West Cork, the south-west of Ireland in County Cork is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and culturally rich areas of the country. A popular tourist destination, staying in West Cork holiday homes opens you up to a myriad of possibilities.
With the rugged coastline filled with ports, bays, coves and peninsulas, you will always have something to do. The coast itself is full of history, with plenty of ancient sites and ruined castles to explore. The Druid's Altar - a stone circle - is about 2km from Glandore and is one of the most visited prehistoric sites in Ireland. For food-lovers, stay in a Kinsale holiday home, about 40 minutes from the city of Cork and experience the “gourmet capital” of Ireland; ranging from traditional pubs, high-end restaurants, markets and food festivals – whilst there make sure you try the fresh seafood. Ensure you visit the Mizen Head on the peninsula offering incredible views of the Atlantic and dramatic cliffs. On Mizen Head lies a lighthouse, weather station and signal station and is also complete with a visitor centre.
Discovering West Cork
Make the most of the stretching shoreline on the Atlantic and learn to surf at the seaside town of Ballydehob; go sailing; try diving; go kayaking and even take whale-watching tour. West Cork accommodation is particularly popular with wildlife enthusiasts and bird-watchers and here you can see everything from Arctic Tern to dolphins. A popular sport for bird-watching is on Dursey Island. This island is separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water that can be reached by cable car. Stroll through the woods, go hiking on Sheep's Head or simply relax with the beautiful views from your holiday cottage in West Cork. The region still has a strong art and cultural influence, with story-telling still prominent, as well as traditional music and plenty of cultural festivals, allowing you to fully immerse yourself into West Cork. The coastal town of Schull is a small but bustling town and is filled with art galleries and craft shops.
Ultimately, wherever you stay in West Cork, you are guaranteed unforgettable scenery, plenty of adventures and relaxation.