Why you NEED to go Bantry, Co. Cork

Bantry is a small town located in the West of Cork and the South West of Ireland and sits right on the centre of Bantry Bay which stretches for 35km. This town has so many beautiful scenes and places to visit all around it so it was no wonder I easily put this list together. Here are some things you can do when you visit:

Bantry House and Gardens, Image: Tripadvisor.co.uk

Bantry House and Gardens

These gardens are well worth the visit when you’re here. The gardens are home to some subtropical shrubs and plants and are just amazing, especially in the summer months! The house has some beautifully restored bedrooms that you can stay in a B&B. The venue is also a popular wedding venue and various events.

Achill Island, Wild Atlantic Way, Image: me

Wild Atlantic Way

Make this your first stop on the wild Atlantic way and drive north from here! Or if you’re just visiting Bantry, you can visit some of the sights along the Wild Atlantic Way that aren’t too far away from here. Check out our blog post on our top places you need to see on the Wild Atlantic Way HERE



Bantry Bay, Image: me

Bantry Bay

This very historic 35km Bay is often associated with the 1798 Irish Rebellion lead by Wolfe Tone so much so that the main square in the town is named after him. This place is gorgeous to take a walk around the town and the pier! Some really nice cafés, bars and restaurants too!

Sheep’s Head Way, Image: livingthesheepsheadway.com

Sheep’s Head Way

Sheep’s Head Peninsula is approximately 21km in length and is perfect for people who love getting active in the outdoors! Other active activities you can do in and around Bantry include: Bantry Golf Club, Horse Riding, Paragliding, Quad Biking and Rusagh Mill adventure centre isn’t too far from Bantry and offers archery, orienteering, raft building, climbing, abseiling, hill walking and so much more! So if you’re active, there’s so much to do in the area around Bantry!

Dursey Island, Image: tripadvisor.com

Day Trips

The great thing about West Cork is its close proximity to some amazing little islands just off the coast. Here are some of the islands around that you can take day trips to:

  1. Whiddy Island: ferry leaves from Bantry Pier
  2. Garnish Island: Honestly the perfect place to take photos to post on social media and make all your friends jealous
  3. Bere Island: Visit The Old Lighthouse, Martello Tower and The Batteries (a display of guns which were once used as the defence of the island)

  4. Dursey Island: you can read more about Dursey 

  5. Heir Island: Perfect for watersports and walking

  6. Sherkin Island: ferry leaves from Baltimore, perfect for arts and crafts lovers!

  7. Cape Clear Island: This is a Gaeltacht island which means the people here speak Gaeilge (or commonly known as Irish) which is the national language of Ireland.

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