From Horse Riding to Kayaking, Scuba Diving to Paddleboarding Surfing to Archery and Hiking to Wild Swimming, West Cork offers an eclectic mix of activities to suit all ages and abilities.
Whether you're looking for a gentle stroll along clearly marked woodland trails, an energetic hike up a remote mountainside, or perhaps something more obscure and adventurous, activity providers in the region have you covered.
The West Cork coast also offers superb shore angling opportunities from its many sandy beaches and extensive rocky shore. Find details of the best marks on the Sea Angling Ireland site here.
West Cork is home to some of the finest Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches in Ireland. From Inchydoney in the east to Barleycove in the west there's a string of world-class beaches to visit, each offering something a little bit unique.
From Atlantic adventures in search of Humpback and Fin Whales, to combing West Cork headland for migrant birds, Mizen Head, and West Cork in general, is one of the best places not just in Ireland, but in the whole of Europe for marine and coastal wildife watching and birding.
Explore on your own, or hire a local guide, and immerse yourself in the wild side of Ireland.
Set in a spectacular waterfall oasis, The Ewe Experience is Ireland's only interactive and interpretative sculpture garden.
Mizen isn't the only spectacular headland along this breathtaking stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way: Beara/Dursey Island (accessed by Ireland's only cable car), Sheeps Head, Toe Head and Galley Head are all well worth a visit.
While West Cork's outdoor attractions offer some fantastict experiences, it's always great to have a few indoor options when the weather turns (this is Ireland, after all). Luckily there's no shortage of indoor attractions to choose from
Visit Skibbereen Heritage Centre for fascinating exhibits on the Irish Famine, Geneology and Lough Hyne (Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve).
Is a spot of retail therapy more your thing? You'll find a host of boutique shopping opportunities in the picturesque West Cork towns of Bantry, Skibbereen and Clonakilty.
Mizen Head COVID-19 Precautions: to comply with Public Health advice face coverings are required indoors and on some outdoor paths at Mizen Head. Please use available hand sanitization stations and apply social distancing rules when on site. Thank you for your cooperation.
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