsale than gourmet dining and pretty sailing boats. Every May, dozens of mens and ladies’ teams descend on the town, attracted by the prospect of three days of serious rugby and generous prize fund. A tented village offers entertainment and refreshment, and the Kinsale Rugby Sevens after party is not to be missed.
Mizen Head Signal Station was originally built to provide safety around the dangerous rocks at Ireland’s most southwesterly point, but now it is an award-winning maritime museum offering spectacular views from its perch 700 feet above the ocean. Eight kilometres from Goleen, it is celebrated for sightings of dolphins, whales, seals, and seabirds.
Moulded into a world-renowned island garden of exceptional beauty by celebrated English architect and garden designer Harold Peto, Garinish Island is a jewel polished by the warm currents of the Gulf Stream. The Italian Garden is Peto’s outstanding achievement, a stunning fusion of architectural garden and natural setting.
Ireland's first marine nature reserve, Lough Hyne sparkles in a fold of hills 5 km southwest of Skibbereen. The best way to experience it is to visit the exhibit in the Skibbereen Heritage Centre first and then take a trip to Lough Hyne. The unique lake and its environs foster a wide variety of rare and beautiful wildlife and plants.
Take a trip on Ireland’s only cable car, from Ballaghboy, at the very edge of the Beara Peninsula, to Dursey Island. The cable car operates daily, with the trip taking about 10 minutes. Once you get to the island, you can enjoy bird-, whale-, and dolphin-watching.
The picturesque village of Schull is most famous for its fishing and sailing, but it is also home to the Republic of Ireland’s only planetarium. A single sphere sky projector on the planetarium’s 8-metre dome opens up breathtaking views of the night sky from anywhere in the northern hemisphere. Opened in 1989, the facility has been invaluable to local and visiting astronomers, but one of its Star Shows also makes for an unusual night out on your holiday.
11.4km from West Cork
Stay at one of these south-facing self-catering holiday homes on the edge of the West Cork village of Schull, overlooking the harbour. The three-bedroom self catering properties feature one double bedroom, one twin bedroom, and one single room. These holiday homes are an ideal base for touring the south west, or simply for relaxing and enjoying it all.
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17.1km from West Cork
Set among two acres of private gardens, this 200-year-old natural stone farmhouse has been lovingly restored to create a luxury 4-star holiday home. This Cork self-catering property consists of four spacious bedrooms, comfortable living areas, a well-equipped kitchen and utility, and a bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and shower.
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12.4km from West Cork
With stunning views of Bantry Bay on the Sheep’s Head peninsula, this three-bedroom holiday home offers exceptional accommodation near the charming village of Kilcrohane in County Cork. The holiday home is set on a large site surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds and is tastefully decorated and well equipped throughout. West Cork is a magical part of Ireland and is one of the country’s most spectacular and well-known holiday destinations.
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11.1km from West Cork
Ballylickey makes an excellent base for exploring West Cork. Situated at the very heart of the magnificent Bantry Bay, it is midway between Bantry Town and Glengarriff. Each holiday rental has three bedrooms and can accommodate up to six people with ease. The properties are comfortable and ideal for a relaxing vacation in West Cork, a place of stunning scenery, unspoilt surroundings, and warm welcomes.
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4km from West Cork
With superb views of Dunmanus Bay, this 4-star property is just 2.5 km from the charming village of Durrus in County Cork. A newly renovated dormer bungalow, it is fully equipped with all modern comforts to ensure your stay is as relaxing as possible.
14.4km from West Cork
Enjoy the beauty of Glengarriff on the Beara Peninsula in County Cork from one of these newly approved properties. Beautifully furnished throughout, they feature grounds with stunning views of the harbour and the surrounding countryside. The Beara Peninsula offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland with a range of activities to choose from.
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7.4km from West Cork
These superb holiday homes are located by the sea near Bantry in Ballylickey, County Cork.
Each of these 4-bedroom rentals can sleep eight, with two double beds and four single beds. All of the houses have an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area. The kitchen comes fully equipped with all modern conveniences. The accommodation also commands spectacular views of Bantry Bay.
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8km from West Cork
Stay at a wonderfully cosy stone cottage on its own private grounds just a short hop from the charming rural village of Ballydehob and less than ten minutes from the beautiful seaside village of Schull. The cottage is decorated tastefully and offers comfortable relaxing accommodation. It is ideally located for touring stunning West Cork, the Ring of Beara, the Mizen Head peninsula, and the Kerry region.
7.1km from West Cork
Set among 40 acres of grounds, this group of holiday cottages is situated on the coast between Glengarriff and Bantry in County Cork. The cottages are surrounded by woodlands and gardens with magnificent views over Bantry Bay.
Set among 40 acres of woodlands and landscaped gardens between Glengarriff and Bantry in County Cork, this holiday estate offers wonderful accommodation.
Housed within a 200-year-old stable block, each holiday cottage has three bedrooms and is tastefully decorated and equipped with every modern convenience.
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