West Cork is "A Place Apart" and Clonakilty is a wonderful base for touring the West Cork region. People here value the good things in life. It feels warm-hearted and kind. It's a place that takes its time and helps us to slow down.
Clonakilty town is a seaside town and is filled with character, top restaurants, and cozy pubs alive with great music. Strolling through the town, the heritage and history of the town is evident with brewery buildings, mills and quayside warehouses. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy local produce every Friday morning at the Clonakilty market or take a stroll on the beach at Inchdoney.
Explore Mizenhead Bridge and feel the Atlantic crashing beneath you. Visit the nearby fishing ports of Balitmore and Glandore. Take a ferry and hear the native Irish tongue on the islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Dursey. Have an adventure and go hiking, walking or cycling at Sheep's Head and Beara. The whole coast echoes with history - ancient sites, ruined castles, and coastal fots. Cork is proudly the "rebel" county and it was here at Clonakilty, where Micheal Collins, the Irish patriot lived and died during the Civil War.
Clonakilty District is a European Destination of Excellence for Best Emerging Rural Tourism Destination, a regular winner in the Irish Tidy Towns Competition and was also the first won in Ireland to receive the "Fair Trade" status. It also received the Cittaslow status in 2011.
Clonakilty Town - Click here to discover why people value the good things in life in Clonakilty. It fis a warm-hearted and kind place. It's a place that takes its time and helps us to slow down.
Activity & Watersports - Follow this link and find out more on the hundreds of inlets, tiny coves, safe harbors, and the Inchydoney blue flag beach. Take a kayak (even at moonlight), enjoy a surfing lesson or a dive or maybe try to do some whale watching!
Family Activities - Take a trip to the Model Railway village, watch a movie at the cinema, go on safari in Jungle City, take a picnic on the beach, go for a surf or maybe a pony trek!
Golf & Angling - Do your research here. Where you will do best with those irons, try nearby courses of Bandon and Kinsale or for the more relaxed, maybe Lisselan or Dunmore. There is always pitch & putt in Roscarbery. It it is Angling that grabs your attention, then West Cork has some of the best, whether you are a novice or professional, freshwater or seawater angler.
Heritage, Walking & Garden Tours - Check out the history of the town, the "Big Fella" - Michael Collins ambush trail, or view the many walking and garden trails in the West Cork region.
If you feel like viewing some additional activities, please click on the links below to review the many activities available in the West Cork. These are also available for download in our Go Clonakilty brochure.
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