West Cork Region, County Cork

West Cork Region, County Cork

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It's no wonder they call West Cork “A Place Apart”. Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from smart south-coast Kinsale to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara. Road signs may even be found around Cork city and elsewhere directing traffic for "The West" or “West Cork”.
 
The quite rural area is famous for the rugged beauty and a perfect retreat. Hundreds of inlets, tiny coves, safe harbours and beaches are just right for long active days in the salty air – learning to sail, surfing, diving, whale watching, island-hopping, bird spotting, kayaking on a salt-water lake in the moonlight, messing about in boats or taking in one of the many scenic hikes.
 
Thanks to its gentle and generous nature, this corner has a wonderful food culture. West Cork’s farmers, award-winning artisan producers and chefs are leading Ireland’s culinary revolution. From traditional pubs to world-class restaurants, at local farmers’ markets, and long-established food festivals, you can enjoy great food right across West Cork.
 
Beyond Cape Clear, the imposing Fastnet Lighthouse stands on a rock known as Ireland’s tear drop – for emigrants to the new world, this was their last sight of their native land. The whole coast echoes with history – ancient sites, ruined castles, coastal forts, copper mines.
 
Little towns and villages in West Cork - to take shelter in a cosy B&B or pub or indulge in Irish culture and tradition - include Bantry, Dunmanway, Skibbereen, Ballydehob, Castletownbere, Balltimore and Macroom.
 
More information on our blog about County Cork!

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