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HOTEL NEAR WEST CORK

West Cork is famously said to be one of the last remaining locations of old Ireland. West Cork is as popular a tourist attraction for Irish people as it is to visitors from abroad.

Known for its rural and rugged beauty, West Cork is scattered with beautiful towns, scenery and wildlife. West Cork is the perfect destination for a relaxing rural trip away, while also having plenty of activities to take part in with plenty of fun to be had.

West Cork begins in the town of Kinsale and ends at the tip of Beara Peninsula with numerous towns in-between such as Bandon, Bantry, Skibereen, Clonakilty, Castletownbere and Dunmanway. While traveling through West Cork it’s said to feel like you have the whole place to yourself.

Starting off in Kinsale, take in the beautiful harbour town covered with colourful streets filled with history, tourist attractions and world renowned restaurants. Experience one of the many water sport activities Kinsale has to offer, from surfing to sailing. It you prefer to remain on land why not cycle one of Kinsale’s quiet roads known for its challenging cycling.

Journey south to Clonakilty, not only to taste their famous black pudding, but also to take in the beautiful hill views from some of West Corks best restaurants, stunning beaches all with the locals and their great community spirit.

Bantry town is neat and reputable, with narrow streets of old-fashioned, one-off shops and a charming harbour front. The Bantry market on a Friday brings the town alive with all different types of stalls, attracting many locals and visitors from other nearby towns. Bantry House, near the town centre is a must-see. This stately 18th-century mansion is set in formal gardens with magnificent views of Bantry Bay.

Bandon is known for its magical river and the wildlife which occupies its river from season to season. As a result, Bandon is very popular with sailors and anglers.  Bandon is home to the West Cork Heritage Centre which is housed in Christ Church one of the oldest surviving Reformation Churches in Ireland since 1610. In the heritage centre you will find old shops, schools, kitchens and old stocks.

Skibbereen is also known as the “Little Boat Harbour”. When visiting Skibbereen make sure to visit Lough Hyne which is a beautiful salt lake, located just outside the town. It is one of Europe’s first marine nature reserves and the lough is filled with marine habitats and species. Follow the walking trail up hill to Knockmagh where you will take in the best view of all of West Cork. Skibereen is one of the towns which was tremendously affected by the 19th century Great Famine. There is currently an app which brings you around the great Famine sights in the town including Skibereen’s heritage centre and the Abbeystowry where over 10,000 famine victims were buried in an open grave.

Make the most of your day visits to West Cork and avail of one of our spectacular offers at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs where you may be ensured of a good night’s sleep.

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