Wild Atlantic Way
Donegal (North Headlands)
Slieve League Cliffs
I might be a little biased when I say this but for me Slieve League is just as spectacular if not more than the more well known Cliffs of Moher. Nearly three times higher than their famous counterparts and among the highest sea cliffs in Ireland they are a must for anyone travelling to Donegal. P.S.
If you’re brave enough make sure to have a walk across One Man’s Pass
Glenveagh National Park and Castle
Glenveagh is the second largest national park in Ireland and is situated in the Northwest of Donegal. A whole day could be spent here exploring what’s on offer. Home to Glenveagh Castle on the shores of Lough Veagh the castle gardens feature a wide variety of Flora and Fauna from all over the world. Make sure to
The most northerly point on the island of Ireland. The starting point of the popular Malin to Mizen (the most southerly point in Ireland) journey which is undertaken by cyclists and walkers as a challenge. If you’re lucky you might even get a glimpse of the aurora borealis (or northern lights) pictured above.
As you travel further north on the island, it feels as if civilisation has been left far, far behind. You’re entering a world that lives and breathes through its land and seascapes…let us introduce you to the Fanad Head peninsula
It’s easy to recognize the main attraction on this peninsula: Fanad Head Lighthouse, which was conceived as essential to seafarers following a tragedy over 200 years ago. In December 1811, the frigate Saldanha sought shelter from a storm, heading towards Fanad as it frantically fought the raging wind and waves. Sadly, reaching shore safely never happened, and the ship was wrecked off the northern coast – its only survivor was the ship’s parrot.
Soon after, the Fanad Head Lighthouse was built to help guide ships and sailors safely on their journeys. It’s still there today, standing on a rocky outcrop blinking out to sea. It is now being developed into a visitors’ centre with accommodation.
Carrick on Shannon
Carrick on Shannon is a charming town and has a modern marina. This is the cruising capital of the Upper Shannon. Here you can take cruises or river tours, or you can hire vessels of all descriptions for your own use. The contrast between the wild excitement of the west coast and the rural tranquillity of the Shannon is striking, making each seem all the more blessed and magical by means of the comparison.
Perhaps the best reason to leave the coast behind, however, is the gentle and relaxing Upper Shannon River with all its attendant canals, rivers and lochs. Leave the dramatic Atlantic Ocean behind you for a time and take to the waters of Ireland’s longest navigable waterway.
Visit Lough Key Forest Park
The extremely picturesque Glencar Waterfall for a taste of some of the scenic beauty here. Eco-conscious visitors should head for the Organic Centre in Rossinver.
Sligo (The Surf Coast)
Sligo Farmers Markets
IT Sligo Farmers Market boasts a wide selection of fresh locally produced produce. The market, located in the carpark of Sligo Institiute of Technology in County Sligo, has producers on hand to discuss any questions about their produce. There are homemade jams, chutneys and tapenades along with wide variety of organic yogurts, smoothies, vegetarian meals, fair trade coffees and teas. Sligo Farmers Market has become a very sociable place where people come to shop, meet their friends, sample some of the tasty treats and soak up the atmosphere.
The market is held every Saturday from 10am-2pm.
Culleenamore Beach, Strandhill
Culleenamore is a wonderful sandy beach with safe bathing, located behind Strandhill beach, 9km from Sligo town. Culleenamore is locally known as a place where, around 3000 BC, people went down to the shore to collect shellfish to eat. Culleenamore is just one of many midden site's along the Sligo coastline. The Culleenamore Annual Races takes place in June, this event is one of only a few beach races which still take place.
The sound of ponies and horses galloping on the beach recreate an exciting background to a scene which has been going on for over 100 years.
is one of the safest and tidiest beaches along the west coast of Ireland. Enniscrone beach, a safe blue flag fabulous golden beach which stretches for an amazing 5km.
Surrounding the beach on one side is a lively little seaside town called Enniscrone, on the other side the beach meets Killala Bay. Activities range from surfing, golfing, walking, horse riding, fishing, swimming and a wide range of summer camps that are held throughout the summer months, there is something for everyone. Enniscrone Beach is an idyllic location for Surfing holidays in Ireland.
With over two miles of excellent surfing conditions suitable for the novice and intermediate surfer. Two surf schools are available in a safe and enjoyable environment with surfboards and wet suits provided. Making Enniscrone the perfect location for a surfing holiday in Ireland.
Enniscrone is home to one of the finest links courses in the world for Golf in Ireland
and Ireland Golf Breaks.
Rated as one the top 100 Golf Links in the world, Enniscrone Championship Golf Links is a challenging course offering panoramic views of Killala Bay, Bartragh Island and Enniscrone beach making it the perfect location for a Golf Holiday in Ireland.
Dunmoran Strand is a sheltered beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the south.Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
William Butler Yeats love of Sligo is well documented and much of his poetry is inspired by the locality. In the poem titled "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" Yeats talked about one of the Islands on Lough Gill here in County Sligo. The Island is not accessable but may be viewed from land or by boat. The lake Isle of Innisfree boat trip is available from Parke's Castle. Take a tour of Lough Gill on the Rose of Innisfree: www.roseofinnisfree.com "I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,And live alone in the bee-loud glade."
W.B. Yeats (1888)
The Grange River
The Grange River crosses the main road between Bundoran and Sligo, just between the two towns. Trout of up to 3lbs can be caught upstream from the Grange Bridge in the early season.
The banks are quite overgrown and access is on the main road at Grange.
Open season for salmon is from 1 February until 30 September and trout season runs from 1 March until the 30 September.
Mullaghmore is a small fishing village that should be on any outdoor enthusiast’s itinerary. The sandy beach here stretches as far as the eye can see and is ideal for a spot of swimming or windsurfing. You can also venture out into the Atlantic for an excursion to Inishmurray Island or a sea angling trip. If you’re more of a landlubber, there’s plenty here for you too. Go for a leisurely stroll and take in panoramic views of Sliabh Liag or watch the waves crash under Classiebawn Castle. You can also enjoy surfing as a spectator sport, remaining on the beach while watching top international surfers ride some of Europe’s best waves. Many come for Prowlers – a famous spot where swells can reach up to 30m – and practice the towing technique involving jet skis. These skilled big wave surfers are exciting to watch, but the waves tend to be best in the winter months, so you’ll no doubt want to hurry back into a cosy pub where you can warm up by the fire.
Mayo (The Bay Coast )
Achill Island lies off County Mayo on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland. Marked by rugged mountains and peat bogs, the island is known for its tall sea cliffs and clean beaches. Its breezy shoreline makes it a popular spot for water sports. The strand (beach) at Keem Bay inspired visiting writers Heinrich Böll and Graham Greene. Keel, the island's main village, has a sandy surf beach.
Great Western Greenway
The world-class Great Western Greenway is a 42km traffic-free cycling and walking facility which primarily follows the line of the famous Westport to Achill Island Railway, which opened in 1937.
Its development has been made possible by agreement of local landowners who have allowed permissive access to users to pass through their lands.
The Westport - Achill railway was one of the so-called 'Balfour Lines' called after Arthur J Balfour.
Downpatrick Head is a majestic heritage site found about 5km north of Ballycastle village. Jutting out into the ocean and rising almost 40m above the waves, it provides unparalleled views of the Atlantic, including the unique collection of islands known as the Staggs of Broadhaven. You can also spot the nearby Dún Briste sea stack, with its different coloured layers of rock and nesting sea birds. In addition to the natural scenery and wildlife, Downpatrick Head is home to the ruins of a church, holy well and stone cross, which together mark the site of an earlier church founded by St Patrick. Ireland’s patron saint is also honoured with a statue that was built in the early 1980s. Given its religious associations, Downpatrick Head was once a popular destination for pilgrims, who came here each year on the last Sunday of July, known as ‘Garland Sunday’. Today that tradition lives on, and mass is still celebrated at Downpatrick Head on that same day.
Keem Bay, at the western end of Achill Island, is one of the most picturesque bays in Ireland. It is accessible by road over a twisting clifftop route on the side of Croaghaun mountain. Keem Bay is virtually uninhabited (the only building is a former coastguard station) and provides a peaceful and magnificent retreat from the 21st century.
At the heart of Keem Bay is the beautiful fine sandy beach. This strand is bordered on two sides by cliffs; to the east by the slopes of Croaghaun mountain, and to the west by a spar called Moyteoge. At the top of this spar, at an elevation of about 200m, is a former coastguard watch-house. For hillwalkers, this spot marks the start of a a breathtaking 1.5km walk along the top of the cliffs of Benmore towards Achill Head, the most westerly point of Achill Island.
Galway City is one of the liveliest centres on the west coast of Ireland with cool culture, awesome art, adrenaline pumping adventure, and buzzing pubs and restaurants. It is also a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and a long winding promenade in Salthill. This is a cultural crossroads, and a bohemian hangout where you are guaranteed to meet remarkable characters. It is a joy to explore with its network of cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and a busy café culture.
Galway is also known as a festival city boasting many lively fun events throughout the year. It comes to a standhill every July for the seven-day Galway Racing Festival at Ballybrit racecourse. There is also The Cúirt International Festival of Literature, (April), the Galway Sessions traditional Irish music festival, (June), the Galway Film Fleadh, (July), the world famous Galway Arts Festival, (July), Galway International Oyster Festival, (September) and the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, (October).
Once ringed by city walls, Galway has a compact centre and is a delight to stroll around. Explore its medieval streets dotted with landmarks such as Lynch’s Castle, and investigate the quirky Latin Quarter with its charming
, situated at the very edge of Europe, on the west coast of Ireland, is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places it's possible to find.From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland.This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all make Spring time a very special and magical time in Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in different colours with each passing day. In the evening enjoy lovely warm turf fires after a day spent walking, cycling, painting, shooting, fishing or golfing.
craft, book and vintage shops, iconic pubs and restaurants and which comes alive at night time.
Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only true fjord and extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls
. It forms the border between Galway and Mayo and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland.
Killary Harbour is also extremely deep, over 45m at its centre. This offers a very safe, sheltered anchorage, because of the depth and the mountains to the south and north. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length. Mussels and clams grown in Killary Harbour are sold at the Westport Country Market every Thursday morning.To the north lies Mweelrea
, the highest mountain in Connacht and County Mayo. To the south are the Twelve Bens and the Maumturk Mountains of Connemara. Majestic views greet the visitor from all directions.Killary Harbour and the surrounding area offer ample opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast, including hillwalking and scuba diving. There are regular boat trips around the fjord, one option being Killary Cruises
.The sheltered Killary Harbour fjord is a real treat for birdwatching, with nationally important populations of many species, including ringed plover, mute swan, whooper swan, mallard duck, tufted duck, and barnacle goose. Otters, a protected species, are known to breed at Killary Harbour.Near the head of the fjord is Leenane
, a picturesque village that featured in the classic film, The Field.
Derrigimlagh Discovery Point
The Derrigimlagh/Marconi Discovery Point is walking loop provides visitors with a five kilometre trail through an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Derrygimlagh bog complex. This is one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s key ‘Signature Discovery Points’. Visitors can can discover the stories of this famous site and it's past history. The walk is made all the more interesting by a number of engaging and attractive features along the route, which are designed to engage visitors and encourage them to interact with the history of the location. Steeped in history, The Derrygimlagh blanket bog, close to Clifden, is a rugged and wild landscape with an two major claims to fame. Pilots John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown crashed-landed in the bog in 1919 after completing the world’s first transatlantic flight. They landed close to a wireless telegraphy station which had been set up 14 years earlier by Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi. Today the location of the Marconi wireless station is home to a memorial cairn dedicated to the pair. Hire a bike, navigate around tiny lakes and peat bogs, and discover this unique and beautiful area.
The walk is augmented by a number of attractive features which are designed to engage visitors and encourage them to interact with the history of the location. These include:
A set of ‘hides’ along the route which not only offer shelter but house old fashioned crystal radio sets which allow visitors to listen to recordings from the age of the Marconi station as well as recreated sound effects;
A Tuning fork ‘organ’ which allows visitors to interact and experiment with different sound frequencies;
A wind reed installation which generates different sounds according to local wind conditions and emphasises the exposed and remote nature of the site; A number of ‘historioscopes’ which allow viewers to view key points at the site and see how they would have looked in the early 20th Century – including the old Marconi buildings and images from the Alcock and Brown crash site; A parabolic mirror – a specially designed sculpture which plays on acoustics, reflections and light to encourage the visitor to engage with the landscape and appreciate the significance of sound to the location’s history;
A number of artistic interpretative panels telling the story of the site.
Clifden today is a vibrant and cosmopolitan town on the very edge of Europe. It has a population of 2,609 but the hinterland which it serves as the administrative and economic capital to has almost 10,000 inhabitants (source; Census 2011). The town known as the “Capital of Connemara” boasts a thriving tourism industry as its unique and picturesque setting between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Atlantic Ocean attracts thousands of visitors annually.
dominated by the twin spires of the two churches, St Joseph’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of Ireland. Although the principal religion in the area is catholic there is a significant protestant tradition in west Connemara served by the Clifden church.Music and the arts continue to be celebrated in Clifden. Traditional Irish music and song have long been associated with Connemara and Clifden still rings to the sound of our own traditional music and culture throughout the year but in particular during the busy tourist season. The town boasts the longest running community arts festival in Ireland each September when the Clifden community arts week has its annual celebration of all that is wonderful in culture and the arts in the area.Clifden has come a long way since its embryonic days in 1812. Today it represents all that is good about life in the west of Ireland, good food, good friends and good craic. Thousands of visitors each year stroll around its streets, sampling the local cuisine, exploring the many local shops and generally relaxing in the very convivial atmosphere for which Clifden is renowned. Although the weather cannot always be guaranteed, what is certain is that the Clifden will leave the weary traveller, relaxed, rejuvenated and eager to return again. The town just recently celebrated it’s 200th birthday with a 10-day festival.
Glinsk Pier near Carna in Connemara, Galway, Ireland is a peaceful scenic spot surrounded by fields with the dry stone walls typical of the area and offering lovely views of the bay. There are many quiet sandy beaches in the area.
The island of Inis Mór
The island of Inis Mór (Inishmore) meaning the big island, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. It is Well known internationally with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. There isn’t far you can go before being somewhere where there’s something of historical interest and little reason to question its importance in modern Irish Culture. The main monuments are listed in the attractions. If you wish to have a mor thorough investigation of the island then checkout the Aran Islands history section which lists a more comprehensive list of sights.
Hotel and Bed and Breakfast accommodation
is available on the island as well as Bike Rental
or Bike hire
. When travelling to Inis Mór
it is recommended that you would organise accommodation prior to arriving. Ferries to the Aran Islands
are available from Rossaveal (leaving Galway city) all year and from Doolin (Cliffs of Moher) from April to October.
The Clifs of Moher
Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of – at the Cliffs of Moher you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form – see the rugged cliffs facing the mighty ocean, taste the salt air, hear the birds cry, feel the ancient rocks beneath your feet, smell the wind. Decide today to grant your highest wish to visit Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience
Hazel Mountain Chocolate factory
Hazel Mountain Chocolate, our boutique bean to bar chocolate factory and shop in the Burren Mountains is one of the smallest and most remote chocolate factories in the world. We make our chocolate in very small batches using rare Trinitario cacao beans and raw cane sugar for our dark chocolate and Irish milk from grass-fed cows in our milk chocolate delivering you the finest, purest and multi-award* winning chocolate.
Our team of chocolate makers begin by hand roasting, cracking and winnowing cacao beans before stone grinding it for 40 hours. We then age our chocolate for further 3 weeks before our chocolatiers create our award winning range of bean to bar chocolates. You can’t just rush the process of making the world’s best chocolate.
Spanish Point is located on the west coast of county Clare
Ireland. Spanish Point takes it's name from the unfortunate Spanish who died here in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during stormy weather. Those who survived the wrecking and sinking of their ships and made it to land were executed by Sir Turlough O'Brien of Liscannor
and Boethius Clancy, High Sheriff of County Clare
at the time.
Now days Spanish point is a lot more welcoming to it's visitors and is home to many holiday homes. People enjoy the beach and seaside activities that are available here during the summer however in winter the population falls dramatically.
In the early nineteenth century Thomas Moroney built the Atlantic Hotel and for a time it rejoiced in the title of the largest hotel in the British Isles. The seaside resort developed as a refuge for the aristocracy and some of the lodges can still be seen today although only a small portion of the hotel ruin remains.Spanish Point is also one of the better surfing sites in County Clare
and with Lahinch
so close to the North surfing enthusiasts are certain to enjoy their stay. The nine hole golf course is one of the oldest courses in the county being over 110 years old and affords fantastic views of the rugged coastline. There are lots of opportunities to sample fantastic seafood and other fine fare in the area and if you want to try you hand at cooking Berry Lodge Cookery School is just the place.
There are many types of accommodation available in Spanish Point from hotels
to bed and breakfasts
. Self catering accommodation is also widely available however it is important to bear in mind that during the Willie Clancy
Summer school in nearby Miltown accommodation will be very hard to find. There are a number of nice pubs
in the village.
Doughmore Bay is situated in the village of Doonbeg, Co. Clare. Stretching 4.5km you can walk on its long beach of sandy terrain. Popular scenic areas nearby are the cliffs of Baltard and Killard, but this area has also become very popular over the years as a surfing “hot spot” So if you are looking for a picturesque location, cozy pubs, long sandy beaches, challenging waves and a variety of surfing spots – head to Doonbeg !
The Bridges of Ross
The Bridges of Ross were a trio of spectacular natural sea arches – at least until two of them fell into the sea. Today, even though only one ‘bridge’ remains, the name persists in the plural.The Bridge of Ross lies on the western side of the natural harbour that is Ross Bay, looking north to the Atlantic Ocean, near the village of Kilbaha.It can’t be seen from the road, but it’s not difficult to find. Head due west (left) from the Bridges of Ross car park and walk for a few hundred metres along the footpath. (Be careful to keep close to the fence, as there have been recent landfalls over the water.)The area is regarded as one of the best seawatching sites in Europe. In late summer and autumn, it becomes a birder’s paradise as thousands of rare seabirds pass close to shore on their southbound migration.
The Conor Pass
The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland, and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of entering or leaving Dingle.This narrow, twisting road runs between the town of Dingle and Kilmore Cross on the north side of the peninsula, where roads fork to Cloghane/Brandon or Castlegregory.
Beaches of the Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula boast some of Europe's most stunning beaches from the sweeping curve of Brandon Bay to secluded sandy coves the Peninsula has it all.
You can easily find a deserted beach with nothing but the sound of the ocean and crying gulls for company.
The Maharees, Ventry,Inch Strand,Béal Bán & Wine Strand,Coumeenole,Brandon Bay
Framed by its fishing port, the peninsula's charming little 'capital' manages to be quaint without even trying. Some pubs double as shops, so you can enjoy Guinness and a singalong among screws and nails, wellies and horseshoes. It has long drawn runaways from across the world, making it a cosmopolitan, creative place. In summer its hilly streets can be clogged with visitors; in other seasons its authentic charms are yours for the savouring.Although Dingle is one of Ireland
's largest Gaeltacht towns, the locals have voted to retain the name Dingle rather than go by the officially sanctioned – and signposted – Gaelige name of An Daingean.
Cahergal and Leacanabuaile - Old Irish Stone Forts or Ring Forts
The Stone forts of Cahergal & Leacanabuaile are located in an area know as "over the water" by the locals in Cahirciveen. Find the Old Barracks in Cahirciveen, located down by the waters edge, with the barracks on your right hand side continue over the bridge immediately ahead, at the next crossroads take a left and follow the signposts for the forts, they are located approximately two miles on the left (head in the direction of Ballycarberry castle). Also well worth visiting in this area is Ballycarberry Castle.
Cahergal Stone Fort
A few hundred meters on from Ballycarbery Castle is the stone fort of Cahergalbuilt around 600AD. It is well worth a visit. The current structure has undergone some reconstruction and while the purist may say it is too “clean and pure” it is an impressive site. With walls approx 6 m high and some 3 m thick this dry stone wall fort is one of the best examples of an early medieval stone forts to be found on the ring of Kerry.
Leacanabuaile Stone Fort
The stone fort of Leacanabuaile Stone Fort on the hillside. It is a fine, partly-reconstructed stone fort on a massive rock foundation, it's stone walls enclosing an almost circular area 70 feet in diameter. Protected on three sides by steep grassy slopes, the entrance is on the eastern side. The walls, mostly 10 feet thick and with irregular steps leading up on the inside, contain the remnants of a square dwelling house built on top of earlier circular ones; another clochan on the western side has a cavity leading to a long souterrain. Excavation produced Iron and Bronze Age objects, suggesting the existence of an early Christian farming community.
Dursey Island (Irish: Oileán Baoi (Island of the Bull in Viking Norse)
) is one of the few inhabited islands that lie off the southwest coast of Ireland. It is situated at the western tip of the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork. Dursey Island is 6.5 km long and 1.5 km wide. The island is separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water called the Dursey Sound which has a very strong tidal race, with a reef of rocks in the centre of the channel which is submerged at high tides. This peaceful island, with only a handful of semi-permanent residents, is connected to the mainland by Ireland's only cable car.
The island, historically, was made up of 3 villages or 'townlands'. These are Ballynacallagh, Kilmichael, and Tilickafinna respectively from east to west on the island. Quite a few of the buildings that comprised these villages can still be seen today.
Dolphins and whales are regular visitors to the rich waters that surround Dursey, in addition to a wide range of different types of seabirds and butterflies.
Dursey has no shops, pubs or restaurants, so visitors are advised to bring food and water if they plan to go for a walk. There is a coffee dock open at the cable car landing area during the Summer months. A bus service, is available for hire, contact Tommy Hartnett at 087 2060809.
Kilcrohane (Irish: Cill Crochain) is the last village on the Sheep's Head Peninsula after Durrus and Ahakista, County Cork, Province of Munster, Republic of Ireland. It is a coastal village lying under the 'Shadow of Seefin' - the area's highest mountain and overlooking Dunmanus Bay
Oscar winning actor Ralph Fiennes
briefly lived here in the 70's and attended the Kilcrohane National School.
Kilcrohane is a lively and vibrant seaside village whose population swells in the busy summer months. It has three pubs, a wine bar, three Bed and Breakfasts (one with restaurant), a hostel, several self-catering accommodations, two shops, a post office, plenty of holiday accommodation, and a summer cafe and restaurant.
The Kilcrohane pier is a good place to swim and there are numerous private coves dotted along the coast. The water is crystal clear although the temperature never seems to rise above 16 degrees Celsius. For angling enthusiasts, there is an abundance of pollock and mackerel in Dunmanus Bay, and a boat trip to Carbery Island and the seals is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
The renowned Sheep's Head Way walking route-over 60 miles of marked trail
traverses the village. There are walks for all abilities: young, old, fit, and the not so fit. Guided walks can be arranged. The Sheep's Head Cycle Route loops through the village from Bantry.
Kilcrohane's seaside garden
is well worth a visit and has been featured on BBC's 'Flying Gardener' programme and in several gardening magazines.
Kilcrohane has a primary school and a church. There is daily transportation to secondary schools in Bantry and public transportation to Bantry three times per week. There is also a community field and hall and a children's playground with tennis court.
Welcome to Mizen HeadIreland’s most Southwesterly Point
Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way
Don’t miss this unforgettable experience.
At the end of the Mizen Peninsula, the cliffs of Mizen Head rise high abovethe Atlantic Ocean, where the currents meet from the west and south coasts and waves from the mid-Atlantic crash into the land.Signature Key Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Dare to cross the iconic Bridge high above the gorge; watch for seals andtheir pups in the swell below.Experience the solitude of the keepers’ lives and the elemental power of the restless Atlantic where the ocean currents swirl.Laugh with exhilaration into the fresh salt-laden sea air. Be inspired by the majesty (pull) of the endless seascape and the breath-taking views.Scan the ocean for whales and dolphins. In wind, rain and gale as well as hot summer sun, the Mizen is exciting. In fog and mist, it is mysterious – a journey of discovery for the senses.Interpretation and displays demonstrate many different topics, completing your experience. Come and find your Mizen!In all weathers, the Mizen is spellbinding. Expect an exhilarating and satisfying visit.Please note that access across the Bridge may be restricted during dangerous weather conditions for safety reasons..A visit will take 1-2 hour or as long as you like.
Ireland’s southernmost inhabited Gaeltacht island, 3 miles long by 1 mile wide, lies 8 miles off the coast of West Cork. 3 miles west of the island stands the solitary Fastnet Rock. Saint Ciarán, the island’s patron saint, allegedly the earliest of Ireland’s four pre-Patrician saints, was born on Cape Clear. Saint Ciarán's well is one of the first features you encounter on arrival at Trá Chiaráin where the Islanders gather each year on the 5th of March to celebrate his feast day.
To the northwest stretches Mizen Head, the mainland’s most southerly point. Cape Clear’s wild romantic scenery, its sparkling harbours, its cliffs, bogs and lake, all contribute to the island’s unspoilt charm. Heather, gorse and wild flowers cover the rugged hills.
Myriad stonewalls have a patchwork effect on the varied landscape. Megalithic standing stones, a 5000 year-old passage grave, a 12th century church ruin, the 14th century O’Driscoll castle, (cannonaded in the early 1600’s), all relate to times past. Cape Clear’s remote island location, coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland. Whales, leatherback turtles, sun fish, dolphins and sharks are spotted regularly every year. Most of the 120 inhabitants speak Irish and English. Removed from the hustle and bustle of mainland life, Cape Clear offers relaxation, nature and peace. It is an excellent setting for Cape’s two irish summer colleges.
A vibrant town, Clonakilty also boasts beautiful beaches, green surrounds and a mix of activities for everyone from water sports and adventure to golf, and our proud heritage.
The Blue Flag beach at Inchydoney Island, just a few miles from Clonakilty, is renowned not only as one of the most familyfriendly beaches in West Cork but also as one of the most beautiful. With vast expanses of sand, dunes and excellent surfing conditions there really is something for everyone.
(Car parking, toilets and access via ramps and steps. Lifeguards on duty in the summer season
About 15 minutes from Clonakilty and looking out over the Galley Head lighthouse is the aptly named Long Strand. A mile and a half of sand bounded by waves of dunes this is the perfect place to stretch your legs and breath in the fresh Atlantic air. The top end is a haven for surfers but the rest of the beach is unsafe for bathing due to a dangerous undertow.
(Car parking facilities are available at the southern end of the beach
Dotted with rock pools, the Red Strand is only minutes from the Long Strand and offers a wonderful tranquil spot for the whole family.
(Toilets and access off road
The Blue Flag beach at The Warren, Rosscarbery is a wonderfully sheltered family beach with safe bathing and numerous rock pools. If swimming or paddling isn’t your thing then try a round of Pitch and Putt on the 18-hole championship course located in the adjacent dunes or perhaps a spot of fishing off the pier.
(Car parking, toilets – closed in winter – and access via ramps. Lifeguard on duty in the summer season
Owenahincha is a popular family beach backing onto sand dunes and located approximately 7 miles from Clonakilty. Here you can get the best of two beaches by taking the short walk over the cliffs to The Warren, Rosscarbery while taking in the incredible sea views. Owenahincha is only minutes away from Castlefreke woods and the ‘TidyVillage’ of Rathbarry with shop, pub, water wheel and pot bellied pig!.
(Car parking and toilet facilities. Lifeguards on duty in summer season
kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. Famous for its harbour in Kinsale, the favourable mild climate and its safe harbour make Kinsale the ideal sport for yachting, sea angling, Dolphin & Whale Watching Trips, gourmet restaurants and golf.Kinsale can easily claim its place amongst Ireland's most historic locations for this has been a centre of population, commerce, trade and fishing far beyond memory and record. In its earliest days the estuary of the Bandon River gave it great importance as the river is tidal as far as Innishannon and water transport was dominant until the 18th Century. The estuary also provided excellent anchorage for ancient shipping which went in peril of the vagaries of the weather