West Cork is considered by many to be Ireland at its finest. It blends a dynamically varied landscape with a spectacular coastline, creating a visual panorama of incomparable beauty.
The region is dotted with a wealth of small charming towns and villages connected with narrow roads and lanes that are part of the unique West Cork experience. Visiting drivers should slow their pace and take in the beautiful scenery as the road twists along rivers, winds over and around the numerous hills, and hugs the dramatic coastline.
The journey by sea is just as inspiring. This is an exceptionally good boating area, as enthusiastic sailors will attest. There are lots of islands to discover such as Cape Clear, Dursey Island, Bere Island and Garinish Island. On the mainland, beaches are plentiful and often breathtaking.
The past has its place in West Cork and military history is captured at the impressive star-shaped Charles Fort. Reminders of Ireland’s fight for freedom are omnipresent: numerous ambush sites can be seen, none more infamous than Beal mNa Blath where Michael Collins was killed in 1922.
Sports lovers can engage in a round of road bowling, a uniquely Cork sport, played on a country roads most evenings and Sundays. It involves lofting a steel ball along the road over a measured distance.
West Cork is a literal and visual feast, from its fabled fine cuisine to the bright, overflowing window boxes of Clonakilty, the lovely shores of Bantry Bay and the spectacular seaside cliffs of Mizen Head.
Come on, West Cork has it all and it’s waiting for you!